John Price, Jr. (c.1553 - 1627) MP

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Birthplace: Newtown, Montgomery, Wales
Death: Died in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
Occupation: vintner of Shrewsbury, innkeeper, burgess
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About John Price, Jr.

John Price, Cleeve's father-in-law, was not a native of Shrewsbury but, like many of the town's inhabitants, came from Wales. When he became a burgess in 1601 he was described on the roll as John Price of Shrewsbury, vintner, son of John ...( English origins of New England families: from the New England historical and genealogical register, first series, Volume 1. Gary Boyd Roberts. 1985.)

Some details about Cleeve’s circumstances at this point are revealed in a law-suit between him and John Price which was brought in the Court of Requests at Westminster in 1619.(7) Cleeve, as plaintiff, claimed that having set up at the Sextry, ‘and there lived in good estate and fashion’, he was enticed by Price to sever his partnership and set up at another inn and tavern in Shrewsbury called the Pheasant. Price had a lifetime interest in the Pheasant, although the establishment was actually run by the vintner Gervase Harrison, a native of Bristol, with the licence being held in the name of Price’s two daughters. According to Cleeve’s account, Price had offered in marriage the hand of one of those daughters, Joan, in return for a decent marriage portion and for a share in the Pheasant on his death. In the meantime Cleeve would come over to the Pheasant to succeed Harrison as tenant, paying an annual rent of £25. A formal agreement between the two men was then drawn up though Price did not immediately put his seal to it, citing a technicality, but promised to do so shortly. Nonetheless Cleeve went ahead and married Joan Price in St. Chad’s church – on 7 September 1618 – and removed as agreed to the Pheasant. Shortly afterwards, however, Price reneged on the nuptial contract, pointing out that it had not in fact been sealed, though the real reason, according to Cleeve, was that Price – a widower in his 60s – now wanted to marry a young servant girl at the Pheasant. He had offered Cleeve £100 by way of compromise, but this Cleeve had refused, turning to the courts instead. ("In depth" George Cleeve (c. 1586-c. 1666), vintner of the Sextry and of the Pheasant, Mardol Head.)

("John Price ... caused certain friends of his to make overtures for a marriage between his daughter Joan and this plaintiff [Cleeve], with fair promises of a good portion to be had with her. Whereupon the plaintiff 'did eftsoon become a suitor to have the said Joan in marriage"' To which Price replied that he "took no great notice of Cleve, he being'a mere stranger"' and denied approaching Cleve for "a marriage with his daughter, 'who is now married to this complainant to the defendant's great grief because it is much to be feared that her now husband the complainant is a man of no estate or ability,"' Price further alleged that Cleeve was planning "to make the best of his fortunes by his said marriage and then to go for Spain and to leave the said wife upon" Price's charge [NEHGR 102:172-74].)


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Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
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