- Upper class, well bred woman
- engaged twice before her death
- courted by many men
- Died at Bell Tavern under the name "Mrs. Walker" after giving birth to a still born.
- People became very interested in who she really was and who the father of child was.
Letter found after Whitman's death:
“Must I die alone? Shall I never see you more? I know that you will come, but you will come too late: This is, I fear, my last ability. Tears fall so, I know not how to write.- Why did you leave me in so much distress? But I will not reproach you: All that was dear I left for you: but do not regret it.- May God forgive in both what was amiss:- When I go from hence, I will leave you some way to find me; if I die, will you come a drop a tear over my grave?”
- No one knows for sure who her lover was.
- Called him "Fidelio" in her letters
- Many thought it was Pierpont Edwards.
- He was the son of the minister who started the Great Awakening
- Known for being a womanizer
- Had other illegitimate children
Elizabeth's Whitman's death became such a sensation that her original head stone was chipped away by those who wanted a souvenir to remember her story by. The following is the inscription on her new headstone:
This humble stone, in memory of ELIZABETH WHITMAN,
Is inscribed by her weeping friends,
To whom she endeared herself
By uncommon tenderness and affection.
Endowed with superior genius and accomplishments,
She was still more distinguished by humility and benevolence.
Let Candour throw a veil over her frailties,
For great was her charity to others.
She lived an example of calm resignation,
And sustained the last painful scene,
Far from every friend.
Her departure was on the 25th of July, A.D. 1788.
In the 37th year of her age;
The tears of strangers watered her grave.