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ID Short Description Date City Parish Current County Old county Nation
136

Joan Peterson and her neighbuor (Anonymous 341) were allegedly sitting by her fireside when Peterson shrieked and cried out, asking the neighbour if he saw anything. The neighbour does not at first, then sees what appears to be a black dog go directly to Peterson and put its head under her armpit. He is so astonished and frightened that he runs from the house.(7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 7

1652 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
181

A black cat is seen to repeatedly come to the cradle of a sick child and rock it; when the child is being watched by two women, one drives off the cat with a poker and, when it later returns, the other woman kicks at it. The leg that kicked at the cat becomes sore and swollen, frightening the women, who leave the house and encounter a Baker, who saw Peterson go that way and was frightened by the cat himself. He alleges that Peterson has bewitched the child. The cat is thought to be Peterson herself.(1, 5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 1, 5-6

1652 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
324

Joan Peterson allegedly heals a man of a chronic headache that several doctors could not; the man had been suffering for five weeks and was cured after she gave him a drink and instructed him to take it three times. This account is given as proof of her healing skill.(4-5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 4-5

1652 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
466

Sarah Bowers, a fourteen year old girl, described as "of a Temper pretty Brisk and Lively, somewhat given to Pride," starts having fits the day when she feels an invisible hand might hit her on the back while in a yard near her aunt's house. She is struck to the ground, where she lies some time as if dead. These fits continue for weeks.(3)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 3

1693 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
467

Sarah Bower has a fit during which she cannot speak for days and has visions during which she sees heaven and hell and speaks to something that "appear'd to her in the shape of an Angel with Wings, in a flaming Light, which she calls the Man of God." This Angel (Anonymous 27) councils her not to fall prey to Satan and predicts she will die soon. The Angel also passed on words for Sarah Bower to repeat to the people of England," That if the People of London, and England, did not speedily repent from their Sins, especially that of Pride in Apparrel and turn from the Evil of their Ways, God Almighty would give them up as a Prey to their Enemies." Sarah Bower then concludes that her speech would be taken away again, only to be restored on St. Thomas' Day at Christmas, when she "should declare many more Things." These events are witnessed by her neighbours (Anonymous 100).(4-5)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 4-5

1693 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
468

Sarah Bowers, a fourteen year old girl suffering from fits, declares that "at Two a Clock in the Afternoon, she must go and meet the Black Man that had appeared to her in the Neighbours House afore-mentioned," a man (Anonymous 237) who allegedly offered the girl riches in return for blood from her arm. Sarah Bower's speech then leaves her, and "she began to throttle in her Mouth as formerly," and she takes to reading Chapter 17 of the Gospel of Matthew in the Bible, while making a buzzing noise and pointing to every Verse and Line with her finger, as her neighbours (Anonymous 100) witness.(5 - 6)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 5 - 6

1693 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
497

Joan Peterson is apprehended by order of a warrant signed by Mr. Waterton at the urging of Abraham Vandenbemde, Thomas Collet and their confederates, and her house searched by the confederation for images of clay, hair, and nails; the searchers are unable to find any such items. (4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 4

1652, March 7 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
498

Joan Peterson is carried before Mr. Waterton, a Justice of the Peace, by the confederation of Abraham Vandenbemde, Thomas Collet and Anonymous 139 to have her examination taken; when examined by Waterton, Peterson denies the charges of having used witchcraft to take the life of Lady Powell. Furthermore, she denies ever having heard of Lady Powell prior to being approached by Anne Hook to testify against Anne Levingston.(4-5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 4-5

1652, March 7 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
499

Justice Waterton orders Joan Peterson illegally searched for witch's marks, but nothing supporting the suspicion that she is a witch can be found. Peterson is released on bail, on the condition that she return for the next sessions.(5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 5

1652 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
500

Joan Peterson is apprehended and tried a second time on the matter of Lady Powel's demise; she is told by the confederation of Abraham Vandenbemde, Thomas Collet and Anonymous 139 that she need not fear to confess, that they sought not her life but testimony against Anne Levingston, who had inherited Lady Powel's estate. Peterson maintained that she had not known or heard of Lady Powel, and that while she knew Levingstone, had conducted no business with her for over a year.(5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 5

1652, March 14 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
501

Joan Peterson is illegally searched a second time for witch's marks, this time in a "most unnaturall & Barbarous manner" by a jury of four women brought in specifically for the task. One of these women reports to Justice Waterton that Peterson has one teat more than most women in her secret parts; Justice Waterton uses this finding to have her committed to Newgate Prison.(5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 5-6

1652, March 14 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
502

Joan Peterson is indicted, arraigned before Mr. Recorder and tried before a jury for witchcraft; the confederates (Abraham Vandenbemde, Thomas Collet and Anonymous 339) produce many poor women of ill repute to give testimony against her. Peterson again denies knowing Lady Powel, and insists she had no part in her death. (6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 6

1652, April 5 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
503

Joan Peterson is executed for bewitching Christopher Wilson on 12 April, 1652. To the end, she refused to confess anything against Anne Levingston. Peterson stated that she had already confessed all she could before the bench and that she had made her peace with God.(9)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 9

1652, April 12 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
849

Sarah Bower, a fourteen year old girl, finds her side is numb after her fit. She bends at the waist from the weight of her limbs that hang as though dead, although before these fits she was "very straight and went very well." She is only somewhat recovered when "A Chyrurgeon (Anonymous 99) being sent for [...] blooded her." (3)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 3

