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ID Short Description Date City Parish Current County Old county Nation
3

Elizabeth Francis alleges in her confession that, after Andrew Byles was dead, she discovered she was pregnant with his child. She appealed to Sathan, her familiar, for advice on how to abort it, and he instructed her to "take a certayne herbe and drinke it." She did, and it "destroyed the childe forthwyth." (9, 11)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 9, 11

1545 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
4

Elizabeth Francis alleges in her confession, that her marriage to Christopher Francis was filled with "much vnquietnes and [was] moued to swearing and cursinge." Desiring to remedy their relationship, Elizabeth asks Sathan to kill their daughter, now a year and a half old. This, however, did not bring Francis "the quietnes that she desyred."(9, 11-12)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 9, 11-12

1548 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
5

Elizabeth Francis alleges in her confession, that she instructed Sathan to lame her husband, Christopher Francis, when their relationship remained unsatisfactory following the death of their daughter. Sathan did so by lying in Christopher's shoe in the shape of a toad for him to discover with his toes. Christopher, amazed by the toad, asked Elizabeth what it was, and she told him to kill it. When he did, he was struck with "a lamenes wherof he can not healed."(9, 11-12)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 9, 11-12

1548 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
6

Elizabeth Francis alleges in her confession that she kept Sathan for 15 or 16 years before tiring of him. At that time, she gave Sathan to Mother Agnes Waterhouse in exchange for a cake. Francis also passed on the instructions her grandmother, Eve of Hatfield Peverel, had given her, to give Sathan blood and feed him with milk and bread.(9, 12-13)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 9, 12-13

1557 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
9

Mother Agnes Waterhouse is executed for witchcraft on July 29, 1566. On the day of her execution, she "bewayled, repented, and asked mercy of God, and all the worlde forgyuenes, and thus she yelded vp her sowle, trusting to be in ioye with Christe her sauiour, whiche dearely had bought her with his most precious bloudde."(38-40)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 38-40

1566, July 29   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
10

Elizabeth Francis alleges in her confession that she attempted to borrow yeast from her neighbor, Alice Poole, but when she was refused, she left the house cursing. After this refusal, a white-colored spirit in the shape of a little rugged dog appeared to Francis. She bid the spirit to go to Poole and plague her, which the spirit agreed to do in exchange for a crust of white bread. Thereafter, Poole was said to be grievously pained in her head.(6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 6

1579 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
11

Elizabeth Francis is executed in April, 1579 having confessed to bewitching Alice Poole. (A4V-A5, A5-A5v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, A4V-A5, A5-A5v

1579, April   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
12

Ellen Smith's daughter allegedly has a falling out with the daughter of Widow Webbe of Maldon. The day after the falling out, Ellen Smith strikes Widow Webbe's daughter, Susan Webbe, on the face, causing the girl to sicken and die two days later. Susan Webbe is said to have cried "away with the witch, away with the witch" as she languished on her sickbed.(8-9)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 8-9

1579 Maldon  Maldon All Saints  Essex  Essex  England 
13

Ellen Smith of Maldon is allegedly executed for witchcraft in April, 1579.(1, 9)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 1, 9

1579, April   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
14

Mother Staunton allegedly came to Richard Saunder's home, and was turned away when she tried to borrow yeast from Mrs. Saunder. Mother Staunton is said to have left the home murmuring, and shortly after her departure the Saunders' baby became violently sick. When Mrs. Saunder picked up the infant to comfort it, the cradle continued rocking of its own accord, and would not stop until a visiting gentleman stabbed it repeatedly with his dagger.(11)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 11

1579 Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
15

Mother Staunton allegedly came to William Corner's home and demanded various things, including a piece of leather, from Mrs. Corner, which Mrs. Corner denied her. Staunton then demanded to know how many children she had, to which Mrs. Corner replied that she had one. The child soon suffered from sweating and chills, and started shrieking and staring and wringing and writhing until it was thought the child must surely die of it.(12)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 12

1579 Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
16

Mother Staunton allegedly came to Robert Cornell's home twice to ask milk from Mrs. Cornell, but Mrs. Cornell turned her away and barred the door both times due to the suspicion that Staunton was a witch. The second time she came to the house, Staunton drew a circle in the dirt with a knife outside the front door, marking it with the compass points. When asked, she claimed to be digging a "shyting house" for herself. The next day, Mrs. Cornell left the house through that door, and is said to have taken sick with an illness that caused her to swell up as with child until she feared she would burst.(12-13)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 12-13

1579 Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
17

Mother Staunton is tried for murder in April of 1579, and found to be not guilty. (10)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 10

1579, April   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
18

Mother Nokes allegedly bewitches the limbs of two servants in the service of Thomas Spycer, Anonymous 58 and Anonymous 366. Anonymous 58 had snatched a pair of gloves from Mother Nokes' daughter, to which Nokes said "I will bounce him well enough," causing his limbs to give out. Anonymous 366 was afflicted when Anonymous 58 sent him to return the gloves on his behalf . Mother Nokes afflicted the boy's limbs are so badly afflicted that Thomas Spycer had to have him brought home in a wheelbarrow, and he was unable to move from his bed for eight days.(15-16)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 15-16

1579   Lambert, Lambert End, Lambourne  Essex  Essex  England 
19

Mother Nokes allegedly catches her husband, Mr. Nokes, having an affair with the wife (Anonymous 365) of a Lamberd Ende tailor. In revenge, Mother Nokes is said to have told the the tailor's wife that she will not keep her nursing child. Shortly thereafter, the child dies.(16)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 16

1579   Lambert, Lambert End, Lambourne  Essex  Essex  England 
20

Mother Nokes is allegedly executed in April, 1579 for practicing witchcraft at Chelmsford.(1)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 1

1579, April   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
22

Ursley Kempe allegedly sends her familiar Jacke to kill her brother's wife, Mrs. Kempe, because she "had called her whore and witche."(18)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 18

1582, February   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
24

Ursley Kempe confesses to sending her familiar Tyttey to plague Thorlowe's wife [Grace Thurlowe] by hurting her knee.(23-24)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 23-24

1582   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
25

Ursley Kempe is condemned in April, 1582 for being a witch and using magic to harm others.(19)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 19

1582   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
26

Joan Pechey is accused by Ales Hunt of being skilfull and cunning in witchery.(A4-A4v)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, A4-A4v

1582, February 25   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
27

Elizabeth Bennet is accused of bewitching William and Joan Byet and three of his livestock, all of which died. She also confesses to bewitching William Willes' wife and William Willinga[...]e.(102)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 102

1582   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
28

Annis Glascocke is allegedly identified by one of her old roommates as "a naughtie woman, and a dealer in witchcrafte," according to Michael Stevens. Glascocke "denyeth that she knewe anye such woman, or that any such speaches were vsed vnto her." (38)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 38

1582, March   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
29

Alice Manfielde is accused of sending her imp Robin to plague Cheston's bull, make it pine, and die. This was seen as an act of retribution; Cheston's wife allegedly chides Manfielde and speaks many evil words to her.(63)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 63

1575   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
30

Alice Manfielde is accused of bewitching Joan Cheston's cattle.(70)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 70

1582   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
31

Alice Manfielde is condemned of witchcraft, and swiftly executed in April, 1582.(61)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 61

1582, April   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
32

Margaret Grevell is accused by John Carter of bewitching a brew and halting beer production in her town.(73-79 )

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 73-79

1582   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
33

Margaret Grevell is sent to prison for her mischievous actions.(68)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 68

1582   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
34

Elizabeth Ewstace is accused of hurting Felice Okey's geese. Felice Okey testifies against Elizabeth Ewstace during her trial. (75)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 75

1582   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
35

Elizabeth Ewstace allegedly threatens Felice Okey's husband, leaving him bewitched for a short while with scratches on his face, and no ability to see, hear, or speak.(76)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 76

1582   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
36

Elizabeth Ewstace is interrogated in prison by Brian Darcey; she denies participating in a malefic conspiracy with Alice Manfield, noting that their only business has been when she buys ointment from Manfield to treat her lameness.(79)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 79

1582, February   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
37

Annis Herd is accused by several Little Okeley residents of bewitching, and is sent to prison.(93-94)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 93-94

1582, March 17   Little Oakey  Essex  Essex  England 
38

Joan Robinson is accused of bewitching animals and men.(100)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 100

1582   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
39

Joan Cunny confesses sending her familiars to hurt John Sparrow's wife, and to knock over a stack of logs in John Glascock's yard.(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, 8

1589, March   Stistead  Essex  Essex  England 
40

Joan Cunny confesses to sending her familiars to hurt William Unglee of Stisted, a Miller, but they are unsuccessful. Instead, the familiars hurt Barnaby Griffen, one of Unglee's workers.(2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, 2

1589, March   Stistead  Essex  Essex  England 
41

Joan Cunny confesses to sending her familiars to hurt Master Kitchin, the town Minister, but they were not able to because of his strong religious faith.(2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, 2

1589, March   Stistead  Essex  Essex  England 
42

Joan Cunny confesses sending her familiars to hurt George Coe, the town shoe maker, but they are not able to because of his strong religious faith.(2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, 2

1589, March   Stistead  Essex  Essex  England 
43

Joan Upney confesses to sending her familiar toad to pinch and suck at John Harrolde's wife until she died. (8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, 8

1584 East London  Dagenham  Essex  Essex  England 
45

Joan Cunny is executed in Chelmsford on 5 July, 1589.(14)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, 14

1589, July 5   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
46

Joan Prentice is executed in Chelmsford on 5 July, 1589.(14)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, 14

1589, July 5   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
47

A group of nine people (eight men and one woman) rob and murder Anthony James, a wealthy Yeoman, and his wife (Anonymous 66). The robbers take gold, silver, plates, and rings. They then stab Anthony James and his wife (Anonymous 66) with daggers to kill them. The children, Anthony James (Jr.) and Elizabeth James are kidnapped. (4-5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Cruel and Bloody Murder Committed by an Inkeepers wife, called Annis Dell, and her Son George Dell. London: 1606, 4-5

1602     Essex  Essex  England 
96

Joan Prentice confesses that the Devil appeared to her in the form of a ferret with firey eyes, and demanded her soul and blood in order to create an allegiance to him. The ferret sucked blood from Prentice's finger and told her its name was Bidd.(11)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, 11

1585   Henningham Sibble  North Essex  Essex  England 
99

Alice Newman allegedly plagues a nobleman with a spirit.(54)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 54

1582   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
100

Margery Sammon confesses to taking two spirits from her mother.(47)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 47

1582, February 25   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
113

Elizabeth Francis alleges in her confession that Elizabeth Lord bewitched John Fraunces, servant to Goodman Some, by giving him a drink that caused him to sicken and die.(5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 5-6

1572 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
114

Cysley Sellis allegedly bewitches Thomas Death's child (Anonymous 207) to death.(100)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 100

1582   Little Clacton  Essex  Essex  England 
120

Elizabeth Gooding is accused of causing the death of a horse.(7)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 7

1645, April Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
121

Anne Leech confesses sending an imp to kill Mr. Edward's cows.(8)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 8

1645 Mistley  Mistley  Northeast Essex  Essex  England 
122

Hellen Clark confesses to having the devil appear to her in the form of a white dog, which she names Elimanzer and feeds with milk-pottage.(10)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 10

1645 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
124

Mary Johnson allegedly bewitches Elizabeth Otley's child to death. She apparently shoved her familiar, a rat-like imp she carried with her in her pocket, through a hole in Otley's door, suggesting it should "rock the Cradle," and "do the businesse she sent it about, and return to her again." The business it was sent to do was murder. (17)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 17

1645 Wivenhoe    North Eastern Essex  Essex  England 
126

Anne Cooper allegedly sends one of her Imps to kill a young girl named Mary.(19)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 19

1645 Clacton-on-Sea  Great Clacton  Essex  Essex  England 
128

Elizabeth Harvey claims that if she was a witch, that she was made so by Marian Hocket.(30)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 30

1645 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
129

Marian Hockett denies any involvement with witchcraft.(28)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 28

1645 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
130

Rose Hallybread explains that she fed her familar with oatmeal, and allowed it to suckle upon her body as payment for services rendered.(29-30)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 29-30

1645   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
131

Joyce Boanes allegedly went to John Spall's home, and used imps to kill ten or twelve of his sheep.(31)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 31

1645   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
132

Rebbecca Jones confesses that a very handsome young man appeared to her, who may have been the devil.(36-37)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 36-37

1645   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
134

Anne Cate (Maidenhead) claims to have received three familiar spirits in the shape of moles, named James, Prickeare, and Robyn. She also received a familiar in the shape of a Sparrow, named Sparrow, from her mother (Anonymous 345) circa 1623. These familiars allegedly spoke to Cate, and instructed her to "deny God and Christ, which this Examinant did then assent unto."(38)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 38

1623 Great Holland    Essex  Essex  England 
135

Elizabeth Hare is accused of giving Imps to Mary Smith.(23)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 23

1645     Essex  Essex  England 
198

Elizabeth Clarke of Manningtree, according to the second hand report given by Matthew Hopkins, allegedly enjoyed six or seven years of tri-weekly "carnall copulation with the Devil six or seven yeares, who, "in shape of a proper Gentleman, with a laced band, having the whole proportion of a man, and would say to her, Besse I must lye with you, and shee did never deny him." (2)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 2

