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he did hear the said Temperance Lloyd to say first day of June last past the said black man and confess, that about the 30th day of Septem- was with her again, and told her, that on that ber last past, as she was returning from the night she the said Temperance should make bakehouse with a loaf of bread under her arm, an end of the said Grace Thomas; and contowards her own house, she the said Temper- fessed that she the said Temperance bad that ance Lloyd did meet with something in the night griped the said Grace Thomas in her likeness of a black man, in a street called Higher belly, stomach, and breast, and clipt her to the Gunstone-Lane within this town, and then and heart. there the said black man did tempt and per
And that the said Grace Thomas did cry out suade her to go to this informant's house to pitifully. And that the said Temperance was torment one Grace Thomas, who is this in- about the space of two hours tormenting of her, formant's sister-in-law.
And that one Anne Wakely (with several other That the said Temperance did first refuse the women) were then present in the chamber, temptation, saying that the said Grace Thomas but could not see her the said Temperance; had done her no harm. But afterwards, by the and that the black man stood by her in the further persuasion and temptation of the said same room also. black man, she did go to this informant's house,
This informant further saith, That he sup. and that she went up the stairs after the black posed that the said Grace Thomas in her sick. man: and confessed that both of them went ness had been afflicted through a distemper ariinto the chamber where this informants said sing from a natural cause, did repair unto se eister-in-law was, and that there they found one veral physicians, but that she the said Grace Anne Wakely, the wife of William Wakely of could never receive any benefit prescribed by Biduliford, rubbing of one of the arms and one
them. of the legs of the said Grace Thomas.
Thomas Gist, Mayor.
Devon. ss-Biddiford, ss. the said Grace Thomas in the knees, arms, The Information of William Herbert, of Bil and shoulders; intimating with her fingers bow she did it. And that when she came down
diford, in the county aforesaid, black the stairs again into the street, she saw a bra
smith, taken upon his oath the 12th day of
August, in the 34th year of the reign of get cat go into this informant's shop; and that she believed it to be the Devil.
our sovereign lord Charles the Second, by And this informant did hear the said Tem
the grace of God, of England, Scotland, perance to say and confess, that on Friday-night
France, and Ireland king, defender of the last (which was the 30th day of June) the
faith, &c. before Thomas Gist, Mayor of black man did meet with her near her own
the borough, town, and manor of Biddi. door, about ten o'clock of' that same night, and
ford aforesaid, and John Davie, Alderman, there did again tempt her to go to this infor
two of his majesty's Justices of the Peace mant's house, and to make an end of the said
within the same borough, &c. Grace Thomas,
This informant upon his oath saith, That Whereapon the said Temperance did go to near or upon the 2d day of February, which This informant's house with the said black man, was in the year of our Lord God 1670, be did and that she went into the chamber where the bear his father William Herbert to declare op said Grace Thomas lay.
his death bed, that Temperance Lloyd of BidAnd further did confess, That she did pinch diford aforesaid, widow, had bewitched his ad prick the said Grace Thomas again in said father unto death. several parts of her body, (declaring with both
This informant's father further declaring unto of lier hands how she did do it). And that this informant, that he with the rest of his rethereupon the said Grace Thomas did cry out lations, should view his father's body after his terribly. And confessed that the said black decease ; and that by his body they should see man told her that she should make an end of what prints and marks the aforesaid Temper. ber the said Grace Thomas.
ance Lloyd had made upon his body. Add And further she the said Temperance did further saith, that his said father did lay his say and confess, that the said black man blood to the charge of the said Temperance dil promise her the said Temperance that no Lloyd, and desired this informant to see ber one should discover her or see her.
apprehended for the same; which was accordAnd she also confessed, that about twelve ingly done: And saith, that she was accused o'clock of that same night the black man did for the same, but that she was then acquitted at suck her in the street in her secret parts, she the assizes. kneeling down to him. That he had blackish This informant further saith, That upon the clothes,, and was about the length of her arm. fourth day of July now last past, he went * That he had broad eyes, and a mouth like a the prison of Biddiford, where the said Temtoad, and afterwards vanished clear away out perance was, (she being then in the said prisma of her sight.
concerning Mrs. Grace Thomas) and demandThis informant further saith, That be heard ed of her whether she had done any bodily the suid Temperance to confess, that about the harm or burt unto the said William Herbert
deceased, this informant's late father ; unto Whitefield who it was that was at the door? which she answered and said, Surely William Unto which the said Agnes Whitefield answerI did kill thy father.
ed and said, that it was Mary Trembles. Then This informant did demand of her further, this informant's wife did reply and said, that whether she had done any hurt or harm to one she the said Mary Trembles was one of them Lydia Burman late of Biddiford, spinster. that did torment her, and that she was come Unto which the said Temperance Lloyd an- now to put her the said Grace out of her swered and said, that she was the cause of her life. death.
