She has left my bed and board.

by Lisa Y. Henderson


Whereas my wife Elizabeth Skipper has left my bed & board without sufficient cause on Wednesday September 3, 1851, I hereby forbid anyone trusting her on my account & anyone harboring her will be dealt with, to the full extent of the law — Silas Skipper.

Wadesboro Argus, 13 September 1851.

In the 1850 census of Wadesboro, Anson County: Silas Skipper, 45, ditcher, born South Carolina; wife Lety, 32, born South Carolina; and children William, 5, and Sarah, 2. Lety was described as mulatto; the others had no color designated. 

[Hat tip to Steve Bailey,]