I have been transcribing a number of 18th Century English wills and noticed that there don't seem to be mentions of wives -- at least not in the ones that I'm working on. Given the legal doctrine of Coverture (woman's legal rights becoming those of the husband on marriage), and the fact that the Married Women's Property Act wouldn't be until 1870, would the absence of such mentions be the norm or an indication that they'd already died?
Great information. I love genealogy. I don’t know if my information would be helpful but I will give it anyway. I am a daughter of the American Revolution. I’ve noticed on the information I have the wives and daughters are mentioned, however I have not laid eyes on wills.
In fact, it never occurred to me what the female (The wives or the daughter) received when the male (The husband or the father) passed away . I will go back and investigate; and if I find pertinent information I’ll repost.