Jobson, Mary (ca. 1840)
Nineteenth-century psychic of Bishop Wearmouth, England.
Her strange case is recorded in a brief book by Reid
Clanny, A Faithful Record of the Miraculous Case of Mary Jobson
(1841). At age 13, in November 1839, Mary was taken ill and
had convulsions for 11 weeks. The first time she was seized her
mother heard three loud knocks in the sickroom. The knocks
were repeated, violent scratching was heard, and the door
opened and shut violently four or five times.
While in a helpless and apparently hopeless condition, the
girl heard voices and occasionally made accurate predictions.
In May 1840 she foretold an attempt on the life of Queen Victoria.
The voices claimed to come from the Virgin Mary, from
apostles, and from martyrs. R. B. Embleton said he once heard
the voice begin, ‘‘I am the Lord thy God which brought thee
out of the land of Egypt.’’
Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed. Jobson, Mary
Many other witnesses testified to a series of occult phenomena.
Water appeared from nowhere and was sprinkled in the
room, an astronomical design in green, yellow, and orange appeared
on the ceiling, and music was frequently heard.
The latter phenomenon was confirmed by Jobson’s governess,
Elizabeth Gauntlett, and by a Dr. Drury. Drury stated, ‘‘On
listening I distinctly heard most exquisite music which continued
during the time I might count a hundred. This she told me
she often heard.’’ The girl alternately became blind, deaf, and
dumb. After eight months of unaccountable illness she was mysteriously

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