"Uncle Levi" and "Aunt Aggie" reunited and remarried after 40 years

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Title

"Uncle Levi" and "Aunt Aggie" reunited and remarried after 40 years

Subject

Other (Newspaper Article)

Description

They were separated in Morgan County, Georgia, in 1844.

Source

Butler Weekly Times (Butler, MO)

Date

January 30, 1884

Coverage

Cedartown, Polk County, GA
Polk County, GA
Morgan County, GA

Contributor

Jesse Nasta

Publisher

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress

Transcription

A ROMANCE OF SLAVERY.

The Husband and Wife Torn Apart
Forty Years Ago Happily United.

Rome, Ga. Special to Courier-Journal.

That there are romances as touching
in negro life as were ever told is
proven by the story of a colored
couple named Uncle Levi and Aunt
Aggie, who lived in Cedartown Valley.
In 1840 Levi belonged to Mr.
Sparks, who then resided in Morgan
county. In the same county lived
Dr. E. E. Jones. Among Dr.
Jones’ slaves was a fine looking
mulatto girl, whoes smiles was courted
by every young male slave in the
community. She was named Aggie.
Levi and Aggie met often at corn-shucking
frolics. They were partners
in the dance and play, and every
Saturday night he would obtain a
pass to visit her. Thus Levi wooed
and Aggie was won. They married
in 1843.

“And I was so happy when I met
every Saturday night to see my young
wife,” said Uncle Levi. They had
only been married a year when Mr.
Sparks moved from Morgan to Polk
county, carrying the broken hearted
husband with him. After five or
six years separation, believing they
would never again see each other,
Levi married one of his master’s
women.

“But, Boss, I never loved her like
Aggie,” was the old man’s explanation.

Aggie, too, married, and both
raised a large family; but their
thoughts often drifted to the past.
Neither knew whether the other was
living. At last came the down fall
of the Confederacy and the freedom
of slaves. Upon enquiry Uncle Levi
found that his old love was still living
and married. He went nobly to
work for his second wife. Ten years
ago Aunt Aggie’s husband died and
left her without providers. News
reached Uncle Levi, and he sent
word to his old love to come and live
with him and his wife. This Aunt
Aggie refused to do. Years flew
fast, and the boy and girl who sang
and danced at the corn-shucking,
who loved, married and were parted
grew old with an aching void in their
lives as its evening drew near. Two
years ago Uncle Levi’s wife died,
and after a few months mourning he
went for Aunt Aggie. She went to
her old love, and after a separation
of forty years they were united.
They return in part to days of their
youth, and their love is young again.
Everybody in the neighborhood has
heard the sad story and they are recipients
of many kindnesses. Aunt
Aggie is now 60 and Uncle Levi is
70.

State

Georgia

Collection

Citation

“"Uncle Levi" and "Aunt Aggie" reunited and remarried after 40 years,” Other (Newspaper Article), Butler Weekly Times (Butler, MO), January 30, 1884, Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery, accessed May 8, 2021, https://informationwanted.org/items/show/3290.

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