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ID Short Description Date City Parish Current County Old county Nation
230

William Spicer allegedly makes a habit of taunting an old woman, Anonymous 8, whenever he passes the Alms-House where she lives. He would "call her Witch, and tell her of her Buns; which did so enrage the Old Woman, that she threatened him with a Warrant." Anonymous 8 appealed to a Justice of the Peace, which frightened Spicer into humbling himself before her and promising to cease. Spicer nevertheless begins to experience fits a few days later.(1)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Great News from the West of England being a True Account of Two Young Persons Lately Bewitched in the Town of Beckenton in Somerset-shire. London: 1689, 1

1689 Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
231

William Spicer allegedly suffers from strange and violent fits over the course of a fortnight. During these fits, he claimed to see Anonymous 8 "against the Wall in the same Room of the House where he was, and that sometimes she did knock her Fist at him; sometimes grin her Teeth, and sometimes laugh at him." He displays such strength while afflicted that three or four men are needed to hold him. After he drinks small beer, he frequently vomits pins; over thirty pins are counted by the time his fits cease.(1)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Great News from the West of England being a True Account of Two Young Persons Lately Bewitched in the Town of Beckenton in Somerset-shire. London: 1689, 1

1689 Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
371

Mary Hill, a young eighteen year old of Beckington, Somerset allegedly throws up 200 crooked pins, after taking very ill "some time before Michaelmas last past was Twelve-Month." She is also seized by violent fits when she vomits. She spent much of her life "very much in the Neglect of her Duty to God." Her vomiting of crooked pins results in "a numerous Concourse of People to see her," whom she admits to being aware of in her fits.(74)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 74

1691, April 4 Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
427

Mary Hill allegedly has three encounters with an old woman (Anonymous 8) in the days leading up to her first fits. First, Hill demands a ring from Anonymous 8, and threatens her when she refuses. Second, Hill refuses to escort Anonymous 8 to the neighbouring town of Froom to find spinning work. Third, Hill refuses to give Anonymous 8 an apple. Hill's first fit occurs within three days of refusing Anonymous 8 the apple.(1)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Great News from the West of England being a True Account of Two Young Persons Lately Bewitched in the Town of Beckenton in Somerset-shire. London: 1689, 1

1689, July Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
428

Mary Hill allegedly suffers a pricking in her stomach the Sunday after refusing Anonymous 8 an apple. Monday at dinner, "something arose in her Throat, which was like to have Choaked her; and at the same time fell into Violent Fits, which held her till Nine or Ten a Clock at Night." The fits are so severe that four or five people are needed to restrain her. Hill claims to see Anonymous 8 standing against the wall grinning, and is seen to step around as if avoiding blows.(1-2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Great News from the West of England being a True Account of Two Young Persons Lately Bewitched in the Town of Beckenton in Somerset-shire. London: 1689, 1-2

1689, July Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
2365

An old woman, named Elizabeth Carrier, was "Apprehended by a Warrant from a Justice of Peace," in relation to the the young girl, Mary Hill's alleged fits and vomiting of crooked pins. Elizabeth Carrier is convicted by "the Oaths of two Persons," and is "committed to the County Goal."(74-75)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 74-75

1691 Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
2366

A fortnight after the old woman Elizabeth Carrier is apprehended, convicted, and committed to "the County Goal," Mary Hill "began to Vomit up Nails, Pieces of Nails, Pieces of Brass, Handles of Spoons." This continued "for the space of six Months and upwards."(75)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 75

1691, May Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
2367

During Mary Hill's alleged fits where she vomits up crooked pins, she claims "there did appear to her an old Woman, Named Margery Coombes, and one Ann More." These two women are apprehended "by a Warrant from two Justices of the Peace," (Anonymous 404) and brought to a session "held at Brewton." There, they are "committed to the County Goal."(75)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 75

1691 Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
2368

Upon the apprehension of Elizabeth Carrier, Margery Coombes, and Ann More, all of whom are suspected to be the cause of Mary Hill's alleged fits, during which she vomits crooked pins, Elizabeth Carrier "dyed as soon as she came into Prison." Margery Coombes and Ann More "were Tryed at Tannton Assizes," by the Lord Chief Justice Holt. However, "for want of Evidence," the two old women "were acquitted by the Jury (Anonymous 405)."(75)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 75

