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Letitia Tyler
Original name: Letitia Christian
Birth: Nov. 12, 1790
Death: Sep. 10, 1842
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Presidential First Lady. She was born on the Cedar Grove Plantation, about twenty miles from Richmond, Virginia to a wealthy planter and a politician. Her education consisted of long hours of tutoring in the basics: reading, writing and arithmetic, believing this was all a female needed. After her marriage to the future President John Tyler, the couple using Letitia's money purchased a nearby plantation naming it "Sherwood Forest." Letitia rarely left home and played little role in her husband's career do to the demands of her ever expanding family which untimely numbered eight. Tyler advanced his own career first in Congress then became Governor of Virginia. Suffering from paralysis after a stroke, Letitia was a near-invalid when they moved into the White House. She confined herself to a second story room and took no part in social affairs or any functions as First Lady. She attended her daughters wedding in the White House which marked her only public appearance. In the seventeen month as First Lady, she suffered a second stroke which took her life. After a funeral in the East Room of the White House with services officiated by the rector of St. John's Episcopal Church. her body was sent to Richmond by train and brought back by carriage to Cedar Grove where she was buried a short distance from Sherwood Forest, the plantation where Letitia and John Tyler lived before he became President. It has been carefully preserved and maintained by President Tyler's decedents who still own the property. The mansion is said to be the longest frame house in America and contains many original furnishings, heirlooms, silver and paintings. During the civil war, the plantation was used to house union troops and then turned over to former slaves who looted and vandalized the property. Some marks and damage was allowed to remain and can be seen today. President Tyler quickly found solace from his grief marrying Julia Gardiner a woman thirty years his junior. After leaving the White House they made Sherwood Forest their home. Upon his death, President Tyler was interred in Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery with a grandiose funeral and the erection of an enormous marker. He died a Confederate and at his request his body was wrapped in a Flag of the South. When Julia passed, she was interred beside him. Letitia was forgotten. Her grave still remains today in the brick walled cemetery just a short distance from her old birth house which was Cedar Grove Plantation. (bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  John Tyler (1790 - 1862)*
 
 Children:
  Mary Tyler Jones (1815 - 1847)*
  Robert Tyler (1816 - 1877)*
  John Tyler (1819 - 1896)*
  Letitia Tyler Semple (1821 - 1907)*
  Elizabeth Tyler Waller (1823 - 1850)*
  Anna Contesse Tyler (1825 - 1825)*
  Alice Tyler Denison (1828 - 1854)*
  Tazewell Tyler (1830 - 1874)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
All that is Mortal of
Leticia Tyler
Wife of
John Tyler
President of the United States
lies underneath this
marble.
She departed this life
10 Sept. 1842
at the President's House
in the City of Washington
in the 52 year of Her Age.
Her life
was an illustration of
the Christian virtues
and her death the death
of the righteous.

 
Burial:
Cedar Grove Cemetery
Roxbury
New Kent County
Virginia, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 18, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 19597
Letitia Tyler
Added by: Kees Vandenberg
 
Letitia Tyler
Added by: Kees Vandenberg
 
Letitia Tyler
Added by: Kees Vandenberg
 
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- tbeck
 Added: Mar. 2, 2014

- chevydelray55
 Added: Feb. 26, 2014
Thank you for restoring the cemetery and removing all the weeds and old brush.
- The Christian Family
 Added: Feb. 3, 2014
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