Today's Hours
Museum: Closed
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Today's Hours
Museum: Closed
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Beth
Beth, front
Beth, side
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Beth has a German bisque head with a yak hair wig (see earlier entries on wigs)
and blue eyes. She wears a gown of printed cotton with a flower pattern in a
closed robe a la anglaise with panniers. A robe a la anglaise,
unlike a robe a la francaise, was fitted to the waist in the back. Many
of these robes were rather low in front, so they filled in with a dcolletage of
lace or a lace ruffle fastened around the neck, almost like the 17th century
neck ruffs. Panniers were worn slighter lower on the hip and extended farther
out from side to side than before; they were now boned pouches which produced an
even narrower narrower silhouette with less fullness in the skirt than those
worn by Anne and Francoise. Over this, Beth wears a purple (puce was still
popular see 1777 Anne)) cape trimmed with braid. Her bonnet is fastened and
crossed in several parts with velvet ribbon, trimmed into a bow at the top and
fastened with another bow under the chin. She also wears gold slippers.



Elizabeth Hynes Alston (b/n 1726/1750 1781)



Elizabeth Hynes Alston was originally from North Carolina, but came to
Louisiana with her husband John Alston in 1761, the same year they married. They
settled in an area where the British controlled the east bank of the Mississippi
River and established a plantation called LaGrange where they had five children.
In 1779, when Spain, which controlled the Louisiana territory, joined the
American colonists side in the Revolutionary War, Alston remained loyal to the
British. He joined a group of Natchez Tory settlers who planned to retake the
Natchez Fort from the Spanish. They laid siege to the fort in 1781; when the
Spanish surrendered, the loyalists believed that the British would eventually
reinforce them from Florida. However, they soon discovered that the British had
been defeated by the Spanish at Pensacola and had abandoned any pursuits in the
Louisiana territory. All the British settlers left the fort and "took to the
woods", planning to try individually to reach the nearest British outpost on the
Savannah River. Alston sent Beth and their three younger children ahead with
slaves along to protect them, while he stayed behind to guard the others' retreat
along with his two oldest sons. Unfortunately, two days into the retreat, Beth's
horse fell, breaking several of her ribs and causing serious internal injuries.
Her children and the slaves managed to return her to LaGrange, where she died
after a couple of weeks



Her husband was later captured by the Spanish, tried in New Orleans, found
guilty of treason, and imprisoned at Moro Castle, Havana for life. However, he
was liberated in 1783 when the heir to the British throne (later William IV, but
then a midshipman) personally interceded for him. Though the Spanish freed
Alston, they forbade him to ever return to Louisiana on pain of death. Worried
for his children, who had no means of financial support with one parent dead and
the other exiled, Alston brashly traveled directly to Governor Galvez in New
Orleans, demanding the award offered for finding him in Louisiana be paid to his
children. Touched by Alstons sense of honor and parental duty, Galvez had Alston
swear an oath never to raise arms against Spain again, then allowed him to
return to his plantation, where he once again became a wealthy member of the
local society.