Husband: William Chamberlain (1)
Wife: Rebecca Shelley (2)
Born: 1625 in Of Cambridge, Middlesex, MA
Died: 26 Sep 1692 in Cambridge Prison, Cambridge, Middlesex, MA
Rebecca died in Cambridge prison. Though no records have been found it is generally believed she was awaiting trial for witchcraft. This was at a time of witch hysteria in many areas of New England besides Salem. The fact that her husband was an upstanding important person in society, rather than casting doubt on the charge of witchcraft, gave more credence to it. Richard Weisman in "Witchcraft, Magic and Religion in 17th Century Massachusetts" explains that many of the people accused and executed for witchcraft were of high standing in the community. This fact supposedly made their evil deeds all the more powerful.
The Heritage Quest Magazine, September/October 2002,
Volume 18, Number 5, Issue 101 contains an article by
Kory L. Meyerink, AG, MLS, FUGA, entitled "Witches in
Colonial America." Page 18 gives the following
"Chamberlain, Rebecca, (Shelley) born bn-dd (c.
1625-92) Locale (Billerica, MA) Year (1692)
Outcome (Died in Prison)"
This article lists all those accused, convicted, and
Revised: November 26, 2016