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Anne Tayloe (Ogle)

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Province of Maryland
Death: June 13, 1855 (83)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Benjamin Ogle, 9th U.S. Governor of Maryland and Henrietta Ogle (Hill)
Wife of John Tayloe, III
Mother of John Tayloe, IV; Henrietta Hill Tayloe; Benjamin Ogle Tayloe; Rebecca Plater Tayloe; William Henry Tayloe and 8 others
Sister of Margaret Thomas (Ogle); Mary Tayloe; Samuel Ogle and Benjamin Ogle, II

Managed by: Donald Franklin Colvin
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About Anne Tayloe

Ann Tayloe is probably most known nowadays for being the owner/resident of the famous house called “The Octagon” designed by Dr. W. Thornton (the first architect of the U.S. Capitol). During the war of 1812, the White House was burned by the British, and the Tayloes offered use of their house to President Madison and his wife Dolley as a temporary "Executive Mansion". The Tayloes sold the Octagon in 1855, after Mrs. Tayloe's death. Today, the American Architectural Foundation owns the Octagon House.

During the War of 1812, one of the Tayloe daughters fell in love with a British officer, and her father, solidly diasapproving of the romance, forbade her from seeing him further. After an illicit meeting with her lover, she snuck back into the house, her father caught her on the stairway and a violent argument ensued and somehow the young woman lost her balance and plunged over the spiral staircase to her death.

There are reports of a flickering candle shadow moving up the stairs, screams and a thump at the bottom of the stairs! There are reports of Dolley Madison's ghost seen roaming the house after her death, still wearing her elegant clothes and the feathered turban! During the Civil War the place was used as a hospital. People still hear the sobbing and moans of the dead.


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Anne Tayloe's Timeline

January 17, 1772
Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Province of Maryland
December 10, 1772
Annapolis, Md
August 2, 1792
Age 20
December 4, 1794
Age 22
May 21, 1796
Age 24
September 7, 1797
Age 25
January 27, 1799
Age 27
Virginia, United States
April 1, 1801
Age 29
January 21, 1803
Age 31