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ID Short Description Date City Parish Current County Old county Nation
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John Tonken alleges that the Old Witch (Anonymous 6) appears to him repeatedly before his vomiting fits, sometimes in the form of a cat and once in the form of a mouse; she often predicts what he will vomit. He is often heard to beg her to make him well, or demand her name and where she lives, but she will not tell him. For lack of another name, he calls her Old Witch.(3, 4, 5)

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Anonymous. A True Account of a Strange and Wonderful Relation of John Tonken, of Pensans in Cornwall. London: 1686, 3, 4, 5

1686, May 4 Pensans  Pensans  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
1177

John Tonken allegedly suffers from fits in which he vomits strange objects that begin after a woman (Anonymous 6) in a blue jerkin and a red petticoat with yellow and green patches visits him; Tonken is the only person who can see or hear her, and she tell him that he will not be well until he vomits nutshells, pins, and nails. Soon after, he begins retching so hard two men can hardly hold him up and vomits up three pins and half a walnut shell.(2)

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Anonymous. A True Account of a Strange and Wonderful Relation of John Tonken, of Pensans in Cornwall. London: 1686, 2

1686, May 4 Pensans  Pensans  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
1178

John Tonken has a second fit a few days later in which he again vomits pins and walnut shells. This time, some of the pins are crooked.(2)

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Anonymous. A True Account of a Strange and Wonderful Relation of John Tonken, of Pensans in Cornwall. London: 1686, 2

1686, May 6 Pensans  Pensans  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
1179

John Tonken's vomiting fits allegedly begin to include stranger things, and he is searched with fingers in his mouth to see if he has been concealing them there; the searchers find nothing. The items he is said to vomit now include straw, an ear of rye with a stalk a half-yard long, yard-long rushes with broad knots in them, pins bent like fishhooks, dry brambles, and flat sticks that assemble into a breeting needle of the kind fishermen use to make nets.(3-4)

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Anonymous. A True Account of a Strange and Wonderful Relation of John Tonken, of Pensans in Cornwall. London: 1686, 3-4

1686, May Pensans  Pensans  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
2173

John Tonken alleges that the Old Woman (Anonymous 6) appeared to him and told him he would bring up nails, that they were put into him without him being aware of it, and that they would come out again the same way; a few hours later, he is heard to cry that he had been pricked in the heel, and those present turned back the bedclothes to find a threepenny nail stuck in his heel, and another lying in the bed.(4)

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Anonymous. A True Account of a Strange and Wonderful Relation of John Tonken, of Pensans in Cornwall. London: 1686, 4

1686, May Pensans  Pensans  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
2174

John Tonken is allegedly heard at times to say "I will not be Tempted by thee, and in the Name of Iesus, I defie, thee and all thy works," then seen to lie as dead and suddenly spring from the bed three or four feet into the air.(3)

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Anonymous. A True Account of a Strange and Wonderful Relation of John Tonken, of Pensans in Cornwall. London: 1686, 3

1686, April Pensans  Pensans  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
2175

John Tonken alleges, during a day of particularly violent fits, that the Old Woman (Anonymous 6) told him she would kill him if it were in her power to do so.(4-5)

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Anonymous. A True Account of a Strange and Wonderful Relation of John Tonken, of Pensans in Cornwall. London: 1686, 4-5

1686, May 10 Pensans  Pensans  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
2176

John Tonken allegedly suffers from a staring fit in which his eyes were fixed on the thatching of the house; when someone thrust his sword into the thatch, Tonken cried "she is gone into the Corner like a Mouse" and vomited a rusty, bowed pin.(5)

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Anonymous. A True Account of a Strange and Wonderful Relation of John Tonken, of Pensans in Cornwall. London: 1686, 5

1686, May Pensans  Pensans  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
2177

John Tonken allegedly cried out often that the Old Woman (Anonymous 6) had put poison in his mouth, and beg his uncle Edward Plimrose to catch her, that she was going out the window.(5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Account of a Strange and Wonderful Relation of John Tonken, of Pensans in Cornwall. London: 1686, 5

1686, May Pensans  Pensans  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
2178

John Tonken alleges that the last time the Old Witch (Anonymous 6) appeared to him, she was accompanied by two other women (Anonymous 373) and bid him farewell, saying that she would trouble him no more; two days later, he is well enough to go about on crutches.(5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Account of a Strange and Wonderful Relation of John Tonken, of Pensans in Cornwall. London: 1686, 5-6

1686, May Pensans  Pensans  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
2179

Justice John Geose takes testimony from several people regarding John Tonken's fits and the women who appeared to him and orders the arrest and imprisonment of Jane Noal and Betty Seeze on suspicion of witchcraft in connection to this case; they are due to appear at the next assizes.(6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Account of a Strange and Wonderful Relation of John Tonken, of Pensans in Cornwall. London: 1686, 6

1686 Pensans  Pensans  Cornwall  Cornwall  England