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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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Houghton v. Cash, 1703

Houghton v. Cash, 1703

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Uncertain Unions

Lawrence Stone

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a case study on forced marriage by a seducer or suitor, focusing on the court case Houghton v. Cash which was filed in 1703. The case involved James Cash who allegedly seduced his domestic servant Ellen, made her pregnant, and asked her to attribute the paternity of her child to bachelor blacksmith Thomas Houghton. The court ruled in favour of Houghton having proved that the ascription of paternity to him was the result of an ingenious seduction plot planned by Cash and carried out by Ellen.

Keywords:   forced marriage, court cases, Houghton v. Cash, James Cash, Thomas Houghton, seduction

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