Is This the First All-Female Jury in New-World America?

I don’t know, but it looks like it’s the first one in the Quaker community, in Chester County, outside Philadelphia, in 1689. It’s the case of Mary Tuberfield, an indentured servant, who claimed she got pregnant in a boat on the Delaware River.

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Was William Weaver The Father or Not? 1689 Paternity Case in Chester Co., PA

What did the court conclude about widow Anne Richards’ two children who were born out of wedlock?

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The Sad Case of Susannah Willard of Marple, Chester Co. PA, 1688-90

She was used by a certain John Bradshaw and then mistreated by her father-in-law in a sexual way. Of course when a woman in those days had sex, licit or illicit, she was likely to have children, due to inadequate birth control.

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Adultery, Black Hat, and Dark Arts in Chester Co., PA, 1689, 1695

Richard Buffington was a prominent member in the community, often serving on the jury and passing over and receiving deeds (land records). His wife Anne was not quite as stable or upstanding.

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