Robert Cox reunited with his wife after 24 years

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Title

Robert Cox reunited with his wife after 24 years

Subject

Other (Newspaper Article)

Description

Cox and his wife were separated by sale in 1855. Reunited in 1879.

Source

Richmond Daily Dispatch (Richmond, VA)

Date

February 27, 1879

Coverage

GA
Midlothian, Chesterfield County, VA
Midlothian, Chesterfield County, VA

Contributor

Jesse Nasta

Publisher

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress

Transcription

MANCHESTER AND VICINITY
Midlothian.-The quiet village of Midlothian
was the scene of an incident several
days ago the like of which rarely occurs.
In the spring of 1855, Robert Cox, a negro,
belonging then to a gentleman in this vicinity,
was married to a woman of the same
neighborhood Several moths after his
marriage he was sold to a trader from
Georgia and was carried to that State,
leaving his wife in Virginia. She, too, was
sold a few years afterwards to a resident of
another State. Though they were separated
and each ignorant of the other's
whereabouts, they both concluded to
start out in search of each other.
For more than six years they were separated;
but the war being ended and
they being set at liberty, began the task of
finding each other. The man having heard
from several sources that his wife had left
Virginia, thought it useless to visit his former
State; but after long years of search
throughout several of the southern States,
and not having any clue to her whereabouts,
he concluded to visit his old home before it
would be too late, But fortune favored
him. His wife, having given up all hopes
of meeting with hm again, had returned
here, and occupied the same old log cabin
that she once resided in years before.
When her husband came back again to the
old cabin, and he beheld the one he had
spent years of sorrow and toil endeavoring
to find, they recognized one another, and
the shout that arose from that cabin and
rang through the forest near by will be remembered
by them as long as they live.
After finding his wife he carried her down
to Georgia to live, and they are at present
residing in that State.

State

Georgia
Virginia

Citation

“Robert Cox reunited with his wife after 24 years,” Other (Newspaper Article), Richmond Daily Dispatch (Richmond, VA), February 27, 1879, Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery, accessed March 7, 2021, http://informationwanted.org/items/show/3234.

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