Friday, December 6, 2013

Ancestors who Put Themselves Out There and Paid the Price

I keep finding more ancestors who were fined for "fornication" in Colonial Virginia. They were Quakers who could not marry in the Anglican Church but could make "pennance" [sic] by paying up whenever the local authorities decided they had a little cash ahead. How could I have ended up so mild-mannered and non-confrontational?

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