1645 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
199

Elizabeth Clarke of Manningtree confesses to having killed Mr. Edwards' hogs.(3)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 3

1645 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
240

Mother Agnes Waterhouse alleges in her confession that, after she received the familiar Sathan from Elizabeth Francis, she decided to try him out by asking him to kill one of her hogs. When he did, she gave him a chicken and a drop of her blood as payment.(13-14)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 13-14

1557 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
266

Ursley Kempe allegedly bewitches Grace Thurlowe's infant, causing the child to fall out of her cradle and break its neck. Kempe later confessed to this crime, claiming that she had sent her familiar Tyffin to hide in the cradle and rock it, jostling the infant, causing it to fall out and break its neck. (Av-A2)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, Av-A2

1581   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
267

Ursley Kempe appears without having been called for and offers to cure Grace Thurlowe's lameness for the cost of twelve pence. Thurlowe accepts the offer and agrees to the price and "she was wel & in good case as shee was before." However, when Kempe appears to collect the money, "saide Grace made answere, that shee was a poore and a needie woman, and had no money: & then the said Ursley requested of her cheese for it: but she said she had none." Kempe left, vexed and annoyed and claimed that she would be even with Thurlowe, and indeed she was. It wasn't simply that Thurlowe's illness returned, it was that she could, from that point in time, never return to health without it appearing that it was costing her son his health to do so: "she saith, that when she is any thing well or beginneth to amend, then her childe is tormented, and so continueth for a time in a very strange case, and when he beginneth to amend: Then shee the saide Grace becommeth so lame, as without helpe shee is not able to arise, or to turne her in her bed."(A2-A2v)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, A2-A2v

1580   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
268

Annis Letherdall accuses Ursley Kempe of bewitching her daughter, Elizabeth Letherdall. Kempe had sent her own son, Thomas Rabbet to Letherdall's home to request some scouring sand, and offered to dye some hose in return. Letherdall refused and sent Kempe's son away empty handed. Upon witnessing Letherdall's daughter Elizabeth carry some sand to another neighbor, Kempe cursed the girl in revenge, causing her belly and private parts to swell. (5)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 5

1581   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
269

Alice Newman, at Ursula Kempe's behest, conspires to sends her spirit Jacke to bewitch Edna Stratton to death. Kempe had been insulted by Edna' husband, and refused spices by Edna herself. This was considered an act of just retribution. (BV, B2)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, BV, B2

1581, December   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
270

Ursley Kempe accuses Ales Newman of sending the spirit Pigin to plague a child.(28)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 28

1582, February 9   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
282

Joan Cunny of Stisted confesses that she learned the art of witchcraft from Mother Humfrey. Humfrey allegedly showed Cunny how to pray to the Devil by kneeling and making a circle on the ground.(5 or A3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, 5 or A3

1589, March 30   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
407

Anthony Smith's wife of Horkesley, Essex gives birth on 21 April, 1532 to a monstrous male child that has no limbs or tongue(1)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The True Reporte of the Forme and Shape of a Monstrous Childe, borne at Muche Horkesleye. London: 1562, 1

1532, April 21   Muche Horkesleye  Essex  Essex  England 
514

Elizabeth Saunders and Thomas Saunders describe their daughter's feigned possession.()

Appears in:
Anonymous. Examinat[i]o . . . Attorn[atus] gen[er]alis quer[ens] v[e]r[su]s Tho[mas] Saunders et Kathere[n] Malpas senior def[endan]tes. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), Star Chamber (STAC) 8 32/13, fol. 1v.: 1622,

1620, December     Essex  Essex  England 
516

Katheren Malpas suffers from a long brutal possession. She accuses Goodwife White of bewitching her, but retracts the accusation against White when visited by her. Malpas claims later that her bewitchment was feigned.()

Appears in:
Anonymous. Examinat[i]o . . . Attorn[atus] gen[er]alis quer[ens] v[e]r[su]s Tho[mas] Saunders et Kathere[n] Malpas senior def[endan]tes. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), Star Chamber (STAC) 8 32/13, fol. 1v.: 1622,

1620, December     Essex  Essex  England 
518

Anne Godfrey accuses Anne Heldyn of causing her fits. She is found guilty of slander. She is sentenced to the stocks for two hours and held in the house of correction for eight months.()

Appears in:
Anonymous. Examinat[i]o . . . Attorn[atus] gen[er]alis quer[ens] v[e]r[su]s Tho[mas] Saunders et Kathere[n] Malpas senior def[endan]tes. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), Star Chamber (STAC) 8 32/13, fol. 1v.: 1622,

1620, April 7     Essex  Essex  England 
561

Thomas Rabbet accused Ales Newman allegedly sends two familiars, one to kill Johnson and one to plague his wife.(11)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 11

1582, February 25   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
562

Joan Pechey is allegedly accused by Ales Hunt's mother of being skilled at witchcraft.(12)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 12

1582, February 24   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
564

Febey Hunt says that her mother-in-law, Ales Hunt, has two familiars she describes as "little thinges like horses, the one white, the other blacke, the which shee kept in a litle lowe earthen pot with woll, colour white and blacke: and that they stoode in her chamber by her bed side, and saith, that shee hath seene her mother to feede them with milke out of a blacke trening dishe, things that are like horses which she keeps in an earthen pot."(14)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 14

1582, February 25   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
565

Ursley Kempe claims to have learned how to unwitch herself from 'one Cockes wife of Weley.'(17)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 17

1570   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
566

William Hook accuses Ales Newman of having bewitched her husband.(16)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 16

1582, February 23   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
567

Elizabeth Bennet informs (in front of Brian Darcey) on the case of Ales Newman. She states that Ales Newman never sent her familiars to plague Johnson and his wife.(16)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 16

1582, February 24   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
568

Annis Glascocke is searched by Annis Letherdall and Margaret Sympson. Glascocke is found to have witch's marks on her left shoulder and thigh that look like they had been sucked, just like Ursley Kempe.(40)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 40

1582, February 24   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
569

Margery Sammon is accused of having inherited her deceased mother, Mother Barnes' familiars. Sammon first confesses to returned home to care for her mother for the six months before her death, but she both denies that she had "any spirites of her sayd Mother, or that her mother had any to her knowledge." Having been pulled aside by her sister Ales Hunt, Sammon later confesses to have received two familiars, Tom and Robbyn, from her mother on the day she died.(C4-C4v)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, C4-C4v

1582, February 25   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
570

Mother Agnes Waterhouse alleges in her confession that she had "yued somwhat vnquietly" with her husband and for this reason caused Sathan to kill him. This was about nine years prior to her trial, and she had lived as a widow since.(13, 15)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 13, 15

1557 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
571

Ellen Smith's son is allegedly turned away by John Eastwood when begging for alms and went home to tell his mother; shortly thereafter Eastwood is taken with a great pain in his body. That night, Eastwood and a visiting neighbor see a rat run up the chimney and a toad fall back out. They seize the toad in tongs and thrust it into the fire, which causes the fire to burn bright blue and almost go out. This act is said to have caused Smith great pain, to the point where she came to the house to investigate, pretending to merely be inquiring after the well-being of the inhabitants. Eastwood sends her away with the insistence that all is well.(7-8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 7-8

1579 Maldon  Maldon All Saints  Essex  Essex  England 
572

Elizabeth Francis alleges in her confession that Mother Osborne is a witch and has a mark on the end of her fingers like a pit, and another mark on the outside of her right leg that Francis believes to have been plucked out by Osborne's familiar spirit. Francis saw the marks when Mother Osborne asked her for help with her sore legs; the marks are said to be similar to ones Francis' sister, Mother Waterhouse, has.(6-7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 6-7

1579   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
573

Mother Staunton allegedly made demands of John Cornell the younger and took offense when she was denied; immediately after, his cattle are said to have given gory stinking blood instead of milk, and one of his cows became so stricken that it never recovered.(14)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 14

1579 Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
574

William Bonner accuses Elizabeth Bennet of causing his wife's lip to swell and her eyes to sink in by kissing her.(20)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 20

1582, February 24   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
575

Ursley Kempe informs against Elizabeth Bennet which leads to her being apprehended. After this, Elizabeth Bennet is pressured to confess. She admits sending her familiars to plague her neighbour's cattle.()

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582,

1582, February 22   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
576

Arnold's wife of Sudbury is identified as a witch by Annis Glascocke during her trial.(39)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 39

1582, February 24   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
577

Annis Glasgocke calls Ursley Kempe a whore and accuses her bewitching her because she cannot weep.(41)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 41

1582, February 24   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
578

Ales Hunt is tried for witchcraft (in front of Brian Darcey). She confesses that two spirits appeared to her and said that Ursley Kempe would betray her.(41)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 41

1528, February 24   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
579

Alice Hunt confesses that her sister, Margery Sammon, has two familiars that she inherited from their mother.(43)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 43

1582, February 24   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
580

Joan Pechey is accused during her trial of lying in bed naked with her own son. She denies this, but her son confesses that this is true.(48)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 48

1582, February   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
581

Robert Sanneuet accuses Elizabeth Ewstace of bewitching him circa 1567 and Margaret Ewstace of bewitching his brother Crosse circa 1570.(49)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 49

1582, March 9   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
582

Henry Sellis is accused by Richard Ross of bewitching his horses to death in 1574. (51)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 51

1582, March 1   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
583

Henry Sellis describes (to Brian Darcey) how his mother, Cysely Sellis, kept her goose-eyed black male imp, Hercules (or Jacke) and her white female imp, Mercurie hidden by "foure Brome fagots" in the roots of a crabtree, where they "stand and lye vpo~ a sleese of wooll."(52)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 52

1582, March 3   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
584

Joan Cunny of Stisted allegedly cast a circle in John Wiseman's field called Cowfenn, in which two black frogs appear. Cunny makes a deal with the fogs, named Jack and Jill, where she will give them her soul in return for their powerful services.(5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, 5

1589, March   Stistead  Essex  Essex  England 
588

George Dell murders Anthony James (Jr.) by first stuffing his mouth with cow dung so he would not make any noise, then slitting his throat from ear to ear. After the deed is done, George Dell ties the boy to a stake and throws him in a bottomless pond instead of giving him a proper Christian burial.(5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Cruel and Bloody Murder Committed by an Inkeepers wife, called Annis Dell, and her Son George Dell. London: 1606, 5

1606 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
589

Elizabeth James (the sister of Anthony James (Jr.) and daughter of Anthony James and Anonymous 66) is miraculously able to tell others of her family's murder, after being mute for four years because her tongue had been cut out by George and Annis Dell. She is questioned by many authority figures - one dresses up as a devil to try and scare her - but Elizabeth James' story always stays the same and she is therefore considered to be telling the truth.(15-16)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Cruel and Bloody Murder Committed by an Inkeepers wife, called Annis Dell, and her Son George Dell. London: 1606, 15-16

1606 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
594

Joan Prentice confesses that she sent her familiar Bidd to nip Sara Glacock as retribution for being denied alms at Maister Glascock's door. Prentice claims that Bidd, against her orders, killed the child. When she confronted and scolded Bidd, it disappeared.()

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589,

1589, February 28   Henningham Sibble  North Essex  Essex  England 
595

Joan Prentice confesses to sending her familiar Bidd to destroy the brew William Adam's wife was making, as retribution because of their falling out.(Image 6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, Image 6

1588, March 31   Henningham Sibble  North Essex  Essex  England 
596

Elizabeth Francis alleges in her confession that Elizabeth Lord bewitched Jone Roberts, servant to old Highham, by giving her a piece of apple cake that caused her to sicken and die.(6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 6

1579 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
597

Widow Webbe allegedly sees a spirit in the shape of a black dog leave her house immediately after the death of her daughter; the child died after two days of illness following a blow to the face from Ellen Smith.(8-9)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 8-9

1579 Maldon  Maldon All Saints  Essex  Essex  England 
598

Alice Chaundeler, the mother of Ellen Smith, is alleged to have been a witch, and to have been executed for witchcraft.(7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 7

1579. Maldon  Maldon All Saints  Essex  Essex  England 
599

Ellen Smith, as alleged in her son's confession, kept three familiar spirits: Greate Dicke, contained in a wicker bottle; Little Dicke, contained in a leather bottle; and Willet, contained in a wool pack. When Smith's house was searched, the containers were found, but the spirits were gone.(9)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 9

1579 Maldon  Maldon All Saints  Essex  Essex  England 
601

Elizabeth Francis alleges in her confession that she first learned witchcraft from her grandmother, Eve of Hatfield Peverel, at the age of 12. Grandmother Eve instructed her to renounce God and his Word.(9-11)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 9-11

1542 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
602

John Sellis, the youngest son of Cysley and Henry Sellis, testifies (in front of Brian Darcey) against his parents. He describes an encounter with his parents' white familiar "Impe" and black familiar "John" claiming that "one night there was a blacke thing like his sister, that tooke him by the legge and that hee cried out, saying, father, father, come helpe me and defende mee, for there is a blacke thing that hath me by the legge: at which he saith, his father said to his mother, ye stinking whore what meane yee? can yee not keepe your imps from my children." He also claimed that he had seen "his father to feede them out of a blacke dish with a woodden spone," and "his mother to feed them twise, and that out of a dish with a spone with thinne milke."(53)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 53

