Umalibraries is now starting #bookfacewednesdsy as well as #bookfacefriday. Today we are Remembering David Poe, Sr.
On the anniversary of his death, October 17, 1816. “General” David Poe, Edgar's grandfather, born in County Cavan, Ireland sometime in 1742 or 43, came to the American colonies settling in Baltimore, where he became a respected and influential citizen. His business was making spinning wheels and clock reels, on Market Street in Baltimore from 1775 on. With the coming of the American War of Independence, David Poe was a member of Captain John McClellan’s Company of Baltimore troops in 1778 and 1779 and was commissioned Assistant Deputy-Quartermaster General for the City of Baltimore with the rank of Major on September 17, 1779. He was a patriot who took responsibility seriously.
He was entrusted with the responsibility of transporting a large portion of the French Allies from Baltimore by sea and across the Susquehanna River. So well known were Major Poe’s services that he became brevetted in the eyes of the public and was known for many years as “General” Poe.
Book featured is Poe's Pervasive Influence Edited by Barbara Cabtalupo