1693 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
851

After six weeks of experiencing fits, Sarah Bower rises in the monring and "out of her wonted Fits, she was taken Speechless," and her tongue is placed at the back of her throat. Richard Dirby, with the permission of Sarah Bower's aunt, tries to move it, but it is fixed.(4)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 4

1693 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
853

Sarah Bower, a fourteen year old girl suffering for a number of extraordinary fits, is approached by a "Gentleman all in Black" (Anonymous 237) who offers her riches in the form of money, suits of head-cloths, and very high top-knots in exchange for blood from her arm, which would make her his. The gentleman takes out a knife "she thought, to cut her Arm," causing her to cry out so her neighbours (Anonymous 100) come, upon which the "Devil immediately Vanished." When Sarah Bower tries to explain what happened, all assume that "some Rogue had attempted to Rob the House," and Sarah Bower remains speechless until the following Thursday, upon which occasion she told her neighbours of the gentleman in black, and how "he had sort of broad Feet like a Cow."(3-4)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 3-4

1693 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
985

Numerous Justices of the Peace at Hicks Hall and the Old Bailey declare that they are unsatisfied with the proceedings and proof against Jane Peterson; they indicate that there was a design to the whole affair related to a prejudice against Anne Levingston.(11)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 11

1652 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
986

The confederation of Abraham Vandenbemde, Thomas Collet and Anonymous 139, and their agents, repeatedly promise Jane Peterson a reprieve or pardon if she will confess that Anne Levingston had employed her to kill Lady Powel; Peterson refuses to make a false confession, going so far as to punch one member of the confederation in the nose and declare him a rogue.(8-9)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 8-9

1652, April 7 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
2052

Abraham Vandenbemde, Thomas Collet and their confederates offer Joan Simpson money to swear that Anne Levington used witchcraft to take Lady Powel's life, as part of a plot to kill Levington. (3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 3

1651, December Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
2053

Anne Hook, in the employ of Abraham Vandenbemde, Thomas Collet and their confederates, approaches Joan Simpson and successfully persuades her to swear against Anne Levingston by offering Simpson half the six score pounds Hook is being paid to do so herself; Simpson discovers the murder plot against Levingston shortly thereafter and refuses to swear, finding the whole business abominable.(3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 3

1652, January 10 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
2054

Anne Hook, in the employ of Abraham Vandenbemde, Thomas Collet and their confederates, approaches Joan Peterson and offers her money to swear that Anne Levingston had procured powders and seeds from Peterson to help her in her lawsuits, and to provoke unlawful love; Peterson refuses.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 4

1652, January Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
2057

Joan Peterson is alleged to have conspired with another Gentlewoman (presumed to be Anne Levingston) "to administer a potion, or posset, to the Lady Powel," who died shortly after drinking it. (8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Tryall and Examination of Mrs. Joan Peterson. London: 1652, 8

1591 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
2058

Joan Peterson, at her trial, allegedly renounces all witchcraft and confesses that "she administer'd not any thing to the Lady, but what was comfortable and nourishing."(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Tryall and Examination of Mrs. Joan Peterson. London: 1652, 8

1652, April 7 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
2069

Joan Peterson allegedly helped a cow-keeper's wife (Anonymous 342) with a bewitched cow; Peterson first boiled the woman's urine and divined the identity of the bewitcher in the liquid's surface, then advised her on what to do to reverse the bewitchment.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 4

1652 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
2071

Joan Peterson is alleged to have a familiar in the shape of a squirrel, which a maidservant saw and heard talking with Peterson through the night; the maidservant is so frightened by this she lay as if in a trance, and the next day recalls hearing every word but was bewitched by hearing it and rendered unable to remember a thing of what was said. Peterson's son also allegedly tells his schoolfellows that his mother can do such strange things because of the squirrel's teachings.(5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 5-6

1652 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
2959

Sarah Bower, a fourteen year girl, experiences "most strange and unaccountable Fits," in intervals over several weeks. These fits are thought to be caused by "Fright she might receive by the Stroke on the Back." Many doctors (Anonymous 481) visit Sarah Bower, including Richard Dirby, and gave her "Comfortable things to take." However, they all believe "they never were with any Patient that had such Fits before."(3)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 3

1693 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
2960

Two a Clock, the day Sarah Bower predicted she must meet a Gentleman in Black (Anonymous 237) who visited her and offered her money for blood for her arm, "with great Strength and Violence she found her self or was forced out of the Room," and went to the yard, where "she was soon thrown to the Ground in a strange manner," and experienced fits more violent than she ever had before. However, all witnesses (Anonymous 100) could see "no Form or Shape visible to them," that would cause her to fall.(6)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 6

1693 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
2961

Sarah Bower, a fourteen year old girl from Wapping, continues to experience fits as witnessed by many of her neighbours (Anonymous 100). It is observed that sometimes her fits, believed to be caused by the Devil in the form of an "evil spirit" (Anonymous 238) are quiet before a divine visits her, but causes her nonetheless to "be troublesome, sometimes falling out a Laughing, other times making Faces at them." Sarah Bower sometimes barks like a dog during prayers, or spits in the faces of those praying. She also is allegedly thrown from "one end of the Bed to the other," and tears her clothes. She becomes so strong that "scarce six Men can hold her in." Other strange noises Sarah Bower reportedly makes are lowing like a bull, and roaring like a lion. The Devil (Anonymous 238) is thought to appear before her in the "hideous Shape of a Monstrous Fiery Dragon, other whiles a Lyon." She seems caught between the Angel pulling her towards God, and the Devil towards Hell.(6 - 7)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 6 - 7

1693 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England