THOMAS Gist, Mayor.
Devon. ss. Biddiford, s. answered, that her time was not expired ; for the devil had given her greater power, and a The Information of brace Barnes the wife of longer time.
John Barnes of Biddiford, in the county And this informant did hear the said Tem- aforesaid, yeoman, taken upon her oath perance Lloyd to confess, that she was the before Thomas Gist, mayor of the bo. cause of the death of Anne Fellow the daughter rough, town, and manor of Biddiford of Edward Fellow of Biddiford, gent. And aforesaid, and John Davie, Alderman, two also that she the said Temperance was the of his majesty's Justices of the Peace cause of the bewitching out of one of the eyes within the same borough, &c. the 2d day of Jane the wife of one Simon Dallyn of Bid- of August, A. D. 1682. diford aforesaid, mariner,
The said informant upon her oath saith, TAOMAS Gist, Mayor.
That she hath been very much pained and torJohn Davie, Alderman.
mented in her body these many years last past,
insomuch that she hath sought out for remedy Examined with the original whereof this is a John Hill, Town-Clerk.
far and near, and never had any suspicion that she had had any magical art or witchcraft used
upon her body until it was about a year and Devon. ss.—Biddiford, ss.
a half ago, that she was informed by some The Information of John Barnes, of Biddiford, physicians that it was so.
in the county aforesaid, yeoman, taken And further saith, That thereupon she this upon bis oaih before us Thomas Gist, informant had some suspicion of one Susanna Mayor of the borough, town, and manor Edwards of Biddiford aforesaid, widow, beof Biddiford aforesaid, and John Davie, cause that she the said Susanna would oftenAlderman, two of his majesty's Justices times repair unto this informant's husband's of the Peace within the same borough, house upon frivolous or no occasions at all. &c. the 18th day of July, A. D. 1682. And further saith, That about the middle of The said informant upon his oath saith, That with very great pains of sticking and pricking
the month of May last past, she was taken apon Easter-Tuesday, (which was the 18th in her arins, breast, and heart, as though divers day of May last past) this informant's wife was awls had been pricked or stuck into her body, taken with very great pains of sticking and and was in great tormenting pain for many days pricking in her arms, stomach, and breast, as though she had been stabbed with awls, being
and nights together, with a very little inter
mission. 60 described unto him by the said Grace, in such manner, as this informant thought that of July last, she was taken in a very grievous
And saith, That upon Sunday the 16th day she would have died immediately; and in such and tormenting manner ; at which instant of sad condition she the said Grace hath continued time one Agnes Whitefield, the wife of unto this present day, in tormenting and griev- John Whitefield, of Biddiford, was in this And further saith, that upon Sunday last, the door, and looking out, found one Mary
informant's husband's house, who opening which was the 16th day of July instant, about Trembles of Biddiford, single woman, standing ten of the clock in forenoon, this informant's before the door. And thereupon this informant said wife was again taken worse than before, did ask of the said Agnes Whitefield who it, insomuch as four men and women could hardly
was that stood at the door ; who answered, And at that same time, one Agnes White-which this informant was fully assured that the
that it was the said Mary Trembles. Upon field, the wife of John Whitefield of Biddiford said Mary Trembles, together with the said aforesaid, cordwainer, being in this informant's house, and hearing somebody out at the door, had tormented her, by using some magical
Susanna Edwards, were the very persons that she did open the door, where she found one Mary Trembles of Biddiford aforesaid, single
art or witchcraft upon her said body as afore
said. Woman, standing with a white-pot in her hands, as though she had been going to the THOMAS Gist, Mayor. common bakehouse. And thereupon this in- John DAVIE, Alderman formant's wife did ask of the said Agnes
Devon. ss. Biddiford ss.
July instant, she
with Mary Trembles, and by
the help of the Devil, did prick and torment The Information of William Edwards, of Bid Grace the wife of John Barnes of Biddiford
diford, in the county aforesaid, black- aforesaid. smith, taken upon his oath before us Tho- And this informant further saith, That she mas Gist, Mayor of the borough, town, did hear the said Susanna Edwards and Mary and manor of Biddiford aforesaid, and Trembles to say and confess, that they did this John Davie, Alderman, two of his Ma- present day, being the 18th of July instant, jesty's Justices of the Peace within the torment and prick her the said Grace Barbes same borough, &c. the 18th day of July, again, A. D. 1682.
