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Rebecca ADAMS

Female Abt 1670 -


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  • Name Rebecca ADAMS 
    Born Abt 1670  NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Miller, George J., Ye Olde Middlesex Courts: the Establishment of an Early Court System in One of the Original Counties of New Jersey, Originally Published: Perth Amboy, NJ: Pickersgill, 1932; Reprinted, Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 1986, pp. 30-31:

      THE FIRST DIVORCE CASE

      JUST before Christmas of 1692, Rebecca Seaton petitioned the court that, notwithstanding she had been lawfully married to James Seaton and had lived with him two years and had had a child by her said husband, yet he deserted her and betook himself to the company of Mary Ross. Her husband even declared in the presence of several witnesses that Mary was his wife, and they had lived together as such.

      The Court ordered his appearance at the next term by a summons set up at the public meeting house at Woodbridge, and also at his late residence. Should he fail to appear, the Court would pass judgement according to the merits of the case. As it was ordered he be secured if he came into the county, In all probability he excaped with his paramour. He did not appear, nor was he expected, and the case proceeded. several witnesses were sworn and gave evidence that would, today, easily find proper place in the headlines of our daily papers. John Allen, son of the minister at Woodbridge, attempted to bring the unhappy couple together, but failed. The evidence was so damaging that "after a serious debate and consideration of ye heinous adulteries committed by the said James Seaton, husband of the above said Rebecca Seaton, this Court declares that she ought not any longer to stand bound to ye said James Seaton in ye conjugiall bonds of marriage but she ought to be discharged, set free and devorst from the said James Seaton * * * and that it be recorded accordingly." This is the language of our first divorce decree in the county courts. The method of examining into the facts and obtaining the separation seems expeditious and logical, compared with our present systems.

      [Note by compiler: According to Monnette, Orra Eugene, First Settlers of ye Plantations of Piscataway and Woodbridge, Olde East New Jersey - 1664-1714, Part Six, Los Angeles, CA: The Leroy Carman Press, 1934, p. 1182, William FROST was a witness in this case.]
    Person ID I29834  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2017 

    Family 1 James SEATON,   b. Abt 1659, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 26 Nov 1689  NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2017 22:44:56 
    Family ID F12983  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Richard SMITH 
    Married 17 Jul 1693  NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2017 22:44:56 
    Family ID F12984  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart