An Old Slave's Romance.
REUNITED AT 80 WITH THE HUSBAND OF HER YOUTH.
A colored woman, bent nearly double with eighty years and a heavy bundle, was seen to board the Cincinnati Mail line packet yesterday afternoon. Approaching the clerk of the boat she slowly untied a knot in the corner of her red bandanna handkerchief and produced enough cash to purchase a deck ticket for Cincinnati. The wrinkled and feeble old Negress is the heroine of a romance.
In ante-bellum days she was a slave and was owned by a planter near Ashville, N.C. At an early age she was married to a slave of the same master. By him she had several children. Over half a century ago her husband was torn from her and her children and was sold to another planter. The woman continued to work on the North Carolina plantation, and in a short time was again married. Her whole family was then put on the block and sold to Virginia man. When the Emancipation Proclamation was promulgated the family took advantage of their freedom and journeyed northward, finally taking up their home in Louisville.
The husband died after the close of the war, and the children, one by one, left their mother to seek their fortunes elsewhere. The mother toiled and labored to make a livelihood. She heard nothing of her first husband until about a month ago, when one of her sons found that the old man was living in Newport, Ky. The old Negress journeyed thither and found the husband of her youth. He had also been married the second time and had several children by the second wife. The latter was dead, however, and the reunited couple decided to again live together. The woman returned to Louisville, disposed of her effects and yesterday afternoon completed the romance of fifty years by returning to her husband. -Louisville Post.
The Christian Recorder, November 13, 1890