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Theodosia Burr Alston
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    (1783-circa 1813)
    Born in Albany, New York
    Daughter of Aaron Burr
    Wife of Joseph Alston, governor of South Carolina
    Subject of Anya Seton's novel 'My Theodosia (1941)'
    Vanished off the coast of South Carolina (December 30, 1812)
    She was nicknamed the masculine-sounding 'Theo.'
    She married Joseph Alston only for his money and prestige.
    She sailed out of a South Carolina harbor, never to be seen again.
    The ship is presumed to have wrecked during a storm.
    There have been various romantic tales of her disappearance.
    Her mother died when she was just 11.
    She remained in fragile health after the birth of her only child.
    Her son passed away from fever at 10.
    She proved a devoted daughter, writing letters to powerful people, securing her father's safe return from exile after his acquittal of treason.

Credit: Black Chic


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