Anne Orthwood's Bastard Sex and Law in Early Virginia

ISBN-10: 0195144791

ISBN-13: 9780195144796

Edition: 2002

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Description: In 1663, an indentured servant, Anne Orthwood, was impregnated with twins in a tavern in Northampton County, Virginia. Orthwood died soon after giving birth; one of the twins, Jasper, survived. Orthwood's illegitimate pregnancy sparked four related cases that came before the Northampton magistrates - who coincidentally held court in the same tavern - between 1664 and 1686. These interrelated cases and the decisions rendered in them are notable for the ways in which the Virginiacolonists modified English common law traditions and began to create their own, as well as what they reveal about cultural and economic values in an Eastern shore community. Through these cases, the very reasons legal systems are created are revealed, namely, the maintenance of social order, theprotection of property interests, the protection of personal reputation, and personal liberty. Through Jasper Orthwood's life, the treatment of the poor in small communities is set in sharp relief.

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/28/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Introduction
Anne Orthwood, Indentured Servant
William Kendall, Parvenu
William Waters, Gentleman
John Stringer, Presiding Justice
Robert Hutchinson, Clerk of Court
Eleanor Gething, Midwife
John Waterson, Trial Jury Foreman
John Kendall, Putative Father
John Stockley, Grand Jury Foreman
Jasper Orthwood, Free Man
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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