‘Mother, I am married’

According to family legend these are the words Priscilla’s son Edward used to announce his marriage in 1791. Edward was only seventeen and his bride Susannah Crush (1767-1816) was twenty-four. Susannah (who was known as Susan) was the daughter of a farmer Robert Crush from Felsted, Essex. Little appears to be known of Susan’s early life beyond her striking good looks and a passion for hunting. In the beginning of their marriage the young couple lived in London, later in Burnham Wyck and finally in Tottenham. Researchers seem to agree that Priscilla and Susan had a good relationship. Unfortunately, Susan’s story as a member of the Wakefield family has become one defined by multiple pregnancies, serious illness and a declining relationship with her husband.

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