Edgar's Biological Family: A Scattered Mess

Edgar's biological parents, David Poe Jr. and Eliza Poe, were both traveling actors. However, within the first two years of Edgar's life, David abandoned the family leaving Eliza Poe to take care of Edgar, William Henry, and Rosalie. Unfortunately, soon after, their mother died while on a tour in 1811, and the children were adopted by some surrounding local families. Within the first three years of Poe's life, Poe was taken in my the wealthy tobacco merchant John Allan and his wife, Frances Allan, while his two siblings were sent to live with other families.

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