Barry's Relatively Speaking: A Love Squabble
Posted on Oct 08, 2012
Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on MyGenShare.com. Dorothy shares the following experience.
This true story was taken from the New Brunswick Royal Gazette Vol. III, #13. Tues. June 3.1817.
Married in Northumberland, Mr. Peter Percy, Aet. 80, to the widow Hannah Godfrey, Aet. 80 - this couple had been lovers from their childhood. But owing to what is termed a love squabble, the lass turned her back, and the swain, supposing her to be earnest, out of spite married another. Her case, now hopeless in regard to Percy, for revenge, she gets married herself. They both had however, a strange feeling when they met, and secretly resolved to marry, if the death of their partners permitted. She at last became a widow, but his wife obstinately persisting to live, she became tired and married again. His wife now died, but finding his old sweetheart again yoked, and no chance of regaining her, he thought it best to divert a few years with another lady. Her husband and his wife would alternately die, and the other being married, no hope of their union appeared probable. His seventh wife having lately deceased, she became determined not to let the golden opportunity slip, and it is believed (for she was a perfect Zantippe) that she scolded her last poor husband to death, as he did not survive a week. It is a remarkable coincidence that each of Mr. Percy's wives produced him a daughter, and each of Mrs. Godfrey's husbands was presented with a son the same year; - and what is more singular still, each son married the daughter nearest his own age - and the marriage ceremony was performed by the eldest son, who was a minister, in the presence of all the other children and their families!