Cruttenden was born around 1696. She may have been born Crouch and
her first marriage was to someone by the name of French.
On 17 October 1768 this rather
elderly lady married Joseph Cruttenden, many years he younger at
Catsfield, Sussex by licence.
Joseph was a bachelor and had been
baptised at nearby Brightling on 16 September 1733 the son of
Joseph Cruttenden and Mary Freeman. The family were well
established as butchers in the area.
The marriage obviously ran into
difficulties and on 15 June 1776 she took a knife to him and
An Inquest was held at Brightling
on 22 June by the Coroner John Tilden. He was convinced she
murdered her husband and on the same day she was conveyed to
At the Horsham Assizes on 5 August
1776 she was indicted for, and convicted, of her husband's murder.
her be Drawn on a Hurdle to the place of Execution on Thursday
next and there to be Burnt with Fire until She be Dead."