arrowcase: John Kendall  c. Isabel or Elizabeth Willy    p-link   Results Format: Summary Full

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date28 Mar., 17 Apr. 1492, btwn July and Sept. 1492
competitor suit
sourceLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS09065: 108v-109r, 110r, 113r-114r
1492-03-28: Richard Braunthwayte, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that in response to the questions he posed to her around June or July 1491, Elizabeth Willy told the witness that she had contracted with John Kendall and stated that she would never renounce the contract. Testifies that he subsequently heard both Willy and Kendall assert the same thing numerous times. Testifies that on Kendall`s behalf he gave Willy a galleyman`s brooch, and that she accepted it thankfully, recognizing it as the token she had previously given Kendall. Testifies that it is common knowledge in the parish of St. Edmund King and Martyr that Willy and Kendall contracted marriage.

1492-04-17: Isabel or Elizabeth Willy, Response of Defendant
Denies having contracted marriage with Jon Kendall, who had often expressed to her his willingness to marry her. Denies having exchanged gifts with him, but instead contends that various items (money, beads, kerchiefs) that had passed between them about May 1491 were loans, not gifts.

1492-07-01: Sir Martin Jelyf, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that both John Kendall and Elizabeth Willy, when questioned by him sometime between 25 December 1491 and 2 February 1492, admitted to having contracted marriage with one another.

1492-07-01: Richard Jelyf, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that around Christmas 1491 he confronted Elizabeth Willy at the house of Mistress Whaplode, where, as he had heard, she and his servant John Kendall had been meeting, hindering Kendall`s work for him. He testifies that Elizabeth Willy told him that Kendall was her “husband before God.”