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Uncertain UnionsMarriage in England 1660–1753$
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Lawrence Stone

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202530

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202530.001.0001

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Phillips v. Cresse, 1738

Phillips v. Cresse, 1738

(p.170) 19 Phillips v. Cresse, 1738
Uncertain Unions

Lawrence Stone

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a case study on valid clandestine marriage in England, focusing on the court case Phillips v. Cresse which was filed in 1738. The cased involved the twenty-year-old wine-cooper apprentice Thomas Phillips and eighteen-year-old Eleanor Cresse who were married secretly by a Fleet parson in 1738. Eleanor gave birth in July 1743 without Thomas present. The Cresses then filed a lawsuit seeking support from Thomas, which they won. In February 1744 Thomas filed a counter suit seeking jactitation of marriage, an order forbidding Eleanor from claiming marriage, which he also won.

Keywords:   clandestine marriage, court cases, Phillips v. Cresse, Thomas Phillips, Eleanor Cresse, Fleet

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