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 Theodosia Bartow <I>Burr</I> Alston

Theodosia Bartow Burr Alston

Albany, Albany County, New York, USA
Death 13 Jan 1813 (aged 29)
At Sea
Burial Body lost at sea
Memorial ID 38874383 · View Source
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First Lady of South Carolina in 1812.
Theodosia Burr Alston was the daughter of Aaron Burr, 3rd United States Vice President, and Theodosia Bartow Prevost Burr (widow of James Marcus Prevost). Theodosia was born in Albany, New York and raised in New York City. She was well educated through extensive tutoring and served as hostess of Richmond Hill, her father's stately home in what is now Greenwich Village, after her mother died when Theodosia was only 11 years of age. She married Joseph Allston, a politician and wealthy land owner from Georgetown County, South Carolina, in New York on February 2, 1801 and they were the first couple on record to honeymoon at Niagra Falls. Theodosia gave birth to their only child, Aaron Burr Alston, on May 29, 1802 in New York. This child died from a fever, possibly malaria, in Georgetown County, South Carolina on June 30, 1812 at the age of 10. Theodosia's already fragile health declined over the next several months as she mourned the loss of her son. Her father encouraged her to visit him in New York and she departed for this trip on the the schooner, Patriot, on December 25, 1812 from Georgetown, South Carolina never to be seen again. Many stories have been related over the years explaining the disappearance of the pilot boat, its captain, crew and all that were on board. Reports from the death beds of pirates telling of the Patriot having been captured and everyone on board killed as well as reports of storm with hurricane-force winds that occured off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina from Saturday, January 2, through Sunday, January 3, 1813. Theodosia's husband, Joseph Alston of All Saints Waccamaw, Georgetown County, South Carolina died just three years later on September 10, 1816 at 37 years of age.

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Sacred to the Memory of
Joseph & Theodosia Burr Alston
and their Son Aaron Burr Alston
The 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 Sept. 1816 died the Father when but little over 37 years of age whose remains rest here with the Son's. The life of this Citizen was common one to the States, To its service he devoted himself from his 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 his impartial correct decisions & every where he was distinguished for his zealous attachments to his republican principles. In the capacity of Chief Magistrate of the State when bothe the honour and the responsibility of the Office were heightened by the difficulties and dangers of the War of 1812 he by his indomitable activity & his Salutary measures earned new titles to the respect &
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 in the good hoping to rejoin those whose loss had left in his heart and 'aching void,' that nothing on earth could fill.

Taken from Historic House of South Carolina By Harriette Kershaw Leiding With 100 Illustrations From Drawing By Alfred Hutty, Photographs and Prints, Philadelphia and London, J. B. Lippincott Company 1921

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Theodosia Bartow Burr Alston (21 Jun 1783–13 Jan 1813), Find A Grave Memorial no. 38874383, ; Maintained by Sharon F. Corey (contributor 46867193) Body lost at sea.