Robards | Jackson
Marriage in Natchez | Divorce
Almost 150 years after the publication of Judge Overton's narrative,
Robert Remini offered a different sequence of events. According
to Robert Remini, Judge Overton's dates appear to be off by one
year. [In-depth analysis.]
Andrew Jackson and Starks family leave from Nashville for
with Official Timeline]
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.
& October 1790
On a letter of estate, referring to Rachel's father, Col. John
Donelson's estate, the Davidson County court lists Rachel as
Jackson receives a letter from George Cochran dated 11/3/90.
In the letter he concludes, "My best respects wait of Mrs. Jackson."
An act to allow Lewis Robards to sue for divorce was passed
by the legislature of Virginia, Kentucky still being a part
of that state.
a letter of estate, referring to Rachel's father, Col. John
Donelson's estate, the Davidson County court lists Rachel her
as "Rachel Jackson."
Jackson receives a second letter from George Cochran that states
that Jackson's letter of the previous April 14, was the only
communication Cochran had received from him since his "departure
from this country."
Robards actually sues for divorce, charging his wife deserted
him and was living in an adulterous relationship with another
Divorce Decree was granted.
Andrew Jackson and Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson married in
Robert V. Remini, Andrew Jackson, Volume One, The Course of the
American Empire, 1767-1821 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University
Press, 1998) Chapter 5, "Marriage"