Mary Wheeler <I>Edelen</I> Tuley

Mary Wheeler Edelen Tuley

Death 11 Sep 1891 (aged 80–81)
Burial Millwood, Clarke County, Virginia, USA
Plot Lot 23; "The Tuleyries" Lot
Memorial ID 140652784 · View Source
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Daughter of Edward and Mary Wheeler Mitchell Edelen, of Prince Georges County, Maryland.

Widow of Dr. John S. Jackson, U.S. Army, at the time of marriage to Joseph Tuley, Jr. No children with Joseph Tuley, Jr.

Described in "The Tuley Family Memoirs" (William Floyd Tuley):

"Mary W. Jackson, the beautiful wife of Col. Tuley, was a woman of rare accomplishments and learning. Her personality was as refined as "earthly tabernacle" could be made, which combined with her charming manners contributed greatly to her popularity. During the administration of Jackson, Van Buren and Tyler she was recognized as one of the court beauties of the Capital, her portrait adorning one of the pages known as "The Court Beauties of Washington," [actually, the book's title is "The Court Circles of the Republic"] a book now very rare.

At a noted ball given by President Tyler at the close of his administration in 1845, to which the President elect, Polk, was invited, Mrs. Tuley attended wearing the robe shown in her picture which appears elsewhere."

From "The Court Circles of the Republic", pages 364-365:

"At the ball Mrs. Tuley of Virginia was conspicuous and admired. Her dress was elegant, and her ornaments superb and in good taste. Her stately grace and elegance of manner marked her as an appropriate representative of the proud and luxurious “Old Dominion.” She has for years past been extensively known in the Northern as well as Southern cities; but most of her winters were spent in Washington, where she was the center of a distinguished circle. Mrs. Tuley is descended from a noted Roman Catholic family, who, in company with Lord Baltimore, came from England, settling the colony of Maryland under the grant issued by Charles I, in 1632. She was twice married. Her first husband was Dr. Jackson of the United States army. She afterwards married Colonel Tuley of Virginia. Their magnificent estate, known as “Tuleyries,” in the valley of the Shenandoah, was one of the finest and most valuable in the State. The mansion was large and elegant, the park very extensive, and stocked with elk, deer and smaller game; extensive fields stretched beyond, forming one of the modern plantations of the Southern country. The traditions of Virginia hospitality were well observed by Colonel and Mrs. Tuley, and their generous and elegant style of living made their house a delightful resort to a large circle of friends, among whom were numbered the most prominent statesman of the day and distinguished foreigners, among them many of high rank."

Aboard the U.S.S. Princeton, on February 28, 1844, when one of the ship's long guns, the "Peacemaker" exploded during a display of the ship. Six people were killed, but Mrs. Tuley was unharmed.

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