1582, March 3   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
603

John and Cysley Sellis are accused by Joan Smith of bewitching a child to death.(53)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 53

1581 (one holy day in the after noone sithence Michaelmas before the trial)   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
604

Henry and Cysley Sellis are tried for witchcraft (by Brian Darcey). Henry Sellis denies having had any part in the death of Richard Ross's horses. Cysley denies any harsh conversation with Ross's wife.(58)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 58

1582, March 1   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
605

Cysley Sellis is searched by Ales Gilney, Joan Smith, and Margaret Simpson for witch's marks. The marks they find are identified as witch's marks on the basis that they are like Ursley Kempe's marks (who was identified as a witch).(58)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 58

1582, March 1   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
606

Ales Baxster is unable to speak or stand after a 'thinge all white like a Cat' paws at her chest.(60)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 60

1581 ? (circa Hallymas pre-trial)   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
615

Ales Hunt and her mother, the Widow Barnes are accused by Ursely Kempe of bewitching Rebecca Durrant, a crime for which Hunt is indicted and tried, but found not guilty.(D4v)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, D4v

1582, March 29   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
616

Cysley Sellis is accused by Thomas Death of bewitching his son, John to death. A crime for which she is indicted, found guilty, and remanded. (D8v)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, D8v

1582, March 29   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
617

Thomas Death accuses Cysley Sellis of murdering his calve.(68)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 68

1558, March 1   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
618

John Carter testifies (to Brian Darcey) that he denied Margaret Grevell alms. During the next days, he and his family were unable to brew beer.(72)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 72

1558, March 13   Thorpe-le-Soken  Essex  Essex  England 
619

Nicholas Stricklande testifies (to Brian Darcey) that Margaret Grevell sent her son to buy a rack of mutton from him; he asked him to return in the afternoon. A few days after turning Grevell away, Stricklande's wife is unable to produce butter.(74)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 74

1558, March   Thorpe-le-Soken  Essex  Essex  England 
620

Joan Cunny confesses to sending her familiars Jack and Jill to hurt many people over the span of sixteen to twenty years, but she cannot remember an exact number of people.(2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, 2

1589, March   Stistead  Essex  Essex  England 
636

Margaret Cunny, daughter of Joan Cunny, has a falling out with Father Hurrill and curses him. Because of this, Joan Cunny believes that she may have sent her familiars to her daughter.(2-3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, 2-3

1589, March   Stistead  Essex  Essex  England 
637

Joan Cunny denies sending her familiars to hurt Finche's wife, Deuenishe's wife, or Renold Ferror.(3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, 3

1589, March   Stistead  Essex  Essex  England 
638

Joan Cunny denies that her familiars have the power to hurt people, yet she admits they have the ability to hurt cattle.(3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, 3

1589, March   Stistead  Essex  Essex  England 
647

Joan Cunny confesses that she sent her familiars to seek revenge upon Harry Finch's wife (Anonymous 62) who denied Cunny drink because she was too busy to get any for her. Finch's wife had great pain for a week in her head and in the side of her body, after which she died. These claims against Cunny are also supported with evidence given by her children and grandchildren.(3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, 3

1589, March   Stistead  Essex  Essex  England 
648

Joan Cunny's grandson (Anonymous 63) confesses that, when the wood he gathered was stolen, his grandmother sent one of her familiars to prick the foot of the boy (Anonymous 64) who stole the wood. (3-4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, 3-4

1589, March   Stistead  Essex  Essex  England 
649

Joan Cunny's grandson (Anonymous 63) confesses that his grandmother sent him, with her familiar Jack, to Sir Edward Huddlestone's house. When they arrived at the house Jack went round about a tree, after which it fell, seemingly to others of its own accord.(A4v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, A4v

1589, March   Stistead  Essex  Essex  England 
650

Joan Upney confesses that Fustian Kirtle (alias Mother Arnold), a witch of Barking, gave her a familiar like a mole and told her that if she wanted to do ill to anyone to send the familiar and it would clap them. After the death of this familiar, Mother Arnold provided Upney two more familiars, "another Moule and a Toad, which she kept a great while."(A4v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, A4v

1589, May 3 East London  Dagenham  Essex  Essex  England 
651

Joan Upney confessed that she ran away after hearing that John Harrolde and Richard Foster accused her of being a witch.(A4v-B)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, A4v-B

1589, May 3 East London  Dagenham  Essex  Essex  England 
652

Joan Prentice confesses that Elizabeth Whale, the wife of Michael Whale, and Elizabeth Mott, the wife of John Mott, are "well acquainted" with her familiar Bidd, Although she states she "knoweth not what hurt they or any of the~ haue doone to any of their neighbour," her statement clearly implicates Whale and Mott as witches.(B, B2v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, B, B2v

1589, March   Henningham Sibble  North Essex  Essex  England 
661

The robbers (eight men and one woman) stop at an inn and show the hostess (Annis Dell) the loot they have stolen from the James family. The ask the hostess what they should do with the children, Elizabeth James and Anthony James (Jr.), whom they have kidnapped. She suggests that the boy be murdered and the girl have her tongue cut out. (3-4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Cruel and Bloody Murder Committed by an Inkeepers wife, called Annis Dell, and her Son George Dell. London: 1606, 3-4

1606 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
663

Henry Whilpley and Nicholas Deacon give witness that the body of a murdered young boy found in a pond is in fact Anthony James (Jr.). When Annis Dell is questioned about the dead boy she denies having any knowledge or involvement with him.(11-12)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Cruel and Bloody Murder Committed by an Inkeepers wife, called Annis Dell, and her Son George Dell. London: 1606, 11-12

1606 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
696

Elizabeth Francis alleged in her confession that her first request of her familiar, Sathan, was that "she might be ryche and to haue goodes," in the form of sheep. Sathan brings her 18 black and white sheep for her pasture, which "continued wyth her for a tyme, but in the ende dyd all weare awaye she knewe not howe."(9-11)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 9-11

1542 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
697

Elizabeth Francis alleges in her confession that after Sathan brought her sheep, she desired to have Andrew Byles, a wealthy man, as a husband. Sathan advises her to have sex with him first, which she does, but Byles refuses to marry her. Furious, Francis has Sathan "waste his goodes" and then kill him with a touch.(10-11)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 10-11

1545 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
698

Elizabeth Francis alleges in her confession that every time Sathan did something for her, he demanded a drop of blood in payment. She would prick herself for the blood on various parts of her body, leaving red marks that were still visible at the time of her trial.(9, 11-12)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 9, 11-12

1566, July 26 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
699

Elizabeth Francis alleges in her confession that some time after Andrew Byle's demise, she again desired a husband. This time, she set her sights on Christopher Francis, and Sathan again advised her to fornicate with him first. She agrees, and is soon pregnant again. Christopher agrees to marry her, and their daughter is born within three months after the wedding.(9, 11)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 9, 11

1546 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
702

Mother Agnes Waterhouse alleges in her confession that, every time Sathan did something for her, she would pay him by pricking her hand or face and allowing him to suck her blood. After, he would lie down in his pot. The places where she pricked herself remain visible to the time of the trial.(12-13)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 12-13

1566, July 26 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
703

Mother Agnes Waterhouse alleges in her confession that she once became offended by Father Kersye, and instructed Sathan to kill three of Father Kersye's hogs. After Sathan carried out the request, Mother Waterhouse rewarded him with a chicken and a drop of blood. Sathan ate the chicken in its entirety, leaving no bones or feathers behind.(12, 13-14)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 12, 13-14

1557 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
704

Mother Agnes Waterhouse alleges in her confession that she had a falling out with Widow Gooday and instructed Sathan to drown Gooday's cow. When Sathan did so, she rewarded him with a drop of blood and another chicken.(13, 15)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 13, 15

1557 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
705

Mother Agnes Waterhouse alleges in her confession that she had a falling out with one of her neighbours (Anonymous 67) and instructed Sathan to kill three of that neighbour's geese.(13, 15)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 13, 15

1557 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
706

Mother Agnes Waterhouse alleges in her confession that she was once refused yeast and in revenge instructed Sathan to "destroye the brewing at that tyme."(13, 15)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 13, 15

1557 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
707

Mother Agnes Waterhouse alleges that her neighbour, Anonymous 68, refused to give her butter, and in revenge she caused this neighbour's curds to spoil two or three days later.(13, 15)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 13, 15

1557 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
708

Mother Agnes Waterhouse alleges in her confession that she had a falling out with her neighbours, Anonymous 85 and Anonymous 86, and sent Sathan to kill the husband, Anonymous 85, with a bloody flux. Once Anonymous 85 had died, she rewarded Sathan with a drop of blood and a chicken.(13, 15)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 13, 15

1557 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
710

Mother Agnes Waterhouse alleges in her confession that whenever she wanted Sathan to do something for her, she would say her Pater Noster (the Lord's Prayer) in Latin.(13, 16)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 13, 16

1566, July 26 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
711

Mother Agnes Waterhouse alleges in her confession that she caused Sathan to take the shape of a toad when her poverty forced her to remove the wool from the familiar's pot. To change his shape, she prayed in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.(13, 16-17)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 13, 16-17

1566, July 26 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
712

Mother Waterhouse alleges in her confession that, while travelling to Brackstede shortly before her apprehension, Sathan told her to return home. He warned her that she would "haue great trouble, and that shee shoulde be eyther hanged or burned shortly."(13, 17)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 13, 17

1566, July 26 Brack stede    Essex  Essex  England 
713

Mother Staunton allegedly came to Robert Lathburie's home to make demands and was sent away; shortly after her departure, twenty of his hogs are said to have fallen sick and died, and one of his cows was afflicted such that it became three times more likely to become lost. Lathburie burned one of the dead hogs in an attempt to save the rest.(14-15)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 14-15

1579 Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
714

Thomas Prat writes a document accusing Mother Staunton of witchcraft, detailing numerous events in support, and witnessed by Thou Farrour and Thomas Swallowe; he delivers the document to Master George Nichols.(10)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 10

1579 Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
715

Joan Waterhouse alleges in her confession that, the previous winter, her mother Agnes Waterhouse attempted to teach her witchcraft and the name of her familiar, but she refused. (18-19)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 18-19

1565 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
716

Joan Waterhouse alleges in her confession that once, when her mother Agnes Waterhouse was gone to Breakstede, she went to the neighbours to ask for bread and cheese from their child, Agnes Browne. Browne refused to give her any, or "at the least not so muche as wolde satisfye her." (18-20)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 18-20

1566 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
717

Joan Waterhouse, after Agnes Browne refuses to give her bread and cheese, decides to do as she had seen her mother, Agnes Waterhouse, do and call on the familiar Sathan for help. Sathan emerges from under Mother Waterhouse's bed in the form of a large dog with horns and asks what she would have of him.(18-20)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 18-20

1566 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
718

Joan Waterhouse alleges in her confession that she offered Sathan a red rooster in exchange for him frightening Agnes Browne, but Sathan demands her body and soul instead. Joan is so frightened of him herself that she agrees to get him to leave. He departs to haunt Browne.(18-20)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 18-20

1566 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
719

Mother Agnes Waterhouse makes a second confession in which she admits to having killed a man. She also admits to having a familiar in the shape of a white cat which she used to kill many of her neighbours' cattle and the man, and to turning the cat into a toad.(22-24)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 22-24

1566, July 27   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
720

Agnes Brown alleges in her deposition that she was churning butter when she was visited by a "thynge lyke a blacke dogge with [a] face like an ape a short ta[l]e a [cheine] and a syluer whystle (to her thinking) about his neck, and a peyre of hornes on his heade, & [held] in his mouth she keye of the milkehouse doore." She claims she was afraid and that this thing skipped and leaped and sat on a nettle.(28-36)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 28-36

1566 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
721

Agnes Browne claims in her deposition that she asked the thing like a black dog what it wanted, and it answered that it had come for some butter. When she told it she had none to give, it put the key in the lock of the milkhouse door and insisted that it would have some butter. It opened the door, set the key on a cheese on the shelf, and stayed in there a while. When it finally emerged, it locked the door behind itself, told Brown that it had made some butter for her, and left.(28-36)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 28-36

1566 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
722

Agnes Browne alleges in her confession that, immediately after the thing like a black dog left, she went to her aunt and told her what had happened. Her aunt sent for a priest, who had Browne pray to God and call on the name of Jesus.(28-36)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 28-36

1566 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
723

Agnes Browne alleges during her deposition that the thing like a black dog returned the next day with the milkhouse key in its mouth, and she said to it "in the name of Iesus what haste thou there." The thing laid down the key, told her she spoke evil words by using that name and departed. When Browne reported this, her aunt (Anonymous 87) confiscated the key for two days and made Agnes show her the buttery print left on the cheese the previous day.(28-36)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 28-36

1566 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
724

Agnes Browne alleges during her deposition that the thing like a black dog returned a third time a few days after the second, this time with a bean pod in its mouth. When the Queen's Attorney Master Gerard asked her how she knew that, she replied that she bid it show her in the name of Jesus. It again told her she spoke evil words and departed, only to return a short time later with bread in its mouth. This time, she asked it what it wanted, and it replied butter. She told it once more she had none to give, it insisted it would have some anyway, and left again.(28-36)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 28-36

