Robards | Jackson
Marriage in Natchez | Divorce
Official | Remini's
Robards signs a bond stating that a marriage between him and
Rachel Donelson was "shortly intended to be Solemnized." Following
their marriage Rachel and Lewis lived at the home of the widowed
Mother Robards in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
Robards left Kentucky for her mother's home.
Andrew Jackson, coming from Salisbury, North Carolina, arrives
in Tennessee and takes up room and board at the Widow Donelson's
home in Fort Nashborough.
Robards comes to Nashville and tries to reconcile with wife
Rachel Donelson Robards. Lewis and Rachel Robards lived with
the Widow Donelson while their home was being built near by.
Sometime that year, Robards leaves again for Kentucky alone.
Robards' brother-in-law, Robert Hays, receives a letter from
Lewis Robards, requesting Hays to look after his interests in
the distribution of Rachel's father, John Donelson's estate.
act to allow Lewis Robards to sue for divorce was passed by
the legislature of Virginia, Kentucky, still being a part of
Rachel Robards, fearing Lewis Robards would again return to
Nashville, travels to Natchez, Mississippi by flatboat. Andrew
Jackson goes along. Rachel takes up residence near Natchez at
a "friendly retreat" Andrew Jackson appears to have visited
Rachel more than once during the time she resided there. [Conflicts
with Remini's Timeline]
returned to Nashville to practice law. While in Nashville he
learned that Lewis Robards was pursuing a divorce.
Jackson and Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson return to Nashville,
Robards actually sues for divorce, charging his wife deserted
him and was living in an adulterous relationship with another
Divorce Decree was granted.
Jackson and Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson married in Nashville,
James Parton, The Life of Andrew Jackson, Volume
III (New York: Mason Brothers, 1861).
quote: The Hermitage [website], accessed 21 August 2001; available
from http://www.thehermitage.com/marriage.htm; Internet