The Museum Collection

Poe's Parents in the Boston Gazette for 1806-1807

ID #: 786
Creator: Boston Gazette
Date: September 1, 1806-August 24, 1807
Format: Bound Newspapers
Source: Museum Purchase
Collection: Poe Foundation, Inc.
Publisher: Boston Gazette
Place of Publication: Boston
Publish Date: 1806-1807


Edgar Allan 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. Notices of Poe's parents' performances appear several times in the Boston Gazette. The Poe Museum owns Volumes 21 and 22, which run from September 1, 1806 until August 24, 1807.

The Poe Museum purchased the collection from an unidentified source for $18 in 1946.