Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Episode #22: Theodosia Burr (Show Notes)

Frustratingly, there are few sources  which focus on Theodosia’s life exclusively.  The majority of information about her life is from books about her father, 3rd U.S. Vice President, Aaron Burr.  Here are some of the texts I used  when researching the podcast:

Biographies of Theodosia Burr

Theodosia Burr Alston: Portrait of a Prodigy
By Richard N. Côté 

Theodosia, the First Gentlewoman of Her Time

By C.M. Clark 

Notable American Women, 1607-1950: A Biographical Dictionary, Volume 1 (entry for Burr, Theodosia)

Encyclopedia of Women in American History (entry for Alston, Theodosia Burr)

Biographies of Aaron Burr

Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr

By Nancy Isenberg

American Emperor: Aaron Burr's Challenge to Jefferson's America

By David O. Stewart

Duel: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Future of America

By Thomas J. Fleming

For further information regarding Theodosia’s family:

This website provides a treasure-trove of information about the Burr-Hamilton duel and the Burr Conspiracy:

The American Experience: The Duel

Further information regarding Theodosia’s parents from the Hermitage Museum:

Theodosia Prevost and Aaron Burr

For more information about Theodosia’s disappearance and purported sitings of her ghost, check-out:

History: Disappearance of Theodosia Burr a source of speculation for 200 years (article from Coastal Observer newspaper)

Photographs of the Alston family memorial 

Information concerning the Nag’s Head portrait and other paintings of Theodosia:

Portrait of Nag’s Head (article from Antique Trader magazine)

Old Painting Gives Clews to the Fate of Theodosia Burr Alston (article from San Francisco Call, June 1906)

Gibbes Museum’s entry for 1811 portrait of Theodosia

Blogpost of John Wesley Jarvis’ portrait of Theodosia

Theodosia’s has also been featured in historical fiction novels and, most recently, a broadway musical:

My Theodosia
By Anya Seton


By Gore Vidal

Hamilton (links to the cast recording for the broadway musical)

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