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In doing family history research I came across this death notice, "John French, his wife drown'd herself 13 May 1701." Curious wording. Last summer I visited the French-Andrews house, still standing in Topsfield, Mass. The current owner suggested she must have been terminally ill and that her husband/family drowned her as a form of mercy killing.? He also said this was a known practice in Colonial America. Try as I may, I have been unable to find any sort of reference to such a practice. Any thoughts?