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SWP No. 137.23

( Lydia Nichols and Margaret Knight v. John Willard )

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The deposition of Lydia Nicols aged. 46 yeares and of Margaret knight. Aged. 20. years #(and of Margaret) who testefy and say. That the wife of John Willard being at her fathers house. when the sayd Willard lived at Groaton. she made a lamentable complaynt. how cruelly her husband had beaten her: she thought her selfe that she should never recover of the blows he had given her: the next morninge he was got into a litle hole under the stayers and then she thought some thinge extraordinary had befallne him. then: he ran out at the doore: and ran up. A steep hill. almost impossible for any man to run up: as she sayd: then she tooke her mare and rid away. fearing some evil had ben intended agaynst her. and when she came to the house of Henery or Benjamin Willard. she told how it was with her and the sayd Henery
Willard. or both went to looke after him and met him comeinge in a strange destracted frame

(Reverse) Lidia Nichols

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 100 )