The life of Ellen Adair White Beatty reads like a romantic novel. Born Eleanor Katherine Adair, June 5, 1801, near Harrodsburg, Kentucky, she was one of eleven children of General John Adair, veteran of the Revolution and the War of 1812 and eighth governor of Kentucky. During Florida’s early years as an American territory, Ellen became one of her most fascinating figures. A keen mind and sparkling personality, together with a madonna-like beauty, combined to make her the idol of intellectual and fashionable circles in Europe as well as in America.
Uhler, Margaret Anderson
"Florida White, Southern Belle,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 55:
3, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol55/iss3/5