arrowcase: William Hawkyns  c. Margaret Heed    p-link   Results Format: Summary Full

case detail
typeMarriage
date[17] June, 25 June, [1] July 1488
competitor suit
sourceLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS09065B: 11v-12v, 13r-15r
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depositions
1488-06-17: Henry Heed, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies to having witnessed a future contract between William Hawkyns and his daughter Margaret Heed, 31 May 1488. Testifies that Margaret had gifts which Hawkyns had given to her after the contract, and that it was widely reputed in the parish that they were married. Asked whether he had compelled her, he said he had told her that she would not thrive if she did not marry Hawkyns.

1488-06-17: Margaret Heed, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies to having witnessed a future contract between William Hawkyns and her stepdaughter Margaret Heed on 31 May 1488. Testifies that Margaret Heed subsequently received gifts from Hawkyns, and that it was widely reputed in the parish that they were married. Testifies on the one hand that her husband Henry Heed had told Margaret that she must choose her own husband, at which time she confirmed that she wanted to marry Hawkyns, but on the other hand that he had beaten Margaret when she later said she would never marry Hawkyns.

1488-06-25: William Smyth, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies to having witnessed William Hawkyns and Margaret Heed reaffirm their contract of marriage following Margaret`s repudiation of the marriage. Testifies that Hawkyns and Margaret Heed are reputed as man and wife in the parishes of St. Michael and St. Sepulchre. Testifies to hearsay concerning Henry Heed`s displeasure at his daughter`s change of heart regarding her marriage with Hawkyns, but says he does not know if he beat or spoke threateningly to her.

1488-07-01: William Flete, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies to having witnessed a future contract between his granddaughter Margaret Heed and William Hawkyns, 31 May 1488. Testifies that for the last four years, Henry Heed has claimed his daughter Margaret was free to marry of her own choosing. Testifies that on 29 May 1488, after the banns had been issued, Margaret Heed came to his house and claimed her father had forced her to marry Hawkyns and that she would never marry him. Testifies that he told Henry Heed that Copwode`s father told him Margaret loved his [Copwode`s] son more than Hawkyns, and that Margaret confirmed this when asked by her father. Testifies that she nevertheless seemed happy with William at the time of the contract despite her prior discontent.

1488-07-01: Gregory Brent, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that Margaret changed her mind about marrying William Hawkyns after banns had already been issued and that he had heard that her father, Henry Heed, beat her for having allowed the banns to be issued despite her change of heart. Testifies that Margaret Heed told him she was ashamed to speak to William Hawkyns after everything she had done to and said about him, and that, with her consent, he brought Hawkyns over to her house to discuss matters, and things between them were worked out. Testifies to having witnessed a present contract between Margaret Heed and William Hawkyns, 31 May 1488.