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SWP No. 49.5

( William Beale v. Phillip English )

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[ August 8, 1692]

William Beale of Marbllee Head aged upward of Sixty yeares
testifieth & sayeth that last March past was twelve moenth towards
the latter end of the moenth then my self beeinge in the house of
George Bonfeilds of Marbllee Head whither I repaired that I mighte
have helpe to nurse or loake after mee because of A very greate
& wracking paine had seized uppon my body & the distemper of the
small pox then beeing in my house & my son James at the same time
then in my house lying sick then towards the latter end of that
moenth Aforesayed in that house as [as] I lay in my bed in the
morneinge presently after it was faiere lighte abroade in the roome
Where I lay in my bed which was layed low & neire unto the fire to-
wards the norward parte of the roome I beeing broade Awake I then
saw up on the south jaame of that Chimny A darke shade w'ch
covered the jaam of that chimney aforesayed from the under floore
to the upper floore & alsoe a dar[k] ness more then it was beefore
in the southerne part of the house & alsoe in the middlee of the dark-
ness in the shade uppon the jaame of the chimny aforesayed I bee-
held somethinge of the forme or shape of A man I tooke most notice
of his legs because they weere of a very greate stature or bigness I
wondred at the sighte & therefore I turned my head as I lay in my
bed & cast my eyes towards the south side of the house to see if the
sun weer risen or whether there weere any person or anythinge in
the house w'ch by the help of the sun mi[ght] cause such A shade
or shape but I saw non nor any lighte of the sun in that roome then
& then turned my head uppon the pillow where it was before I saw
in the darkness aforesayed the plaine shape or els the person of
phillip English of Salem the w'ch reports say maried with william hollingworths daughter of Salem ackcordinge to my best judgment
knoledg & understandeinge of him as I had formerly knoledg
& ackquaintance with him. my conjecktures of him & these passages
aforesayed were as followeth what is this mans business heere now I
remember not that ever I bought or should with him either more or
less or w'ch way came hee hither so soone this morneinge by land
or by water or hath hee been at marbllee Head all nighte & then
laboring to correct my [torn] not to thinke that hee was a wich;
& flyinge to Our omnipotent Jehovah for his blessing & protecktion
by secret ejaculations instantly the roome aforesayed became clear
& the shape shade or person vanished & this was about the time
that newes was brought to mee in the morneinge that my son James
was very like to recover of the small pox w'ch I left at home sick:
& the same day in the after noone came news that hee was sud-
denly strooke with A paine on his sidde & did not expeck to live
three houres & ackCording to my judgment before three houres
weere ended newes came that hee was departed this life at w'ch
docktor Jackson w'ch was his docktor & william dagget w'ch was
his narse both of marbllH'd told mee that they admired & wondred,
& it was not many moenths before that my son George Beale de-
parted this life in the same house & complained of A stoping in his
throate after he was Recovered of the small pox hee deceased janu-
ary the 23 before my son James Beale aforesayede

Marbllee head
August the

Attetsed to this truth by
mee *William Beale

far this deponent testifieth that in the springe of the yeare be-
fore the new england forces went for cannady; phillip english afore-
sayed came into A neighbors house where this deponent then was
present & then in A fauneing & flattering manner sayed to mee: you
are him w'ch can give mee A good evidence in shewing mee the
bounds of my lande; this deponant replyed & sayed I know not of
any you have; phillip english replyed yes you doe & if you will Ile
pay you well I have a peice of eighte in my pocket for you & named
A peice of land by A certaine distance from my house w'ch I think
Mr. Richard Reede of marblle[head] was then & is now in posses-
sion of it; this deponent replyed, doe not tell mee of your peice of
eight for if I bee called I must give evidence against you & told
him what I must say at w'ch hee seemed to bee moved & told mee
that I lyed.with more discourse aboute I so then wee departed; then
the next fa[ll] ensuing w'ch was about the time that the forces be-
gan to com from Cannady I then haveinge heard that phillip english
aforesayed had apprehensioned Mr Reade aforesayed aboute the land afore-
sayed I then as I thought it my duty in concience adkquinted Mr Reeds son with what I could say concerninge the titllee of the lande
aforesayed & withall told him of another witness as namely Thomas farar sen'r of linn; then afterward upon their request I rode to lin
& at Lyn Mill there I found Thomas farar Aforesayed & as wee
rode alonge lin Commons; then beetwixt the reverende Mr Sheap- ards house & Mr Leytons then beeinge in discours aboute the titllee
of the lande aforesayed my nose gushed out bleedeinge in A most
extraordinary manner so that I bllodyed A hankershiff of an Con-
siderablle biggnes & allsoe ran downe uppon my cloaths & uppon
my horse mane. I lighted of my hors thinking the jodinge of horse
mighte cause it but it kept on Allthough not alltoger so bad till I
came to Mr Reades at marbllee head & it hath blead not as I can
Remember never since I was a boy; exept about that time nor since
that time exept by ackcident that it was hurt

thiese things that are set down last were before the former

*William Beale
owned the Above written before the Grand jury up-
on the Oath hee had taken in Court Jen'y 12th 1692
(Endorsed) Beale ag't. Phillip English *Robert: Payne
( Thomas Madigan Collection, Manuscript & Archives, New York Public Library. )