Rebecca Nurse
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Biographical Information

Salem, Massachusetts



Cause of Death

Execution by hanging

Killed By

Selectmen's order (manipulated by Mary Sibley)

Physical Information
Hair Color


Eye Color


Relationship Information

Unnamed children and foster children

Character Information
Portrayed By

Nadine Lewington



Episode Count


First Appearance

Night's Black Agents

Last Appearance

Night's Black Agents

You, who never felt for any of your victims, now feel what I felt. Abandoned by all, even by God, and hanging from the neck until dead.
— Rebecca to Mary

Rebecca Nurse was a victim of the Salem Witch Trials hatched by Mary Sibley. She is a guest character in the third season of Salem, portrayed by Nadine Lewington.

Early Life Edit

Rebecca Nurse was a citizen of Salem who gave her every waking hour to help the poor. Even raising their children when they couldn't afford to keep them. At some point during the hysterical witch-panic triggered by Mary Sibley, she was arrested and hanged as a witch.

Personality Edit

Rebecca Nurse was a selfless and generous woman who dedicated her life in the care of the needy, even helping them to raise their children when the aforesaid's parents were unable to do so, giving to understand that she was working or at least was a frequent visitor of Salem's orphanage.

Physical AppearanceEdit

A woman on the threshold of her thirties, with brown hair tucked under a black bonnet, fair complexion, hazel eyes, and an aquiline nose. Rebecca wore a simple black dress.

Throughout the Salem series Edit

Shaken by the fever and the tremors caused by the survival of the Reckoning, Mary Sibley was visited by the alleged ghost of Rebecca Nurse, one of the many innocent victims killed during the witch hunt that Mary herself had hatched to secretly accomplish the Grand Rite. In the vision, Rebecca shouted accusations against Mary, professing her innocence and noting her good deeds done in life, claiming that the real culprit was Mary and the other witches. Angry and prey to guilt, Mary Sibley was hanged alongside Rebecca before re-awaken in the atrium of The House of the Seven Gables, approached by the Sentinel who sarcastically remarked the power of painful memories. (Night's Black Agents)

Memorable Quotes Edit

Rebecca Nurse: (echoing) "Spare us! I am innocent. No more witch than you. Men crushed beneath stones. Innocents, whole families even, murdered as witches. And how many died from the plague you spread, Mary Sibley?"
Mary Sibley: "Who is there?"
Rebecca Nurse: "Have you forgotten me, Mary Sibley? I have not forgotten you."
Night's Black Agents
Rebecca Nurse: "Remember me now? I am Rebecca Nurse. Just one of many innocents killed as witches by witches. I gave my every waking hour to help the poor. Even raising their children when they couldn't afford to keep them. And my reward? You had me hanged as a witch."
Mary Sibley: "Leave me be! It was It was not my fault. I had no choice."
Rebecca Nurse: "You always had a choice. You still have a choice."
Night's Black Agents
Rebecca Nurse (to Mary): "You, who never felt for any of your victims, now feel what I felt. Abandoned by all, even by God, and hanging from the neck until dead."
Night's Black Agents

Gallery Edit


WGN America's Salem Season 3 304 Mary Sibley

WGN America's Salem Season 3 304 Mary Sibley

Name Edit

  • Rebecca: From the Hebrew name "Rivqah" from an unattested root probably meaning "join, tie, snare".It came into use as a Christian name after the Protestant Reformation, and it was popular with the Puritans in the 17th century. [1]
  • Nurse: Probably concerning the eponymous job.

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Trivia Edit

  • Rebecca Towne Nurse (or Nourse) (February 21, 1621 – July 19, 1692) was executed for witchcraft by the government of the Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England during the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. She was the wife of Francis Nurse, with several children and grandchildren, and a well-respected member of the community. Although there was no credible evidence against her, she was convicted and hanged as a witch on July 19, 1692. This occurred during a time when the Massachusetts colony was seized with hysteria over witchcraft and the supposed presence of Satan within the colony. Her married sisters Mary Eastey and Sarah Cloyce were also accused of witchcraft. Mary was found guilty and executed, but Sarah survived. [2]

References Edit

  1. Behind the Name:Rebecca
  2. Rebecca Nurse, Salem Witch Trials victim on

See Also Edit

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