I agree with you Joy. The separation papers show that they were very
unhappy together. He could certainly afford to give her a 'pension' - and he was
generous, this time. The letters between him and Dr Johnson are quite
revelatory. They show a gentler side to them both. Johnson, in one instance,
berates his friend for marrying 'in haste'. The marriage licence does show
that she was sister to Caroline as Mr George Mill is a witness, and it also
shows William Dowdeswell, her cousin, also as a witness. So this places her
fully as the issue of Roger Tuckfield and his first wife Elizabeth
I shall pursue this to find her eventual demise - but as you say, it may
prove difficult. Wills, as you suggest, are the way to go....
Thanks for your input!
BTW - you say you are on the Cornish list. i attempted to join this list
and post a question or two, but found people thought I was spam!!!
In a message dated 15/02/2016 19:39:08 GMT Standard Time,
It is going to be really difficult to identify a burial - the name is
very common and she may have preferred to stay in London rather than
bury herself in the country. Unattached women often moved between
relatives and visited friends, Jane Austen's own life story and some of
her characters illustrate that. You could try and identify wills of
members of the family to see if she is mentioned.
I don't, think she would have remarried until she was a widow unless you
know that there was a legal divorce. Bigamy was a criminal offence and
no clergyman would have married them if they were aware of the
situation. Age wouldn't have necessarily been a factor in a remarriage
because she would have been an attractive proposition if she had an
income and widowers often wanted a housekeeper. In the 18th century
love was not seen as necessary for marriage, wealth and status were far
more important considerations.
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On Monday, 15 Feb, 16 at 15:23, PDeloriol via<devon(a)rootsweb.com>
Thank you all for the info on Mary Tuckfield and her parentage. Now the
really difficult bit, to find what happened to her. I strongly suspect
never re-married as she would have been in her 50s when she 'deserted'
husband - (Dr Samuel Johnson didn't think much of her - he had always
preferred Dr Taylor's first wife!). He had given her a fairly good
when she left him. I just wonder whether she lived with her sister
Mill (wife of George Mill) or stayed in the family home?
Any ideas? I strongly suspect a woman who deserts her husband in those
was never mentioned - She must have died locally - ish, as Mrs Taylor?
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