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From: (Shawn Potter)
Subject: Re: Matthew Howard of MD Ancestry
Date: 4 Aug 2002 15:38:18 -0700
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"Rick Toothman" <> wrote in message news:<hEd39.18647$>...
> I don't have the original on this. Edmund Morgan's AMERICAN SLAVERY,
> AMERICAN FREEDOM (NY: Norton, 1975) cites a little more fully than Newman (p
> 152-153, 1995 paperback edition):
> "The courts had to spend a good deal of their time in protecting the
> reputation of Virginia's women, mainly from each other. ... [some slanders
> cited, including an accusation of bestiality from Northampton Co] Eady
> Hanting had to apologize merely for saying:
> 'that Matthew Haywards wife did live as brave a life as any Weoman
> in Virginia for she Could lie abead every morninge till her husband went a
> milkinge and came Back againe and washt the dishes and skimd the milk and
> then Mr Edward Floide would come in and say my Deare will you walke and soe
> she went abroad and left the Children Crieinge that hir husband was faine to
> Come home and leafe his work to quiett the Children.' (citing Norfolk
> Deedbook A, 1637-1646, p 41).
> Morgan doesn't specify to whom the apology was ordered to be directed,
> though he does note further that Hanting herself married [to Thomas Tooker]
> a few years later and was ordered to do penance for antenuptial fornication.
> During her punishment she did "cut and mangle" the sheet in which she was
> attired and the court ordered her to receive 20 lashes on the bare back and
> do penance once more in the chapel of ease (Warren Billings, THE OLD
> DOMINION IN THE 17th CENTURY: A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY (Chapel Hill, 1975), 102
> quotes the court order more fully).
Another good find, Rick. Someone should visit the Virginia State
Archives to make a copy of the original record.
By the way, my original point was not that this document proves that
Ann Howard was a sister of Edward Lloyd, but merely that it shows that
they were friends. Morgan's abstract of the record with his
description of what Eady Hanking said does not demonstrate that Ann
Howard was not a sister of Edward Lloyd. I suppose evidence of that
type should be sought among Lloyd family records in Britain.