And further saith, That she did bear the said The said informant upon his oath saith, That Edwards ; 0 thou rogue, I will now confess
Mary Trembles to say unto the said Susanna upon the 17th day of July instant this informant all : For it is thou that hast made me to be did hear Susanna Edwards to confess, that the
a witch, and thou art one thyself, and my code Devil had carnal knowledge of her body ; and science must swear it. that he had sucked her iu her breast and in
Unto which the said Susanna replied unte her secret parts. And further saith, That he did hear her the thou wouldest have been such a rogue to dis
the said Mary Trembles, I did not think that said Susanna to say, that she and one Mary sover it. Trembles of Biddiford aforesaid, single woman, And further saith, That the said Susanna did appear hand in hand invisible in John Edwards did say and confess, that the devil did Barnes's house of Biddiford aforesaid, where oftentimes carry about her spirit. Grace the wife of the said John Barnes did lie
And further saith, That she did hear the said in a very sad condition.
Susanna to say and further confess, that she did And further saith, That he did then also bear prick and torment one Dorcas Coleman the the said Susanna to say, that she and the said wife of John Coleman of Biddiford aforesaid, Mary Trembles were at that time come to make
mariner. an end of her the said Grace Barues.
And further saith, That she did hear the Thomas Gist, Mayor.
said Susanna Edwards to confess, that she was John Davie, Alderman.
sucked in her breast several times by the devil
in the shape of a boy lying by her in the bed; Devon. ss. Biddiford, ss.
and that it was very cold unto her. And fur
ther saith, that after she was sucked by him, The Information of Joan Jones, the wife of the said boy or devil had the carnal knowledge
Anthony Jones of Biddiford, in the county of her body four several times. aforesaid, busbandman, taken upon her oath before us, Thomas Gist, Mayor, and husband Anthony Jones, observing her the said
And this informant further saith, That her John Davie, Alderman, the 18th day of Susanna to gripe and twinkle her hands upon July, A. D. 1682.
her own body, said unto her, Thou Devil, thou The said informant upon her oath saith, That art now tormenting some person or other, upon the 18th day of July instant, she this in- Whereupon the said Susanna was displeased formant being present with Susanna Edwards with him, and said, Well enough, I will fit of Biddiford aforesaid widow, there came in to thee; And at that present time the said Grace see the said Susanna one John Dunning of Barnes was in great pain with prickings and Great Torrington, which said John Dunning stabbings unto her heart, as she did afterwards this informant did hear him to demand of the affirm. said Susanna Edwards how and by what means
This informant further saith, That one of the she became a witch.
constables and her said husband, with some Unto which question the said Susanna did others, were sent by Mr. Mayor to bring the answer, that she did never confess afore now, said Grace Barnes unto the town-ball of but now she would.
Biddiford aforesaid ; which they did acAnd further saith, that she did hear the said cordingly do: and immediately, as soon as he Susanna Edwards to confess unto the said John with others had led and with much ado brought Dunning, that she was on a time out gathering the said Grace Barnes into the town hall, she of wood, at which time the said Susanna Ed. the said Susanna Edwards turned about and wards did see a gentleman to draw nigh unto looked upon her said husband, and forthwith her; whereupon she was in good hopes to have this informant's said husband was taken in a a piece of money of him.
very sad condition as he was leading and sup, This informant further saith, that the said porting the said Grace Barnes up the stairs of John Dunning
did demand of her the said Su- the said town-hall before the said Mayor and sanna, where she did meet with the said gen- Justices; insomuch that he cried out, Wife, tleman; she the said Susanna did answer, that I am now bewitched by this Devil, meaning it was in Parsonage Close. And further saith, Susanna Edwards; and forthwith leapt má That after the said John Dunning was gone, capered like a madman, and fell a shaking, this informant did hear the said Susanna Ed quivering, and foaming, and lay for the space of wards to confess, that on Sunday the 16th of half an hour like a dying or dead man and
at length, coming to his senses again, ber said | craft, said and confessed, that about three husband did declare unto this informani, that years last past, one Susanna Edwards of Bidthe said Susanna Edwards had bewitched him. diford aforesaid widow, did inform her, that if
And this informant further saith, That she she would do as she the said Susanna did, that did never know her said husband Anthony this examinant should do very well. Where. Jones to be taken in any fits or convulsions, upon this examinant did yield funto the said but a person of a sound and healthy body, ever Susanna Edwards, and said that she would do since he had been this informant's husband. as the said Susanna did. Thomas Gist, Mayor.
