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Poe's Family Tree


(This page is under construction.)

This page is something of an experiment as presenting a chain of genealogical information on the internet is somewhat problematic. Where one begins is up to you. You might want to start with the writer Edgar Allan Poe himself and work your way back up the chain. Instead, you might prefer to start with Edgar's great-great-grandfather, David Poe, and work your way down. (The names of those in Edgar Allan Poe's direct ancestry are marked with double asterisks "**"). Although Edgar Allan Poe had no children, numerous people are under the misunderstanding that they are descendants. Many are actually descendants of Poe's cousins, especially Neilson Poe, but others are no relation at all. A line of Poes from Virginia seems to be unrelated, although they may share ancestry in the dim mists of Ireland's past.

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David Poe (born: date unknown  - died: 1742 in Dring, Cavan County, Ireland) 
and Sarah Poe (born: date unknown - died: date unknown. Married: date unknown)

David Poe was a farmer and an oveerseer of Parish roads. It is possible that he was descended from the Dr. Leonard Poe who was the official physican for King James I and later for King Charles I.

Parents:
 

  • Unknown
  • Children:
     

  • John (born: date unknown) **
  • Alexander (born: date unknown. May have emigrated to Pennsylvania around 1739.)
  • Anne (or Anna) (born: date unknown)
  • Mary (?) (born: date unknown)

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    John Poe (born: date unknown - died: 1756 in Baltimore, Maryland)
    and Jane McBride Poe (Born: @1706, in Ballymony, County Antrim, Ireland - died: July 17, 1802 in Baltimore, Maryland. Married: Sept. 1741)

    John and Jane Poe emigrated to America in 1749 or 1750. Living for a time in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, they moved to Baltimore about 1755. Jane is presumed to be the daughter of the Reverend Robert McBride. Her brother was Admiral John McBride.

    Parents:
     

  • David and Sarah Poe
  • Children:
     

  • David (born: 1742 or 1743) **
  • George (born: 1774)
  • Robert  (born: unknown, died in the West Indies, without children)
  • Samuel  (born: unknown, died without children)
  • Jane  (born: unknown, died without children)
  • Hester  (born: unknown)
  • John  (born: unknown, died on the prison ship Jersey in New York. He had been taken prisoner in the battle of Germantown. He died without children.)
  • Mary  (born: unknown)
  • James  (born: unknown)
  • William  (born: 1755)

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    David Poe (born: 1742 or 1743 in Ireland - died Oct. 17, 1816 in Baltimore, Maryland) 
    and Elizabeth Cairnes Poe (Born: 1756 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania - died: July 7, 1835 in Baltimore, Maryland. Married: date unknown)

    Parents:
     
  • John and Jane Poe
  • Children:
     

  • John Hancock (born: Aug. 25, 1776, died in infancy)
  • William (born: March 2, 1780, died in infancy)
  • George Washington (born: Aug. 21, 1782)
  • David, Jr. (born: July 18, 1784) **
  • Samuel (born: 1787, died young, without children)
  • Maria (born: March 17, 1790)
  • Elizabeth (born: 1792)
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    David Poe, Jr. (born: July 18, 1784 in Baltimore, Maryland - died: possibly Dec. 1811, perhaps in Norfolk, Virginia) 
    and Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe (born: possibly in 1787 - died: Dec. 8, 1811. Married: sometime in early April, 1806.)

    Elizabeth had been married to Charles Hopkins from the summer of 1802 until his death on October 26, 1805. This prior marriage produced no children. There seems no justification to the rumor that Elizabeth Arnold was a granddaughter of the infamous Benedict Arnold. The name of her father was probably Henry or William Henry Arnold. Her mother was Elizabeth Smith Arnold, also an actress.

    Parents:
     

  • David and Elizabeth Poe
  • Children:
     

  • William Henry Leonard (Born: Jan. 30, 1807 in Boston, Mass.) (usually called Henry)
  • Edgar (later Edgar Allan Poe) (born: Jan. 19, 1809 in Boston, Mass. - died: Oct. 7, 1849 in Baltimore, Maryland) **
  • Rosalie (later Rosalie Mckenzie Poe)

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    William Henry Leonard Poe (born: Jan. 30, 1807 in Boston, Mass. - died: Aug. 1, 1832 in Baltimore, Maryland)

    Parents:
     
  • David and Eliza Poe
  • Children:
     

  • none
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    Edgar Allan Poe (born: Jan. 19, 1809 in Boston, Mass. - died: Oct. 7, 1849 in Baltimore, Maryland) 
    and Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe (born: Aug. 15, 1822 - died: Jan 30, 1847. Married May 16, 1836.)

