Are You Related to Edgar Allan Poe?

Posted by admin on Jan 16, 2012

He was born Edgar Poe, on January 19, 1809, in Boston, Massachusetts, the second child of actress Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe and actor David Poe, Jr. He had an elder brother, William Henry Leonard Poe, and a younger sister, Rosalie Poe.

His father abandoned their family in 1810, and his mother died a year later from consumption (pulmonary tuberculosis). Poe was then taken into the home of John Allan, a successful Scottish merchant in Richmond, Virginia, who dealt in a variety of goods including tobacco, cloth, wheat, tombstones, and slaves. The Allans served as a foster family and gave him the name “Edgar Allan Poe”, though they never formally adopted him.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Family Tree

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My mother always told me we were related to Edgar Allan Poe, trying to find family names starting around 1875 as my father was born in 1900

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