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Sarah Ketson (John) and Ann Hutchinson

18th century English women who unsuccessfully tried to marry, with Ketson passing as a man named John.

LHMP entry

Donoghue’s second conceptual cluster in this analysis is the “female husband” motif. That is, not simply women passing as men, but doing so in a context where they courted and/or married other women. The chapter begins with a general note on the prevalence of this type of event and the wide variety of superficial motivations for passing.

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