1566 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
725

Agnes Browne alleges in her deposition that she last saw the thing like a black dog the previous Wednesday, which was July 24, 1566. This time, it came with a dagger in its mouth and asked her if she was dead. She replied that she was not and thanked God, to which it said it would fix that by thrusting its dagger into her heart. Agnes claims she commanded it to lay down its knife in the name of Jesus, but it refused to part with its "[sw]eete dames knyfe." She then asked who its dame was, and it "nodded & wagged his head to your house mother water house."(28-36)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 28-36

1566, July 24 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
726

Mother Agnes Waterhouse accuses Agnes Browne of lying, on the basis that she owns nothing like the dagger Browne claimed the thing like a black dog threatened her with. Joan Waterhouse takes the opportunity to insist that when she conjured Sathan, he appeared as a dog, not a dog-thing with an ape's face. Queen's Attorney Master Gerard asks Mother Waterhouse to summon Sathan to settle the matter, but she insists that she no longer has any power over him.(28-36)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 28-36

1566, July 27   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
727

Queen's Attorney Master Gerard demands Mother Agnes Waterhouse tell the court of the times when she had allowed Sathan to suck her blood. Mother Waterhouse insists that she never did, until Master Gerard has her kerchief pulled back to reveal the red spots on her face and nose; she then admits to letting Sathan suck but instead insists that she had not let him do so in a fortnight.(34-36)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 34-36

1566, July 27   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
728

Mother Agnes Waterhouse makes her final confession on the day of her execution, July 29, 1566. She admits to having been a witch for the last 15 years, to have committed many abominable deeds, and to desire God's forgiveness for her abuse of His name and her devilish practices. (38-40)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 38-40

1566, July 29   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
729

Mother Waterhouse confesses on the day of her execution to having sent her familiar Sathan to hurt and destroy the goods of a tailor named Wardol, whom she was offended by. Sathan was unable to do anything to him, despite numerous attempts, because Wardol "was so strong in fayth that he hadde no power to hurt hym."(38-40)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 38-40

1566, July 29   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
773

Davie Thurlowe, who is "strangely taken and greatly tormented," and whose had in twisted fully backwards, allegedly recovers from his torments after Ursley Kempe visits him. Kempe had employed a combination of countermagic and reassurance to do this work. She took Davie's hand and said "A good childe howe art thou loden and so went thrise out of the doores, and euery time when shee came in shee tooke the childe by the hands, and saide A good childe howe art thou loden." Kempe reassured Thurlow, firmly stating "I warrant thee I, thy Childe shall doe well enough." Grace Thurlowe, under examination by Brain Darcey, tells this story to Brian Darcy, shortly before she recounts how her and Kempe had fallen out. (A-A2)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, A-A2

1581   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
787

Annis Glascocke is accused of having bewitched Martha Stevens, Charity Page, and the Page's child (or ward) to death. (102)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 102

1582   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
994

Rebecca West allegedly takes the devil, in the shape of a gentleman, for her husband. He appeared to her at night and "desired of her, that he might have the same familiaritie with her, that others that appeared unto her before." She agreed to his terms, and the devil, cold as clay, kissed her, and lead her about the room before declaring they were married. (15)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 15

1645 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1000

Matthew Hopkins claims there is a coven of seven or eight witches living in his hometown of Manningtree, Essex. These witches allegedly make sacrifices to the Devil, and bid their imps to go to one another.(2)

Appears in:
Hopkins, Matthew. The Discovery of Witches. London: 1647, 2

1644, March Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1002

Elizabeth Clarke is watched for four nights as a witch, with up to ten people watching her.. On the fourth night her familiars as Holt, Jarmara, Vinegar Tom, Sack and Sugar, and Newes allegedly appear.(2)

Appears in:
Hopkins, Matthew. The Discovery of Witches. London: 1647, 2

1644, March Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1007

Anonymous 121 discloses the names other witches living with her (The Manningtree Witches) and their imp familiars called Elemauzer, Pyewacket, Peckin the Crown, and Grizzel Greedigut.(2-3)

Appears in:
Hopkins, Matthew. The Discovery of Witches. London: 1647, 2-3

1644, March Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1009

Matthew Hopkins claims that a witch's mark is defined by three criteria: first, the mark is found in an unusual place on the body, second, no pain is felt when a pin or needle is thrust through it, and third, the mark is dry and close to the flesh (this indicates that a familiar has been sucking from it).(3-4)

Appears in:
Hopkins, Matthew. The Discovery of Witches. London: 1647, 3-4

1647 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1010

Matthew Hopkins claims that the devil does not desire witch's blood for nourishment, but to further her damnation. Hopkins believes that in drawing blood out of teats (witch' marks) the devil is able to physically enter a witch's body, and then become another creature such as a cat, rat, or mouse.(4-5)

Appears in:
Hopkins, Matthew. The Discovery of Witches. London: 1647, 4-5

1647 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1011

Matthew Hopkins asserts that an early form of testing for witchcraft in Essex and Suffolk was to keep the accused witch awake for several days on end. The thought was that, if kept awake, the witch would call on her familiars, thus proving her guilty.(5)

Appears in:
Hopkins, Matthew. The Discovery of Witches. London: 1647, 5

1647 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1012

Matthew Hopkins asserts that one way to test for witchcraft is to make the accused witch walk continuously until she is so tired and sore that she must sit down. If the woman is indeed a witch, her familiars will come to her as soon as she stops walking.(5)

Appears in:
Hopkins, Matthew. The Discovery of Witches. London: 1647, 5

1647 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1013

Matthew Hopkins claims that the devil often tricks witches when they are facing persecution. He will tell a witch that her identifying marks are so small they will not be noticed, yet they are often noticed and the witch is, as a consequence, hanged. He will also tell a witch that if she sinks during a swimming test then her name will be cleared, but a witch will often float and thus be executed.(6)

Appears in:
Hopkins, Matthew. The Discovery of Witches. London: 1647, 6

1647 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1014

Matthew Hopkins claims that he denies the confession of a witch if: it is drawn from her by torture, violence, or flattery. Under those circumstances, she will confess to improbable acts such as flying in the air or riding a broom; words are put in her mouth. (7)

Appears in:
Hopkins, Matthew. The Discovery of Witches. London: 1647, 7

1647 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1015

The Manningtree witches are allegedly searched for witch's marks. Marks are allegedly found on all of them.(3-4)

Appears in:
Hopkins, Matthew. The Discovery of Witches. London: 1647, 3-4

1644, March Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1016

The Manningtree witches are hanged.(2-3)

Appears in:
Hopkins, Matthew. The Discovery of Witches. London: 1647, 2-3

1644, March Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1363

Doctor Cole and Master Foscue examine and hear the confessions of Elizabeth Francis, Mother Agnes Waterhouse and Joan Waterhouse.(9, 14 18)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 9, 14 18

1566, July 26   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1389

Rebecca West confesses to attending a gathering of five or more witches that included her mother, Anne West, Mother Benefield, and Mother Goodwin. During the gathering the women prayed from a book provided by Mother Goodwin, after which their imps appeared in the form of kittens. Mother Benefield kisses the kittens and states that they were all her children which she had by as handsome a man as any was in England."(2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Arraignment of Thirty Witches at Chensford in Essex. London: 1645, 2

1645, July 25   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1391

Rebecca West, according to the testimony of Matthew Hopkins, confessed to taking the devil, in the shape of a Gentleman, for "her God, and thought he could doe as God," after he killed "the sonne of the said Thomas Hart," within one fortnight of being asked.(2-3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Arraignment of Thirty Witches at Chensford in Essex. London: 1645, 2-3

1645, April 13 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1392

Rebecca West confesses to commanding imps to kill a horse, cow, and a child (Anonymous 193). Rebecca West also asserts that this command was given by Anne West, Mother Benefield, and Mother Goodwin as well.(2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Arraignment of Thirty Witches at Chensford in Essex. London: 1645, 2

1645, July 25   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1393

Rebecca West claims that, because Mother Benefield questioned her ability to keep their gathering of witches a secret, she was instructed to deny God and Jesus Christ. After West does this the devil in the shape of a little black dog allegedly appears, leaps into her lap, and kisses her three times, after which West feels very cold. (2-3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Arraignment of Thirty Witches at Chensford in Essex. London: 1645, 2-3

1645, July 25   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1394

Rebecca West confesses that the devil appeared to her in the form of a handsome young man, saying that he had come to marry her. The devil allegedly took West by the hand, led her about the room, and promised to be her loving husband until death. West also confesses that she engaged in carnal copulation with the devil.(3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Arraignment of Thirty Witches at Chensford in Essex. London: 1645, 3

1645, July 25   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1395

Rebecca West claims that she felt the need to confess her witchcraft related deeds as soon as one of the witches was in prison, implying that she had been bewitched to keep secrets up until that point.(3-4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Arraignment of Thirty Witches at Chensford in Essex. London: 1645, 3-4

1645, July 25   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1396

Rebecca West claims that, on her way to the Grand Inquest, she informed Mother Miller that she would tell the Inquest nothing, even if they pulled her to pieces with pincers. After saying this, West further claims that she looked upon the ground [and] saw her self encompassed in flames of fire, a possible prediction of torture or execution. (4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Arraignment of Thirty Witches at Chensford in Essex. London: 1645, 4

1645, July 25   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1400

Elizabeth Clarke confesses to sending a spirit in the shape of a red dog to kill Mr. Long (by throwing him off his horse to break his neck). The spirit, however, did not perform the task. When asked by the Inquiry the reason for this, Goodwife Clarke explains, because the power of God was above the power of the Devil.(5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Arraignment of Thirty Witches at Chensford in Essex. London: 1645, 5

1645, July 25 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
1402

Mr. Long describes an encounter he had with an alleged witch (Anonymous 197), where the witch called upon God as her witness to judge her, and as soon as she spoke she was struck to the ground on her back. The witch was evidently in a most lamentable condition, trembling and crying for two days after this occurred. (5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Arraignment of Thirty Witches at Chensford in Essex. London: 1645, 5-6

1645, July 25 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
1406

Anonymous 197, after being in a most lamentable condition, trembling and crying for two days, confesses to Mr. Long that she has a malefic compact with the devil, stating that he usually appears to her in the form of a squirrel. (5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Arraignment of Thirty Witches at Chensford in Essex. London: 1645, 5-6

1645, July 25 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
1411

John Rivet accuses Elizabeth Clarke of bewitching his wife (Mrs. Rivet). Rivet claims that his wife was taken sick and lame, withviolent fits, and was told by a cunning woman Mrs. Hoyve that two neighbors had cursed his wife. Rivet suspects Elizabeth Clarke and her mother because of the proximity of her home and the common knowledge that "Elizabeths mother and some other of her kinsfolke did suffer death for Witchcraft and murther."(5)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 5

1645, July 29 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1502

Mr. Amyce believes he has been bewitched by "a notable witch" (Anonymous 225). ()

Appears in:
Roberts, R. A.. Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House, Volume 10: 1600. Unknown: 1904,

1600, September Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
1504

Mr. Amyce is examined by several doctors (Anonymous 226) who are unable to determine what is wrong with him. In the end, Mr. Amyce claims he must have been bewitched by "that lewd woman" (Anonymous 225).()

Appears in:
Roberts, R. A.. Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House, Volume 10: 1600. Unknown: 1904,

1600, September Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
1505

Mr. Amyce sees a woman (Anonymous 227) who has been sent to him by Jo. Stileman about his having been allegedly bewitched by a witch (Anonymous 225). The woman (Anonymous 227) gives him something to take before bed that night. He does and has an "alteration in himself" and ate more meat than he had in all the time he was sick.()

Appears in:
Roberts, R. A.. Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House, Volume 10: 1600. Unknown: 1904,

1600, September Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
1518

Joan Haddon is indicted for allegedly bewitching Joan, the wife of Robert Bowltell, Thomas Emmerye, and others. She is also accused of allegedly fraudulently receiving money from them.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0

1560, July 4   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1519

Joan Haddon pleads not guilty to having bewitched Joan Bowltell, Thomas Emmerye, and others and to having fraudulently taken money from them. She is found innocent of witchcraft but guilty on the other counts. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0

1560, July 4   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1523

John Samond is indicted for allegedly bewitching John Grant and Bridget Peacock with the intention of killing them. He is also accused of bewitching Anthony. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1

1560, July 4   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1524

John Samond allegedly murders Bridget Peacock and Anthony. The two are allegedly bewitched by Samond, languish, and then die. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1

1560, July 4   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1525

John Samond gives no plea to the charge of bewitching three people (Bridget Peacock, Anthony, and John Grant) and consequently causing the death of two of them (Bridget Peacock and Anthony). His verdict is unknown.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1

1560, July 4   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1534

Elizabeth Francis is indicted for allegedly bewitching John, the son of William Auger, so that he became decrepit.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1

1566   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1535

Elizabeth Francis confesses to bewitching John, son of William Auger, making him decrepit. She is imprisoned for one year.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1

1566   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1537

Margaret Hogdin is indicted for allegedly bewitching and enchanting Margaret, wife of John Hull, so that she languished until January then died.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0