1691 Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
2369

Susanna Belton and Ann Howard of Beckington come forth as "persons bound over to give Evidence," of the nature of Mary Hill's alleged fits. The two women attest that "they hookt out of the Navel of the said Mary Hill," and while Mary Hill "lay in a dead fit, crooked Pins, small Nails, and small pieces of Brass." These were produced before the Judge in court, and given to the Jury to examine as well. (75)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 75

1691 Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
2370

The witnesses, Mr. Frances Jesse and Mr. Christopher Brewer, declared, at a trial concerning the nature of the fits of Mary Hill, "that they had seen the said Mary Hill to Vomit up at several times Crooked Pins, Nails, and Pieces of Brass." These were produced as evidence to the court. The two men further testified that "it was no imposture," a fact they were assured of as "they had searched her Mouth with their Fingers before she did Vomit."(75-76)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 75-76

1691 Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
2371

The minister of the parish of Beckington, Mr. John Humphreys, is called forth at the trial regarding the nature of Mary Hill's alleged fits, during which she vomits up close to 200 crooked nails. The minister testifies that "after having given [Mary Hill] a little small Beer," she would "Vomit up Crooked Pins, Nails, and Pieces of Brass." Mr. John Humphreys determined that Mary Hill was not a cheat, when he "brought [her] to a Window, and having lookt into her Mouth, [...] searcht it with my Finger, as I did the Beer before she drank it." (76)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 76

1691 Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
2372

The gentleman, Esquire Player of Castle Cary, anonymously visits the minister Mr. John Humphreys in Beckington, inquiring after the maid Mary Hill, and her alleged fits, during which she is rumoured to vomit crooked pins. The gentleman proceeds to visit Mary Hill one morning, "but because beer was not given her when she wanted it, she lay in a very Deplorable condition," until two in the afternoon, some eight hours later. It was after that, "with much Difficulty," she brought up a piece of brass, which the gentleman kept. Her fit was characterized by "her Tongue swelled out of her Head," before vomiting. However, before her vomiting, the gentleman was assured of "the Truth of the thing," for he believed it impossible "for any Mortal to Counterfeit her miserable Condition." Further, the gentleman "searcht her Mouth himself," and held the bason into which she vomited. (76-77)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 76-77

1691 Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
2373

The minister Mr. John Humphreys suspects that Mary Hill's alleged fits, during which she vomits objects such as crooked nails, "were conveyed into her Body by some Diabolical Power." Mr. John Humphreys suspects that these diabolical powers visit her "in Bed at Night," as she always brought up in the morning, and "scarce did any thing in the Afternoon." Further, Mary Hill allegedly "always slept with her Mouth open," and could not be woken in her sleep. Finally, Mr. John Humphreys observed that if Mary Hill kept her mouth "close shut" at night, "the Vomiting of Nails ceased." Mary Hill further vomits at both a neighbours' house and Mr. Humphreys, not just her own house.(77-79)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 77-79

1691 Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
2374

Upon visiting the minister, Mr. John Humphreys, Mary Hill became ill in two hours, upon which immediately after "some Beer, she Vomited up a great board Nail," and "a great piece of Brace, which I saw followed with much Blood," causing Mr. Humphreys to advise a Woman (Anonymous 406) to "open her Mouth," and take "out as much Blood, as she could hold in the hollow of her hand." This further confirms Mr. John Humphreys' suspicions that Mary Hill is being plagued by "diabolical powers."(79)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 79

1691 Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
2375

After a trial at the Assizes relating to the nature of Mary Hill's alleged fits, during which she vomited crooked nails, Mary Hill "was turned home." She "grew worse than ever," vomiting not only nails, but "pieces of Glass, &c." This culminates in a violent fit, where "she was swelled to an extraordinary bigness," where being given beer, "she throws up several Pieces of Bread and Butter." The minister Mr. John Humphreys determines these to be "besmeared with a Poysonous matter," identified as "white Mercury."(79)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 79

