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Assertions for a specific being.

Name Description Original Text
BlackemanA spirit from Keyston in the County of Huntingdon, known to appear as a man wearing with black clothing, to have ugly feet, and to sometimes appear old, who allegedly gave Jane Wallis her familiars Grissell and Greedigut and visited her repeatedly with them to give her two or three shillings at a time. When Blackeman first appeared to her, he scared her by first seeming to grow taller, then smaller, then vanishing altogether. There are conflicting accounts of his relationship with Wallis: She claims that "shee would not suffer him," but Edward Wingfield alleged that she told him she had allowed Blackeman the use of her body as often as three times a week. In addition, Wallis claimed that Blackeman first appeared to her six weeks before her examination, while Wingfield placed the first meeting at a year prior. This Examinate saith, as she was making her bedde in her Chamber, there appeared in the shape of a man in blacke cloaths and blackish cloaths about sixe weeks past, and bid her good-morrow, and shee asked what his name was, and he said that his name was Blackeman, and asked her if she were poore, and she said I; then he told her he would send one Grissell and Greedigut to her, that shall do any thing for her: Shee looking upon him, saw hee had ugly feete, and then she was very fearfull of him for that he would seem sometimes to be tall, and sometimes lesse, and suddenly vanished away. And being demanded whether he lay with her, shee said hee would have lain with her, but shee would not suffer him: and after Blackeman was departed from her, within three or 4 dayes, Grissell and Greedigut came to her, in the shapes of dogges with great bridles of hogges haire upon their backs, and said to her they were come from Blackeman to do what she would command them, and did aske her if shee want any thing, and they would fetch her any thing: and shee said shee lacked nothing: then they prayed her to give them some victuals, and she said she was poore and had none to give them, and so they departed: Yet she confessed that Blackman, Grissell, and Greedigut divers times cames to her afterwards, and brought her two or three shillings at a time, and more saith not.

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 12-13