1582   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1538

Margaret Hodgin is determined by the jurors to have premeditated the murder of Margaret Hull.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0

1582   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1540

Elizabeth Francis is determined by the jurors to have premeditated the murder of Poole's wife.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0

1578   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1555

Alice Swallow is indicted for allegedly bewitching Alice Basticke so that she languished and died.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0

1570, March 2   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1556

Alice Swallow pleads not guilty to murdering Alice Basticke by bewitching her.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0

1570, March 2   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1557

Susan Havering, "being a comon witch and inchantrix," is indicted for allegedly bewitching three colts "worth 4," belonging to Robert Smyth.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0

1653, March 24   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1565

Margaret Ganne and Joan Norfolk of Borley, Essex are indicted at the Assizes in Chelmsford for allegedly bewitching John Furmyn so that he languished for months and died.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0

1578, March 1   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1567

The jurors (Anonymous 240) find Margaret Ganne and Joan Norfolk guilty of murdering John Furmyn by witchcraft, while the justice of the peace (Anonymous 241) finds them not guilty. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0

1578, March 1   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1568

Laura Wynchester of Hatfield, Essex is indicted at the Assizes in Chelmsford under the charge of bewitching a cow, six sheep and four pigs belonging to William Highman.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0

1566, July 25   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1569

Lora Whynchester pleads not guilty at the Assizes in Chelmsford to bewitching a cow, six sheep, and four pigs belonging to William Highman. Wynchester is found not guilty.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0

1566, July 25   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1570

A woman (Anonymous 242) allegedly confesses to being a witch, a confession she makes before one Archdeacon Cole (perhaps during an unofficial examination, done under duress) and flees shortly thereafter. These events are presented during the Midsummer session at Chemlsford. ()

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011,

1566 Borham  Boreham  Essex  Essex  England 
1571

Joan Cocke is indicted for allegedly bewitching Agnes Cryspe. Cryspe was a one-year-old infant who allegedly was lame, enfeebled and maimed so that the jurors said her life "was despaired of." (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=14)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=14

1567 Brentwood    Essex  Essex  England 
1572

Joan Cocke of Kelvedon, Essex pleads not guilty at the Assizes in Chelmsford to the charge of bewitching the infant Agne Cryspe. She is found not guilty.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=14)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=14

1566, December 1   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1590

Joan Cocke indicted at the assizes in Brentwood for initially laying her hands on Richard Sherman's knees while in his house and then clapping her hands on his knees, allegedly causing him to become lame. (473)

Appears in:
Great Britain. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, . Report of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Part 4. H.M. Stationery Office: 1885, 473

1557 Brentwood    Essex  Essex  England 
1591

Joan Cocke's daughter (Anonymous 243) is suspected of being a witch because Noble's wife claims to be unable to properly churn her butter.()

Appears in:
Great Britain. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, . Report of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Part 4. H.M. Stationery Office: 1885,

1557 Brentwood    Essex  Essex  England 
1592

Joan Cocke's daughter (Anonymous 243) is suspected of using "witcherie" on Belfild's wife's cows causing one to die and two "miche neate" (dairy cows) to give milk of "all colours."()

Appears in:
Great Britain. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, . Report of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Part 4. H.M. Stationery Office: 1885,

1557 Brentwood    Essex  Essex  England 
1593

Joan Cocke of Hatfield is indicted under suspicion of bewitching Anne Willson. Willson eventually died in May of 1584.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=14)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=14

1584, March 2   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1594

Joan Cocke of Hatfield pleads not guilty to bewitching Anne Willson, the daughter of a local smith, Richard Willson of Purleigh, who died 23rd of May. The jurors found her not guilty. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=14)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=14

1584, March 2   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1598

Margaret Stanton is indicted at the assizes in Chelmsford for allegedly bewitching a gelding worth 3 and a cow worth 40s. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0

1578, August 20   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1599

Margaret Stanton is found guilty by the jurors of bewitching the gelding and the cow so that they languished and died while the justice of the peace finds her innocent.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0

1578, August   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1600

A charm, which according to Thomas Addy, was a bit of "popish" superstition, taught by the clergy to their congregants: "Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Iohn,/ The Bed be blest that I lye on." This was passed on to an old woman (Anonymous 244), who still recites it before sleep.(58-59)

Appears in:
Ady, Thomas. A Candle in the Dark . London: 1655, 58-59

1655     Essex  Essex  England 
1601

A butcher (Anonymous 245) visits a local cunning-man (Anonymous 247) who promises him, with the help of the devil, to help him find his missing cattle. The cunning-man instructs the butcher to look in a glass, and to look "East and West, North and South to finde his Cattel," but not turn around, as the cunning-man's partner(Anonymous 248), dressed in a hide and horns supposedly meant to exemplify the Devil, is reflected. The butcher does not find his cattle and returns later with his son (Anonymous 246) to expose the con, by releasing a mastiff dog on the disguised man.(62)

Appears in:
Ady, Thomas. A Candle in the Dark . London: 1655, 62

1655     Essex  Essex  England 
1603

Agnes Sawen is indicted at the assize in Essex for allegedly bewitching Christopher Veele, son of Roger Veele rendering him lame and causing his feet to curve inwards that he could barely walk because of the pain. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1

1574   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1604

Agnes Sawen is issued a capias from the court, a writ outlining her penalty for allegedly bewitching Christopher Veele. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1

1574, September   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1605

Agnes Berden is indicted at the Easter Session at the Assize in Essex for allegedly enchanting a one and a half year old infant named Thomas Barlee so that he languished for three days after which his body was so "vexed and trouble" that his life was determined to be essentially "disposed of."(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=3)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=3

1576, April 15   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1615

Mr. Lowes Parson of Branson in Suffolk bewitched a ship near Harwidge, so that "with the extreame tempesteous Seas raised by blusterous windes" the ship sank, drowning all its passengers.(3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 3

1645 Harwidge    Essex  Essex  England 
1634

Alice Aylett is indicted for being "a witch and enchantress." She allegedly enchanted Margery Egles, Rachel Skynner, Henry Joye, Susan Parman and an anonymous boy (Anonymous 259).(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1

1589   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1635

Alice Aylett is found guilty by the jurors of "slew[ing) and murder[ing]" Susan Parman and Simon (possibly Anonymous 259). She is said to have done so "by her charms and enhantments and of her malice aforethought."(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1

1589   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1644

Anne Lamperill is imprisoned at Colchester Castle. She was committed by Edward Eltonhead for being accused and suspected of being a witch.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0

1639, July 29 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
1645

Robert Garnett is imprisoned at Colchester Castle. He was committed by William Lynne because he allegedly trusted witches and talked with them which was considered dishonouring God.()

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011,

1639, July 29 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
1660

Alice Aylett allegedly enchants Margery Egles so that she "gravely languished" from August until November of 1589.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1

1689, August 10 Braintree    Essex  Essex  England 
1661

Alice Aylett allegedly enchants Rachel Skynner so that she "gravely languished" from August until November of 1589.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1

1589, August 1 Braintree    Essex  Essex  England 
1662

Alice Aylett allegedly enchants Henry Joye so that he "gravely languished" from November to December of 1589.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1

1589, November 5 Braintree    Essex  Essex  England 
1663

Alice Aylett allegedly enchants Susan Parman so that she languished from March of 1579/80 until April of 1583 at which point she died. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1

1579, March 6 Braintree    Essex  Essex  England 
1664

Alice Aylett allegedly enchants A boy (Anonymous 259 who most likely named Simon) so that he languished from April of 1583 until August of 1586 when he died. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1

1583, April 26 Braintree    Essex  Essex  England 
1744

William Skelton and his wife Margery are indicted for allegedly bewitching John Churcheman who died instantly. ()

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011,

1573, March 2   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1745

William and Margery Skelton allegedly bewitch John Churcheman. Churcheman dies instantly. ()

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011,

1658, November 16 Barling  Barling  Essex  Essex  England 
1746

William Skelton and his wife, Margery plead not guilty to bewitching John Churcheman who died immediately. They are found guilty.()

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011,

1573, March 2   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1748

William Skelton and his wife, Margery, are indicted for allegedly bewitching the infant Agnes Collen so that she languished for a long time.()

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011,

1573, March 2   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1750

William Skelton and his wife, Margery, allegedly bewitch Agnes Collen causing her to languish for a long time.()

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011,

1571, July 29   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1751

William Skelton and his wife, Margery, plead not guilty to bewitching Agnes Collen, a one year old infant. They are found guilty.()

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011,

1573, March 2   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1753

Anne Leech of Mistley, Suffolk sent her gray imp with Elizabeth Clarke's black imp and Elizabeth Gooding's white imp, to "kill a black Cowe and a white Cowe of Mr. Edwards." (7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 7

1645 Mistley  Mistley  Northeast Essex  Essex  England 
1754

Anne Leech of Mistley, Suffolk sent a gray Imp to kill two horses of Mr. Bragge of Mistley, "which were killed accordingly."(7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 7

1645 Mistley  Mistley  Northeast Essex  Essex  England 
1756

Mistress Bragge of Mistley, Suffolk, accuses Anne Leech of being "a naughty woman," causing Anne Leech to send an imp to kill two of the Bragge's horses. Leech confesses to this crime, saying that "shee sent a gray Imp to kill two Horses of one Mr. Bragge of Misley, which were killed accordingly."(7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 7

1645 Mistley  Mistley  Northeast Essex  Essex  England 
1757

Anne Leech of Mistley, Suffolk sent a white imp and Elizabeth Gooding, a black imp, "to destroy the child of the said Mr. Edwards" so that the "childe was taken sick, and had very strange fire, extending the limbs, and rowling the eyes, and within two dayes after dyed."(7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 7

1645 Mistley  Mistley  Northeast Essex  Essex  England 
1770

Anne Leech of Mistley, Suffolk sent her gray imp "to kill the daughter of the widow Rawlyns."(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 8

1645 Mistley  Mistley  Northeast Essex  Essex  England 
1772

Widow Rawlyns offends Anne Leech of Mistley, Suffolk when Anne Leech "was put out of her Farm, and the said widow Rawlyns put in." This causes Anne Leech to send a gray imp after Widow Rawlyns' daughter.(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 8

1645 Mistley  Mistley  Northeast Essex  Essex  England 
1774

Elizabeth Gooding sends an imp "to vex and torment Mary the wife of John Tayler of Manningtree."(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 8

1642 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1775

Mary Tayler, the wife of John Tayler of Manningtree, refuses to give Elizabeth Gooding "some Beergood," resulting in Elizabeth Gooding's "malice" and sending of an imp to torment Mary Tayler. (8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 8

1642 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1777

Anne Leech, Elizabeth Gooding, Anne West of Lawford, and Elizabeth Clarke meet at Elizabeth Clarke's house in Mistley, Suffolk, "where there was a Booke read," that contained "no goodnesse."(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 8

1645 Mistley  Mistley  Northeast Essex  Essex  England 
1779

Mrs. Wayt, a minister's wife, is falsely accused of being a witch in the Book of the Essex Witches. She is excused in print, "for it is very well knowne that she is a gentlewoman of a very godly and religious life, and a very good conuersations: and this was set on purpose to vindicate her."(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 8

1645     Essex  Essex  England 
1780

Anne Leech is tried and executed in the County of Essex, after being condemned as a witch "at the late Sessions, holden at Chelmesford," before Rovert, Earl of Warwick on the 29th of July, 1645.(Cover)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, Cover

1645, July 29   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1792

Agnes Steadman allegedly bewitches Sibyl Bentall, wife of Thomas Bentall, so that for twelve days she was violently ill and feared for her life. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=2)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=2

1572, July 1 Halstead    Essex  Essex  England 
1793

Agnes Steadman is indicted at the assizes in Chelmsford for allegedly bewitching Sibyl Bentall. Bentall was violently ill for twelve days and feared for her life. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=2)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=2

1572, August 28   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1794

Agnes Steadman pleads not guilty to bewitching Sybil Bentall causing her to be violently ill for twelve days and fear for her life. Steadman is found guilty.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=2)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=2

1572, August 28   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1795

Agnes Steadman is indicted for allegedly bewitching three cows worth 4 belonging to John Rome. The cows languished for three days. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1

1572, August 28   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1796

Agnes Steadman allegedly bewitches 3 cows worth 4 belonging to John Rome causing them to languish for three days. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1

1572, May 1 Halstead    Essex  Essex  England 
1797

Agnes Steadman pleads not guilty to bewitching 3 cows worth 4 belonging to John Rome. She is found guilty. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1

1572, August 28   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1798

Agnes Steadman is indicted for allegedly bewitching a cow worth 30 shilling belonging to Owen Norman.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0

1572, August 28   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1799

Agnes Steadman pleads not guilty to bewitching a cow worth 30 shillings belonging to Owen Norman. She is nevertheless found guilty. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0

1572, August 28   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1800

Agnes Steadman allegedly bewitches a cow worth 30 shillings belonging to Owen Norman causing it to become violently ill. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0

1572, June 7 Halstead    Essex  Essex  England 
1882

Alice Hunt, Annis Herd, Alice Manfeild, Elizabeth Eustace, Margaret Grevell, Annis Glascock, Joan Pechye, Alice Newman, Elizabeth Bennett, and Ursley Kempe (alias Gray) are all imprisoned together in the goal examined at the Chelmsford Assizes, March 1582. Their crimes would be recorded in W. W's A True and Just Recorde, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Ofes in the Countie of Essex, 1582. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=338028)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=338028

