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Name Description Original Text
Henry Sellis Sr.A man from Little Clacton in the county of Essex, husband of Cecily and father Henry Sellis Jr., John Sellis, and at least one daughter. There appears to be some conflict between Henry Sellis and Richard Rosse, one of his hired laborers, which leads to a wide spread conflict between the families, and eventually to his wife, Cecily Sellis being accused of witchcraft. Two of Rosse's horses died as Sellis plowed his field for him, making Rosse suspect that Henry or his wife, had bewitched them. Richard Rosse and Cecily had fought in the past over the price of malt, and Mrs. Rosse and Cecily had fought over Mrs. Rosse's treatment of her cattle, but after "many of [Rosse's] beaste were in a most straung taking" and after their son, admired the volume of corn in his barn before it burnt, Rosse came to the conclusion that these events were "wrought by some witchcraft, or sorcery by ye said He~ry or Cisly his wife." Rosse ensure that Henry and his wife were tried (and found guilty) for this arson. Rosse was not the only one who implicated Henry Sellis in witchcraft. His son John, who is allegedly injured by one of Cecily's familiars, claims his father not only knew about the existence of these imps, but did little, beyond yelling at his wife, to save his children. Moreover, he allegedly mocked John, but referring to the little black household demon as "John," because his name was [also] so." For his own part, Henry denies the charges brought against him, nor can he, he claims, really remember the incidents Rosse refers to. (C8-D)The Information of Rychard Rosse of little Clapton, taken before mee Bryan Darcey Esquyre, agaynst Henry Cilles and Cysley his wife, the i. day of March. THe sayd Richard saith, that about vi. years past, the sayd Henry Cilles wrought with this Examinate in husbandry many and seueral times, & saith yt at one time he the said Henry being at plough in ye said Richardes ground with his plowgh of horses, they being as well and as likely to any mans iudgement, as any mens horse myght be when they beganne to worke: yet before they had gone twise or thrise aboute the lande, two of his lykest horses fell downe in moste straunge wise, and dyed. This Examinate sayeth, that a little before he had denyed the sayde Cillys of two bushels of maulte, which she would haue had for three shillings, but he helde it at tenne groates. And sayeth further, that within a whyle after the sayde Cysleye Cyllis did come vnto this examinates wife, brynging with her a poke, and desired to buye a bushell, or a bushell and a halfe of maulte of her, or as much as her bag would hould: But for that shee the sayd Cysley would not giue her her price, shee departed without hauing anye, vsing many harde speaches at that time: whereupon they fell out. This Examinate saieth also, that his wife finding Cylles his cattell in his grounde, did hunt the~ out therof, which Cylles his wife seeing, was thereat in a great anger, and gaue her lewd speeches, & saith that presently after, many of his beaste were in a most straung taking: the which he doth say, to be wrought by some witchcraft, or sorcery by ye said He~ry or Cisly his wife. This Examinate saieth, that about xii. months & more past, a barn of his sta~ding in his grou~d, a good way of fro~ his dwelling house wt much corne therein, was in a most sodeine sorte fired and burnt: But (hee saieth) hee cannot charge the said Henry or Cysley his wife, to bee the doers thereof, other then the youngest sonne of the saide Henrie and Cisley, should say heere is a goodly deale of corne, and a man vnknowen shoulde answere there was the diuell store()