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ID Short Description & Text Name Preferred Name Person Type
329

An old woman from Warboys in the county of Huntington, known to about 80 at the time of her death and the wife of John Samuel, mother of Agnes Samuel and a neighbour of Robert Throckmorton. Mother Alice Samuel was first accused of witchcraft when visiting the Throckmorton family while one of their daughters was sick; the child said "Grandmother looke where the old witch sitteth (pointing to the said mother Samuell) did you euer see...one more like a witch than she is." The child continued to be sick, as did the other four Throckmorton daughters within a few months. All five developed fits, claimed to be afflicted by Mother Samuel, and to see an apparition of her during their fits. Mother Samuel would frequently be invited to the Throckmorton home to visit the children; this was used in an attempt to persuade her to come so the children could scratch her. She refused and had to be forced to come, along with Agnes Samuel and Cicely Burder; Mother Samuel allegedly cautioned Agnes to confess nothing at that time. Three of the children fell into tormenting fits as soon as Mother Samuel entered the home, and one, who was bedridden, successfully scratched her. Elizabeth Throckmorton claimed to see an apparition of Mother Samuel with a black child on her shoulders. Lady Cromwell charged Mother Samuel with bewitching Elizabeth shortly thereafter; Mother Samuel denied it and Lady Cromwell took a lock of Mother Samuel's hair and her hairlace. She gave both to Mistress Throckmorton to burn; that night Lady Cromwell had a nightmare of Mother Samuel and a cat, after which she fell sick and died. Henry Pickering, uncle to the Throckmorton children, began to follow Mother Samuel and observe her errands. Henry spoke to her after one day of this, and she told him that the Throckmorton family abused her, that the children were faking their fits and that she would not permit her children to carry on like that without some punishment; she ended the conversation with the claim that her husband would beat her for tarrying. The eldest Throckmorton daughter, Joan, claimed to have a vision of her uncle observing Mother Samuel and described Mother Samuel's errands. Soon after, the girls all began to claim to see spirits that accused Mother Samuel. Not long after, Mother Samuel was midwife to an aunt of the Throckmorton children and the girls increased their accusations. Robert Throckmorton, noting that the girls had less fits when Mother Samuel was present, asked John Samuel for permission to hire Mother Samuel; John agreed but Mother Samuel did not and he beat her for it. She eventually agreed, and the children began to allege that the spirits that came to them were hers. While in the Throckmorton household, Mother Samuel was seen to have red marks like flea bites on her chin, which would bleed; she confessed that they were where her spirits sucked from her. She later alleged that a spirit had gotten into her belly, causing her pain and swelling. Robert Throckmorton joined his daughters in accusing her and bid her to confess. She was eventually imprisoned, and charged with bewitching Lady Cromwell to death along with her husband and daughter. In her confession, she claimed to have six familiars in the shape of chickens, three of which were named Pluck, Catch and White. She also accused John Samuel of both witching and unwitching, but refused to say anything against their daughter. While imprisoned, Throckmorton accused Mother Samuel of bewitching his livestock. She was also accused of bewitching a gaoler's servant to death, and causing her gaoler's son to become sick. Following her execution, she was stripped and searched. This search found her to have half-inch teat "adioyning to so secrete a place, which was not decent to be seene."(3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 3

Alice Samuel Alice Samuel Midwife
1067

A midwife who examines Frances Dickenson, Mary Spencer, Margaret Johnson, and Jennet Hargreaves at Surgeon's Hall under the supervision Dr. William Harvey.(129-130)

Appears in:
Bruce (Editor), John. Calendar of State Papers Domestic Series: Charles I, 1634-5. Unknown: 1864, 129-130

Amis Willuby Amis Willuby Midwife
1068

A midwife who examines Frances Dickenson, Mary Spencer, Margaret Johnson, and Jennet Hargreaves at Surgeon's Hall under the supervision Dr. William Harvey.(129-130)

Appears in:
Bruce (Editor), John. Calendar of State Papers Domestic Series: Charles I, 1634-5. Unknown: 1864, 129-130

Ffrancis Palmer Ffrancis Palmer Midwife
1069

A midwife who examines Frances Dickenson, Mary Spencer, Margaret Johnson, and Jennet Hargreaves at Surgeon's Hall under the supervision Dr. William Harvey.(129-130)

Appears in:
Bruce (Editor), John. Calendar of State Papers Domestic Series: Charles I, 1634-5. Unknown: 1864, 129-130

Katheren Palmer Katheren Palmer Midwife
1070

A midwife who examines Frances Dickenson, Mary Spencer, Margaret Johnson, and Jennet Hargreaves at Surgeon's Hall under the supervision Dr. William Harvey.(129-130)

