Theodosia <I>Burr</I> Alston

Theodosia Burr Alston

Albany, Albany County, New York, USA
Death 3 Jan 1813 (aged 29)
At Sea
Cenotaph Murrells Inlet, Georgetown County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 208130031 · View Source
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Theodosia Burr Alston was the only child of U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr and his wife, Theodosia. She was the wife of Joseph Alston, the 44th governor of South Carolina (1812-1814). She was lost at sea at age 29. Her body was never recovered. She is not buried here. This is a cenotaph placed in her memory. It commemorates her life and the lives of her husband and son, Aaron Burr Alston, who are buried within this Alston family cemetery, located on a small portion of the land that was once their estate, The Oaks, a vast rice and indigo plantation.

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Sacred to the Memory of Joseph & Theodosia Burr Alston and their Son Aaron Burr Alston. This last died in June 1812 at the age of 10 years and his remains are interred here. The disconsolate Mother perished a few months after at sea. And on the 10th of Sept. 1816 died the Father, when little over 37 years of age, whose remains rest here with his Son’s.

The lot of this Citizen was no common one to the state. To its service he devoted himself from early years. On the floors of its Legislature, he was distinguished for his extensive information & his transcendent eloquence; in the chair of the House of Representatives, for impartial, correct decisions; & every where, he was distinguished for his zealous attachment to republican principles.

In the capacity of Chief Magistrate of the State when both the honour & the responsibility of the trust were heightened by the difficulties and dangers of the war of 1812, he by his indomitable activity & his salutary measures earned new titled to the respect & the Gratitude of his fellow citizens.

This great man was also a good one. He met death with that fortitude with which his ancestor did from whom he received his name & this estate, & which is to be found only the good hoping to rejoin those whose loss had left his heart an aching void, that nothing on earth could fill.

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  • Added: 18 Mar 2020
  • Find a Grave Memorial 208130031
  • Sharon F. Corey
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Theodosia Burr Alston (21 Jun 1783–3 Jan 1813), Find a Grave Memorial no. 208130031, citing Oaks Cemetery, Murrells Inlet, Georgetown County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by CMWJR (contributor 50059520) .