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Edgar Allan Poe: 1811
Richmond, Virginia

Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe, Edgar Allan Poe's mother, died on 8 December 1811 in Richmond, Virginia. Her remains were buried at Old Saint John's Church in Richmond. David Poe, Edgar's father, apparently died within a few days of his wife, on December 10.

The legend that either or both of Poe's parents died in the Richmond Theater fire of 26 December 1811 is romantic fiction.

Replica of the house where Poe's mother died, Richmond, Virginia [22 June 1954]

Grave of Poe's mother in Saint John's Churchyard, Richmond, Virginia [Top image--22 June 1954; Bottom image--15 September 1955]

Saint John's Church, Richmond, Virginia [8 June 1967]

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