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Richard YARRINGTON, MD > Richmond, VA
Posted by: Diana Gale Matthiesen (ID *****0513) Date: May 30, 2003 at 17:26:24
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Seeking additional information on any of the following...

Richard YARRINGTON who married 8 Feb 1798 in Anne Arundel Co., MD, to Anna DUVALL, daughter of Thomas DUVALL. I am unable to find them in any census after their marriage, yet a Richard YARRINGTON shows up as a defendant in a lawsuit in Prince George's Co., MD, in 1821.

I suspect Richard & Anna (DUVALL) YARRINGTON are the parents of Richard M. YARRINGTON, b. 1807/8 in MD, who married 1 Apr 1839 in Richmond, Henrico Co., VA, to Mrs. Catherine J. (SIMMS) MADDOX (b. 1818/9, VA), who had married first 19 Nov 1835, Richmond, Henrico Co., VA, to Edwin M. MADDOX (no issue).

We find Richard M. & Catherine J. (SIMMS) YARRINGTON in the 1840 and 1850 censuses of Richmond, VA, then Catherine appears as a widow in the 1860 Richmond census. Censuses show these children for Richard & Catherine born in Richmond, Henrico Co., VA:

1. Eliza Page YARRINGTON, b. 1842/3; apparently married a Mr. ASHBURN
2. Emma J. YARRINGTON, b. 1844/5
3. Alfred M. YARRINGTON, b. 1846/7; apparently deceased by 1860
4. Catharine YARRINGTON, b. 1850; apparently deceased by 1860
5. [Arabella Duval] "Belle" YARRINGTON, b. 1851 [1 Jun 1852?]; m. 12 Jul 1884, Collis P. HUNTINGTON; d. 1924, NY
6. Richard M. YARRINGTON, b. 1853
7. John D. YARRINGTON, b. 1854/5

In the 1870 census, we find Widow Catherine and her surviving children (E.P.ASHBURN, Emma, Bell, R.M., and John D.) living in New York City. In the 1880 census, we find Widow Catherine still living in New York City, with her daughter, Belle. Catherine is not found in the 1900 census; so, unless she remarried, she appears deceased.

It is often said that Arabella Duval (YARRINGTON) HUNTINGTON's mother ran the boarding house in Richmond, VA, that was frequented by Edgar Allan Poe. After the death of Arabella's father, in the 1850s, Widow Catherine did run a boarding house, as shown in the 1860 census, but E.A. Poe lived at "Mrs. YARRINGTON's" boarding house from 1835-1836,

http://www.poemuseum.org/poes_life/poe_in_richmond.html

so this has to be the boarding house of a different, older "Mrs. YARRINGTON."


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