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 Ann Elbertina <I>Van Ness</I> Middleton

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Ann Elbertina Van Ness Middleton

  • Birth 12 Jun 1803 District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Death 22 Nov 1823 Washington City, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Plot Van Ness, Lot 173 East, Van Ness Mausoleum.
  • Memorial ID 55156137

Age 20 years, 5 months, 10 days. Note: dates of information do not match year of death for daughter of 1822.

In 1820, she returned to the District of Columbia after completing her education in Philadelphia and became engaged to Arthur Middleton (1795-1853). In 1823, on her twentieth birthday, she married Arthur Middleton of South Carolina. He was the oldest son of Governor Henry Middleton of South Carolina and the grandson of Arthur Middleton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence from South Carolina. Her husband later became the Secretary of Legation at the Court of Madrid in Spain. In November 1823, she contracted a malignant fever following childbirth. Both she and her baby daughter of one day died. Her parents commissioned George Hadfield to design a mausoleum. The mausoleum was originally built around 1825 to 1826 in the Burnes graveyard on H Street Northwest between 9th and 10th Streets. It was built of Aquia stone, a circular classical temple with baseless Greek Doric columns and a stepped dome, inspired by the Romantic Classical Revival movement. It was later disassembled and moved in 1872 to a new location at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Sources: The National Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Americans, edited by James B. Longacre, published by Henry Perkins, Philadelphia, 1835; National Register of History Places Inventory, December 14, 1977; George Hadfield: Architect of the Federal City by Julia King, Ashgate Publishing Co., Burlington, Vermont, 2014.

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  • Created by: SLGMSD
  • Added: 19 Jul 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 55156137
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ann Elbertina Van Ness Middleton (12 Jun 1803–22 Nov 1823), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55156137, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by SLGMSD (contributor 46825959) .