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Isham Randolph Jefferson (abt. 1791 - 1862)

Isham Randolph (Randolph) Jefferson
Born about in Virginia, United Statesmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 2 Jul 1822 (to before 28 Oct 1834) in Albemarle County, VAmap
[children unknown]
Died at about age 71 in Kentucky, United Statesmap [uncertain]
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Biography

Isham Randolph Jefferson was born about 1791. He was married three times:

  • Mary Anne Henderson (married December 20, 1813, Fluvanna County, Virginia). They had one child:
    • Thomas Jefferson m. Fredonia E. Unknown - removed to Kentucky
  • Margaret Gwatkins Peyton (marriage bond July 2, 1822, Albemarle County, Virginia). They had two children:
    • Mary Ann Jefferson - removed to Kentucky
    • Luzia Jane Jefferson - removed to Kentucky
  • Sarah Ann Mansfield (married October 28, 1834, Todd County, Kentucky). They had five children:
    • Walter B. Jefferson
    • Susan M. Jefferson
    • Nannie Jefferson
    • Wirt Jefferson
    • James M. Jefferson

Based on Personal Property Taxes recorded in Buckingham County, Virginia, Isham Randolph Jefferson was possibly the second son of Randolph and Anne (Lewis) Jefferson. Called Randolph, Jr. by his family, he appears on most public documents as Isham, Isham R., or I. R. Jefferson. He may have been born as early as 1783/84, very likely before 1788. However, the 1850 and 1860 census records, and his obituaries, indicate his birth was about 1791. In 1834, when Isham Randolph Jefferson married for the third time, it was to a significantly younger woman. It is possible that he adjusted his birth date, lessening the age gap between them.

Isham Randolph Jefferson married for the first time in Fluvanna County, Virginia, on December 20, 1813. His bride was Mary Ann L. Henderson. She was not yet twenty-one years old, and her father, John Henderson, gave his consent for her marriage. Mary Anne was a Lewis cousin, the great-granddaughter of Charles and Mary (Randolph) Lewis.

Within a year of Mary Anne’s death, Isham Randolph Jefferson married another Lewis cousin, Margaret G. Peyton, the daughter of Jane R. Lewis and Craven Peyton, granddaughter of Charles and Mary (Randolph) Lewis. Their marriage bond was recorded in Albemarle County, Virginia on July 2, 1822.

After removing to Todd County, Kentucky with his children from two marriages, Isham Randolph Jefferson married Sarah Ann Mansfield on October 28, 1834.[1]

He died on July 6, 1862 and was buried in Elkton, Todd County.[2] An obituary published in the Nashville Dispatch on August 12, 1862 called him the “nephew and adopted son of Thomas Jefferson,” for which there is no known basis.

Sources

  1. Additional comments by Joanne Yeck
  2. Obituary, Lowell (Mass.) Daily Citizen & News, August 11, 1862. The obituary notes that Jefferson was 71 years old at his death.
  • Memos from Joanne Yeck, December 2014 and January 30, 2015.
  • 1809 Personal Property Tax, Buckingham County, Virginia
  • 1850, 1860 Federal Population Census, Todd County, Kentucky
  • Henderson-Jefferson marriage record, Fluvanna County, Virginia
  • Peyton-Jefferson marriage bond, Albemarle County, Virginia
  • Yeck, Joanne L., The Jefferson Brothers (Kettering, OH: Slate River Press, 2012).




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