1691 Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
2376

Mr. John Humphreys comes to pray with Mary Hill upon the culmination of her fits to one "Violent Fit," where she vomited "several Pieces of Bread and Butter, besmeared with a Poysonous matter, [...] judged to be white Mercury." Mr. John Humphreys finds himself "compassionating the Deplorableness of her Condition," and takes her into his own home, "where in some short time, the Vomiting ceased," although her fits continued for "some space." After these passed, Mary Hill "has been for a considerable time last past in very good health."(79)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 79

1691 Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
2646

Mary Hill allegedly has another day of violent fits following the first, in which she again sees an apparition of Anonymous 8. This time, she recognizes the old woman, and accuses her of being "the Person that had bewitcht her."(1-2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Great News from the West of England being a True Account of Two Young Persons Lately Bewitched in the Town of Beckenton in Somerset-shire. London: 1689, 1-2

1689, July Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
2647

Mary HIll allegedly begins throwing up strange objects during her fits. It begins with crooked pins, progresses to nails and pins, and within a month her vomiting includes "Nails again, and Handles of Spoons, both of Pewter and Brass; several pieces of Iron, Lead, and Tin, with several clusters of Crooked Pins; some tied with Yarn, and some with Thread, with abundance of Blood between." The final catalog also includes window lead, pieces of lump lead, wire and large board nails.(2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Great News from the West of England being a True Account of Two Young Persons Lately Bewitched in the Town of Beckenton in Somerset-shire. London: 1689, 2

1689, July Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
2648

Mary Hill's afflictions move the townspeople to concern, and they cause Anonymous 8 to be brought near Hill's home without HIll's knowledge. A crowd of 100 gathers outside the house and Hill is brought outside, immediately falling into a series of strong fits in which "two or three men were scarce able to hold her."(2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Great News from the West of England being a True Account of Two Young Persons Lately Bewitched in the Town of Beckenton in Somerset-shire. London: 1689, 2

1689, October Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
2649

Mary Hill is brought up the hill by the church by a crowd of townsfolk while in the throes of a fit and must be held in a chair by four men. Anonymous 8 is brought near her and allegedly "mounted up over their Heads into the Air; but the men, and others standing by, caught hold of her Legs, and pulled her down again."(2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Great News from the West of England being a True Account of Two Young Persons Lately Bewitched in the Town of Beckenton in Somerset-shire. London: 1689, 2

1689, October Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
2650

A Justice of the Peace orders Anonymous 8 be searched by a Jury of Women. The searchers (Anonymous 167) allegedly find several purple marks on her body that, when pricked with a sharp needle, do not cause her pain. The Jury of Women swears under oath that Anonymous 8 also has "other Marks and Tokens of a Witch" on her body. On the strength of their testimony, Anonymous 8 is imprisoned until she can be tried at the next assizes.(2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Great News from the West of England being a True Account of Two Young Persons Lately Bewitched in the Town of Beckenton in Somerset-shire. London: 1689, 2

1689, October Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
2651

Anonymous 8 is thrown in the river near the town with her legs bound to see whether she will sink. She is allegedly seen to "lie upon her Back, and did Swim like a piece of Cork" despite her best efforts to pull herself under the surface. This test is repeated twice more, with increasing numbers of observers, until over 200 have seen it for themselves. A "Lusty young Woman" is also thrown into the water as a contrast and seen to sink immediately; she must be rescued from drowning.(2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Great News from the West of England being a True Account of Two Young Persons Lately Bewitched in the Town of Beckenton in Somerset-shire. London: 1689, 2

1689, October Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
2652

Mary Hill's fits allegedly continue even after Anonymous 8's apprehension. She is visited by ministers who pray over her but cannot improve her condition or stop her from vomiting nails and spoon handles. She remains an object of pity.(2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Great News from the West of England being a True Account of Two Young Persons Lately Bewitched in the Town of Beckenton in Somerset-shire. London: 1689, 2

1689, October 26 Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England