Robert Warren and Charity Atwater reunited after 53 years and remarry

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Title

Robert Warren and Charity Atwater reunited after 53 years and remarry

Subject

Other (Newspaper Article)

Description

They married "according to slave laws" in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 60 years earlier [ca 1837]. They were separated by sale seven years later. Reunited and remarried in Oskaloosa, Iowa, in 1897.

Source

Davenport Sunday Democrat (Davenport, IA)

Date

June 6, 1897

Coverage

Oskaloosa, IA
Chapel Hill, NC
TN (Tennessee)

Contributor

Jesse Nasta

Publisher

Newspapers.com

Transcription

Married After Fifty-three Years.

Oskaloosa, June 5. There was solemnized here today a wedding that reunited “Uncle” Robert Warren, of Oskaloosa, and Charity Atwater, of North Carolina, after a separation of 53 years. The two were married according to slave laws at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 60 years ago. Seven years later after five children had been born to them, the father was sold to another master and taken to Tennessee, 700 miles away, and the family broken up. No word could be gotten back and forth, and finally Robert married again, his second wife being “Aunt Liza,” an historic character, who died here during the winter. Since her death Robert has found out the residence of his early wife, and as a result of correspondence, the lady arrived here day before yesterday. Both old people are now past 80. They have four living children, two of whom are now preachers, one a Methodist and one a Baptist.

State

Iowa
North Carolina
Tennessee

Collection

Citation

“Robert Warren and Charity Atwater reunited after 53 years and remarry,” Other (Newspaper Article), Davenport Sunday Democrat (Davenport, IA), June 6, 1897, Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery, accessed June 15, 2021, https://informationwanted.org/items/show/3244.

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