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Mary Killick [Butcher], daughter of William Butcher and Jane Butcher [Bassett]
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Date
Type
Information
Source
 
10th Dec 1796
Born
In the Parish of Speldhurst, Kent
IGI - Family Search
Batch C16517-1
 
15th Jan 1797
Christened
At St. Mary's Church in the Parish of Speldhurst, Kent
IGI - Family Search
Batch C16517-1
 
27th Mar 1815
Married
Richard Killick at St. Mary's Church in the Parish of Speldhurst, Kent
IGI - Family Search
Batch M16517-2
 
c Sep 1815
Birth of a daughter
Elizabeth in the Parish of Speldhurst, Kent
IGI - Family Search
Batch C16517-2
 
31st Oct 1817
Birth of a daughter
Martha at Treblers Green in the Parish of Rotherfield, Sussex
Rotherfield Parish Registers
 
20th Feb 1820
Birth of a daughter
Annesley in the Parish of Rotherfield, Sussex
Rotherfield Parish Registers
 
1825
Birth of a son
Richard at Slaugham Gill in the Parish of Rotherfield, Sussex
Rotherfield Parish Registers
 
1828
Birth of a daughter
Mary at Slaugham Gill in the Parish of Rotherfield, Sussex
Rotherfield Parish Registers
 
1831
Birth of a son
William at Slaugham Gill in the Parish of Rotherfield, Sussex
Rotherfield Parish Registers
 
25th Apr 1838
Birth of a daughter
Ellen at Slaugham Gill in the Parish of Rotherfield, Sussex
Rotherfield Parish Registers
 
6th Jun 1841
Census
At Slafham in the Parish of Rotherfield, Sussex; Mary Killick, F, [Wife], age 40 to 44, born Sussex
1841 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
 
30th Mar 1851
Census
At Slafin Gill in the Parish of Rotherfield, Sussex; Wife
1851 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
 
7th Apr 1861
Census
At Slaffin Gill in the Parish of Rotherfield, Sussex; Mary Killick, F, Wife, married, age 65, born Hawkhurst, Kent; occupation: almswoman
1861 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
 
2nd Apr 1871
Census
At Slaphin Gill in the Parish of Rotherfield, Sussex; Mary Killick, F, Head, widowed, age 74, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourer's widow (almswoman)
1871 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
 
Oct to Dec 1872
History
At Slaughterham Ghyll
Firmin's Guide
 

Another witch dwelt at Crowborough Common, at Slaughterham Ghyll, or, as the natives pronounced it, "Slapham Ghyll." The cottage in which she lived still exists.

The wife of her neighbour began to pine away, to become listless and unable to work, and moped about in a very unhappy state. The husband, after trying several remedies and decoctions of medicinal herbs, felt sure she was under the influence of a spirit. So he went off to Tunbridge Wells to consult a Mr. Oakley, who had a great reputation amongst these simple folk as a detector of witches and a frustrator of their nefarious practices. Having described to him all the ailments of his wife, and mentioned his suspicion of witchcraft, he was asked whether he would be able to recognise the witch if a picture or image of her was shown to him. Having replied that he certainly would be able to recognise any of the Crowborough people, Mr. Oakley proceeded mysteriously to mix some chemical ingredients in a cup; then pouring a liquid upon the mixture, a fizzing and hissing took place, followed by fumes of yellow, then blue, then white vapour. When these had passed off, the composition in the cup became quiescent and transparent, and the man was told to look into the cup steadily till he could see the image of a person. Having done so, he exclaimed excitedly, "I see her; 'tis witch Killick. She is the person tormenting my wife."

He returned home with full instructions how to exorcise the evil spirit from his wife. As I stated before, it is believed that a witch cannot die until someone is present into whom the witch-spirit can enter, and this person has to continue the traditions of witchcraft.

When Dame Killick was very ill - that is, when the spirit was getting dissatisfied with its abode, and desired a change for the better - her daughter would not remain in the room with her, but would occupy herself in the garden or in the room below.

