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Grace BarnsA woman from Bideford in the county of Devon, wife of John Barnes, Yeoman, who as of May 18, 1682 suffered "very great pains of sticking and pricking in her Arms, Stomach, and Breast, as though she had been stabbed with Awls." Her pain was so severe, that her husband John "thought that she would have died immediately," yet she suffered still at the time of the trial. Grace Barns identified Mary Trembles as "one of them that did torment her" and likewise suspected "one Susanna Edwards of Biddiford aforesaid Widow, because that she the said Susanna would oftentimes repair unto this Informants Husband's house upon frivolous or no occasions at all."(26-28)The Information of John Barnes of Biddiford in the County aforesaid Yeoman, taken upon his 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 18th day of July, Anno Dom. 1682. Devon. ss. Biddiford ss. THe said Informant upon his Oath saith, That upon Easter-Tuesday, (which was the 18th day of May last past) this Informant's Wife was taken with very great pains of sticking and pricking in her Arms, Stomach, and Breast, as though she had been stabbed with Awls, being so described unto him by the said Grace, in such manner, as this Informant thought that she would have died immediately; and in such sad condition she the said Grace hath continued unto this present day, in tormenting and grievous pains. *** The Information of Grace Barnes, the Wife of John Barnes of Biddiford in the County aforesaid Yeoman, taken upon her Oath 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. the 2d day of August, Anno Dom. 1682. Devon. ss. Biddiford. ss. THe said Informant upon her Oath saith, That she hath been very much pain'd and tormented in her Body these many years last past, insomuch that she hath sought out for Remedy far and neer, and never had any suspition that she had had any Magical Art or Witchcraft used upon her Body, until it was about a year and a half ago, that she was informed by some Physicians that it was so. And further saith, That thereupon she this Informant had some suspition of one Susanna Edwards of Biddiford aforesaid Widow, because that she the said Susanna would oftentimes repair unto this Informants Husband's house upon frivolous or no occasions at all. And further saith, That about the middle of the month of May last past, she was taken with very great pains of sticking and pricking in her Arms, Breast, and Heart, as though divers Awls had been pricked or stuck into her Body, and was in great tormenting pain for many days and nights together, with a very little intermission. And saith, That upon Sunday the 16th day of July last, she was taken in a very grievous and tormenting manner; at which instant of time one Agnes Whitefield, the Wife of John Whitefield of Biddiford, was in this Informants Husband's house, who opening the Door, and looking out, found one Mary Trembles of Biddiford Single woman, standing before the Door. And thereupon this Informant did ask of the said Agnes Whitefield who it was that stood at the Door; who answered, that it was the said Mary Trembles. Upon which this Informant was fully assured, that the said Mary Trembles, together with the said Susanna Edwards, were the very persons that had tormented her, by using some Magical Art or Witchcraft upon her said Body as aforesaid. ()