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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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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