    Parents:
     
  • David and Eliza Poe
  • Children:
     

  • none
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    Rosalie Mackenzie Poe (born: Dec. 20, 1810, perhaps in Norfolk, Virginia - died: July 21, 1874 in Washington, D. C.)

    Parents:
     
  • David and Eliza Poe
  • Children:
     

  • none

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    George Poe, Sr. (born: 1744, in Ireland - died: Aug., 1823 in Frederick County, Maryland)
    and Catherine Dawson Poe (born: 1742 - died: 1806. Married: around 1774.)

    Parents:
     
  • John and Jane Poe
  • Children:
     

  • Jacob (born: 1775)
  • George, Jr. (born: 1778)
  • Harriet (born: 1785)
  • Stephen (died in infancy)
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    Jacob Poe (born: Oct. 10, 1775, in Baltimore, Maryland - died: July 25, 1860 in Baltimore, Maryland)
    and Bridget Kennedy (born: June 10, 1775 in Ireland - died: Dec. 25, 1844 in Frederck County, Maryland. Married: January 4, 1803.)

    Parents:
     
  • George and Catherine Poe
  • Children:
     

  • George (born: 1807)
  • Neilson and Amelia (twins, born: 1809)
  • James Mosher (born: 1812)
  • Harriet Clemm (born 1817)
  • other children, who died in infancy

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    George Poe, Jr. (born: Nov. 12, 1778, in Baltimore, Maryland - died: July 21, 1864 in Washington, DC)
    and Anna Maria Potts Poe (born: date unknown - died: 1823. Married: December 1808.)
    later, Emma Maria Toulmin (born: June 12, 1807 in Tunton, Sommersetshire, England - died: Nov. 29, 1852. Married: April 4, 1827)

    George Poe, Jr. lived for a time in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, then in Mobile, Alabama and finally in the Georgetown area of Washington, DC.

    Parents:
     

  • George and Catherine Poe
  • Children of George and Anna:
     

  • George William (born: 1809)
  • Anna (born: 1812)
  • Katherine (born: date unknown)
  • James (born: 1816)
  • Maria (born: 1823)
  • Children of George and Emma:
     

  • Emma Georgiana (born: Oct. 20, 1828)
  • Francis (born: Jan. 8, 1831)
  • Caroline (born: June 19, 1833)
  • Toulmin (born: April 23, 1836)
  • Elizabeth (born: Feb. 28, 1837)
  • Florence (born: Feb. 19, 1839)
  • Genevieve (born: Aug. 31, 1841)
  • Fernando (born: June 8, 1845, died in infancy)
  • Fernando (born: Nov. 28, 1848)

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    Neilson Poe (born: August 11, 1809 - died: January 3, 1884)
    and Josephine Emily Clemm Poe (born: 1808 - died: 1889. Married: Nov. 30, 1831.)

    Parents:
     
  • Jacob and Bridget Poe
  • Children:
     

  • Amelia Fitzgerald (born: Oct. 10, 1832)
  • Neilson (born: Sept. 6, 1834)
  • John Prentiss (born: Aug. 22, 1836)
  • Josephine Clemm (born: March 10, 1838)
  • Harriet Clara (bron: July 4, 1840, died in infancy)
  • William Clemm (born: Dec. 4, 1843)
  • Kennedy (born: May 3, 1845, died in infancy)
  • Robert Nickle (born: Jan. 31, 1847)
  • Charles (born: Aug. 4, 1851)

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    William Poe (born: 1755, perhaps in Baltimore, Maryland - died: 1804 in Augusta, Georgia)
    and Frances Winslow Poe (born: date unknown - died: 1802 in Augusta, Georgia. Married: date unknown, probably about 1798.)

    William moved to Augusta, Georgia around 1789, where he remained until his death.

    Parents:
     

  • John and Jane Poe
  • Children:
     

  • Washington (born: 1800)
  • Robert Forsyth (born: date unknown)
  • William (born: 1802)

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    xxxxx (born: xxxx - died: xxxxxx)

    Parents:
     
  • xxxxxxxx
  • Children:
     

  • none
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