Despite those complicated roots, the Poe Museum in Richmond, Va., has for the first time posted the Poe family genealogy on its website. The information comes from a reliable source—a family Bible pulled out of storage for a special exhibit honoring the author’s 200th birthday in 2009. “It also has a great sketch of the Poe Family Burial Plot at Westminster Hall in Baltimore, Md.,” says Christopher Semtner, curator of the Poe Museum in Richmond.
Edgar Allan Poe was found Oct. 3, 1849, on a Baltimore street, delirious and possibly wearing someone else’s clothes. He never became lucid enough to explain what happened, but supposedly called out “Reynolds” the night before he died Oct. 7. Newspapers reported “congestion of the brain,” but official records are lost. Modern theorists suggest heart disease, syphilis, epilepsy or rabies. No one knows Poe’s true cause of death, and “Reynolds” has never been idenitifed.
From the January 2010 Family Tree Magazine