April 06, 2017
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On this date in 1691, The Lower Norfolk County clerk made this transcription of a petition from Ruth Fulcher to Francis Nicholson, the then current Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. Fulcher requested that the court order her husband, from whom she was estranged, to support her and their son financially. In seventeenth-century Virginia, women were rarely granted legal separation from their husbands let alone chosen as their children's legal guardians over male relatives. Lieutenant Governor Nicholson ordered that the child remain with his mother, and the court ordered John Fulcher to pay his wife two thousand pounds of tobacco annually.
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