On This Day: 17 February 1669/70

Elizabeth Smith made her very loveing Brother John Bowrey, a Wapping mariner, and Philip Gardiner, a Wapping apothecary, her attorneys.

Elizabeth was the wife of Samuel Smith, a mariner, who had previously lived in Stepney. Samuel was now resident in Bombay having been employed by the East India Company to build the island’s fortifications. It is believe that Elizabeth was about to leave for the East Indies to be with her husband.

Unfortunately, what she did not know is that Samuel had died the previous October and would become one of the unattached women who were such a problem to the Company at that time.

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