December 14, 2017

Dorothy Jones Cantrell, Colonial Feminist Troublemaker

To put a spin on a famous quote*, well-behaved women seldom inspire poetry. So meet Dorothy Jones! Dorothy was a Welsh girl of 10 when she came to the American colonies with her family in 1682. Their voyage, on a ship called Submission, was rough, and another child on board died during a storm. Maybe that experience gave Dorothy a "carpe diem" attitude. She grew into a lively young woman who married Richard Cantrell, a Philadelphia bricklayer, "out of church." In other words, she was Quaker, … [Read more...]