In 1790, Rachel left Tennessee to visit friends near Natchez. Later Andrew Jackson also went to Natchez. When they returned to Nashville in 1791, they had supposedly married. No one has ever located any written record of the Natchez wedding. Rachel’s husband, Lewis Robards, had initiated divorce proceedings, but the divorce was not final. With new evidence based on the Natchez “marriage”, Robards completed the divorce by charging Rachel with bigamy. During the 1828 election campaign, Jackson’s political supporters published a booklet outlining their position on the timeline of the marriage and telling the story of the false message of a final divorce in 1791.
Rachel Donelson Jackson was born in 1767 and died on December 22, 1828. She was 61.
Andrew Jackson met Rachel Donelson at her mother’s home in Nashville, Tennessee, in November of 1788. Her mother, Rachel Stockley Donelson (1730-1801), offered room and board to John Overton and Andrew Jackson.
Andrew Jackson was appointed an attorney for the State of North Carolina in the Mero District (Davidson County) in October 1788.
He died from a combination of aliments including dropsy. Jackson suffered from two gunshot wounds. Much of his ill health was attributed to complications incurred because of these wounds.
- Andrew Jackson was born in the Waxhaws region of South Carolina. The Waxhaws region was located on the border between North and South Carolina.
Andrew Jackson was born on March 15, 1767 and he died on June 8, 1845 at the age of 78.