arrowcase: Alice Billingham  c. John (or Thomas) Wellis    p-link   Results Format: Summary Full

case detail
typeMarriage
date26 Mar., 17 June, 12 July 1488
competitor suit
sourceLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS09065B: 7r-9r, 10r-11r, 15r-15v
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depositions
1488-07-12: Beatrice Thomson, Witness for Defendant
Agrees with previous witness, her husband Richard Thomson, adding that Agnes Weston is reputed a liar and perjurer, and that Alice Billingham and John/Thomas Wellis agreed to be each other`s valentines.

1488-03-26: Agnes Bullok, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that on 24 June 1487 Beatrice Thomson told her she would try to impede the marriage between Thomson`s servant John/Thomas Wellis and Alice Billingham.

1488-03-26: Constance Stileman, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that in winter 1486 she repeatedly heard Beatrice Thomson say she would try to impede the marriage between John/Thomas Wellis and Alice Billingham.

1488-03-26: Agnes Weston, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that she witnessed a present contract between Alice Billingham and John/Thomas Wellis, 13 February 1486. Testifies that it was common knowledge in the parish of St. Martin Ludgate while Billingham lived there that she and Wellis were betrothed to one another.

1488-03-28: Beatrice Thomson, Witness for Defendant
Testifies that about Easter 1486 she approached John/Thomas Wellis and suggested he should marry Alice Billlingham, and that Wellis said that his answer would depend on the dowry she would bring. Testifies that she gave, at Billingham`s request, Wellis a “Jemew of gilt silver or of gold.”

1488-04-18: John (or Thomas) Wellis, Response of Defendant
Responds that during the last two years, he and Alice Billingham spoke together eight times in the presence of Billingham`s mother, brother, and Robert Best.

1488-06-17: Henry Stevens, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that about June 1487 Thomas Thomson told him that he had heard from his sister-in-law that John/Thomas Wellis and Alice Billingham were to be married and that she had asked him to come to the solemnization.

1488-06-17: Thomas Thomson, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that about June 1486 he and his sister-in-law (Beatrice Thomson), Alice Billingham, and John/Thomas Wellis were drinking in the inn at the sign of the Bells in Warwick Lane, when Beatrice Thomson told him Wellis and Billingham were to be married and asked Thomson to come to the solemnization. Testifies that there were rumours in the parish that Wellis would marry another woman and that Alice had objected when banns were issued.

1488-06-17: Robert Wild, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that around Lent 1486 Robert Thomson`s wife frequently expressed to him her happiness concerning Alice Billingham`s forthcoming marriage to John/Thomas Wellis, and that it was common knowledge in the parish of St. Martin Ludgate that Wellis and Billingham had contracted marriage.

1488-06-17: William Cole, Witness for Plaintiff
Agrees with previous witness, Robert Wild.

1488-07-12: Richard Thomson, Witness for Defendant
Challenges suitability of previous witness, Agnes Weston, claiming she is of unreliable condition and reputed to be a drunk. Testifies that on 13 February 1487 he heard Alice Billingham ask John/Thomas Wellis to take her as his wife, and that Wellis had refused, stating he would not marry without parental consent, since they needed financial support to establish a household.