And this examinant further confesseth, That John Davie, Alderman.
the said Susanna Edwards did promise that
this examinant should neither want for money, Devon, ss.-Biddiford ss.
meat, drink, nor clothes. The Information of Anthony Jones of Biddi
And further confesseth, That after that she ford, in the county aforesaid, husbandman, | Edwards, that the Bevil in the shape of a lion
had made this bargain with the said Susanna taken upon his oath before us Thomas (as she conceived) did come to this examinant, Gist, Mayor of the borough, town, and and lay with her, and bad carnal knowledge of manor of Biddiford
aforesaid, and John her body. And that after the Devil had had Davie, Alderman, two of his majesty's knowledge of ber body, that he did suck her in Justices of the Peace within the same
her secret parts, and that his sucking was so Borough, &c. the 19th day of July. A. D.
hard, which caused her to cry out for the pain 1682.
thereof. The said informant upon this oath saith, That And further confesseth, That on Tuesday in yesterday whilst the said Sasanna Edwards Easter-week, wbich was the 18th day of May was in the town-hall of Biddiford concerning last past, she this examinant did go about the the said Grace Barnes, he did observe the said town of Biddiford to beg some bread, and in Susanna to gripe and twinkle her hands upon her walk she did meet with the said Susanna her own body, in and unusual manner : where- Edwards, who asked for this examinant where upon this informant did say unto her, thou she had been. Unto whom this examinant anDevil
, thou art now tormenting some person or swered, that she had been about the town, and other. Whereupon the said Šusanna was dis- had begged some meat, but could get none. pleased with this Informant, and said, Well Whereupon this examinant together with the enough, I will fit thee. And of that present said Susanna Edwards, did go to the said John time the said Grace Barnes was in great pains Barnes's house, in hope that there they should with prickings and stabbings unto her heart, as have some meat. But the said John Barnes the said Grace did afterwards affirm.
not being within his house, they could get no This Informant further saith, That one of the meat or bread, being denied by the said Grace constables and he, with some others, being sent Barnes and her servant, who would not give by the order of Mr. Mayor to bring the said them any meat. Whereupon the said Susanna Grace unto the town-ball of Biddiford aforesaid; Edwards and this informant went away from inmediately, as soon as they had brought the said the said John Barnes his house. And afterwards Grace unto the town-hall, she the said Susanna on the same day the said Susanna Edwards tarned about and looked upon this informant, did bid this examinant to go to the said John andforthwith this informant was taken in a very Barnes his se again for a farthing's worth sad condition as he was coming up the stairs of of tobacco. Whereupon this said examinant the said town-hall before the Mayor. and did go, but could not have any; whereof this Justices; insomuch that he cried out, Wife I examinant did acquaint the said Susanna Edam now bewitched by this devil Susanna Edwards, who then said that it should be better wards,
for her the said Grace if that she had let this THOMAS Gist, Mayor.
said examinant to have had some tobacco. John Davis, Alderman.
And further confesseth, That on the 16 thday
of this instant month of July, she this examiDevon. ss.-Biddiford, ss.
nant, with the said Susanna, did go to the said The Examination of Mary Trembles of Biddi- / and went at the fore-door invisibly into the
John Barnes his house in Biddiford aforesaid, ford in the county aforesaid, single woman, room, where they did pinch and prick the said taken before Thomas Gist, Mayor of the Graces Barnes almost unto death ; and that borough, town, and manor of Biddiford, she saw the said John Barnes in bed with his aforesaid, and John Davie, Alderman, two wife on the ioner side of the bed. of his majesty's Justices of the Peace within the same borough, &e. the 18th day of how many times the Devil had had the carnal
The said examinant being further demanded July, a. D. 1682.
knowledge of her body besides the time above The said examinant being brought before us, mentioned ; she saith and confesseth, That
the and accused for practising of witchcraft upon Devil hath had the carnal knowledge of her tle body of Grace Barnes the wife of John body three other times ; and that the last of Barnes, of Biddiford aforesaid yeoman, was de- the said three times was upon the said 16th Wanted by us how long shehad practised witch- day of July as she was going towards the
common bakehouse. And that at that time; And confesseth, That this present day sbe this she, with the help of the Devil, would have examinant did prick and torment the said
killed the said Grace Barnes, if that she the Grace Barnes again, (intimating with her fis| said examinant had not spilt some of the meat gers how she did it.) And also confesseth,
she was then carrying unto the said Bake that the Devil did intice hier to make an end house.
