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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Colonial Marriages Gone Bad

Pictured is a Nanticoke Indian. This tribe was among those Indians looked on as Captain John Smith landed in Virginia. Later on, ca 1740 a tribe of them were located on the Delaware River.

In 1655, Alice Clawson of Northampton County secured a divorce from her husband on the ground that he had for many years lived among the Nanticoke Indians in the character of their principal chief, and had refused to give up his Indian concubine.

Source: Northampton County Records, Vol. 1654-55, page. 135.
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