Jane Craig Stanton
A mother one of his friends who encouraged his poetry, he described her as his first “soul love.”
She was the daughter of a wealthy businessman who didn’t appreciate Edgar; When Poe went off to college, her father kept all his letters from her. When Edgar came back to town, her father scurried her off to the countryside so they couldn’t see one another. By the time Edgar returned from college for good, she was betrowed to someone else.
His cousin whom he met when she was thirteen. They married later, and seemed to have a relationship that rivaled the best storybook romances until her death.
He was engaged to her for a short time, as they respected each other’s work.
Widowed and free – Edgar sought her out and romanced her again. They were engaged when he died.