White and Black Married. How a Young Farmer Wooed and Won an Old Negro's Daughter

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Title

White and Black Married. How a Young Farmer Wooed and Won an Old Negro's Daughter

Description

New York Times report about the marriage of a white farmer named Cornelius Van Tilbergh (age 25) and a black woman named Lizzie Simmons (age 20) from Rocky Hill, New Jersey, near Princeton. The young couple tried to "escape the wrath of the country people," and some residents of Rocky Hill threatened to tar and feather Cornelius Van Tilbergh. 

This article states that the marriage ceremony was performed in Princeton by "a colored minister who goes by the name of Robinson." However, according to historian Lolita Buckner Inniss, this Princeton minister was actually William Drew Robeson, the father of Paul Robeson (see Inniss's book The Princeton Fugitive Slave: The Trials of James Collins Johnson).

Date

1887-04-09

Language

English

Publication

Place of publication

Page

5

Citation

“White and Black Married. How a Young Farmer Wooed and Won an Old Negro's Daughter,” Scarlet and Black Digital Archive, Rutgers University, accessed November 29, 2022, https://scarletandblack.rutgers.edu/archive/items/show/266.