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Elizabeth Armfield (1794–1875)

Family legend has it that James Ruse arranged for his 18-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, to marry 60-year-old John Wells in 1812 in order to stave off a debt owed to Wells. Apparently the marriage was never consummated and Elizabeth began a relationship with Edward Armfield. Elizabeth and Edward married in 1822, two years after Well's death.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Ruse, Elizabeth
  • Wells, Elizabeth

24 December, 1794
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


22 March, 1875 (aged 80)
Berrima, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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