arrowcase: John Jenyn  c. Alice Seton  John Grose    p-link   Results Format: Summary Full

case detail
typeMarriage
date21 Oct., 24 Oct., 28 Nov., 1489; 2 Mar., 24 Mar., 30 Nov. 1490
competitor suit
sourceLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS09065: 60rv, 46r, 66v, 71rv, 78v-79r
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depositions
1489-10-21: William Avenyll, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he witnessed a present contract between John Jenyn and Alice Seton, 17 May 1489.

1489-10-21: John Gaston, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he witnessed a present contract between John Jenyn and Alice Seton, 17 May 1489.

1489-10-24: Alice Holton, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that she witnessed a present contract between John Jenyn and Alice Seton, 17 May 1489. Testifies to the exchange of gifts between parties after the contract. Testifies that Seton told her she would marry no other man than Jenyn regardless of what her dowry would be.

1489-11-28: Alice Seton, Response of Defendant
Denies all charges.

1490-03-02: John Lucas, Witness for Defendant
Testifies that Alice Holton, when asked by him if she knew of any marriage contract between John Jenyn and Alice Seton, responded that she did not. Testifies that Holton told him she went to the court of the Consistory of London three times, but was interrogated about things unrelated to the present case. Admits that when Holton had been in his service, he had hit her and called her a false harlot for returning late from an errand he had sent her on.

1490-03-24: Richard Lemman, Witness for Defendant
Agrees with previous witness, John Lucas. Testifies that the previous summer Alice Seton`s uncle, Thomas Asshby, told him that he had heard that John Jenyn had already contracted with Seton, and that Jenyn had told Asshby that Alice Holton would testify concerning it. Asked by Asshby to question Holton about it, testifies that Holton told him that she swore she knew of no such contract.

1490-11-29: William Geffrey, Witness for Defendant
Testifies that he was present for the solemnization of Alice Seton and John Grose`s marriage in Maldon parish church, 16 August 1489. Testifies that they lived together in Maldon for eight weeks and then, as he heard, they moved to Old Fish Street, London; he heard also that Grose impregnated Seton.

1490-11-30: Thomas Gyrseby, Witness for Defendant
Testifies that in the fall of 1489 he saw Alice Seton in Maldon in the parish church at the time of mass, sitting with John Grose`s mother in wifely apparel [or, in the wives` pews], and that he had heard about the wedding and that in Maldon they acted as if they were married.

1490-11-30: Robert Mathew, Witness for Defendant
Testifies that while he missed the solemnization of John Grose and Alice Seton`s marriage in Maldon, he was present for the nuptial feast afterwards, on 16 August 1489. Testifies that they lived together in Maldon for eight or more weeks thereafter and were commonly reputed as husband and wife.