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The Dramatic Life and Mysterious Death of Theodosia Burr

The so-called "Nag's Head Portrait", possibly of Theodosia Burr Alston. (Photo: Public Domain) In 1869, a vacationing doctor named William Gaskins Pool was called to help an ill old woman named Polly Mann, who lived in a shack near Nags Head, Carolina. When he and his daughter, Anna, gingerly entered the dark, cobweb-covered home, they were drawn to a picture on the wall, Anna remembered, “of a beautiful young woman about twenty-five years of age.
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