Richard Zeigler finds his wife after 32 years

National Tribune. Washington DC 22 Feb 1883.jpg

Title

Richard Zeigler finds his wife after 32 years

Subject

Newspaper report of family reunification

Description

She was sold by slave traders. Had been looking for her since the Civil War.

Copied from the New York Sun (New York, NY)

Source

National Tribune (Washington, DC)
New York Sun (New York, NY)

Date

February 22, 1883

Relation

At least two North Carolina newspapers also reported different versions of this story. Their articles include Zeigler's and his wife's towns of residence in North Carolina and Georgia. See The Winston Leader (Winston, NC), January 30, 1883, pg. 3; The Greensboro Patriot (Greensboro, NC), February 2, 1883, pg. 1; and The Greensboro Patriot, February 9, 1883, pg. 3, all on newspapers.com.

Coverage

Winston, NC
West Point, Georgia

Contributor

Jesse Nasta

Publisher

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress

Transcription

Thirty-two Years in Search of a Wife.
[From the N. Y. Sun]
Richard Zeigler, colored, residing in the State
of North Carolina, recently received tidings of
his wife, from whom he has been separated for
thirty-two years. He has been looking for her
ever since the war. She was sold by slave
traders and he gradually lost all trace of her
whereabouts. Lately he received a telegram
from her in Georgia, and started for that
State to bring her back. He is sixty years
old, and has saved money and spent it liberally
in his search. When he received the telegram
he wept for joy. He has called a meeting of
his grand children, and next week will have a
big reunion.

State

North Carolina
Georgia

Citation

“Richard Zeigler finds his wife after 32 years,” Newspaper report of family reunification, National Tribune (Washington, DC), February 22, 1883, Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery, accessed May 8, 2021, https://informationwanted.org/items/show/2819.

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