Alexander Foley and his wife reunited and remarried after forty years

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Alexander Foley and his wife reunited and remarried after forty years

Subject

Other (Newspaper Article)

Description

Foley, of Natchez, Mississippi, found his wife in 1891 in Carrollton, Kentucky. They had been separated by sale [in Virginia?]

Source

Maysville Evening Bulletin (Maysville, KY)

Date

November 27, 1891

Coverage

Natchez, MS
Carrollton, KY
VA

Contributor

Jesse Nasta

Publisher

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress

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Transcription

REUNITED.

Slaves of Over Forty Years Ago Meet and Will Be Remarried.

CARROLLTON, Ky., Nov. 27.—Alexander Foley, of Natchez, Miss., a former slave, arrived here a few days ago to visit Dr. Goslie, who used to be his old master. His surprise could be imagined when he was told by Dr. Goslie that his wife who was sold from him forty years ago, was living in Carrollton.

Mr. Foley told the following story: He had not been married long when his wife was sold and taken south, while he was sold to parties who took him further north. Neither could read or write, and as years rolled by he naturally thought that his wife died. Both, it developes, remarried, he settling in Virginia, while the wife settled in this city.

Foley's second wife died a few years ago, as did his first wife's husband.

Foley says divine providence brought them together, and he made himself known. His wife recognized him at once, and he took his Thanksgiving dinner with his spouse of ante-bellum times. The couple will be reunited in a few days.

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“Alexander Foley and his wife reunited and remarried after forty years,” Other (Newspaper Article), Maysville Evening Bulletin (Maysville, KY), November 27, 1891, Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery, accessed October 21, 2018, http://informationwanted.org/items/show/3289.

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