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Elizabeth EastchurchA woman from Bideford in the county of Devon, wife of Thomas Eastchurch and sister to Grace Thomas with whom she was staying on July 2nd when she both Grace Thomas complain "of a pricking pains in one of her knees," and saw "nine places on [Thomas'] Knee which had been prickt" as though they had been pricked by a thorn. She took it upon herself to find and examine Temperance Lloyd, asking her directly if she "had any Wax or Clay in the form of a Picture whereby she had pricked and tormented the said Grace Thomas?" It was Eastchurch to whom Lloyd first confessed that "had no Wax nor Clay, but confessed that she had only a piece of Leather which she had pricked nine times." Along with her husband Thomas Eastchurch, Honor Hooper, and Anne Wakely, Elizabeth Eastchurch, acted as part of a citizen's jury, who, "with the leave and approbation of the said Mr. Gist the Mayor," on July 2th, 1682, brought Temperance to the Parish-Church of Bideford for further examination by the local rector Michael Ogilby. (17-20)The Information of Elizabeth Eastchurch, the Wife of Thomas Eastchurch of Biddiford in the County aforesaid Gent. taken upon her Oath before us Thomas Gist Mayor of the Burrough, Town, and Mannor of Biddiford aforesaid, and John Davie Alderman, two of his Majesties Justices of the Peace within the same Burrough, &c. the 3d of July, in the 34th year of the Reign of our Soveraign Lord Charles the Second, &c. Anno Dom. 1682. Devon. ss. Biddiford ss. THe said Informant upon her Oath saith That upon the 2d day of this instant July, the said Grace Thomas, then lodging in this Informants said Husbands house, and hearing of her to complain of great pricking pains in one of her knees, she this Informant did see her said Knee, and observed that she had nine places in her Knee which had been prickt; and that every of the said pricks were as though it had been the prick of a Thorn. Whereupon this Informant afterwards, upon the same 2d day of July, did demand of the said Temperance Lloyd whether she had any Wax or Clay in the form of a Picture whereby she had pricked and tormented the said Grace Thomas? Unto which the said Temperance made answer, that she had no Wax nor Clay, but confessed that she had only a piece of Leather which she had pricked nine times. *** WHereas we, Thomas Eastchurch and Elizabeth Eastchurch his Wife, Honor Hooper, and Anne Wakely, upon yesterday, which was the 3d of July, 1682. did give in and deliver our several Informations upon our Oaths, before Thomas Gist Mayor of the Burrough, Town, and Mannor of Biddiford aforesaid, and John Davie Alderman, two of his Majesties Justices of the Peace within the same Burrough, &c. of Biddiford, against Temperance Lloyd of Biddiford aforesaid Widow, for using and practising of Witchcraft upon the Body of Grace Thomas of the same Town Spinster, as by our several Examinations it doth and may appear. But because we were dissatisfied in some particulars concerning a piece of Leather which the said Temperance had confessed of unto the said Elizabeth Eastchurch, in such manner as is mentioned in the said Elizabeth Eastchurch's Examination, and we conceiving that there might be some inchantment used in or about the said Leather: Therefore upon this present 4th day of July, we, with the leave and approbation of the said Mr. Gist the Mayor, did bring the said Temperance into the Parish-Church of Biddiford aforesaid, in the presence of Mr. Michael Ogilby Rector of the same Parish-Church, and divers other persons, where the said Temperance was demanded by the said Mr. Ogilby how long since the Devil did tempt her to do evil. Whereupon she the said Temperance did say and confess, that about twelve years ago she was tempted by the Devil to be instrumental to the death of William Herbert named in her said Examination. And that the Devil did promise her that she should live well and do well. And she did then also confess that she was thereupon an Instrument of the death of the said William Herbert. And as to the said Grace Thomas, she further said and confessed, that on Friday was Sevennight, (which was the 23th day of June last past) she the said Temperance came into the said Thomas Eastchurch's Shop in the form and shape of a Cat; And fetcht out of the same Shop a Puppit or Picture, (commonly called a Childs Baby) and that she carried the same up into the Chamber where the said Grace Thomas did lodge, and left it about the Bed whereon the said Grace Thomas did lie; but would not confess that she had prickt any Pins in the said Puppit or Baby-picture, although she were demanded particularly that Question by the said Mr. Ogilby. Also the said Temperance did then and there confess, that she was the cause of the death of Anne Fellow, the Daughter of Edward Fellow named in her said Examination. Also she did then and there confess, that she was the cause of the death of one Jane Dallyn the late Wife of Symon Dallyn of Biddiford Marriner, by pricking of her in one of her Eyes, which she did so secretly perform, that she was never discovered or punished for the same. Also the said Temperance Lloyd did confess and declare, that she did bewitch unto death one Lydia Burman of Biddiford aforesaid Spinster, because she had been a Witness against her the said Temperance at the Trial for her Life and Death at the Assizes when she was Arraigned for the death of the said William Herbert, and had deposed that the said Temperance had appeared unto her in the shape of a red Pig at such time as the said Lydia was brewing in the house of one Humphry Ackland of Biddiford aforesaid. Being further demanded again in what part of the house of the said Mr. Eastchurch, or in what part of the Bed whereon the said Grace Thomas lay, she left the Puppit or Baby-picture above-mentioned, saith, that she would not nor must not discover; for if she did discover the same, that the Devil would tear her in pieces. And afterwards the said Mr. Ogilby desired the said Temperance to say the Lords Prayer and her Creed; which she imperfectly performing, the said Mr. Ogilby did give her many good Exhortations, and so departed from her. In Witness whereof, we have hereunto set our Hands this 4th day of July, in the Four and thirtieth year of the Reign of our Soveraign Lord Charles the Second, by the Grace of God, of England, Scotland, France and Ireland King, defender of the Faith, Annoq{que} Dom. 1682. July 4. 1682. Sworn before us Thomas Gist Mayor. John Davie Alderman. Thomas Gist Mayor. John Davie Alderman. ()