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John Sayles, Jr. was in love with Amey Olney Hawkins. Amey struggled to resist her feelings for him. Their relationship broke the social conventions of the patriarchal colonial society in which they lived. Amey was eleven years older than John, and a widow with six children. Many people did not approve of their relationship. Amey had a fear of re-marrying. In those times, John Sayles, Jr. was in love with Amey Olney Hawkins. Amey struggled to resist her feelings for him. Their relationship broke the social conventions of the patriarchal colonial society in which they lived. Amey was eleven years older than John, and a widow with six children. Many people did not approve of their relationship. Amey had a fear of re-marrying. In those times, the law gave husbands all the power in marriage. Amey did not want to be trapped into another marriage where she had no say in making the important decisions concerning her life and her children’s lives. John Sayles, Jr., however, believed that through perseverance he could change Amey’s mind. A fictional account of a love story that did happen in mid-18th Century colonial Providence and the surrounding country-side. Followed by a Postface which delineates what was true from what was fictionalized in the novel. Three appendixes are provided with genealogical information on the Olneys, Hawkins and Sayles families of northern Rhode Island, including Providence, North Providence, northern Johnston/Greenville, and Smithfield.


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John Sayles, Jr. was in love with Amey Olney Hawkins. Amey struggled to resist her feelings for him. Their relationship broke the social conventions of the patriarchal colonial society in which they lived. Amey was eleven years older than John, and a widow with six children. Many people did not approve of their relationship. Amey had a fear of re-marrying. In those times, John Sayles, Jr. was in love with Amey Olney Hawkins. Amey struggled to resist her feelings for him. Their relationship broke the social conventions of the patriarchal colonial society in which they lived. Amey was eleven years older than John, and a widow with six children. Many people did not approve of their relationship. Amey had a fear of re-marrying. In those times, the law gave husbands all the power in marriage. Amey did not want to be trapped into another marriage where she had no say in making the important decisions concerning her life and her children’s lives. John Sayles, Jr., however, believed that through perseverance he could change Amey’s mind. A fictional account of a love story that did happen in mid-18th Century colonial Providence and the surrounding country-side. Followed by a Postface which delineates what was true from what was fictionalized in the novel. Three appendixes are provided with genealogical information on the Olneys, Hawkins and Sayles families of northern Rhode Island, including Providence, North Providence, northern Johnston/Greenville, and Smithfield.

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