Perspectives: Robards | Jackson
Marriage in Natchez | Divorce
Official | Remini's
Jackson could never
escape her past.
identity derived almost solely from the fact that she married Andrew
Jackson without technically being free from her first marriage to
pushed the limits of acceptable society at a time when very few
women were claiming their independence and their own means to happiness.
are different perspectives as to the events surrounding Rachel and
Lewis Robards' marriage. The Robards' perspective
can be found in the family's self-published book, "History and Genealogy
of the Robards Family." The Jackson perspective can be found in
Judge John Overton's narrative, which
was written in response to accusations from Jackson's political
rivals. Judge Overton's narrative was also one of the sources for
the official timeline used in the
1828 campaign to show that Jackson and Rachel were innocent of charges
of adultery and bigamy brought by Lewis Robards. Almost 150 years
later, Robert Remini found several pieces of evidence that contradict
Judge Overton's story in significant ways. Remini's
timeline is based on documents, or in some cases the lack of
documents, from that period.
Marriage in Natchez
No record of Rachel and Andrew's marriage
in Natchez survives, although documents do exist in regard to
Rachel and Lewis Robards' divorce.
The divorce laws in 1790s were vague
and dissolving a marriage was extremely difficult, but the divorce
was eventually granted and Rachel and Andrew then married again
for the record in Nashville.
quote: The Hermitage [website], accessed 21 August 2001; available