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Charlotte Temple
Birth: unknown
Death: unknown

Folk Figure. There is no other information on the slab. A book by Susanna Haswell Rowson (c.1762-1824)titled Charlotte Temple: A Tale of Truth (1794)was the first American best seller. This grave was supposed to be that of the Charlotte Temple in the book, and drew crowds who came to weep over the grave. The following is a quote from The American Novel, By Carl Van Doren (New York: Macmillan, 1921) pertaining to this grave, "It has persuaded an increasingly naive underworld of fiction readers--housemaids and shopgirls--to buy more than a hundred editions and has built up a legend about a not too authentic tomb in Trinity Churchyard, in New York, which since at least about 1845 has borne [p. 8] the name "Charlotte Temple" in concession to the legend but which probably contains the ashes of a certain Charlotte Stanley whom a British officer named Montressor seduced from her home in England and deserted in New York, much as in the novel".  
 
Burial:
Trinity Churchyard
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
 
Created by: Tim Joyce
Record added: Oct 06, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9562177
Charlotte Temple
Added by: Tim Joyce
 
Charlotte Temple
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Charlotte Temple
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