Appears in:
Bruce (Editor), John. Calendar of State Papers Domestic Series: Charles I, 1634-5. Unknown: 1864, 129-130

Rebecke Layne Rebecke Layne Midwife
1071

A midwife who examines Frances Dickenson, Mary Spencer, Margaret Johnson, and Jennet Hargreaves at Surgeon's Hall under the supervision Dr. William Harvey.(129-130)

Appears in:
Bruce (Editor), John. Calendar of State Papers Domestic Series: Charles I, 1634-5. Unknown: 1864, 129-130

Sibell Ffellips SIbell Ffellips Midwife
1072

A midwife who examines Frances Dickenson, Mary Spencer, Margaret Johnson, and Jennet Hargreaves at Surgeon's Hall under the supervision Dr. William Harvey.(129-130)

Appears in:
Bruce (Editor), John. Calendar of State Papers Domestic Series: Charles I, 1634-5. Unknown: 1864, 129-130

Joane Sensions Joane Sensions Midwife
1073

A midwife who examines Frances Dickenson, Mary Spencer, Margaret Johnson, and Jennet Hargreaves at Surgeon's Hall under the supervision Dr. William Harvey.(129-130)

Appears in:
Bruce (Editor), John. Calendar of State Papers Domestic Series: Charles I, 1634-5. Unknown: 1864, 129-130

Aurelia Mollins Aurelia Mollins Midwife
1074

A midwife who examines Frances Dickenson, Mary Spencer, Margaret Johnson, and Jennet Hargreaves at Surgeon's Hall under the supervision Dr. William Harvey.(129-130)

Appears in:
Bruce (Editor), John. Calendar of State Papers Domestic Series: Charles I, 1634-5. Unknown: 1864, 129-130

Anna Ashwell Anna Ashwell Midwife
1075

A midwife who examines Frances Dickenson, Mary Spencer, Margaret Johnson, and Jennet Hargreaves at Surgeon's Hall under the supervision Dr. William Harvey.(129-130)

Appears in:
Bruce (Editor), John. Calendar of State Papers Domestic Series: Charles I, 1634-5. Unknown: 1864, 129-130

Margryt Franses Margryt Franses Midwife
1076

A midwife who examines Frances Dickenson, Mary Spencer, Margaret Johnson, and Jennet Hargreaves at Surgeon's Hall under the supervision Dr. William Harvey.(129-130)

Appears in:
Bruce (Editor), John. Calendar of State Papers Domestic Series: Charles I, 1634-5. Unknown: 1864, 129-130

Clifton Clifton Midwife
1188

She is a woman from Manningtree in the county of Essex described as a midwife who, along with a Matron, claims to have searched Rebecca West, Margaret Landis, Susan Cock, and Rose Hallybread for witch's marks and found "several large Teates in the secret Parts of their Bodies." (6-7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Full Trials, Examination, and Condemnation of Four Notorious Witches. London: 1690, 6-7

Anonymous 176 Midwife
1190

A midwife from the town of Honiton in the county of Devon, who has "skill in Sores and Wounds," and is called on to treat Elizabeth Brooker (who experiences extreme pain in her leg). She "applied her rare Plaister of Venice-Turpentine all that Night, and many other things the next Day, but [Brooker's pain] was still the same."(67-68)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 67-68

Anonymous 178 Midwife
1463

A midwife from Sandwhich in the county of Kent, who falls into "a great fright, euen readie all to sinke downe dead to the ground with feare," when she helps to deliver Anonymous 94's monstrous baby. The baby described is as an "abbortiue and prodigious fruit." It resembles a lump of flesh with deformed facial features, arms growing out of its shoulder with no joints, and fourteen toes on its feet. ()

Appears in:
Anonymous. Strange News out of Kent of a Monstrous and Misshapen Child. London: 1609,

Hatch Goodwife Hatch Midwife
1834

A woman from Ramsey in the county of Essex, described as a midwife, and wife of Edward Reynolds. Bridget Reynolds searched Sara Hatting, Marion Hocket, and Elizabeth Harvey as witches. She found "foure Teats, or Bigges in those parts, almost an inch long, and as bigge as this Informants little fingers" in Hatting's genitals. She found "three such Bigges, and about the said scantling," on Elizabeth Harvey. Reynolds did not find any marks in Marian Hocket that were not "found in the same parts not like other honest women." Reynolds later testified against Sara Hatting, claiming that she "did enterteine, employ and feede" teo evil spirits in the form "of a mowsse," and that Elizabeth Harvey "did enterteine, employ and feede" three evil spirits in the form "of a red mousse."(30)

Appears in:
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, 30

Bridget Reynolds Bridget Reynolds Midwife