1582, 29 March   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1883

Mary Cooke is found dead in the goal at Chelmsford, circa July 17, 1645(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0

1645, July 17   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1884

Anne Cooper is found dead in the goal at Chelmsford, circa July 17, 1645(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0

1645, July 17   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1885

Elizabeth Gibson is found dead in the goal at Chelmsford, circa July 17, 1645(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0

1645, July 17   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1905

Elizabeth Clarke, while being watched as a witch, allegedly attempt to strike a bargain with Matthew Hopkins, suggesting if John Sterne and himself would promise to not hurt her, that she would call one of her familiar spirits to come and play on her lap. Hopkins and Sterne refused the offer and Clarke did not produce her white spirit, one of the five familiars she allegedly kept.(6)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 6

1645 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1906

Elizabeth Clarke, at the behest of Satan, who would otherwise never let "her rest, or be quiet," allegedly sends her familiars to kill Mr. Edwards hogs Robert Tayler's horse. Tayler himself believed that Elizabeth Gooding had committed this crime, having fallen out with his wife when Gooding wanted to have the cheese on credit.(6, 7, 10-11)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 6, 7, 10-11

1645 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1907

Elizabeth Clarke, presumably through familiar magic, allegedly kills Robert Okes, a man from Lawford in the county of Essex. He appears to have died a week after she bewitched him (or circa March 18th, 1645).(8-9)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 8-9

1645 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1908

Elizabeth Clarke allegedly bewitches the child of a Dedham clothier to death, presumably through familiar magic. (8-9)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 8-9

1645 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1909

Elizabeth Clarke allegedly bewitches Mrs. Cole to death, presumably through familiar magic. (8-9)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 8-9

1645 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1910

Anne West, presumably through an act of weather magic, allegedly raised a storm which caused Thomas Turner's boat to sink and killed Turner himself. (9)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 9

1642, September. Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1911

Elizabeth Clarke becomes a witch one night as she picked up firewood, around six months after she met Anne West; West, pitying Clarke, for her lameness and her poverty, promised she would send her a thing like a "little Kitlyn, which would fetch home some victuals for this Examinant; and that it should doe her no hurt." Within four nights, a white and a familiar spirit came to her and promised to help her to a husband. They visited nightly "and sucked upon the lower parts of her body."(10)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 10

1645, September Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1912

Elizabeth Gooding, having been found guilty of "murder and raising spirits" is hanged as a witch in 1645. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341226)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341226

1645   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1913

Anne Leech allegedly bewitches two of Richard Edwards' cows. She accomplished this simply by walking by Richard Edwards' pasture. A black cow fell down as she passed; a white cow died one day after its fellow, dieing on the same spot. Edwards has an autopsy performed on the cows, but "no disease discovered, which might occasion their death."(10-11)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 10-11

1644 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1914

Mary Parsely grows sick and dies within six weeks of Hellen Clarke uttering "that Mary the daughter of the said Edward and Mary Parsley should rue for all" a prognostication and curse grounded in Hellen Clarke's outrage after she had a disagreement with Mary Sr. The legal indictment for this event names the victim as "Anne."(14)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 14

1645, April 5 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1915

Hellen Clarke is hanged as a witch for having committed two murders, in 1645.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341226)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341226

1645   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1916

Prudence Hart begins to have a sudden and tragic miscarriage as she walks home one Sunday. There is no apparent cause for this; she had been about "twenty weeks gone with childe, and to her thinking, very well and healthfull," and rapidly developed "great pains, and miscarried before shee could be got home." Hart blames Anne West and Rebecca West for this tragedy, suggesting that Rebecca West thought Hart was her greatest enemy.(13)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 13

1645 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1917

Prudence Hart feels something fall down upon her right side as she lays in bed one night, "but being dark, she cannot tell in what shape it was." She loses mobility on that side, and experiences "extraordinary pains and burning," which last a few days. Presumably Anne West and / or Rebecca West had sent a familiar spirit to plague her. (13)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 13

1645 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1918

Mary Greenliefe allegedly allows her familiar spirits to feed from Susan Sparrow's fourteen year old daughter and her own teenage daughter. Greenliefe's daughter had awoken one night and was heard "to cry out in a fearefull manner; Oh Mother, now it comes, it comes, oh helpe mother, it hurts me, it hurts me." Having been told to quiet her daughter, Greenliefe allegedly suggested to Sparrow, "I will fee with them (meaning her said Impes,) that they shall suck my daughter one night, and thine another." The next night Sparrow's daughter awoke "much affrighted, sweating, and shrieking in a terrible manner, complaining that shee was nipped and pinched on her thigh. Sparrow's child had a large bruse on her thigh and complained of pain in her leg for a month after. (19)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 19

1615 Alresford    Essex  Essex  England 
1919

A mysterious leveret (a year old Hare) which allegedly haunts the home shared by Susan Sparrow and Mary Greenliefe is suspected of bewitching Anthony Sharlock's son. Sharlock brings his greyhound which courses the leveret, "but whether the dog killed it this Informant knows not."(19-20, 21)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 19-20, 21

1630 Alresford    Essex  Essex  England 
1920

Mary Greenleife is searched as a witch; she allegedly has "bigges or teates in her secret parts, not like Emerods, nor in those places where women use to be troubled with them; and that they verily beleeve, these teates are sucked by her Impes. Greenleife says she does not "how she came by those teats which were discovered in her secret parts, She saith she knows not unlesse she were born with them; but she never knew she had any such untill this time, they were found in those parts upon the said search."(20-21)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 20-21

1645   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
1921

Anne Cooper allegedly curses William Cottingam's colt. It broke its neck and died shortly thereafter.(22-23)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 22-23

1645 Clacton    Essex  Essex  England 
1922

Anne Cooper allegedly attempts to give her daughter Sarah a familiar in the form of "gray Kite, to suck on [her]"(22-23)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 22-23

1645 Clacton-on-Sea  Great Clacton  Essex  Essex  England 
1923

Elizabeth Hare, accused of giving Mary Smith "two Impes" exclaimed, with her hands "upward, that if she were guilty of any such thing, He would shew some example upon her." Immediately "after she shaked and quivered, and fell down to the ground backward, and tumbled up and down upon the ground, and hath continued sick ever since."(23)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 23

1645 Clacton-on-Sea  Great Clacton  Essex  Essex  England 
1931

Mary Johnson allegedly bewitches Annaball Durrant's child; she appears to have used both word magic, calling the child pretty, and spread maleficium through touch, by stroking its cheek, and instrumental magic, poisoning it though a kind of bad magic spread through bread and butter. (24)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 24

1645, February? Wivenhoe    North Eastern Essex  Essex  England 
1932

Having eaten a piece of bread a butter given to it by Mary Johnson, the Durrant child, "shricked and cried," falls lame, and continues, for "the space of eight dayes shricking and tearing it self." Although her mother consults a local surgeon is, he can find no natural cause, nor administer a natural cure. The Durrant child dies. Mary Johnson is blamed.(24)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 24

1644, February? Wivenhoe    North Eastern Essex  Essex  England 
1933

Annaball Durrant, after the death of her child, is seized with labor-like pains which last for seven or eight months. ()

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645,

1644 Wivenhoe    North Eastern Essex  Essex  England 
1934

Annaball Durrant sees a vision of Mary Johnson while she is "setting up of broome in an out-house presently after her child was dead." She is suddenly "struck with a lamenesse in her Arms, and such a stiffnesse that three or foure that came to help her, were not able to bow her Arms." She loses the ability to speak, has to be carried how by friends, and continues in this condition for two weeks, before she returns to health.(24)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 24

1644, February? Wivenhoe    North Eastern Essex  Essex  England 
1935

George Durrant, having encouraged his wife Annaball to testify against Mary Johnson, suddenly gave a great shrick, and said the said Mary Johnson would be his death, and had a great swelling risen up in his breast, and now lies sweating, and in great extremity." He continues to cry out "It comes, it comes, Now goodwife Johnsons Impe is come, Now she hath my life." Durrant does not seen to be hallucinating this torment; he buzz of a hornet fills the room; a wall falls down.(24-25)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 24-25

1645, April Wivenhoe    North Eastern Essex  Essex  England 
1936

Margaret Moone allegedly bewitched Stephen Cookers cow to death, a crime she is said to confess to. (26)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 26

1645   Thorpe-le-Soken  Essex  Essex  England 
1937

Margaret Moone allegedly bewitched Stephen Cooker's cows to death, livestock held in "Handling," a crime she is said to confess to. (26)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 26

1645   Thorpe-le-Soken  Essex  Essex  England 
1938

Margaret Moone allegedly bewitched one of Henry Robinson's cows and one of his sows to death, a crime she is said to confess to. (27)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 27

1645   Thorpe-le-Soken  Essex  Essex  England 
1939

Margaret Moone, pushed to confessed her status as a witch and the crimes attributed to her, loses her patience, and cries out that "she had been told fourty times, that this Informant thought in his conscience she was no Witch."(27)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 27

1645   Thorpe-le-Soken  Essex  Essex  England 
1940

Mrs. and Mr. Rawbood, having moved into a house formerly occupied by Margaret Moone (they had offered her landlord ten shillings more rent), "never [did] thrive after,' but were always "lame of sick untill they died."(27)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 27

1625   Thorpe-le-Soken  Essex  Essex  England 
1941

Margaret Moone curses Mr. and Mrs. Rawbood after they take possession of a house she had lived in, saying "they (meaning the said Rawbood and his wife) had as good they had not medled with the house."(27)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 27

1625   Thorpe-le-Soken  Essex  Essex  England 
1942

Mrs Rawbood, having moved into Margaret Moone's home, and suspecting the act has made her possessed, found herself, "a little before it was time to go to Church" one Easter day, suddenly "so filled with Lice" described as "long, and lean, and not like other Lice," that they "might have been swept off her cloaths with a stick."()

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645,

1625   Thorpe-le-Soken  Essex  Essex  England 
1943

Francis Milles searches Margaret Moone as a witch and finds "three long teats or bigges in her secret parts, which seemed to have been lately sucked." Milles dismisses the possibility that these marks were some natural protuberance like pyles; "having been troubled with them herself" she new these marks were not that.(28)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 28

1645   Thorpe-le-Soken  Essex  Essex  England 
1944

Margaret Moone and Elizabeth Clarke are accused of bewitching John Edwards, the infant son of Mr. Richard Edwards to death. This crime is also blamed on Anne Leech and Elizabeth Gooding.(26)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 26

1644 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1945

Margaret Moone allegedly spoiled a batch of Philip Berriman's bread.(26)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 26

1645   Thorpe-le-Soken  Essex  Essex  England 
1946

Margaret Moone and Elizabeth Clarke allegedly spoil three batches of Richard Edwards' beer.(26)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 26

1645 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1947

Margaret Moone allegedly bewitched Philip Daniel's horse. It fell and broke its neck while pulling Daniel's wagon down hill. (26)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 26

1645   Thorpe-le-Soken  Essex  Essex  England 
1948

Henry Cornwall, after bringing home a half a peck of apples given to him by Margaret Moone as payment for a hook, eats one of said apples, and was suddenly "taken sick with an extreme shaking and pain in all parts of his body," a condition he suffered with "in great extremity for the space of twelve weeks, and most part of that; time deprived of his senses."(26)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 26

1645   Thorpe-le-Soken  Essex  Essex  England 
1949

Although she had identified Margaret Moone as "a woman of a very bad fame and suspected for a Witch, [who] had formerly been questioned at an Assize [as a witch and she] flung away the Ap[p]les" her husband had brought into their home, courtesy of Margaret Moone, Mrs. Cornwall begins to experience a series of fits. She is taken sick with an extreme shaking and pain in all parts of [her] body" and never fully recovers. (26)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 26

1645   Thorpe-le-Soken  Essex  Essex  England 
1950

One day after her father had done some labour for Margaret Moone, Joan Cornwall becomes sick. She suffers from "strange fits, and shrickings out, and so continued languishing for a moneth, and died." Margaret Moone is blamed for the child's death. (26)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 26

1645   Thorpe-le-Soken  Essex  Essex  England 
1951

Margaret Moone can allegedly conjure her familiar spirits with a bowl of beer and a little bread. She allegedly offers to demonstrate this to Francis Milles and "put the bread into the beere, and set it against an hole in the wall, and made a circle round about the pot, and then cried, Come Christ, come Christ, come Mounsier, come Mounsier." When the imps failed to appear, she blamed her daughter, claiming they had carried them away. (28)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 28

1645   Thorpe-le-Soken  Essex  Essex  England 
1952

Judith Moone and her sister, the two daughters of Margaret Moone are searched as witches. Marks are found on them, described as marks like their mother's, which are "three long teats or bigges in her secret parts, which seemed to have been lately sucked."(28)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 28

1645   Thorpe-le-Soken  Essex  Essex  England 
1953

Mary Philips, while "going over a broad foot Bridge, this Informant sensibly felt a great blow on her head, which strook her into a ditch up to the neck." This event is recorded in terms of her examinations of Margaret Moone, who seems to recognize her, presumably because she had magically administered the blow. (28-29)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 28-29

