Margaret Marsh was identified as a ‘Widow and Mantua Maker’ on ‘Saint Albans Street in the Parish of Saint James Westminster’ in her will. She bequeathed £1000 each to her three children, and £100 to her sister Ann Cheshire. To her brother Henry she gave £10 for mourning, plus she forgave ‘all Sums of Money he Shall Stand Indebted unto me’, indicating that she was independently wealthy.
Stamp Duty Assessments reveal that Margaret Marsh bound her female apprentices outside of the livery companies, suggesting that this was part of a wider trend as the eighteenth century progressed. Table 1 shows that she had at least four female apprentices and charged high premiums, indicating that hers was a substantial trade.
|2 Aug 1723||Elizabeth Crouch||St Martin in the Fields||£21|
|13 Jul 1726||Sus Cluterbuck||Unknown||£26 5s.|
|3 May 1731||Elizabeth Pyke||Cambridge||£31 10s.|
|6 May 1735||Mary Salisbury||Sussex||£31 10s.|
 The National Archives (TNA) PROB 11/834/4, Will of Margaret Marsh, Widow and Mantua Maker of Saint James Westminster, Middlesex, 2 November 1757.
 TNA IR1/9 Board of Stamps: Apprenticeship Books, f.97, 1723; TNA IR1/11, Board of Stamps: Apprenticeship Books, f.127, 1726; TNA IR1/12, Board of Stamps: Apprenticeship Books, f.154, 1731; TNA IR1/14, Board of Stamps: Apprenticeship Books, f.12, 1735.