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TBT: He Returned After Many Years’ Absence And Finds His Wife Married

I wonder how often this happened to married couples after wars? It may be the answer why some ancestors were missing.


He Returns After Many Years’ Absence And Finds His Wife Married

(Transcribed from the Times Daily, Florence, Alabama July 11, 1890)

Birmingham, July 2

Jack Atkinson of Franklin county, Ala., who has been missing since the war, returned to his old home last week. His wife heard he was killed in a battle near the close of the war, and a few years later she married again. her second husband is still living.

Went to California

Atkinson said he started home some time after the war but heard his wife had married again, and he went to California. There he married and lived until a few years ago, when his wife died. He came back to see if his first wife was a widow, but finding that she is not, he will return to California.

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10 comments

  1. Robert Duncan

    Many times for all wars. WWII: Cousin told me he, his brother and mother used to travel to Italy to see family every few years. In 1938, they became stranded there. Father owned a farm in Connecticut. He would send packages and letters. Told them the war was good for farm business. He had to hire help to run farm and even a housekeeper he was so busy. In 1945 when they were able to return, his mother would not leave! She said she had been replaced by housekeeper. My cousin was about 12 at time. He never saw his mother again.

  2. Glenda Gray Anderson

    Treva Anderson…interesting

  3. Emily Monroe

    Happened to my GGgrandfather during the War Between the States, plus his wife and new hubby had spend all his money.

  4. This also happened in the Holtam family in Clarke Co. Ft Singuefield.
    Must have happened a lot. great story thanks
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  5. Jim Reeder

    It supposedly happened in my family. I was skeptical but with these other reports maybe it really did happen.

  6. And sometimes the husband just disappeared, went off and married someone else.

  7. Ethel Grimes Marshall

    My Uncle was missing in action in WW11, body never found…plane went down, my aunt never remarried. Always hoped they could find him. His name on memorial in Punch Bowl. Sad.

  8. During the Civil War my gr-gr-uncle, David Brogdon of Marion County, SC, stopped by to see his wife and infant son but would not go inside because he said he had mites on him. He left and they never saw him again. I know his wife remarried after a few years and I wonder if David died or married again. I think he cared for his family since he visited them. I feel that most probably he was killed in the War or by one of the rogue groups of deserters that roamed the county at that time, creating havoc. I guess we’ll never know. There are a lot of sad stories from the War Between the States, esp. all over the South.

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