10 October 2012

New Grounds For Divorce

As much Backus research as I have done, this was news to me.

New grounds for divorce in Massachusetts in 1784. The wife of John Backus, a silversmith, received a divorce because he beat her, despite his defense that he knew no other practice because he had seen his father beat his mother. [Source] 

The William And Mary Quarterly also weighed in on the Backus divorce, and mentioned the deposition of William Whiting, Jr. [Suffolk, MA, Court Files #129846...].

The couple was identified as John Backus and Sarah Whiting Backus. Laura Ingersoll Secord was Sarah Whiting Backus's step-daughter.

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