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Deposition of Alice Chapman in not given cause against Larke/Elizabeth Walter alias Wilson

Abstract: Larke v Larke. Witness says that Elizabeth Walker, alias Elizabeth Wilson, agreed with her husband to rent a room in their house at Horsford for a year. When Elizabeth came, she had a three year old child with ther. Elizabeth said that Goodman Larke of Dalling would be bound [enter into a bond to support the child] to save the town the expense of keeping the child. Goodman Larke had given her some money and later brought bedding and other necessaries for her. Elizabeth was bearing another child and this deponent's husband said that LArke must sign a bond for its keeping, or she could not stay in the house. Goodman Larke did come and say he would be bound to keep the unborn child and that he would take the three year old (a girl) to where she was born. Goodman Larke promised to come back within a week but never returned. Elizabeth had told the deponent that Larke was a married man, his wife living in St Mary's in Norwich. From the information given, it is unclear which Larke is complaining against which in this case. Alice Chapman's husband is not named but presumably died since the events occurred since she is described as a widow. Alice Chapman has lived in Horsford for 12 years and is 39 years of age. Court session dated 28 January 1614/1615.