I admitted that I had not, but was ecstatic that she was using the FHLC and had found something so obscure. It sounded interesting, so I went looking for it.
It is in the "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia" section of the FHLC in the "Social life and customs" and the "History" subject. Here is the record description:
Elopements and other miscreant deeds of women as advertised in the Pennsylvania Gazette together with a few abused wives and unfortunate children
|stmt. resp.:||compiled by Judith Ann Meier|
|authors:||Meier, Judith Ann Highley (Main Author)|
|Pennsylvania gazette (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), (Added Author)|
|publications:||Norristown, Pennsylvania : J.A. Meier, c1986|
|physical:||1 v. in various foliations|
|subject class:||974.811 B3|
Records cover 1730-1789.
It's on the shelf at the Family History Library. Has anybody found a family member in this book?
Are there works like this available in other large cities? A book like this might be really useful for researchers dealing with large cities with a significant immigrant population, like Philadelphia was in the 18th century.
I looked for repositories for this work on http://worldcat.org/ and did not find any. Apparently, the FHL is not on WorldCat! I didn't know that, and am disappointed that it is not.