The Museum Collection

Poe's Parents in The Columbian Centinel for October 29, 1806

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Date: October 29, 1806
Format: Newspaper
Source: Museum Purchase
Collection: Poe Foundation, Inc.
Publisher: The Columbian Centinel
Place of Publication: Boston
Publish Date: October 29, 1806


Edgar Allan Poe's father, David Poe, Jr. is listed in this Boston newspaper as appearing in the role of Sir George Touchwood in Mrs. Cowley's comedy Belle's Stratagem on October 29, 1806. His wife, Eliza Poe is listed as performing the same night as Leonora in the muiscal afterpiece The Padlock.

Poe's parents, the actors David Poe, Jr. (1784-1810?) and Eliza Poe (1787-1811) were married in April 1806 in Richmond. In October 1806, they appeared in on the stage in Boston, where theire first son, William Henry Leonard Poe, was born on January 30, 1807. Their second son, Edgar Poe, was born in Boston on January 19, 1809.