arrowcase: Agnes Eston  c. John Crosby    p-link   Results Format: Summary Full

case detail
typeMarriage
date10 June, 24 June, 2 July 1494
competitor suit
sourceLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS09065: 201r-202r, 207r-208r
remarks: It is likely that the John Crosby in this court case was identical with the man of the same name who was the son and heir of the late and very wealthy Sir John Crosby, alderman; if the John Crosby of this court case was indeed one and the same with the alderman’s son, he was probably in his mid to late teens when the relationship with Agnes first developed in about 1491. By the terms of his father`s will, he would come into a large fortune when he came of age (in the late fifteenth-century the age of majority for men was usually somewhere between twenty-one and twenty-six). See the discussion in McSheffrey, Marriage, Sex, and Civic Culture.
depositions
1494-06-10: Thomas Spencer, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he heard acknowledgement of a contract before God between Agnes Eston and John Crosby, 29 Sept. - 25 Dec., 1492.

1494-06-10: Alice Spencer, Witness for Plaintiff
Agrees with previous witness, her husband Thomas Spenser, and testifies that Agnes had given her a gold ring to wear "for love of him."

1494-06-24: Master William Dawbeney, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he often heard John Crosby acknowledge his marriage contract with Agnes Eston, and that Crosby gave Eston a gold chain in order to raise money to support them.

1494-06-24: Joan Dawbeney, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that she often heard John Crosby acknowledge his marriage contract with Agnes Eston, and that she was present when Crosby gave her husband a gold chain in order to raise money to support him and Eston.

1494-07-02: John Baynard, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that Agnes Eston often told him that John Crosby intended to marry her, and that he warned Eston to have reliable witnesses.