Anne Beverly Fremont / Pryor

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Anne Beverly Fremont / Pryor (Whiting)

Death: Died in Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Whiting, Planter and Elizabeth Cary
Wife of Louis Rene Frémon
Ex-wife of Maj. John Pryor
Mother of John C. Fremont, "The Pathfinder"

Managed by: Caitlin Daniell Clark
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About Anne Beverly Fremont / Pryor

Fremont was the son of aristocracy and of scandal. His mother, Anne Beverly Whiting, was the daughter of a member of Virginia's pre-revolutionary ruling body, the House of Burgesses. But her father died, her stepfather squandered the estate, and in 1796 she was married off to Maj. John Pryor. Pryor was rich, well-connected -- and 62 years old. She was 17.

     In 1808, when Anne was 29 and her husband 74, there appeared in Richmond one Charles Fremon, who identified himself as a royalist who fled from the French Revolution. He made a living by teaching fencing and foreign languages, and by painting frescoes. By 1810 he was Anne's lover. When Pryor discovered it, Anne and Charles fled Richmond. 
     Their son, John Charles Fremon, was born in Savannah, Ga., in 1813. His father died while John Charles was still a child, and after his death the family added a "t" to their last name. A brilliant student, he was always able to obtain scholarships to private schools, yet so often truant that he was expelled from college. 

Never married Fremon.

Had several children with Fremon.

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Anne Beverly Fremont / Pryor's Timeline

Age 17
United States
January 21, 1813
Age 34
Savannah, Chatham, Georgia, USA
September 1847
Age 68
Charleston, South Carolina, USA