The Mysterious Disappearance of Theodosia Burr Alston


The Nag's Head Portrait, purportedly of Theodosia Burr Alston.  SuperStock / Getty Images/SuperStock RM
The Nag's Head Portrait, purportedly of Theodosia Burr Alston. SuperStock / Getty Images/SuperStock RM

Aaron Burr's daughter was incredibly smart and very well educated. She also vanished without a trace as an adult, and in some circles her ultimate fate is still a matter of debate.

Tracy's Research:

  • New York Times. "Mystery of Aaron Burr's Daughter Baffles a Century." 1/12/1913. http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9901EFDB163FE633A25751C1A9679C946296D6CF
  • Pidgin, Charles Felton. "Theodosia, The First Gentlewoman of Her Time." C.M. Clark Publishing Co., Boston. 1907. Via archive.org. https://archive.org/details/theodosiafirstge00pidg
  • Cote, Richard N. “Theodosia Burr Alston: Portrait of a Prodigy.” Corinthian Books. 2002. De Lue, Willard. “Great Tragedies: Theodosia Burr.” Boston Daily Globe. 5/13/1921. Via ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
  • “Theodosia Burr: A Reiteration of the Story That Her Portrait Was Washed Ashore on Cape Hatteras.” New York Times. 7/5/1878. Via ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
  • “Theodosia Burr: The True Story Of Her Death at Sea.” New York Times. 5/31/1902. Via ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
  • Pidgin, Charles F. “Was It Theodosia Burr Alston?” Boston Daily Globe. 8/7/1910. Via ProQuest Historical Newspapers.

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