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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2019 12:03 p.m. PST

"Soon after his death, she married a doctor, 31-year-old Josiah Nisbet on 28 June 1779. Despite Nisbet having political connections on the island, they moved to England, and, soon after, he died "deranged" on 5 October 1781. He left nothing to provide for her or their 17-month-old child, a boy named Josiah after his father. Fortunately, Fanny had friends from Nevis in England and according to twenty-first century historian John Sugden:

"[F]or a while Fanny appears to have acted as a guardian to three offspring of the Nevis planter John Pinney. Indeed, when John Pinney returned to England in 1783 and Fanny presented his children to him he did not recognize them. ‘Good God! Don you know them? Exclaimed Fanny. ‘They are your children!' Pinney's wife was so surprised she set her headdress alight on a nearby candle."…"
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