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#90: Alice Billingham  c.  John (or Thomas) Wellis  - Witness for Plaintiff, 1488-06-17
sourceLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS09065B, 10v-11r
summaryTestifies 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.
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placenamesLondon - St. Martin Ludgate 
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Robert Wild of the parish of St. Martin Ludgate where he has lived for ten years, illiterate, of free condition, twenty-three years old, as he says. Inducted as a witness etc., he says that he has known Alice Billingham for ten years or thereabouts, and John Wellis for two or three years. This witness, questioned further about and on the contents of the libel, says that on a certain day in Lent two years ago, the wife of Richard Thomson came up to this witness and William Cole, sitting at that time in the shop of Robert Billingham, and said to this witness and William, "I am glad that ever Alice Billingham came in my house, for I trust to God she shall have a good husband." And this witness asking her who this was, she said that it was the young man who worked in her house, by which this witness understood that she meant John Wellis, because there was no other man besides the husband of the woman and John at that time working in that house. And moreover she said to this witness, naming the man Wellis, "and she is as sure as I except wedded." And these words the same woman frequently repeated, by this witness`s hearing and knowledge, as he says. And further he says that the things said by him above are true, and that public voice and fame circulated and circulate in the parish of St. Martin that John and Alice contracted marriage together. And he says that he heard many people saying when they saw John crossing the street, "Yonder goeth Alice Billingham`s husband." And otherwise he knows nothing concerning the contents in the libel. To the first interrogatory, he says as he said above, and he says that he is a consanguine of Alice and the servant of her brother. To the second interrogatory, he says that he was asked by the wife of William Mariner to come and give testimony of the truth. To the third, fourth, and fifth interrogatories, he says as he said above. And otherwise he knows nothing concerning their contents, as he says.Robertus Wild de parrochia sancti Martini juxta Ludgate London, ubi moram traxit per x annos, illiteratus, libere condicionis, xxiii annnorum etatis vel circiter ut dicit. Testis et cetera, dicit quod Aliciam Billingham per x annos vel circiter, Johannem Wellis per ii vel iii annos bene novit ut dicit. Ulterius interrogatus iste juratus de et super contentis in dicto libello, dicit quod quodam die contingente in xlma ultima preterita ad duos annos elapsis, uxor Ricardi Thomson accessit ad istum juratum et Willelmum Cole, sedentes adtunc in shopa Roberti Billingham, et dixit huic jurato et dicto Willelmo sic, "I am glad that evir Alice Billingham came in myn house, for I trust to god she shal have a good husbond." Et iste juratus interrogans eam qualis esset, dixit ipsa quod ille juvenus vir quo operabatur in domo eius, per quod intellexit iste juratus quod ipsa innuebat de dicto Johanne [fol. 11r] Wellis quia ut dicit nulli alii viri preter maritum dicte mulieris et prefatus Johannes adtunc operabatur in eadem domo. Et ulterius dixit huic jurato nominandum eundum virum Wellis "and she is as suer as I except wedd[..]" Et hec verba pluries repeciit eadem mulier de auditu et sciencia istius jurati ut dicit. Et ulterius dicit quod superius per eam dicta fuit vera et quod dictus Johannes et Alicia matrimonium adinvicem contraxerunt in dicta parrochia sancti Martini laboraverunt adtunc et adhuc laborant publica vox et fama. Et dicit quod audivit plures dicentes quando viderunt eundem Johannem pertrans[euntem] vicum, "yender goth Alice Billinghams husbond." Et aliter ad contenta in dicto libello nescit deponere ut dicit. Ad i interrogatorium, dicit prout superius dixit et dicit quod est consanguineus dicte Alicie et serviens fratris eiusdem. Ad ii interrogatorium, dicit quod requisitus per uxorem Willelmi Maryner venit perhibiturus testimonium veritati. Ad iii, iiii, et vtum interrogatoria, dicit prout superius dixit. Et aliter ad contenta [in] eisdem nescit deponere ut dicit.