Rachel ruined

When Martha wrote a will six years prior to her death, she was still deemed to be of sound mind. In the will she specified that Rachel was to be in charge of the Haffield farm and other properties on the condition that she share the income generated by rents with her half-sisters Ruth and Martha. When they were granted only ten shillings apiece, the sisters sued for their share, which they had not yet received since their father's death; they lost their court case. During the struggle White passed away and the courts granted everything to his wife Ruth. Thus, almost thirty years after Richard's death, Rachel was left completely penniless while Ruth got the bulk of the estate to herself.

After Ruth gained control of the family wealth, Rachel was left homeless and penniless. She was even reduced to begging from her neighbors. She appealed to the community for assistance, claiming that her husband had abandoned her financially and emotionally from the beginning of their marriage when it was apparent she was not going to inherit the estate. Lawrence Clinton had a reputation for having relationships with other women and was charged in court both for adultery (a sexual relationship between a married person and someone who is not the person's spouse) and attempted rape. Although the courts ordered him to pay support to his wife, in 1671 Rachel went back to court to complain that he had not yet paid her any money. In the meantime Lawrence had fathered a child out of wedlock with a woman named Mary Greeley while carrying on an affair with another, Mary Wooden, for which he was publicly whipped. Humiliated and alone, Rachel begged the courts for a divorce but they refused to grant it. Instead they pressured Lawrence for back payment, which he would never provide. Rachel's case was not helped by the fact that she had admitted to having affairs with two men, for which she was also publicly whipped. At last, in 1681, the courts took pity on her and granted her a divorce. By this time Lawrence was already remarried and had fathered six children with various women.

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