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War of Jenkins' Ear legal document

Identifier: SC 01891

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Content Description

Contains one legal document signed "B. Wentworth." Addresses the complaints of a widow whose husband died in the War of Jenkins' Ear. Document demands the widow be paid her missing subsistence payments and all related contingencies.


  • Creation: 1742 December 2

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Biographical / Historical

The legal document is signed by Benning Wentworth (1696-1770). The document advocates for the interests of a military widow, who claims to have never recieved the subsistence payments for her husband's service during the War of Jenkins' Ear. The war, which lasted from 1739-1748, arose between Britain and Spain. It was fought in New Granada and the Caribbean Sea. The War of Jenkins' Ear ended in an eventual defeat for the British forces.


0.1 Linear Feet (One legal size folder.)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased with assistance of the National Society Daughters of Colonial Wars.

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Guide to the War of Jenkins' Ear legal document
William & Mary Special Collections Research Center staff
2024 May
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