of her the said Grace Barnes; apd that he Thomas Gist, Mayor.
told her that he would come again to her once John Davis, Alderman,
more before she should go out of town. An
confesseth, that she can go unto any place in. Devon. ss.— Biddiford, ss.
visible, and yet her body shall be lying in her The Examination of Susanna Edwards of Bid hath appeared unto her in the shape of a lio,
bed. And further confesseth, that the deri diford aforesaid, in the county aforesaid, widow, taken the 10th day of July, A. D.
as she supposed.
Being demanded whether she had done
any bodily hurt unto any other person besides The said examinant being brought before us, the said Grace Barnes, saith and confesseth, and accused for practising of witchcraft upon that she did prick and torment one Dorcas the body of Grace Barnes, the wife of John Coleman, the wife of John Coleman of Biddia Barnes of Biddiford aforesaid yeoman, was de- ford aforesaid mariner. And saith, that she manded by us how long since she had discourse gave herself to the Devil when she did met or familiarity with the Devil; saith, That about with him in Stambridge-Lane, as aforesas! two years ago she did meet with a gentleman And saith, that the said Mary Trembles was a in a field called the Parsonage Close in the town servant unto her this examinant, in like mange of Biddiford. And saith that his apparel was
as she this examinant was a servant unto de all of black. Upon which she did hope to have Devil (whom she called by the appellation of a a piece of money of him. Whereupon the gen- gentleman as aforesaid.) tleman drawing near unto this examinant, she THOMAS Gist, Mayor. did make a curchy or courtesy unto him, as she
John Davie, Alderman. did use so to do to gentlemen. Being demanded what and who the gentle
[Examined with the Original, whereof this is
a true copy. John Hill, Town-Clerk.] man she spake of was, the said examinant answered and said, That it was the Devil.
The Substance of the ist Words and Con. And confessed, That the Devil did ask of her
FESSIONS of Susanna Edwards, Tempe whether she was a poor
unto whom she answered that she was
rance Lloyd, and Mary Trembles, at the
a poor woman ; and that thereupon the Devil in
time and place of their Execution; as the shape of the gentleman did say unto
fully as could be taken in a case liable to her, that if this examinant would grant
so much noise and confusion, as is usual
on such occasions. him one request that she should neither want for neat, drink, nor clothes : whereupon this Mr. H. Mary Trembles, What have you to examinant did 'say unto the said gentleman, say as to the crime you are now to die for ? (or rather the Devil) In the name of God, what Mary. I have spoke as much as I can speak is it that I shall have? Upon which the said already, and can speak no more. gentleman vanished clear away from her. H. In what shape did the Devil come to you?
And further confesseth, That afterwards Mary. The Devil came to me once, I think, there was something in the shape of a little boy like a lion. wbich she thinks to be the Devil, came into H. Did he offer any violence to you? her house and did lie with her and that he did Mary. No, not at all, but did frighten me, suck her at her breast.
and did nothing to me : and I cried to God, And confesseth, that she did afterwards meet and asked what he would have, and he sahim in a place called Stambridge-lane in this nished, parish of Biddiford, leading towards Abbotisham H. Did he give thee any gift, or didst thon (which is the next parish on the west of Bid make him any promise ?- Mary. No. diford aforesaid) where he did suck blood out H. Had he any of thy blood ? – Mary. No of her breast.
H. Did he come to make use of thy body is And further confesseth that on Sunday, a carnal manner? which was the 16th day of July instant, she Mary. Never in my life. this examinant, together with Mary Trembles H. Have you a teat in your privy.parts? of Biddiford aforesaid, single woman, did go Mary. None. The Grand Inquest said it was unto the house of Jonn Barnes of Biddiford sworn to them. aforesaid, yeoman, and that nobody did see
H. Mary 'Trembles, was not the devil there them and that they were in the same room with Susan when I was once in the prison where Grace the wife of the said John Barnes with you, and under her coats ? the other told was, and that there they did prick and pinch the me that he was there, but is now tied ; said Grace Barnes with their fingers, and put that the devil was in the way when I was her to great pain and torment, insomuch that the going to Taunton with my son who is a male paid Grace Barnes was almost dead.
nister. Thou speakest now as a dying worname