John Lewis

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John Lewis
Person John Lewis
First name John
Middle name(s)
Last name Lewis
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Occupation Merchant
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Training Not apprentice
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Literacy Signature
Has opening text John Lewis
Has signoff text Jo: Lewis
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Language skills English language, Italian language
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Res parish Saint Dunstans in the East
Res town London
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Res country England
Birth year 1612
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First deposition age 47
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/73 f.57v Annotate, HCA 13/73 f.58r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Jan 29 1659, Jan 29 1659
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Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

John Lewis (b. ca. 1612; d. ?). Merchant.

Resident in 1659 in the parish of Saint Dunstans in the East.

Formerly resident in Genua in Italy, from 1644 to 1656, where he had kept a house and traded.

To be distinguished from John Lewis (b. ca. 1615; d. 1671), later Sir John Lewis, who made his initial fortune in the East Indies between 1643 and 1653.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Forty-seven year old John Lewis deposed on January 29th 1659. He was examined on an allegation in the case of "The claime of Stephen Pallavicio of Genoa for sixe barrs of silver in the Saint Laurence Peter Bough{?XXX) master taken by the Coventry frigot".[1]

John Lewis stated that "dwelling in the citie of Genua (the place of the said producents birth and residence) and keeping house there and trading ther as a merchant from the yeere 1644 to the yeere 1656, during which tyme hee was well acquainted with the said producent Stephen Pallavacino and knew his the said Stephens father living in the said citie".[2]

John Lewis made a second deposition in the same Court on the same day, in the related case of "The claime of the said Peter Maria and Cesar Gentilis".[3]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/73 f.57v
  2. HCA 13/73 f.57v
  3. HCA 13/73 f.58r