John SUMNER ( - )



Name: John SUMNER
Sex: Male
Father: Joseph SUMNER (c. 1594-1683)
Mother: Unknown <SUMNER> (1596- )

Individual Events and Attributes


Individual Note

John was left £4 in his grandmother's will.


The 17th century diarist John Aubrey had a long-standing connection with Seend. His friend, John Somner (Sumner) lived at Seend Green House in 1665. Aubrey made addresses to John’s sister Joane Somner. He stayed for over a year and in 1666 obtained a licence to marry her but the engagement was broken off leading to three years of bitter litigation. Joan accused Aubrey of appropriating money she lent him to raise a mortgage on his family home at Easton Pierce. He said she had jilted him like the previous house-mate Dr Jolliff’s brother. The Salisbury Court awarded him £600 damages for breach of promise but a later trial reduced this to £300 and legal expenses were costly. He sold his Wiltshire property and lived with various friends until his death in 1697. Joane Somner later married Mr Robert Pope of Wedmore, Somerset, in 1671 but died 9 months later (probably in childbirth).