arrowcase: Joan Ponder  c. Margaret Samer    p-link   Results Format: Summary Full

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typeDefamation
date11 Mar. 1490
competitor suit
sourceLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS09065: 70r-71r
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depositions
1490-03-11: John Stoner, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he heard an exchange between John Ponder and Margaret Samer, in which John Ponder confronted Margaret about a rumour she was spreading that Ponder`s daughter, Joan, had not been fathered by John but instead by a friar. Margaret answered by saying that others had told her so. Testifies that rumours began to circulate soon after, that neighbours began to speak about Joan Ponder (probably the mother), and that since then he himself trusts her less.

1490-03-11: Richard Twety, Witness for Plaintiff
Agrees with previous witness, John Stoner, adding that he witnessed John Ponder claim Margaret Samer had earlier defamed his wife, Joan Ponder, calling her a prostitute and a harlot. Testifies to Samer`s reputation for being a “common defamer and a scold.” Testifies that since the speaking of these words he does not hold Joan Ponder in lesser esteem, but that he thinks this affair has hurt Joan`s daughter’s chances of contracting marriage.

1490-03-11: John Stoner or Stonard, Jr., Witness for Plaintiff
Agrees with previous witnesses, John Stoner and Richard Twety.