|Prickeare||A familiar that appears in the form of mouse, and allegedly belongs to Anne Cate, alias Maidenhood, of Much Holland in the county of Essex, given to her in approximately 1623 by her mother, Anonymous 345. This may be the familiar which Cate sends to "nip the knee of one Robert Freeman," laming him immediately, and contributing to his death within six months. Cate claims she sent Prickeare to kill John Tillet, and to kill Susan, the daughter of John Rawlins (John Rowlandson) of Much-Holland, a crime for which she was convicted. ||The Examination of Anne Cate, alias Maidenhead, of Much-Holland, in the County aforesaid, taken before the said Justices the 9th day of May, 1645.
This Examinant saith, that she hath four Familiars, which shee had from her mother, about two and twenty yeeres since; and that the names of the said Imps are James, Prickeare, Robyn, and Sparrow; and that three of these Imps are like Mouses, and the fourth like a Sparrow, which she called Sparrow: And this Examinant saith, that to whomsoever shee sent the said Imp called Sparrow, it killed them presently; and that first of all shee sent one of her three Imps like mouses, to nip the knee of one Robert Freeman
of Little-Clacton, in the County of Essex aforesaid, whom the said Imp did so lame, that the said Robert dyed on that lamenesse within half a yeere after|
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 38-39