Caesar Robbins’ Daughter-in-law
1786 – 1873, 86 years
WOMEN’S LEGAL RIGHTS
Fatima Oliver was part of a large, mixed-race family whose members lived in nearby communities. Fatima married Peter Robbins in 1824, but by 1831 Peter had moved to a nearby farm, where he eventually fathered 13 children with one of Fatima’s relatives. Fatima filed for divorce in 1837 when a law passed that made adultery no longer an offense punished by imprisonment.
Fatima’s divorce was granted, and in her settlement she retained the rights to the west side of the Robbins House and one-third of the Robbins farm. After her divorce, Fatima sold her rights to the property and moved out of the Robbins house.
Fatima remained in Concord for the rest of her life, working at times as a domestic servant and boarding in rooms where she received some support from the Concord Overseers of the Poor.