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Name Description Original Text
Cunny (Grandson/Son)A ten or twelve year old boy from Stisted in the county of Essex, grandson to Joan Cunny and the son of either Margaret or Avice Cunny. The person serves as chief witness against his grandmother. He testifies that while on her way to Braintree Market, Cunny stopped by Harry Finches' house, "to demaund some drink, his wife being busie and a brewing, tolde her she had no leysure to giue her any." Cunny allegedly cursed Mrs. Finch for her poor manners; Mrs. Finch stricken by head and side pain, died within a week (Cunny allegedly confessed to sending her familiar Jill to torment her). He also blamed another boy for stealing a bundle of wood, which he was meant to have collected; an act of theft allegedly punished by laming the boy (who testified against her). The boy finally claimed that, on his grandmother's instructions, took her familiar Jack, to Sir Edward Huddlestone's property, where the familiar summoned a wind which blew his oak tree down, on an otherwise calm day. (3-4)This Ioane Cunny, liuing very lewdly, hauing two lewde Daughters, no better then naughty packs, had two Bastard Children: beeing both boyes, these two Children were cheefe witnesses, and gaue in great euidence against their Grandam and Mothers, the eldest being about 10. or 12. yeeres of age. Against this Mother Cunny the elder Boye gaue in this euideoce which she herselfe after confessed, that she going to Braintye Market, came to one Harry Finches house, to demaund some drink, his wife being busie and a brewing, tolde her she had no leysure to giue her any. Then Ioane Cunnye went away discontented: and at night Finches wife was greeuously taken in her head, and the next day in her side, and so continued in most horrible paine for the space of a week, and then dyed. Mother Cunnye confessed that she sent her spirite Jill to torment her. The same boy confessed that he was commaunded by his Grandmother to fetch a burden of wood, which he gathered, but another boye stole it from him, and he came home without: and tolde his Grandam: and she commaunded her sprite to prick the same boy in the foote which was doone and the same boye came to the barre lame and gaue euidence against her. Againe the same boy confessed that his Grandam when he had lost his wood, saide she would haue wood enough: and bad him goe into Sir Edward Huddlestones ground beeing high Sheriffe of the Sheere, and to take with him Iack the sprite, and so he did, who went vnseene to any body but to the boy, and when they came to a mighty Oke-tree, the spirit went about it, and presentlye the Tree blew vp by the roots: and no winde at all stirring at this time: which Master high Sheriffe acknowledged to be blown down in a great calme.()