A Welsh Witch

Another entry from the Diary of William Thomas:

March 1763 Was buried in Barry from old age weakness, old Ann Richmond alias Jenkins, widow, of cwm y di cu, of 100 years of age, some report 105. She was the mother of William Jenkins, Extorter. She was buried since the 30th day of January past. A Reported Witch. All folks about dread her – they believe she could witch and some belief the same  in her son, and tales of hurt she and son made to cattle etc. the report is that the devil before her death appeared to her with a Bull’s head and offered a year longer on earth if she at the end of the year would deliver her body and all to he, which she denyed. The vain belief of the Vulgar, who are as credible of tales as the Indians and Negroes are, for the devil is not a moment entire to give any, nor himself, much less than a year.

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