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Mary Milton (Powell)

Birthdate: (27)
Birthplace: Forest Hill, Oxfordshire , England
Death: Died in London, Middlesex, England
Cause of death: complications of childbirth
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Richard Powell and Anne Powell
Wife of Poet John Milton
Mother of Ann Milton; Mary Maugridge; John Milton; Deborah Milton and Johan "Joan" Milton

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About Mary Milton

In June 1642, Milton married 16 year-old Mary Powell. A month later, she visited her family and didn't return. Over the next three years, Milton published a series of pamphlets arguing for the legality and morality of divorce, the first entitled The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce, in which he attacked the English marriage law as it had been taken over almost unchanged from medieval Catholicism, sanctioning divorce on the ground of incompatibility or childlessness.

In 1645, Mary finally returned. In 1646, her family, having been ejected from Oxford for supporting Charles I in the Civil War, moved in with the couple. They had 4 children: Anne, Mary, John, and Deborah. Mary died on May 5, 1652 from complications following Deborah's birth on May 2, which may have affected Milton deeply, as evidenced by his 23rd sonnet. In June, John died at age 15 months; it is not known if Anne or Deborah survived to adulthood. However, Mary is known to have survived to adulthood. Though the date of her death is not known, it is known that she married one John Maugridge.

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Mary Milton's Timeline

Forest Hill, Oxfordshire , England
Age 21
October 25, 1647
Age 22
Bradninch, Exeter, Devonshire, England
March 1651
Age 26
May 2, 1652
Age 27
May 5, 1652
Age 27
London, Middlesex, England
Age 27