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Mary Vincent Hammon & Sarah White Norman

Trial documents naming these women are the only known record of sexual relations between 17th century female English colonists in North America.

Sarah White, of whom little is known, married Hugh Norman in 1639.

Born in 1642, their daughter Elizabeth drowned in a well in 1648.

That year, Mary Vincent, then about 15, married Benjamin Hammon, who had arrived from London in 1634.

Also on March 6, 1648, Mary and Sarah (presumably about a decade older than Mary due to Sarah’s much earlier marriage) were prosecuted at Plymouth for “lewd behavior each with other upon a bed.” Laws against perceived sexual immorality were much more comprehensive in the Puritan colonies than in England, which had long lacked any standard secular means of prosecuting fornication or “pollutions,” as opposed to anally penetrative sodomy between males, and bestiality.

Whereas Mary was only admonished, perhaps because she was younger than 16, the local age of discretion, Sarah stood trial.

During the time of Sarah’s prosecution (1648-1650), her husband deserted his wife and children and returned to England, where he reportedly wasted an inheritance, then lived in debauched poverty.

Mary and her husband later had a number of children and she was widowed in 1703.

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Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher

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