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SWP No. 84.1

(Examination of Rebecca Johnson )

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[++ January 7, 1692 ]

The Examination of Rebecka Johnson , widow, Taken before Jno Hauthorn Esq'd & other their Majesties Justices.

she denyed what she was acused of, But she acknowledged the turneing of the sieve, in her house by hir daughter, whom she Desyred to no if her brother Moses Haggat was alive or dead. And that if the sieve turned he was dead, and so the sieve did turn, And my Daughter said that Mr Bernards [mind] told her the way The words used were, By Saint Peter & Saint Paul, if Haggat be dead Let this sieve turn round; & so it did.

Elizabeth the wife of George Booth was struck down by the said widow Johnsons lookeing upon her and Martha Sprague s'd she saw the s'd Widow Johnson afflict her. and Rose foster saw the same And further that said Johnsons apparition told them she Intended to spoyle George Booths wifes child.

The s'd widow Johnson upon her examination as was Judged afflicted Sprague & Foster into fitts and by her touch recovered them again. Martha Sprague and Rose foster said they saw the s'd Rebecka Johnson afflict Abigail Martin & Alice Booth Alice Booth saw the same s'd Johnson afflict her sister booth and that she saw her at our house partake of the sacrement.

Rose foster: Alice booth & Martha Sprague said they saw the Devill stand before her and also before her Daughter.

I underwritten being appoynted by authority to take the above examination in writing Doe testify upon oath taken in court That this is a true coppy of the substance of it to the best of my knowledge

7t Jan'ry 1692/3 *Wm. Murray

The above Reb'a. Johnson was Examined before their Majes'es: Justies of peace in salem

atest *John Higginson Just Peace

Owned before the Grand Jury

7 Jan'y 1692
*Robert: Payne Foreman
( Suffolk Court Files, vol. 32 docket no. 2707 p. 30 )