Closson Press

Product Details

Runaway Women - Elopements and Other Miscreant Deeds

Runaway Women - Elopements and Other Miscreant Deeds Author: Judith Ann Highley Meier
… as advertised in The Pennsylvania Gazette, 1728-1789. Through the ages it has been quite difficult to locate and trace women. Property was in the name of men; men ran the businesses, controlled the governments, wrote the histories; men's surnames were carried into the next generation by the children. When a family was broken up through divorce, desertion, adoption, kidnapping, indentured servitude, or any other reason, the names of women were lost. One source of information about women heretofore lost is the pages of the 18th and 19th century newspapers.

The Pennsylvania Gazette, published in Philadelphia beginning in 1728, contained hundreds of notices by deserted husbands warning all to refuse credit to the wives who had left their bed and board, sometimes in the company of another man, often with a lot of personal property, and frequently with young children.

Early newspapers also contained poignant notices from immigrants who had lost track of their loved ones. Many stories of domestic abuse and violence fill the pages of this book. Prior to 1784 Montgomery was part of Philadelphia County. 1400+ entries. Index.

1993, 8.5" X 11", Softbound, 113 pages

Price: $10.95

SKU: CP-369

Usually ships within1-3 days