1645 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
1954

Judith Moone having refused to fetch her mother a bundle of wood the day before, feels something crawl into her bed, her bed, "about her legges, being at that time broad awake, and that shee searched to see what it should be, but could not finde any thing." Presumably this is one of her Mother Margaret Moone's familiars. (29)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 29

1645   Thorpe-le-Soken  Essex  Essex  England 
1955

John Munt is allegedly bewitched by Margaret Grew "so that he died instanly." Grewe is also indicted and convicted of having a familiar named Jay, which may have been used in this crime. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=340870)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=340870

1645 Walton-le-Soken  Soken  Essex  Essex  England 
1956

George Fossett is allegedly bewitched by Mary Wiles "whereby his body was consumed."(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341122)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341122

1645 Clacton-on-Sea  Great Clacton  Essex  Essex  England 
1958

Mary Knights is allegedly bewitched by Anne Cooper; she dies within a month. Cooper is found not guilty of this crime. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341134)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341134

1637 ? Clacton-on-Sea  Great Clacton  Essex  Essex  England 
1959

James Curstissurre was allegedly bewitched by Anne Cooper; he dies within one day (or one year?). Anne Cooper is found guilty of this murder. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341130)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341130

1645 Clacton-on-Sea  Great Clacton  Essex  Essex  England 
1960

Anne Thurston allegedly bewitches John Aldurton's "black cow," a bovine worth five shilling, to the point where it had to be destroyed. It may be that her two spirits were used to bewitch this cow.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341154)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341154

1645 Great Holland    Essex  Essex  England 
1961

Elizabeth Occlam is allegedly bewitched by Mary Johnson; she dies within three days. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341162)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341162

1645 Wivenhoe    North Eastern Essex  Essex  England 
1962

George Durrell is allegedly bewitched by Mary Johnson; he dies within five days.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341158)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341158

1644, June 20 Wivenhoe    North Eastern Essex  Essex  England 
1963

Thomas Bragge is bewitched by Margaret Landish so that he was "was wasted, consumed." Thomas Bragge may be the man represented in _A True and Exact Relation_ as Robert Turners's servant (see Anonymous 331).(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341178)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341178

1645   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
1964

Lionel Jefferson is allegedly bewitched by Hatting; he dies twenty four days later. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341182)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341182

1625 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
1983

Sara Hatting is searched as a witch. Bridget Reynolds, the witch-searcher, claims Hatting has "foure Teats, or Bigges in those parts, almost an inch long, and as bigge as this Informants little finger."(30)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 30

1645 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
1984

Elizabeth Harvey is searched as a witch. Bridget Reynolds, the woman who searched her, claims she had "had three such Bigges, and about the said scantling."(30)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 30

1645 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
1985

Marion Hocket is searched as a witch; Bridget Reynolds can discover no witches marks on her. (30-31)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 30-31

1645 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
1987

Elizabeth Harvey allegedly claimed that Marion Hocket made her into a witch circa 1638 by making her have witch's mark. Hocket has allegedly brought her "three things were of a reddish color," which in pulling and sucking at her, "made her have the said marks or bigs," These familiars, which Harvey claimed she tried to send back, allegedly "tormented her in her bed, in the places aforesaid, as if they had pulled her in pieces."(31)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 31

1638 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
1988

A mysterious snake appears on a shelf Mrs. Stock's house, after her husband, Francis Stock, tells an enraged William Hatting that his wife was a "scolder." When Mrs. Stock "endeavoured to kill [it] with a Spade; and striking at it, the Snake suddenly vanished away, and could no where be found."(31-32)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 31-32

1640 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
1989

Mrs. Stock is is suddenly "taken sick with extraordinary fits, pains and burnings all over her body," after she attempts to kills a mysterious snake in her home. Within a week, in death-throws, she cries out that "Sarah [Hatting] was the cause of her death," and dies. The illness and death happened shortly after Francis Stock fights with William Hatting and insults his wife Sara Hatting and before the death of her two children, who perish in a similar manner shortly after Mrs. Stock.(31-32)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 31-32

1640 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
1990

Francis Stock's daughter dies "within two or three dayes after the death" of his wife. Stock suspects Sara Hatting is culpable for the child's suffering and death. The illness and death happened shortly after Francis Stock fights with William Hatting and insults his wife Sara Hatting and after Mrs. Francis attempts to kill a snakes which unexpectedly appeared in her home, but found upon administering a death blow, that the serpent has disappeared. This Stock daughter is the second to perish in her family; her mother's death precedes hers and a sibling dies shortly after her. (31-32)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 31-32

1640 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
2002

Francis Stock's child falls sick, appearing to catch the same disease which appears to have claimed its sister and mother, this child also dies. The illness and death happened shortly after Francis Stock fights with William Hatting and insults his wife Sara Hatting and after Mrs. Francis attempts to kill a snakes which unexpectedly appeared in her home, but found upon administering a death blow, that the serpent has disappeared. This Stock child is the third person to perish in its family; its mother and sister's death precedes this person's demise.(31-32)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 31-32

1640 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
2003

A verbal altercation between Francis Stock's servant, Anonymous 336, and John Hatting, son of William and Sara Hatting, turns into a physical altercation. The "very next day hee was taken sick, and so continued in a pining and languishing condition, crying out often of the said Sarah, that she had bewitched him, and was the cause of his death, which soon after ensued."(31, 32)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 31, 32

1640 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
2020

Sara Barton allegedly receives three familiars from her sister Marian Hockey; they were named Littleman, Pretty-man, and Dainty. (32)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 32

1645 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
2021

Marian Hocket allegedly slices off her witch's marks to avoid detection, according to her sister Sara Barton. (32)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 32

1645 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
2022

Having been promised that they would "do her good." Elizabeth Harvey allegedly receives three familiars from Marian Hocket. After receiving these familiars, "shee was very much pained in those parts of her body where the said teats or bigs were discovered by the said searchers."(33)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 33

1645 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
2023

Robert Turner's servant (Anonymous 331) is allegedly bewitched by Joyce Boanes, Rose Hallybread, Susan Cock, and Margaret Landish, by virtue of their familiars. Sometimes he would be " struggling with such strength (being but a youth) that four or five strong men were not able to hold him down in his bed."(33)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 33

1645   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
2024

Robert Turner's servant (Anonymous 331) is heard to crow "perfectly as a cock," an affliction blamed on the torments caused by, or possession by, Susan Cock's familiar. (33)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 33

1645, April   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
2025

Robert Turner's servant (Anonymous 331) is heard to bark like a dog, an affliction blamed on the torments caused by, or possession by, Joyce Boanes familiar Rug.(33)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 33

1645, April   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
2026

Robert Turner's servant (Anonymous 331) is heard to "groan in such an extraordinary manner," and "beyond the ordinary course of nature" an affliction blamed on the torments caused by, or possession by, Margaret Landish's familiar. (33)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 33

1645, April   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
2034

Robert Turner's servant (Anonymous 331) is heard to "to sing sundry tunes in his great extremity of paines," an affliction blamed on the torments caused by, or possession by Rose Hallybread's familiar.(33)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 33

1645, April   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
2035

Rose Hallybread allegedly accepts a familiar spirit from Goodwife Hagtree (circa 1630). She entertains the familiar for around a year and a half, feeding it with blood and oatmeal, and the loses it.(33-34)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 33-34

1630   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
2037

Ten or twelve of Richard Welch's lambs are allegedly killed by Joyce Boane's familiars, at her behest.(34)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 34

1632   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
2038

A calf, a sheep, and a lamb, owned by Thomas Clynch are allegedly killed by Joyce Boane's familiars, at her behest.(34)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 34

1632 ?   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
2039

Susan Cock allegedly receives two familiar spirits, a mouse named Susan, and a cat names Bess, from her mother, Margery Stokes while she is on her death-bed.(35)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 35

1641   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
2040

Ten or twelve of John Spall's sheep are allegedly killed by familiars employed by Susan Cock, Rose Hallybread, Joyce Boanes, and Margaret Landish, allegedly at their best. Spall had evidently earned this malice when his wife refused to give or sell cheese curds to a preganant Susan Cock.(35)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 35

1645   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
2059

A "very handsome young man" appears to Rebecca Jones, standing at the door of her employer's home in Great Clacton, asked Jones how she was, asked to see her her left wrist, and taking a pin from out of her sleeve, and pricked her wrist. This man, a person Jones comes to 'believe' is the devil, carries a drop Jones' blood away on her finger tip. (36-37)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 36-37

1620 Clacton-on-Sea  Great Clacton  Essex  Essex  England 
2060

While en route to St. Osyth, Rebecca Jones encounters a man wearing "a ragged sute, and having such great eyes, that this Examinant was much afraid of him." This man gave (loaned) Jones three familiars like moles, described as having "foure feete apiece, but without tayles, and of a blacke colour" and named Margaret, Amie, and Susan. This wide eyed ragged man also instructed Jones on how to entertain and employ these familiars: nursing them, giving them milk, and using them for select acts of vengeance and murder. (36-37)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 36-37

1620 Clacton-on-Sea  Great Clacton  Essex  Essex  England 
2061

Rebecca Jones allegedly sends one of her three familiars to kill Bejamin Howes' swine, which dies accordingly. She does not name which familiar allegedly did this crime. (36, 37)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 36, 37

1620   Little Clacton  Essex  Essex  England 
2062

Rebecca Jones allegedly teams with Joyce Boanes and they send their familiars (Jones: Margaret, Boanes: Anonymous 45) to kill Thomas Bumstead "who died about three weekes after. Jones was allegedly irate with Bumstead after he had beaten her son for stealing his honey. Jones is tried and found guilty for bewitching Bumstead. (36, 37)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 36, 37

1645   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
2063

Rebecca Jones allegedly sends her familiar named Amie to kill Katherine Bumsteads, who died "within a short time after." This crime was allegedly spurred on after Thomas Bumstead beat Jones' son for eating his honey. Jones was tried and found guilty for the malefic murder of Katherine Bumstead. (36, 37)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 36, 37

1645   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
2064

Rebecca Jones allegedly sends her familiar spirit Margaret to torment Mistress Darcy's child. She claims that she did send Margaret to torment Darcy's child, but that she recalled it.(36, 37-38)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 36, 37-38

1645   St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
2065

Joan Cooper sometime during her twenty years as a practicing witch, claims to have acquired "three Familiars, two like Mouses, and the third like a Frog: The names of the two like Mouses, are Jack, and the other Prickeare, and the name of the third like a Frog, is Frog"(38)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 38

1625 Great Holland    Essex  Essex  England 
2066

Thomas Woodward's child is allegedly bewitched by one of Joan Cooper's familiars (likely Jack or Prickeare) and dies within two weeks. (38)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 38

1645 Great Holland    Essex  Essex  England 
2067

Two of John Cartwright's children are allegedly bewitched by Anne Cooper's familiar Frog. They die within two or three weeks of the onset of their bewitchment.(38)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 38

1645 Great Holland    Essex  Essex  England 
2068

Mrs. Parby, wife of George Parby of Great Holland, is allegedly bewitched by Joan Cooper's familiar Frog at her behest. Mrs. Parby dies within three days of the onset of her bewitchment. (38)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 38

1645 Great Holland    Essex  Essex  England 
2072

Anne Cate (Maidenhead) allegedly sends one of her three mole imps (either James, Prickeare, or Robyn) "to nip the knee of one Robert Freeman." The imp lamed Freeman and he died six month later of related injuries. (38-39)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 38-39

1645   Little Clacton  Essex  Essex  England 
2073

The Susan Rawlins / Rowlandson is allegedly bewitched by Anne Cate's (Maidenhead) familiar Prickeare. She dies a short time after. ()

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645,

1645 Great Holland    Essex  Essex  England 
2074

John Tillet is allegedly bewitched by Anne Cate (Maidenhead) via her familiar, Prickeare. He dies suddenly. (38, 39)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 38, 39

1645 Great Holland    Essex  Essex  England 
2075

The child of George Parby is allegedly bewitched by Anne Cate, by virtue of her familiar Sparrow. The Parby child dies immediately at the onset of this bewitchment. Mrs. Parby, wife of George Parby, had allegedly refused to give Anne Cate (Maidenhead) a pint of milk which she requests and Cate sought malefic retribution by bewitching her child.(38, 39)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 38, 39

1645 Great Holland    Essex  Essex  England 
2077

Mrs. Ray is allegedly bewitched by Anne Cate (Maidenhead) by virtue of her familiar after the two women squabble over a two pence loan. Mrs. Ray dies a short time after.(38, 39)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 38, 39

1645 Great Holland    Essex  Essex  England 
2078

An honest man from Manningtree allegedly spots "foure little things in the shape of black rabbits, leaping and skipping about him," at four o'clock in the morning outside Anne West's door. Without knowing what they are, he attempts to brain one to death with a stick, the wring its neck, drown it, only to experience it as having "vanished away."(39-40)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 39-40

1645 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
2079

Anonymous 346 accuses Anne West of sending her familiars, in the shape of four black rabbits, to trouble him. West allegedly retorts that "that they were not sent to trouble him, but were sent out as Scouts upon another designe."(39-40)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 39-40