The nurse who was attending upon the old dame, commiserating the poor creature, who was convulsed in her struggles to get rid of the witch-spirit, hurried down stairs to the daughter and urged her to come up to her mother, who could not die until she was present. The daughter reluctantly went to her mother's room, and then the struggles ceased, and the spirit went out of her and entered into the daughter, who thus became a witch. This happened not more than twenty-five years ago.

 
Dec 1872
Died
In the Parish of Rotherfield, Sussex; registered at Uckfield District, Sussex; ref: 1872 Q4 Vol 2b Page 65; aged 75 years
Rotherfield Burial Registers
 
6th Dec 1872
Buried
At St. Denys Church in the Parish of Rotherfield, Sussex
Rotherfield Burial Registers

Ancestor's report
Descendent's report
Bucher, Butcher, Butchers, Butchar, Butchard individual records
Killick, Kellicke, Kellick, Killicks family records
The ancestral pedigree of Mary Killick [Butcher]
  
 William Butcherm: 6th Oct 1796 St. John the Baptist, Penshurst, KentJane Bassett 
 b: c 1775  b: c 1775
  
  
 Mary 
 b: 10th Dec 1796 Speldhurst, Kent
ch: 15th Jan 1797 St. Mary's Church
d: December 1872 Rotherfield, Sussex, aged 75 years registered at Uckfield District, Sussex ref: 1872 Q4 Vol 2b Page 65
bur: 6th Dec 1872 St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex
 
    
Parental
record
   
   
    
 Richard Killick
farm labourer
m: 27th Mar 1815 St. Mary's Church, Speldhurst, KentMary Butcher 
 b: 1795 Rotherfield, Sussex
ch: 19th Jul 1795 St. Denys Church, son of William Killick and Martha Killick
d: March 1871 Rotherfield, Sussex, aged 76 years registered at Uckfield District, Sussex ref: 1871 Q1 Vol 2b Page 66
bur: 18th Mar 1871 St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex
  b: 10th Dec 1796 Speldhurst, Kent
ch: 15th Jan 1797 St. Mary's Church
d: December 1872 Rotherfield, Sussex, aged 75 years registered at Uckfield District, Sussex ref: 1872 Q4 Vol 2b Page 65
bur: 6th Dec 1872 St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex
  
        
 Elizabeth Martha Annesley Richard Mary William Ellen 
 b: c September 1815 Speldhurst, Kent
ch: 1st Oct 1815 St. Mary's Church
 b: 31st Oct 1817 Treblers Green, Rotherfield, Sussex
ch: 21st Dec 1817 St. Denys Church, daughter of Richard Killick (labourer) and Mary Killick
 b: 20th Feb 1820 Rotherfield, Sussex
ch: 9th Apr 1820 St. Denys Church, daughter of Richard Killick (labourer) and Mary Killick
 b: 1825 Slaugham Gill, Rotherfield, Sussex
ch: 26th Aug 1832 St. Denys Church, aged 7 years, son of Richard Killick (labourer) and Mary Killick
d: 7th Dec 1895 Station Road, Groombridge, Kent and Sussex, aged 70 years registered at East Grinstead District, Sussex ref: 1895 Q4 Vol 2b Page 81
 b: 1828 Slaugham Gill, Rotherfield, Sussex
ch: 26th Aug 1832 St. Denys Church, aged 4 years, daughter of Richard Killick (labourer) and Mary Killick
d: Oct to Dec 1904 aged 75 years registered at Uckfield District, Sussex ref: 1904 Q4 Vol 2b Page 69
 b: 1831 Slaugham Gill, Rotherfield, Sussex
ch: 26th Aug 1832 St. Denys Church, aged 16 months, son of Richard Killick (labourer) and Mary Killick
d: 30th Mar 1914 Tunbridge Wells, Kent registered at Tonbridge District, Kent ref: 1914 Q1 Vol 2a Page 1121
 b: 25th Apr 1838 Slaugham Gill, Rotherfield, Sussex
ch: 28th Oct 1838 St. Denys Church, daughter of Richard Killick (labourer) and Mary Killick
 
                    
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