Life During 1744 : Much Different Than Life Essay

809 Words Mar 20th, 2015 4 Pages
Life in 1744 was much different than life in 2014. Aside from the lack of today’s modern conveniences, the roles of women were much different. I doubt if many of today’s women would stand for things to return to the way of life in 1744. The women in 1744 fell under one of two categories. The first was “feme sole”, which was an unmarried female or one in legal equivalent status and “feme covert” which referred to a married woman and the fact that the wife’s legal identity was covered by her husband. Unmarried women had more freedoms than married women. The law stated that older never married women and widows were given feme sole status and had a legal identity and therefore had the power to make contracts and buy and sell property Unmarried women were also able to write wills, serve as guardians, be executors of estates as well as sue and be sued in a court of law. The law stated that in a marriage the husband and the wife were one entity. When the woman got married, she lost her legal identity. The property that she had or owned came under the protection and influence of her husband. This includes her livestock, crops money, leases, farm and household goods and any slaves that she has. Land that was owned by the wife prior to the marriage or that was given to her in relation to an inheritance was seen as held jointly by the husband and the wife and the husband could sell the land. He would not list the land in his will as long as the wife was…

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