Susannah Sanders Cooper tested restraints on married‘s property ownership in . In 1717 Susannah Sanders married Isles Cooper, but he had deserted her by 1720 and later illegally married at least two other women. Her husband’s creditors seized assets she had brought to her marriage. She later engaged in business in her own name, including operating an ordinary in New Kent County for many years. Early in the 1740s Cooper petitioned the to protect her estate, to allow her to operate as a feme sole, and to enable her to bequeath her property to her son. The burgesses and agreed in 1744 and forwarded the bill to London for the Crown’s review. The Privy Council ignored the bill for many years and did not approve it. In June 1751 Cooper’s husband sold her property to a son born of one of his illegal marriages, after which Susannah Sanders Cooper disappeared from public records.