Sisters, Julia Lyon and Emeline Skipwarth, reunited after 40 years

INTEROCEAN_18851120_SKIPWARTH_.EMELINE.jpg

Title

Sisters, Julia Lyon and Emeline Skipwarth, reunited after 40 years

Subject

Other (Newspaper Article)

Description

Emeline Skipwarth escaped from slavery in Kentucky to Michigan. Forty years later, in 1885, she found her sister, Julia Lyon, near Troy, Ohio.

Source

Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL)

Date

November 20, 1885

Coverage

Battle Creek, Michigan
Troy, OH
KY (Kentucky)

Contributor

Jesse Nasta

Transcription

AFTER MANY YEARS.

AFFECTING MEETING OF TWO SISTERS.

Special Telegram to the Inter Ocean.

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Nov. 19.--Forty
years ago Julia and Emeline, two sisters,
were slaves upon the plantation of a master
by the name of Hall, in Kentucky. Emeline
left her sister one night, and with a party of
fugitives crossed the Ohio River at Cincinnati,
and by means of the underground railroad
made her escape to Michigan and
thence to Battle Creek, where she has since
resided, the wife of Joseph Skipwarth, now
dead. In all these years she has never heard
of her sister until recently, when by accident
she learned that she was now Mrs. Julia
Lyon, living on a farm near Troy, Ohio, in
good circumstance. Yesterday Mrs. Lyon
arrived in this city, and the meeting
of the two sisters after forty
years separation was very affecting. Mrs.
Skipmarth is one of our most respected
colored ladies, and the two happy sisters
have received a number of calls to-day from
our leading citizens. The reminiscenses of
slavery days and their escape by the underground
railway, out of the changes which
have since taken place, are of the most interesting
nature.

State

Michigan
Ohio
Kentucky

Collection

Citation

“Sisters, Julia Lyon and Emeline Skipwarth, reunited after 40 years,” Other (Newspaper Article), Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL), November 20, 1885, Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery, accessed May 8, 2021, https://informationwanted.org/items/show/3416.

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