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Eliza Poe died on Sunday morning, December 8, 1811, at the age of twenty-four, surrounded by her children. It is generally assumed that she died of tuberculosis. She is buried at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. Though her actual burying place is unknown, a memorial marks the general area.

After her death, her three children were split up. William Henry Leonard Poe lived with his paternal grandparents in Baltimore, Edgar Poe was taken in by John and Frances Allan in Richmond, and Rosalie Poe was adopted by William and Jane Scott Mackenzie in Richmond.

(Photo: Memorial marker for Eliza Arnold Poe in Richmond, Virginia.)

Theory on Speaker

There is an old folk tale originating in North Carolina very similar to the poem “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allen Poe. In summation, the story tells the tale of two people falling in love only to be separated by the girl’s father. The girl then contracts a disease and dies shortly thereafter. The girl’s father is rumored to dig up multiple plots and bury his daughter in an unmarked grave so her lover is never be able to grieve on her actual grave site. Many believe this story is the story of Poe and his lover Annabel Lee.

Poe married Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe (who was his cousin…) when she was 13 and Poe was 27. They were married for 12 years before Virginia died of TB.