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  • The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh By: Nichelle Trulove
  • Early Years
    • Elizabeth was born to Milbourne and Elizabeth (Evans) Marsh in England in late September 1734.
    • Her parents met and lived in Jamaica, but the life expectancy rate in Jamaica for children was low, so Milbourne and Elizabeth made their journey to England.
    • Elizabeth lived in Portsmouth, England for the first 19 years of her life, but she had experience at sea since she was five.
    • “ Elizabeth Marsh's early exposure in Portsmouth to the sights and sounds of difference and diversity, and simultaneously to the Royal Navy and to the Force of the British state, had to be factored in if we are to understand how she came to be the person she was, and lead to the life that she did”. And, “The nature of her father's occupation was of central importance in Elizabeth Marsh's life”.
    (Colley 18-29) (the West Prospect of Portsmouth)
  • Her First Major Ordeal
    • Her family moved to Hospital Island and when Elizabeth was 19, she decided to leave her family and travel to England on her own.
    • Her ship (The Ann) was pirated by Moroccans and she, as well as other passengers, are taken captive on the Moroccan vessels.
    • She is the only woman on board and the conditions were appalling. Once they land, she is ordered to be in the sultans' company.
    • Her morality as a woman was saved after man named James Crisp offered her protection by their pretending to be married.
    • After their release, which may not have happened if not for James' protection of her, Elizabeth Marsh and James Crisp were legally married in Gibraltar between the months of December 1756 and January 1757.
    (Colley 50-86)
  • Family Dynamics
    • James Crisp and his family are businessmen and tradesmen, as is Elizabeth's family.
    • James and Elizabeth returned to England in February 1776 after their marriage and remained there for three years. There they had two children, Burrish and Elizabeth Maria.
    • The Marsh family and the Crisp family never saw eye to eye, but when James went bankrupt Elizabeth's uncle, George Marsh, tried to help him get back on his feet by giving him business on land in Florida. Even so, their financial struggles were never ended. James traveled to India while Elizabeth and the children lived with her parents in Chatham Kent, England. There she wrote her only book; The Female Captive .
    • She left with her daughter to join her husband in Madras. Due to their financial problems, their daughter returned to her grandparents' for a better education and their son sailed to Madras. They could not afford to provide for him either, so he apprenticed on a merchant ship and sailed to Persia. Elizabeth was often left alone as James traveled for work.
    (Colley 92-182)
  • Endings
    • Elizabeth began feeling poorly in 1756. As she was in Dhaka, often alone, and risks of invasion and illness became higher, she decided to travel on her own once more in 1774. She traveled the Asiatic and was gone for 18 months.
    • It was July 1776 when she returned home, seven months after her mother's death that January. She did not know, and made no effort to return to her father in England.
    • Her father grew ill and she traveled to England to see him in late 1777 or early 1778. He passed away at 69 in May 1779. Elizabeth received no inheritance as was their plan because of James, and so she had no money to care for their daughter.
    • James died intestate, leaving Elizabeth again with no money, and her next ordeal became finding a husband for her underage daughter.
    • After Elizabeth Maria's marriage in1883, Elizabeth discovered that she had breast cancer, but waited until 1885 when her children were out of town to have it removed. By that time it was too late and she died in April 1785, nearly a year after the birth of her first grandchild.
    (Colley 183-290) (a temple, Elizabeth accounts seeing them on her Asiatic travels)
  • Sources
    • Colley, Linda. The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh . New York: Random House, Inc., 2007. 89-99. Print.
    • Pictures from Google Images