arrowcase: Henry Kyrkeby  c. Eleanor Roberts    p-link   Results Format: Summary Full

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typeMarriage
date22 Oct., 4 Dec. 1489, 31 Jan. 1490
competitor suit
sourceLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS09065: 61r, 62v-63v, 67r-69r
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depositions
1489-10-22: John at Wode, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he witnessed a present contract between Henry Kyrkeby and Eleanor Roberts, 2 February 1489. Testifies that around 17 August, he heard that Roberts had contracted with another man; when he asked her about it, she denied the rumours, saying she wished to confirm her contract with Kyrkeby.

1489-10-22: William Baker, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he witnessed a present contract between Henry Kyrkeby and Eleanor Roberts, 2 February 1488.

1489-10-22: John Kyrkeby, Witness for Plaintiff
Agrees with previous witness, John at Wode.

1489-12-04: John Whitypoll, Witness for Defendant
Testifies that Eleanor Roberts arrived at his house on 1 February 1488, remaining there for a week. Testifies that she told him she had left the parish of Hornchurch in search of better working conditions because her master, whom she was not bound to by any agreement, did not pay her an appropriate wage. Testifies that given both the distance of 12 miles between his home and the parish from which Roberts came, and that he saw Roberts every night and morning during her stay, it is impossible that she could have met with Henry Kyrkeby on 2 February 1488. Believes that witness John Kyrkeby favours Henry Kyrkeby in the case.

1489-12-04: Edmund Brethnam, Witness for Defendant
Testifies that he saw Eleanor Roberts at John Whitypoll`s house on 2 February 1488, and that it is common knowledge in the parish of Corringham that she stayed there for five or six days thereafter. Testifies that he witnessed a marriage contract between Roberts and John Baker.

1489-12-04: John Whitypoll, Witness for Defendant
Re-examined on the interrogatories; answers challenges to favouritism/bias raised by previous witness. Testifies that he does not favour one party over the other.

1490-01-31: Andrew Edward, Witness for Defendant
Testifies that Eleanor Roberts approached him and John Webbe on 1 February 1488 looking for John Whitypoll`s house; they sent her in the company of the witness`s brother, William Edward, to Whitypoll`s home. Testifies that he saw Roberts at Whitypoll`s house on 2 February 1488.

1490-01-31: John Anton, Witness for Defendant
Testifies that he saw Eleanor Roberts at John Webbe`s house on 1 February 1488 and again at John Whitypoll`s house on 2-3 February. Testifies that it was impossible for her to have been at the place of the alleged contract given the distance between Hornchurch and Corringham.