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Name Description Original Text
JackA familiar in the shape of a black frog, one of four "principle" spirits which allegedly belonged to Joan Cunny, which allegedly include Jack, Jyll, Nicholas, and Ned, and like Jack, is one of the spirits invoked through a magic circle which she cast with Mother Humfrye of Maplested. The two spirits make Cunny promise to "giue them her soule for their trauaile, for otherwise: they would doo nothing for her," which she promised to do. She sent them to "milke Hurrelles Beastes," however, they refused to share the milk with her. Although she had attempted unsuccessfully to bewitch Minister Kitchin Minister and the shoemaker George Coe, Jack and Jyll bewitched the miller, William Unglee and his servant, Barnabie Griffyn. Jack accompanies Cunny's grandson to Sir Edward Huddlestones property, where Jack extracted a "mighty Oke-tree," from the ground "by the roots: and no winde at all stirring at this time."The araignement and execution of Ioan Cunny of Stysted in the Countye of Essex widowe, of the age of fourescore yeeres, or ther-abouts, who was brought before Anthony Mildemay Esquire, the last day of March. 1589. IN primis, examinate saith and confesseth, that she hath knowledge and can doo the most detestable Arte of Witchecraft, and that she learned this her knowledge in the same, of one mother Humfrye of Maplested, who told her that she must kneele down vpon her knees, and make a Circle on the ground, and pray vnto Sathan the cheefe of the Deuills, the forme of which praier that she then taught her, this examinate hath now forgotten, and that then the Spirits would come vnto her, the which she put in practise about twenty yeeres since, in the Feelde of Iohn Wiseman of Stysted Gentleman, called Cowfenne feelde, and there making a Circle as she was taught, and kneeling on her knees, said the praier now forgotten, and inuocating vpon Sathan: Two Sprites did appeere vnto her within the said Circle, in the similitude and likenes of two black Frogges, and there demaunded of her what she would haue, beeing readye to doo for her what she would desire, so yt she would promise to giue them her soule for their trauaile, for otherwise: they would doo nothing for her. Wher-upon she did promise them her soule, and then they concluded with her so to doo for her, what she would require, and gaue the~selues seuerall names, that is to say, the one Iack, and ye other Iyll, by the which names she did alwaies after call them. And then taking them vp, she caried them home in her lap and put them in a Box and gaue them white bread and milke. And within one moneth after she sent them to milke Hurrelles Beastes, which they did, and they would bring milke for their owne eating and not for her. And further, she saith that her sprites neuer changed their colour since they first came vnto her, and that they would familiarly talke with her, when she had any thing to say or doo with them in her owne language. And likewise she confesseth that she sent her saide spirits to hurt the wife of Iohn Sparrow the elder, of Stysted, which they did, and also that where Maister Iohn Glascock of Stysted, aforesaide: had a great stack of Logges in his yarde, she by her said Spirits did ouerthrowe them. And further, faith that she hath hurt diuers persons within this sixteene or twenty yeeres, but how many she now knoweth not. Furthermore, she confesseth that she sent her sprites vnto William Unglee of Stysted Miller, and because they could not hurt him, she sent them to hurt one Barnabie Griffyn his man, which they did. Likewise she confesseth, that she sent her saide sprites, to hurt Maister Kitchin Minister of the saide towne, and also vnto one George Coe of the saide towne shoomaker, to hurt him likewise: but they could not, and the cause why they could not, as the saide sprites tolde her, was because they had at their comming a strong faith in God, and had inuocated and called vpon him, that they could doo them no harme. And further she saith, that Margaret Cunny her Daughter, did fall out with Father Hurrill, and gaue him cucsed speeches, and ther-vpon, she thinketh she sent her spirits to her. Also she dooth vtteriye denye that she sent her saide spirits to Finches wife, Deuenishes wife, and Renold Ferror or any of them to hurt them. And beeing further examined, she confesseth that although her said spirits at some time can haue no power to hurt men, yet they may haue power to hurt their Cattell. This Ioane Cunny, liuing very lewdly, hauing two lewde Daughters, no better then naughty packs, had two Bastard Children: beeing both boyes, these two Children were cheefe witnesses, and gaue in great euidence against their Grandam and Mothers, the eldest being about 10. or 12. yeeres of age. Against this Mother Cunny the elder Boye gaue in this euideoce which she herselfe after confessed, that she going to Braintye Market, came to one Harry Finches house, to demaund some drink, his wife being busie and a brewing, tolde her she had no leysure to giue her any. Then Ioane Cunnye went away discontented: and at night Finches wife was greeuously taken in her head, and the next day in her side, and so continued in most horrible paine for the space of a week, and then dyed. Mother Cunnye confessed that she sent her spirite Jill to torment her. The same boy confessed that he was commaunded by his Grandmother to fetch a burden of wood, which he gathered, but another boye stole it from him, and he came home without: and tolde his Grandam: and she commaunded her sprite to prick the same boy in the foote which was doone and the same boye came to the barre lame and gaue euidence against her. Againe the same boy confessed that his Grandam when he had lost his wood, saide she would haue wood enough: and bad him goe into Sir Edward Huddlestones ground beeing high Sheriffe of the Sheere, and to take with him Iack the sprite, and so he did, who went vnseene to any body but to the boy, and when they came to a mighty Oke-tree, the spirit went about it, and presentlye the Tree blew vp by the roots: and no winde at all stirring at this time: which Master high Sheriffe acknowledged to be blown down in a great calme.

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, A3-A4v