Anne Orthwood's Bastard Sex and Law in Early Virginia
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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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Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/28/2002
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
|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|