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ID Short Description & Text Name Preferred Name Person Type
211

A man from Beckenton in Somersetshire, known to be 18 years old. He is said to have regularly taunted an old woman (Anonymous 8) living in the Alms-House by calling her witch and telling her of her buns. Enraged, she appealed to a Justice of the Peace and Spicer was "so frightened, that he humbled himself to her, and promised never to call her so again." A few days later, he began to have strange fits; this condition lasted a fortnight. During these fits, he claimed to see "this Old Woman 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." Three or four men would be needed to hold him while in the throes of a fit. Whenever he asked for a small beer, he would vomit 30 or more crooked pins.(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

William Spicer William Spicer Demoniac
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A man from Beckenton in Somersetshire, known to be 18 years old. He is said to have regularly taunted an old woman (Anonymous 8) living in the Alms-House by calling her witch and telling her of her buns. Enraged, she appealed to a Justice of the Peace and Spicer was "so frightened, that he humbled himself to her, and promised never to call her so again." A few days later, he began to have strange fits; this condition lasted a fortnight. During these fits, he claimed to see "this Old Woman 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." Three or four men would be needed to hold him while in the throes of a fit. Whenever he asked for a small beer, he would vomit 30 or more crooked pins.(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

William Spicer William Spicer Victim
252

A woman from Beckenton in Somersetshire, known to be 18 years old and to live with her brother and three younger sisters. Mary Hill allegedly demanded to borrow a ring from an old woman, Anonymous 8, and began threatening her for it. About a week before Mary's fits began, she met this same old woman in the street. Anonymous 8 took Mary by the hand and requested she escort her to Froom to look for work; Mary refused. The two met again four days later; Anonymous 8 begged an apple from Mary, and Mary again refused her. The following Sunday, Mary began to have prickings in her stomach, and on Monday something arose in her throat while she fell into a series of violent fits. Four or five people were needed to restrain her. While in the throes of a fit, Mary complained that she "saw this old Woman against the Wall, grinning at her, and being struck at, would step aside to avoid the blows." On Wednesday, she began to throw up crooked pins; this lasted a fortnight, and then threw up nails and pins. After an eight-day respite, she began throwing up "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 townsfolk, concerned about Mary's condition, brought Anonymous 8 near her home. Though Mary allegedly did not know Anonymous 8 was approaching, she fell into a strong fit; Anonymous 8 was apprehended for witchcraft on this evidence. Mary's fits continued, however, as did her vomiting of nails and spoon-handles. Her vomiting is said to have been triggered by drinking small beer. Some accounts name the old woman as Elizabeth Carrier; Margery Combes and Anne More were also arrested in connection with Mary Hill's fits. Her vomiting was attested to in court by witnesses Susanna Belton, Ann Holland, Francis Jesse and Christopher Brewer. Belton and Holland brought numerous objects Mary was said to have vomited to court as evidence, while Jesse and Brewer gave deposition that they had searched Mary's mouth with their fingers before she vomited and were convinced she could not have faked it. John Humphreys observed that Mary vomited nails in the morning, sleep with her mouth open, groaned in her sleep while being impossible to wake, and to be much weakened by her vomiting. After the assizes, Humphreys reported that she vomited nails and glass; days later she swelled up and vomited bread and butter contaminated with white mercury.(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

Mary Hill Mary Hill Victim
252

A woman from Beckenton in Somersetshire, known to be 18 years old and to live with her brother and three younger sisters. Mary Hill allegedly demanded to borrow a ring from an old woman, Anonymous 8, and began threatening her for it. About a week before Mary's fits began, she met this same old woman in the street. Anonymous 8 took Mary by the hand and requested she escort her to Froom to look for work; Mary refused. The two met again four days later; Anonymous 8 begged an apple from Mary, and Mary again refused her. The following Sunday, Mary began to have prickings in her stomach, and on Monday something arose in her throat while she fell into a series of violent fits. Four or five people were needed to restrain her. While in the throes of a fit, Mary complained that she "saw this old Woman against the Wall, grinning at her, and being struck at, would step aside to avoid the blows." On Wednesday, she began to throw up crooked pins; this lasted a fortnight, and then threw up nails and pins. After an eight-day respite, she began throwing up "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 townsfolk, concerned about Mary's condition, brought Anonymous 8 near her home. Though Mary allegedly did not know Anonymous 8 was approaching, she fell into a strong fit; Anonymous 8 was apprehended for witchcraft on this evidence. Mary's fits continued, however, as did her vomiting of nails and spoon-handles. Her vomiting is said to have been triggered by drinking small beer. Some accounts name the old woman as Elizabeth Carrier; Margery Combes and Anne More were also arrested in connection with Mary Hill's fits. Her vomiting was attested to in court by witnesses Susanna Belton, Ann Holland, Francis Jesse and Christopher Brewer. Belton and Holland brought numerous objects Mary was said to have vomited to court as evidence, while Jesse and Brewer gave deposition that they had searched Mary's mouth with their fingers before she vomited and were convinced she could not have faked it. John Humphreys observed that Mary vomited nails in the morning, sleep with her mouth open, groaned in her sleep while being impossible to wake, and to be much weakened by her vomiting. After the assizes, Humphreys reported that she vomited nails and glass; days later she swelled up and vomited bread and butter contaminated with white mercury.(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

Mary Hill Mary Hill Demoniac
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An old woman from Beckenton in Somersetshire, known to be about 80 years old and to live in the Alms-House. She was allegedly taunted by William Spicer, who "would call her Witch, and tell her of her Buns;" enraged, she appealed to a Justice of the Peace. Spicer was "so frightened, that he humbled himself to her, and promised never to call her so again." A few days later, Spicer began to have strange fits lasting two weeks in which he vomited crooked pins and claimed to see Anonymous 8 laughing at him and striking with her fist. Anonymous 8 also fell afoul of Mary Hill, who demanded Anonymous 8's ring and threatened her for it. Hill later refused to escort Anonymous 8 to Froom to look for work, and to give her an apple; the girl began to have fits days later in which she, too, vomited up strange objects. The townsfolk, moved to pity by Hill's condition, apprehended Anonymous 8 and brought her to Hill's home; Hill, despite not knowing that Anonymous 8 was present, was observed to fall into a violent fit. On this evidence, a Justice of the Peace ordered Anonymous 8 searched by a jury of women. The jury of women found several purple spots on her body that felt no pain when pricked by a needle. Anonymous 8 was also found in the search to have "other Marks and Tokens of a Witch." She was sent to the count gaol to await the next assizes. Later, Anonymous 8 was taken to the river and thrown in with her legs tied; she was allegedly seen to "lie upon her Back, and did Swim like a piece of Cork." She was swum three times, each with the same result. One account claims Hill identified Anonymous 8 as Elizabeth Carrier, while another claims it was actually two women, Margery Coombes and Ann More.(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

Anonymous 8 Witch
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An unknown number of women from Beckenton in Somersetshire, known to form the Jury of Women who were ordered by a Justice of the Peace to search Anonymous 8 for witches' marks. They found several purple marks on her body that, when pricked with a sharp needle, did not cause her pain. This Jury of Women also swore under oath that Anonymous 8 had "other Marks and Tokens of a Witch" on her body. Their testimony was used to have Anonymous 8 imprisoned until she could 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

Anonymous 167 Witch-Searcher