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ID Short Description Date City Parish Current County Old county Nation
325

John Winnick is examined before Justice Robert Bernard, and alleges in his confession that he was visited by a bear-like spirit about the size of a rabbit (Anonymous 130) around Midsummer 29 years before. He had lost a purse containing 7 shillings, and was cursing the loss while working in the barn when Anonymous 130 appeared to him. Anonymous 130 offered to see that the purse was returned to him if he would renounce God and Christ, and worship it instead; Winnick agreed, and was instructed to return to the same place the next day.(3)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 3

1615, June 21   Molesworth  Cambridgeshire  Cambridgeshire  England 
326

John Winnick alleged in his confession that the day after the bear-like spirit (Anonymous 130) first appeared to him, he returned to the barn and found his purse on the floor. When he picked it up, Anonymous 130 appeared again, and Winnick "fell downe upon his knees and said, my Lord and God I thanke you." Anonymous 130 said that it had brought two other spirits with it, one like a white cat (Anonymous 131) and one like a grey coney (Anonymous 132), and that Winnick was to worship them as well. Anonymous 130 promised that Winnick would never lack for food, that Anonymous 131 would hurt anyone he desired, and that Anonymous 132 would hurt any animal he desired. Anonymous 130 also said it must have Winnick's soul when he died, and some blood to seal the covenant. When Winnick agreed, Anonymous 130 pricked him on the head; thereafter all three would come to him daily to suck from his body.(3-4)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 3-4

1615, June 22   Molesworth  Cambridgeshire  Cambridgeshire  England 
737

John Winnick alleges in his confession that only sent out his familiars to cause mischief once. That one time, he sent the bear-spirit (Anonymous 130) to harass a maidservant (Anonymous 88) of Mr. Say's into stealing food from her master for him.(4)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 4

1646, April 11   Molesworth  Cambridgeshire  Cambridgeshire  England 
774

Ellen Shepheard is examined before Justice Robert Bernard and Nicholas Pedley, in which she alleges that she was first visited by a spirit five years ago. She claims that she was swearing and cursing about the way her children had been fighting, and that a spirit appeared to her in the shape of a small, iron-grey rat. This rat-spirit demanded she come with it, but she sent it away saying "I will not, avoid Satan."(9)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 9

1641   Molesworth  Cambridgeshire  Cambridgeshire  England 
775

Ellen Shepherd alleges in her confession that, shortly after her first encounter with the rat-spirit, she went into the field and there was cursing, fretting and blaspheming, which attracted the spirit to come back. This time, it had three other rat-spirits with it, and demanded she forsake God and Christ to take it and its companions as her gods instead, promising happiness if she complied. Shepherd consented to this, and to allowing the spirits to take her soul when she died. She also granted them her blood, and thereafter they had often sucked from her on and about her hips.(9-10)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 9-10

1641   Molesworth  Cambridgeshire  Cambridgeshire  England 
776

Ellen Shepherd alleges in her confession that she never used the rat-spirits to torment anything, and that they had not brought her happiness. (10)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 10

1646, April 8   Molesworth  Cambridgeshire  Cambridgeshire  England 
777

Ellen Shepherd alleges in her confession that the rat-spirits had been tormenting her that afternoon, since she had been brought in for the examination. She intended to end her habit of cursing and swearing.(10)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 10

1646, April 8   Molesworth  Cambridgeshire  Cambridgeshire  England