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Richard JacksonA man who testifies against Jennet and George Benton. He claims that after throwing stones at them for trespassing, he and his wife and child began suffering from a myriad of fits. The Bentons and Jackson had been arguing about the Benton's alleged trespassing. An angry Jackson procured an action against the Bentons, prohibiting them from passing. The Bentons then threaten him and his family. Richard Jackson starts to suffer from pains in the shoulders, heart and back. he also began to hear strange noises like bells ringing accompanied by singing and dancing. (74)LXXIV. JENNET AND GEOKGE BENTON. FOR WITCHCRAFT. June 7, 1656. Before Jo. Warde. Richard Jackson, of WaJcefeilcl, sayth, that, he beinge tennant to Mr. Stringer, of Sharlston,* "for a farme called by the name of Bunny hall, nyare Wakefeild, one Jennett Benton, and George Benton, her sonn, pretended to have a high way thorough the grounds belonginge to the said farme; which one Daniell Craven, servant to the informant, and by his niayster's appoynteraent, did indevor to hinder. Upon which the said George Benton did cast a stone at him, the said Craven, wherewith he cutt his overlipp, and broake two teeth out of his chaps. Soc, an action beinge brought against the said Benton for the trespass, which was submitted unto by him, and indevors used to end the difference, which was composed, and satisfaction given unto the said Craven. After which, the said Jennett Benton and her sonn did say that it should be a deare day's worke unto the said Rich. Jackson, to him or to his, before the yeare went about. Since which time his wife haith had her hearinge taken from her ; a childe strangely taken with fitts in the night time; himselfe alsoe, beinge formerly of helthfull body, have beene sudenly taken without any probable reason to be given or naturall cause appearinge, beinge sometimes in such extremity that he conceived himselfe drawne in peiccs at the hart, backe, and shoulders. And, in the begininge of these fits, the first night, he heard a greate noyse of musicke and dancinge about him. The next night, about twelve of the clocke, he was taken with another fitt, and, in the midle of it, he conccved there was a noyse like ringinge of small bells, with singinge and dancinge, and sometimes both nights a noise of deepe groneing; upon which he called of Some time ago strange sounds were heard in a house near Newcastle, which were so peculiar and unusual that it was altogether de.serted. It was found afterwards that it was built over one of the old workings of an adjacent colliery, in which some smugglers had ensconced themselves, and were working an illicit still. Indi sonus!()