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Women in the 1800’s American society had no rights and no real prospects besides being a maid servant or a wife. They most definitely were not allowed to wear men’s clothes or to marry another woman, but one Lucy Ann Lobell did.
After being abandoned by her husband, Lucy left her three year old daughter in the care of her family and set out to find a better life. So one day in 1855, Lucy Lodell cut her hair, and put on britches and became “Joseph.” She did it to earn men’s wages, but the changes went far beyond anything she had imagined. The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell, is the account of Lucy’s extraordinary foray into the world of men and her inward journey to a new sexual identity. It is her promised memoir, as heard and recorded a century later by William Klaber, a neighbor.
Struggling with her sexuality, expression and her self-esteem, Joseph faced rejection in every town in which she tried to live in because of the way she lived her life, but bought a piece of land in Minnesota and raised her horses to survive. One day, Joseph was caught swimming naked in the river by her neighbor who end up raping her and told everyone who she really was. As a result, she was put on trial for wearing men’s clothes and in a ridiculous twist of events the courts tried to convict her for wearing pants and impersonating a man!
After leaving Minnesota in search of her estranged daughter she ended up in an Almhouse where she met Marie Perry who later became her wife, that’s right her wife. They were married by an unsuspecting Judge who took Joseph a man. Based on a true story this book is part of LGBT American history, and most likely her marriage to Marie must have been the first same-sex marriage to ever recorded in the USA.
“Lucy lived at a time when women did not commonly carry a rifle, sit down in bars, or have romantic liaisons with other women,” says Klaber. “Lucy did these things in a personal quest—to work and be paid, to wear what she wanted and to love whomever she cared to.”
After many years of mishaps and hardship Lucy or “Joseph” as she called herself, was admitted to an insane asylum where she spent the rest of her days until she died at the age of 83.