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    Default What did a Covert do?

    I was looking through "A Calendar Of The Prisoners Tried At The Assizes For The Year 1870" for Winchester (HO140 series) and noticed an Elizabeth Hearn waiting trial on a charge of bigamy whose occupation is listed as COVERT.

    The form is typeset so its not a question of trying to read old handwriting. Any ideas what one of those was?

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    Perhaps a shortened version of 'feme covert', a medieval description of a married woman.

    Literally, a covered woman, one protected by marriage.

    Peter

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsinore View Post
    Perhaps a shortened version of 'feme covert', a medieval description of a married woman.

    Literally, a covered woman, one protected by marriage.

    Peter
    Thanks

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