Dan and Isabella

Dan, Priscilla’s youngest child, married a woman called Isabella Mackay. In 1807 Dan took a case to court in an attempt to nullify the marriage arguing that at the time she used a false name of Isabella Jackson. The case was not sustained. The judgment however provides information about Dan and Isabella and their relationship.  Isabella’s mother was Ann Mackay (Ann Jackson before her marriage) and the father was unknown. As a child she lived in a Roman Catholic boarding school in Hammersmith and in 1794, when she was eight, a man was convicted of sexually assaulting her. Daniel and Isabella intermittently lived together from 1800 when she was about fifteen. They both used a number of assumed names and in 1804 they were married in a Roman Catholic ceremony. The evidence was given to the court that a Mr Baster formed a relationship with Isabella and tried to persuade her to leave Daniel and marry him. It appears that she had greatly embellished the circumstances of her background. On 29th of May 1805 Dan and Isabella were married in the Church of St James, Clerkenwell with Isabella using the name of Jackson. A name that the court concluded had not been false.

Source : 161 Eng. Rep. 593 1752-1865.

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Religion

Bell, Priscilla’s daughter Isabella, married Quaker Joshua Head in 1799. He was a brewer and the couple lived at Woodbridge near Ipswich. Little of the detail of Bell’s life is known but the obituary of her daughter Lucy provides a glimpse. It states that Lucy was ‘granddaughter to Priscilla Wakefield, the writer and philanthropist, and daughter to one who for many years was the foremost in all religious and philanthropic work in Ipswich’. The obituary goes on to state that ‘at the age of 16 [Lucy] followed her mother, who had received baptism a few years previously under deep spiritual convictions into the Church of England’.

Lucy was born in 1803 and would have been 16 years old in 1819 which means that Bell probably changed her religious affiliation at the time the aging Priscilla was living with her.

Source : ‘In Memoriam : Mrs Vincent Stanton’,  The Ipswich Journal, Issue 8069, 9 Jan 1883.

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