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Thomas DeathA man from Great Clacton in the county of Essex and father to John Death and Marie Death and likely a sailor. Death's family begins to suffer from a series of problems following a verbal altercation between his wife and Cecily Sellis. Sellis had been fired as wet nurse to George Battell's child and Mrs. Death was hired, making Sellis "rayl" at Mrs. Death threatening that she would "loose more by the hauing of it, then thou shalt haue for the keeping of it," suggesting that getting this child would cost her one of her own. Their son, who had previously been healthy, "presently fell downe dead, and after by helpe being brought to life, the saide childe was in a pitious case, and so died presently." Right after, "seuerall Swine the which did skippe and leape about the yarde, in a most straunge sorte, and then died," and overnight a calf, which had been "very fatt," was found dead the next morning. Thomas' daughter would be the next to suffer. Death, newly returned from sea, was met by a messenger sent by his wife, with news that his daughter Marie, was ill. The messenger had Marie's urine with him to be studied by a physician in Ipswich, a man name Berte. The doctor would not tell him if "is daughter were not bewitched," so Death following an aquaitence, met up wit a cunningman, who studying the girl's urine suggested that Marie's situation was dire, sent him home with "thinges that were to bee ministred vnto his said daughter," and told him that within "two nyghtes after the parties that had hurte his daughter shoulde appeare vnto her, and remedie her." Within two nights Marie saw a vision of Cecley Sellis and Mary Barker and was indeed cured. (D8v-E2v)The enformation of Thomas Death & Marie his daughter, taken by me Brian Darcey esquire, one of her Maiesties Iustices, the xv. day of March. THe sayde Thomas Death saith, that about two yeeres sithence, there was a great falling out betweene this examinates wife and the sayde Cisly Celles, for that one George Battell hauing put a child of his to the nursing and keeping of the saide Cisley, and after he taking the saide childe away from her, and put the same to this examinates wife to be nursed & kept, wherevpon at the next meeting of the sayde wiues, the saide Celles his wife chid and rayled at her, and saide, thou shalt loose more by the hauing of it, then thou shalt haue for the keeping of it, & within one moneth after (as he now remembreth) he saith that a child of his, of the age of foure yeres, being in good liking and well, went but out of the doores into the yarde, who presently fell downe dead, and after by helpe being brought to life, the saide childe was in a pitious case, and so died presently. This examinate saith, that hee had presently after seuerall Swine the which did skippe and leape about the yarde, in a most straunge sorte, and then died. And he saith that ouer night he had a Calfe which was very fatt, and the next morning he found the same dead. This examinate saith, that hee hauing bin at sea and newely arriued at Ipeswitch, a messenger which was newely come from his wife, by chaunce mette him, who told this examinate that his daughter Marie was taken very strangly, and lay in a most pitious case, saying he had brought her water to carry vnto a Phisition to haue his opinion thereof: Wherevpon this examinate saieth, that hee and the messenger went therewith vnto one Berte dwelling in that Towne, and shewed him the same, hee sayeth, he asked him if that his daughter were not bewitched: But hee saide that hee woulde not deale so farre to tell him, wherevpon hee not satisfied to his minde, met after with an acquaintaunce of his, and asked him where hee might goe to a cunning man, telling him in what case his daughter lay in: who then sent him to a man whome he knewe not, nor his name hee nowe remembreth not, with whome after hee had conferred and shewed his daughters saide water: This examinate sayeth, hee tolde hym if hee had not commen with some great haste to seeke helpe hee had come too late: And this examinate sayeth, that hee toulde him that within two nyghtes after the parties that had hurte his daughter shoulde appeare vnto her, and remedie her: And hee sayeth, that hee him selfe did not then come home, but went to sea: But hee sayeth hee sent his messenger home with thinges that were to bee ministred vnto his said daughter. This examinate sayeth, that when he came home, his wife tolde him that the next nyght after his daughter had receyued the thinges ministred vnto her, that shee heard a noyse like a groning, and that shee did arise and went vnto her daughter, and asked her howe shee did: wherevnto her daughter made answere and sayed, ah mother that you had commen a little sooner, you shoulde haue seene Celles wife and Barkers wife here standing before mee. Marie Death, daughter of the sayd Thomas Death, sayeth, that about two yeeres sithence vpon a Sunday, shee was taken with an ache or numnes from her necke down her backe all ouer: And shee sayeth, that after her mother had ministred thinges vnto her sente from a Phisition: The nexte nyght after shee sayeth shee hearde a voyce, saying vnto her, looke vp, at which shee saieth shee lifted vp her eyes, and then did see Celles wife and Barkers wife standing before her in the same apparell that they did vsually weare. And shee this examinat sayeth, shee thought they saide vnto her bee not afraide, and that they vanished away, as shee thinketh it was about midnight, And the nexte day after, this examinate saieth, shee amended, and was in case to arise without help, where afore two or three coulde scarce turne her in her bed as shee lay. ()