In re Crafford

Kingston Ordinary Court, February 27, 1671/72

Elisabeth Crafford sought a divorce on the grounds of desertion.  Her husband responded “that his wife[could not] serve him as wife, and [would] not serve him as servant, and further …she has said that she never loved him.  He nonetheless “never said that he would leave her.”

The court ordered him to give security to continue living with her.



William E. Nelson.  The Common Law in Colonial America: The Middle Colonies and the Carolinas, 1660-1730.  (2012)

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