Elizabeth Cooke

 15 August 1784

An image of Foulden parish register, NRO, PD 140/4

Foulden parish register, NRO, PD 140/4

‘Mary Cooke daughter of Elizabeth Cooke. Baptized . Nº.7. this woman’s husband John Cooke sold her some years ago to John Turner with whom she has eversince cohabited & this child is by him christ[ened] Mary Cooke’.

 Before divorce was readily attainable to all parts of society it was a not uncommon for an unsatisfactory marriage to be ended by the auction or sale of a wife.

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