1645 Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
2080

Joan Upney alleges that her eldest daughter "would neuer abide to meddle with her Toades," meaning that she refused to participate in witchcraft, but her youngest daughter "would handle them, and vse them as well as her selfe," suggesting that she was a practicing witch. (Sig. Aiiiv, B)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, Sig. Aiiiv, B

1589, May   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
2132

Rose Hallybread dies on June 11, at 2 pm while imprisoned at Colcherster Goal. An inquisition is held and it is concluded that she dies by "by divine visitatiion" or by natural causes.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=340842)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=340842

1645, June 2 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
2133

Joan Cooper dies at 10 am on May 7th, 1645, while imprisoned at Colcherster Goal. An inquisition is held and it is concluded that she dies by "by divine visitatiion" or by natural causes.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=340854)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=340854

1645, May 7 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
2134

Mary Cooke dies at 3pm on May 29, 1645 while imprisoned at Colcherster Goal. An inquisition is held and it is concluded that she dies by "by divine visitatiion" or by natural causes.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=340858)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=340858

1645, May 29 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
2135

Margery Grew, convicted for the crimes of "murder and raising spirits," is hanged as a witch at Chelmsford, 1645. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=340870)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=340870

1645   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
2136

Ellen Smith allegedly had a falling out with her stepfather, John Chaundeler, that resulted in his death; John Chaundeler came to Smith after Alice Chaundeler's execution for witchcraft and demanded some money that Alice had given Smith, which Smith refused. John Chaundeler is said to have thereafter been unable to keep down his meat after eating, causing him to waste away until his death.(7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 7

1579 Maldon  Maldon All Saints  Essex  Essex  England 
2137

Mother Staunton allegedly argued with Thomas Prat at his home, during which Thomas Prat scratched her face with a needle; in response, she told him he had a flea on him, causing Prat to be grievously tormented in his limbs the next night. Prat wrote up this incident and submitted it as evidence against Staunton.(10)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 10

1579 Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
2138

Mother Staunton, feuding with Thomas Prat, allegedly came by his home carrying grain, and Prat demanded it of her; she asked what he would do with it, to which he answered he would give them to his chickens, snatching the grain from her hands. Three or four dozen chickens are said to have died after being fed the grain, with only one survivor.(11)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 11

1579 Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
2139

Mother Staunton allegedly came to Robert Petie's house and demanded numerous things from his wife, even accusing Mrs. Petie of stealing a knife from her; when Mrs. Petie sent Staunton away, the Petie's little child became so ill for a week that it nearly died.(11-12)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 11-12

1579 Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
2140

Mother Staunton allegedly came to the Vicar of Wimbish's wife (Anonymous 362) one day when the Vicar (Anonymous 364) was away and was denied her demands; Mother Staunton is said to have touched the Vicar's son (Anonymous 363) causing him to become sick. When the Vicar returned home, the child recovered perfectly within an hour and resumed playing.(14)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 14

1579 Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
2141

Mother Nokes allegedly became offended when a servant of Thomas Spycer's (Anonymous 367) refused to answer a question she put to him; shortly thereafter one of the horses he was plowing with fell down with a swollen head and died. Thinking that Anonymous 367 had beaten the horse about its head, Spycer demanded to know what had happened, to which Anonymous 367 recounted the story. Spycer went to Nokes and threatened to have her answer for the death of the horse.(16-17)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 16-17

1579   Lambert, Lambert End, Lambourne  Essex  Essex  England 
2142

Mother Nokes, when asked to reconcile with Mr. Nokes and the tailor's wife (Anonymous 365), allegedly answered angrily that she "cared for none of them all, as longe as Tom helde on her side." Tom is said to be her fiend.(16)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 16

1579   Lambert, Lambert End, Lambourne  Essex  Essex  England 
2143

Anne Leach, found guilty of the malefic murder of John Edwards, the infant son of Richard Edwards, a crime allegedly co-committed with Anne West and Margaret Moonne, is executed at Chemlsford, 1645. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=340874)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=340874

1645   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
2144

Anne West is found guilty of entertaining, employing, and feeding, "four 'evill spiritts,' one of them in the likeness 'of a younge white catte' called Holt, another like 'a sandee spannell' named Jeremarye, a third like 'a greyhound' called Vineger Tome and the fourth like "a blacke rabbett" called Sack and Sugar, with the intention of obtaining their help in "Witchcraftes, inchtement, charmes and sorecrices." She is also found guilty of the malefic murder of John Culter Jr. and is found guilty of the malefic murder of John Edwards, the infant son of Richard Edwards, a crime allegedly co-committed with Anne Leech and Margaret Moone, and a crime for which she is executed at Chemlsford, 1645. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=340878)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=340878

1645   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
2145

Rebecca Jones, found guilty for the malefic murder of Katherine Bumpstead and Thomas Bumpstead is hanged as a witch at Chelmsford, in 1645.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=340886)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=340886

1645   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
2146

Margaret Moone, found guilty of having "bewitched a brown cow belonging to Thomas Cooker," the malefic murder of John Edwards, the infant son of Richard Edwards, a crime allegedly co-committed with Anne West and Anne Leech, and the malefic murder of Joan Cornwall, is executed at Chemlsford, 1645. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341006)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341006

1645   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
2148

Mary Sterling, having been found guilty of the malefic murder of Robert Potter junior and entertaining employing and feeding "two evil spirits, both in the from 'of a mole,'" is sentenced to be hanged at Chelsmford in 1645. She is reprieved. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341022)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341022

1645   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
2149

Anne Cate, alias Maidenhead, having been found guilty of the malefic murder of Grace Ray and Susan Rowlandson is hanged as a witch at Chelmsford in 1645.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341078)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341078

1645   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
2158

Alice Dixon, convicted of bewitching Thomas Mumford to death, is hanged as a witch in Chelmsford in Essex, 1645.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341050)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341050

1645   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
2159

Mary Johnson, found guilty of entertaining, employing, and feeding three evil spirits, is sentenced to be hanged as a witch at Chelmsford, 1645. She is reprieved after judgment. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341054)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341054

1645   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
2330

Elizabeth Lowe is indicted at assizes in Colchester for bewitching Robert Wodley so that he languished until May 1st at which point he died. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331640)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331640

1564, July 21 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
2331

Elizabeth Lowes pleads not guilty to bewitching Robert Wodley. She is found guilty and so pleads pregnancy. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331640)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331640

1564, July 21 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
2332

Elizabeth Lowe allegedly bewitches Robert Wodley, causing him to languish and die.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331640)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331640

1564, April 24   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
2335

Elizabeth Lowe is indicted for allegedly bewitching John Canell, a three year old infant, causing him to languish and die.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331645)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331645

1564, July 21 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
2336

Elizabeth Lowe pleads not guilty to bewitching John Canell, causing him to languish and die. She is found guilty and then pleads pregnancy.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331645)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331645

1564, July 21 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
2337

Elizabeth Lowe allegedly bewitched John Wodley, a three month old infant. Wodley languished for two days and then died.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331635)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331635

1564, April 15   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
2338

Elizabeth Lowe is indicted for allegedly bewitching John Wodley, a three month old infant. Wodley languished for two days and then died. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331635)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331635

1564, July 21 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
2339

Elizabeth Lowe pleads not guilty to bewitching John Wodley. She is found guilty and then pleads pregnancy.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331635)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331635

1564, July 21 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
2390

Mr. Harlakenden, a man from Essex, lives in a house with a chamber over "a Tomb-House." The chamber was occupied by "his Butler, Robert Crow, and William, his Coach-man." At two in the morning, every night, "there was always the sound of a great Bell tolling." This is verified when Mr. Harlakenden sleeps in the chamber one night, and rises at one a clock. When the bell tolls at two, he is in "a Fright and Sweat." When his servants wake, they say, "Hark, Tom is at his Sport," which reassures Mr. Harlakenden.(157)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 157

1691 Colne (Colne Priory)    Essex  Essex  England 
2391

Mr. Thomas Shepherd, "with some other Ministers, and good People," visits Mr. Harlakenden in his house at Colne Priory, where within a chamber built above a tomb-house, "the sound of a great Bell" could be heard tolling every night at two in the morning. The ministers gather and "spent a Night in Prayer, and had some respect to the place," and so by "serving God, to cast out the Devil." After the night of prayers, "never was any such noise heard in the Chamber."(158)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 158

1691 Colne (Colne Priory)    Essex  Essex  England 
2397

Colonel Rich of Essex, takes in Mr. Tyro, a man who "was exercised before he came a Sick-Resident under [Colonel Rich's] Roof." Colonel Rich truly believes Mr. Tyro was possessed and exercised, "by some Discourse I had with him aftewrads, during his Sickness," and on the account provided by his wife, to whom Mr. Tyro confessed the truth "to her only."(197)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 197

1629 Stondon Massey (Stondon Hall)    Essex  Essex  England 
2398

Mr. Tyro confesses to the Lady Rich, whose household he is staying while in an illness after an exorcism, that one evening when he was returning to his lodgings, "being then in a good degree of Health, and in a serious frame, meditating by the way," he heard a voice say to him, "You shall die and not pass your five and thirtieth Year of Age." When Mr. Tyro looked around him, he could see no body, and was "into great Consternation and Sweat," which he would compare to "drops of Blood." Mr. Tyro is convinced it was an "auricular Voice," and no "Melancholy Fancy." Although Mr. Tyro prays, he cannot shake the impression. He dies in January 1630, a full seven months before he turned 36.(199-200)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 199-200

1629 Stondon Massey (Stondon Hall)    Essex  Essex  England 
2637

Elizabeth Francis alleges in her confession that her grandmother, Eve of Hatfield Peverel, gave her a familiar named Sathan, which took the form of a white spotted cat. Grandmother Eve instructed her to give her blood to the familiar, feed him bread and milk, and a keep him in a basket.(9-11)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 9-11

1542 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
2638

Joan Waterhouse alleges in her confession that she only ever saw her mother, Agnes Waterhouse, holding her familiar once. The familiar was in the shape of a toad, and appeared suddenly when Mother Waterhouse called it out by the name of Sathan.(18-19)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 18-19

1566, July 26 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
2639

Joan Waterhouse alleges in her confession that she cannot call Sathan again because she did not let him out. She adds that she never called on him again after setting him on Agnes Brown.(18-20)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 18-20

1566, July 26 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
2640

Justice Southcote and Queen's Attorney Master Gerard hear the second examination and confession of Mother Agnes Waterhouse and Joan Waterhouse, including Agnes Brown's deposition, on July 27, 1566.(22-24, 28-29)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 22-24, 28-29

1566, July 27   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
2641

Mother Agnes Waterhouse alleges in her final confession that she was a regular church-goer and would pray heartily while there. When asked what prayers she used, she said she would recite the Lord's Prayer, the Ave Maria and the belief, but in Latin. When demanded why not in English as the law required, she replied "sathan wolde at no tyme suffer her to say it in englyshe, but at all tymes in laten." (38-40)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 38-40

1566, July 29   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
2680

Lady Cromwell returns to Ramsey after her encounter with Mother Alice Samuel. That night, she allegedly has nightmares in which a cat sent by Mother Samuel "offered to pulcke of all the skin and flesh from her armes & body." (32-33)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 32-33

1590, March 15 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
2681

Lady Cromwell allegedly becomes sick after visiting the Throckmorton family and her confrontation with Mother Alice Samuel. She is afflicted by fits much like those of the Throckmorton children, in which she suffers pain and shakes in her limbs. She dies of it 15 months after her visit, remembering often that Mother Samuel said to her "Madam, I never hurt you as yet."(32-33)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 32-33

1590, March Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
2951

A maid (Anonymous 470) from Brantree in Essex, practised the imposture of "the belly," claiming to be bewitched and possessed when she was not. Doing so, the maid "gained money from the deceived beholders," until the store grew old, when the "Devil did easily leave her." (79)

Appears in:
Ady, Thomas. A Candle in the Dark . London: 1655, 79

1655 Braintree    Essex  Essex  England 
2993

Elizabeth Brooke, of Great Leighs, Essex, allegedly bewitches Margaret Cleveland, the wife of John Cleveland, to death.()

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011,

1583, June 20 Great Leighs    Essex  Essex  England 
2994

Elizabeth Brooke, of Great Leighs, Essex, is indicted at the Chelmsford Assiez on March 2, 1584 for allegedly bewitching Margaret Cleveland, husband of John Cleveland, to death. Brooke pleads not guilty, but is found guilty regardless.()

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011,

1584, March 2   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
2995

Elizabeth Brooke, of Great Leighs, Essex, confesses to bewitching livestock belonging to several different men. She allegedly bewitched "six cows and six horses and mares worth [...] belonging to James Holmested; "a cow, five heifers and four 'hoges'" belonging to Anonymous 491; "two cows and two mares [...] belonging to Thomas Cornyshe; and "'sowes' worth 40s" belonging to George Fy, whose animals died. ()

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011,

1583, October 20 Great Leighs    Essex  Essex  England 
2996

Elizabeth Brooke, of Great Leigh, Essex, is indicted at the Chelmsford Assize on March 2, 1584 for bewitching livestock belonging to James Holmested, Anonymous 491, Thomas Cornyshe, and George Fy.()

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011,

1584, March 2   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England