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It was at her mother's boarding house in the Nashville settlement in 1788, that Andrew met Rachel. At this time she was separated from Louis Robards, whom she had married in Mercer County, Kentucky, in 1784. She found Robards to be an insanely jealous man, and impossible to live with. He constantly accused Rachel of infidelity, while he was the one who strayed. He filled their marriage with dreadful scenes, refusing to believe his wife was innocent of his accusations, until it distroyed her love for him. However, Rachel returned to Robards, and went on trying to make the marriage work. But by 1790, conditions between Rachel & Robards became worse, and Andrew bowed to her family's wishes and rescued her away from him, taking her to stay with friends in Natchez, Mississippi. Jackson learned in 1791, that Robards had been granted a divorce, and he quickly married Rachel. But this would end up haunting both Andrew and Rachel for the rest of their lives. Because Robards had not be granted a divorce at all, only the right to sue for one. So now the marriage between Jackson and Rachel was not valid. They were only living together.

Robards eventually got his divorce on September 23, 1793, charging Rachel on the grounds of adultery with another man. The news spread quickly throughout the territory; Rachel would live with this shame hanging over her head for the rest of her life. On January 17, 1774, Rachel and Andrew were married another time. They were both 27 years old. Rachel tried her best for a simple, unassuming life, but it wasn't meant to be that way. Jackson fought many duels with his enemies and political opponents over the never ending charge of adultery that left his wife marked for life.

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