|Suckin||A female familiar which appears in the shape of a black dog that belongs to Elizabeth Bennet. She allegedly sends Suckin to "plague one Willingall," who languished, sickened, and died, to William Willes' who also languished for years and died. Suckin and Lyerd stalked her through an entire bread making process, from grinding the grain at the mill, where they first appeared They first came to her at the mill, stopping her in her tracks and refusing to let her move for over two hours, on her way home, while she sifted the meal (and stayed with her as she added the yeast), returned as she kneaded her bread, again as she prepared her fire (and again as she stoked it). Finally, they had enough. Bennett testified that they "tooke this examinat by the hippes, and saide, seeing thou wilt not be ruled, thou shalt haue a cause, & would haue thrust this examinat into ye burning Ouen, & so had (as this examinat saith) but for the foresaide forke, but this examinat striuing and dooing what shee coulde to her vttermost, the saide spirite burnt her arme, the which burning is apparaunt and euidently too bee seene." They did corrupt her finally, however, when she sought revenge on Byet. Byet "had oftentimes misused her this examinat and her Cattell." Bennett confessed to sending Lyerd to plague his black cow and his red cow to death. Suckin, however, acted on Bennett's behalf (or so it claimed) but not at her behest, when it "plagued y^ said Byets wife to the death," alleging that "I knowe that Byet and his wife haue wronged thee greatly, and doone thee seuerall hurtes, and beaten thy swyne, and thrust a pytchforke in one of them." In for a penny, and outraged that Byet has called "her olde trot, old whore, and other lewde speaches," Bennett finally gave in entirely to temptation and "caused the spirite, called Suckin, to goe and plague the sayde Willyam Byette where that woulde: The which the sayd spyrite did, and at the retourne of it, it tolde this Examinate, that it met Byet in the barne yarde, and that it had plagued him in the hippes, euen vnto death." Bennett finally theorizes that she suspected that Mother Turner has deliberately unleashed this mini-plague on her after she refused to give Turner milk; Cecilly Sellis also mentions Mother Turner (Joan Turner) as being one of the possible refuges her familiars, Robin, Jack, the William, and Puppet (alias Mamet) sought when she was indicted. ||The third examination & confession of Vrsley Kempe alias Gray, taken before me Brian Darsey esquire, one of her Maiesties Iustices of the peace, the xxiiii. day of Februarie. [...]
This examinat sayeth, that the sayde Elizabeth Bennette did sende her spirite Suckin to plague one Willingall, whereof hee languished and died: beeyng sicke of an impostume.
This examinate sayeth also, that the sayde Elizabeth sente the sayde spirite to William Willes his wife to plague her, whereof shee languished many yeeres and dyed.
This examinate sayeth, that the sayde Elizabeth (not aboue three weekes sithence) sent her spirite Lyerd to plague Fortunes wife and his chylde.
This examinate sayeth, that the sayde Elizabeth did sende her spirite Lyerd to Bonners wife to plague her, the whiche her sayde spirite, tolde this examinate to bee done vpon the knee.|
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, B2v, B4