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Adams, Fanny (1859–1867), murder victim and source of a colloquial expression, was born on 30 April 1859 in Tanhouse Lane, Alton, Hampshire, the fourth of seven children of George Adams (b. 1830), a labourer, later a bricklayer, and his wife, Harriet Mills (...

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Armstrong, Eliza (b. 1872), domestic servant and victim of abduction, was born at 9 Charles Street, Lisson Grove, in the Marylebone district of London on 18 April 1872 to Charles Armstrong, a chimney sweep, and Elizabeth, née Chivers, who were married in March 1874. The family later moved to ...

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Bowes, Mary Eleanor, countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne (1749–1800), heiress and victim of kidnapping, was born on 24 February 1749, the only child of George Bowes MP (1701–1760), of Streatlam Castle and Gibside, co. Durham, and his second wife, Mary (d. 1781)...

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Cholmondeley [née Holford], Mary, Lady Cholmondeley (bap. 1563, d. 1625), litigant, was baptized on 20 January 1563 at Nether Peover, Cheshire, the daughter of Christopher Holford (d. 1581) of Holford, Cheshire, and his second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Randle Manwaring...

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Coventry [née Master; other married name Pytts], Anne, countess of Coventry (1691–1788), plaintiff in a marriage settlement case, was born on 21 August 1691 and baptized on 23 August 1691 at St Andrew's, Holborn, Middlesex, the daughter of Sir Streynsham Master (1640–1724)...

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Dalrymple [née Campbell; other married name Primrose], Eleanor, countess of Stair (d. 1759), victim of marital abuse, was the seventh and youngest child of James Campbell, second earl of Loudoun (d. 1684), landowner, and his wife, Lady Margaret Montgomerie, daughter of ...

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Duston [née Emerson], Hannah (1657–1736?), captive of American Indians, was born in December 1657 in Haverhill, Massachusetts, one of fifteen children born to Michael Emerson, an English shoemaker and immigrant to the Massachusetts Bay colony, and his wife, Hannah, daughter of an original settler of ...

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Rachel Erskine, Lady Grange (bap. 1679, d. 1745) attrib. Sir John Baptiste de Medina in the collection of the Earl of Mar and Kellie; photograph courtesy the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Erskine [née Chiesley, Cheislie], Rachel, Lady Grange (bap. 1679, d. 1745), victim of abduction, was the daughter of John Cheislie (d. 1689) of Dalry and Margaret Nicholson; she was baptized on 4 February 1679 at Edinburgh. On 31 March 1689 her father shot dead ...

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Fenwick [née Benison], Ann (1724–1777), Roman Catholic litigant and heir, was the only child of Thomas Benison (1696–1735), a Lancaster attorney, and his wife, Ann Dowbiggin (1694–1762), widow of a Mr Winder. The Benisons had been landowners in Hornby and Roeburndale, a few miles west of ...

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Yvonne Joyce Fletcher (1958–1984) by unknown photographer, 1984 Rex Features

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Fletcher, Yvonne Joyce (1958–1984), police officer, was born on 15 June 1958 at 4 Kingsettle Estate, Semley, Wiltshire, the eldest of four daughters of Michael Henry James Fletcher, timber feller, and his wife, Queenie May, née Troke. Brought up in Semley, where she sang in the church choir, she was educated nearby at ...

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Jackson [née Hall], Emily Emma Maude (1845–1898), litigant for the rights of married women, was born on 10 February 1845 in Clitheroe, Lancashire, the daughter of Henry Hall, a solicitor. She was the youngest of a family of three sisters. Emily Hall...

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Lee [née Dashwood], Rachel Fanny Antonina (1773?–1829), alleged victim of abduction, was an illegitimate daughter of Francis Dashwood, eleventh Baron Le Despencer (1708–1781); her mother, who had been for eleven years Dashwood's companion, eventually became Mrs Barry. She was probably born in December 1773, but if ...

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Maria Theresa Longworth (1833–1881) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Longworth, Maria Theresa (1833–1881), plaintiff in a case of disputed marriage and author, was born at Cheetwood, near Manchester, the youngest of six children of Thomas Longworth, silk manufacturer, and his wife, Ann, née Fox. Thomas Longworth's business, and at one time his residence also, was in a large house at the corner of ...

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McCrea, Jane (1752?–1777), murder victim and folk heroine in America, was born near Bedminster or Lamington, Somerset county, in the colony of New Jersey, the younger of the two daughters among the seven children of James McCrea (d. 1769), a Presbyterian minister, and his wife, ...

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Mellish [née da Costa; other married name Villareal], Catherine Rachel [Kitty] [known as Kitty da Costa Villareal] (1710–1747), breach of promise defendant, was born in London in the summer of 1710, probably in the Budge Row house of her paternal grandfather, ...

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Martha Ray (1742?–1779) by Nathaniel Dance, 1777 Christie's Images Ltd. (2004)