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Sojourner Truth's relationship with Thomas - Last Name Unknown ended when Sojourner Truth died on November 26, 1883. They had been married for 66.9 years.

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Sojourner Truth

Politics - Other

Why Famous: Ain't I a Woman, speech

Age: 86 (1797 - 11/26/1883)

 

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Thomas - Last Name Unknown

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Why Famous: Husband of Sojourner Truth

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Event Start Date Length
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Married 1817 66.9 years
Deceased 11/26/1883 --
 Total66.9 years*

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Children of this Relationship

Name Born Age Gender Type
Peter1821195 yrs.MaleBiological
Elizabeth1825191 yrs.FemaleBiological
Sophia1826190 yrs.FemaleBiological

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In 1817, Truth was forced by her slave owner, John Dumont, to marry an older slave named Thomas.

Late in 1826, Truth escaped to freedom with her infant daughter, Sophia. She had to leave her other children behind because they were not legally freed in the emancipation order until they had served as bound servants into their twenties. She later said: "I did not run off, for I thought that wicked, but I walked off, believing that to be all right." She found her way to the home of Isaac and Maria Van Wagener, who took her and her baby in. Isaac offered to buy her services for the remainder of the year (until the state's emancipation took effect), which Dumont accepted for $20. She lived there until the New York State Emancipation Act was approved a year later.

Truth learned that her son Peter, then 5 years old, had been sold illegally by Dumont to an owner in Alabama. With the help of the Van Wageners, she took the issue to court and, after months of legal proceedings, got back her son, who had been abused by his new owner. Truth became the first black woman to go to court against a white man and win the case. Truth had a life-changing religious experience during her stay with the Van Wageners, and became a devout Christian. In 1829 she moved with her son Peter to New York City, where she worked as a housekeeper for Elijah Pierson, a Christian Evangelist.

In 1832, she met Robert Matthews, also known as Matthias Kingdom or Prophet Matthias, and went to work for him as a housekeeper. In a bizarre twist of fate, Elijah Pierson died, and Robert Matthews and Truth were accused of stealing from and poisoning him. Both were acquitted and Robert Matthews moved west. In 1839, Truth's son Peter took a job on a whaling ship called the Zone of Nantucket. From 1840 to 1841, she received three letters from him, though in his third letter he told her he had sent five. When the ship returned to port in 1842, Peter was not on board and Truth never heard from him again.

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