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ID Short Description & Text Name Preferred Name Person Type
278

A woman from Bideford in the county of Devon, who is tried for allegedly causing a neighbour's cow to give blood instead of milk. She is found guilty and executed.(1)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial, Condemnation, and Execution of Three Witches. London: 1682, 1

Mary Floyd Mary Floyd Witch
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A woman from Bideford in the county of Devon, described as a widow who is accused of a helping bewitch Dorcas Coleman, William Edwards, and Grace Barnes. She allegedly bewitched Dorcas Coleman, whose strange and unusual manner of sickness, as manifest through tormenting pains Dr. Beare for medically concluded was bewitchment; although Dorcas was too ill to stand, she managed to fall from her chair in an attempt to attack Edwards. William Edwards, heard her admit that the Devil had carnal knowledge of her Body; and that he had suckt her in her Breast and in her Secret parts. Joane Jones claims she heard Edwards confess to participating (with Mary Trembles and Temperance Lloyd) in the bewitchment of Grace Barnes, and to confessing that she was suckt in her Breast several times by the Devil in the shape of a Boy lying by her in her Bed; and that it was very cold unto her. And further saith, that after she was suckt by him, the said Boy or Devil had the carnal knowledge of her Body Four several times. Edwards could gripe and twinkle her Hands upon her own Body, said unto her, to torment Grace Barnes with great pain with prickings and stabbings unto her Heart and Anthony Jones. The genesis of her malfeasance seems to have been an act of prostitution around 1680: one night at Parsonage Close a Gentleman dressed all in black drew nigh unto her; whereupon she was in good hopes to have a piece of Mony of him. He disappeared, however, and soon after a devil in the shape of a little Boy did lie with her, and that he did suck her at her breast and in the shape of a Lyon. She was tried on Aug. 14, 1682 and executed on August 25, 1682.(27)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial, Condemnation, and Execution of Three Witches. London: 1682, 27

Susanna Edwards Susanna Edwards Witch
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A woman from Bideford in the county of Devon, who confesses to being in league with the devil for twenty years and practicing magic on humans and animals.(2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial, Condemnation, and Execution of Three Witches. London: 1682, 2

Temperance Floyd Temperance Floyd Witch