June 17, 1742- A daughter, Hannah, is born to William Sisson & Hannah Mullins in Stonington,New London,Connecticut. Hannah does not reach adulthood, dying in her eighth year.
(Abel Doolittle is my second cousin 8 times removed. Our common ancestors are Abraham Doolittle & Abigail Moss.
Hannah Sisson is my second cousin 8 times removed. Our common ancestors are George Sisson & Sarah F. Lawton.)
"In 1742, Sarah Grosvenor of Pomfret, Connecticut, died, apparently from the effects of a combined medicinal-surgical abortion that had produced a miscarriage. Four years later, Grosvenor's sexual partner, Amasa Davis, and the abortion provider, Dr. John Hallowell of Killingley, were indicted for her murder.
It was quite common for couples like Grosvenor and Davis to conceive a child before marrying. Indeed, in the mid-1700s historians have counted 30% of New England couples' first children being born within seven months of their marriage.
In eighteenth-century New England, if a young unmarried woman became pregnant, the father-to-be was expected to marry her. Then they'd have as many more children as they could, with little said about the circumstances of the first pregnancy. In some cases, such as Ebenezer Richardson, the father-to-be couldn't marry the mother-to-be because he already had a wife. Amasa Davis was unusual in being free to marry Sarah Grosvenor, but refusing."
-Taken from the blog Boston 1775.