Ann Eliza Ashe
(b. 1833)« return to database list
At a Glance
Ann Eliza Ashe grew up with her brother Capt. Samuel A'Court Ashe and sister Willie Ashe on the family rice plantation, Eyries, in the Rocky Point area near Wilmington, NC. She was the daughter of a U.S. Congressman and C.S.A. major .
Ann Eliza's education was varied during her youth. She attended three different schools in somewhat quick succession: the Burwell School (1848-1851), a [unknown] convent in the Georgetown, Washington, D.C. area of D.C. (1851-1854), and finally Madame Chegaray's School for Young Ladies in New York, NY. Three years after her father's resignation from congress and return to Wilmington, NC, Ann Eliza married Dr. James Arrington Miller on 6 January 1857. Although she had four children, she and her husband left no direct descendants. According to her brother's daughter, Ann Eliza died before Samuel A'Court Ashe ever married .
Ann Eliza Ashe was born on March 10, 1833.
Places of Residence
- Wilmington, NC, from March 10, 1833. Ann Eliza spent her youth on the family rice plantation, Eyries, in the Rocky Point area near Wilmington, NC .
- Hillsborough, NC, between 1848 and 1851. Ann Eliza lived in Hillsborough while she studied at the Burwell School .
- Macon, GA, from 1850. Ann Eliza's stay at the Burwell School was interrupted for a session when the family wintered in Macon, GA .
- Georgetown, Washington, D.C., between 1851 and 1854. Ann Eliza was sent to a convent in Georgetown after her family moved there because of her father's election to congress. The family later moved to the heart of Washington, D.C .
- [unknown] convent, between 1851 and 1854. Ann Eliza studied at a convent in Georgetown after her father's election to Congress in 1851. Her family lived in Georgetown for a while before moving into the heart of Washington, D.C .
- Madame Chegaray's School for Young Ladies. This was the final school Ann Eliza attended .
- Parents: William Shepperd Ashe (1814-1862)  and Sarah Ann Green .
- Spouse: James Arrington Miller, married on January 6, 1857. Ther ceremony was performed by the Reverend Robert B. Drane. During the course of their marriage, the couple had four children but have no direct descendants .
- Mary Claire Engstrom. The Book of Burwell Students: Lives of Educated Women in the Antebellum South. (Hillsborough: Hillsborough Historic Commission, 2007).