Lewis Jefferson

Robert Lewis Jefferson (abt. 1786 - 1858)

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Robert Lewis (Lewis) Jefferson
Born about in Buckingham County, Virginiamap
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[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Warren, Albemarle County, Virginiamap
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Biography

Robert Lewis Jefferson was born about 1786 in Buckingham County, Virginia. He married twice:

  • M. Jordan, October 12, 1812, Nelson Co., Virginia. They had one son:
    • Elbridge G. Jefferson m. Mary Cabell Horsley: they had two sons and one daughter, all of whom died unmarried.
  • Elizabeth Ann "Bettie" Moorman, married October 6, 1828, Albemarle County, Virginia. They had one daughter:
    • Mary Elizabeth "Bettie" Jefferson m. Albert W. Gantt January 3, 1848, Albemarle County, Virginia[1]

Called "Lewis" by his family, Robert Lewis Jefferson was one of Randolph and Anne “Nancy” (Lewis) Jefferson's younger sons. Clear evidence of his familial name is a letter written in 1807, from Randolph to his brother, Thomas Jefferson, which was addressed: "Mr. Thomas Jefferson; pr son Lewis; Monticello; To the Care of Mr. Dinsmore." Although official records tend to record him as Robert L. Jefferson, he was apparently called Lewis until his death. On an Albemarle County survey for Matthew M. Harris dated April 5, 1858, his neighbor was identified as "Lewis Jefferson."

On his death record, dated March 13, 1858, Lewis’ age was given as 72. If this is correct, he was probably born at Snowden, Buckingham County, Virginia in about 1786. The 1850 census, enumerated in November, records that he was 63 years old, suggesting he was born in 1787.

On October 10, 1812, Lewis Jefferson married a Miss M. Jordan in Nelson County, Virginia. They were likely married at the home of her father, William Jordan, who owned land on Elk Island Creek in Nelson. Her first name remains unknown. In about 1814, their only child, Elbridge G. Jefferson, was born. M. (Jordan) Jefferson died before 1820.

In 1828, Lewis Jefferson completed the purchase of a 531-acre plantation on Sharps Creek in Buckingham County, Virginia. On October 6, 1828, in Albemarle County, he married Elizabeth Ann "Bettie" Moorman, with whom he had one daughter, Mary Elizabeth "Bettie" Jefferson. Later, Lewis gave the Buckingham farm to his son, Elbridge, and removed to Albemarle, to operate his wife’s plantation, Rock Castle.

Robert Lewis Jefferson died from cancer on March 13, 1858, probably at Rock Castle, near Warren, Virginia. His death was reported by his son-in-law, Albert Gantt. Lewis’ parents were recorded as Randolph and N. (Nancy) Jefferson. [2]

  1. Memo from Joanne Yeck, December 2014 and January 30, 2015.
  2. Additional comments by Joanne Yeck.

Sources

Mayo, Bernard and James A. Bear, Jr., eds. Thomas Jefferson and his Unknown Brother. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1981.

Yeck, Joanne L., The Jefferson Brothers. Kettering, OH: Slate River Press, 2012.

1820 US Federal Population Census, Nelson County, Virginia

1840 US Federal Population Census, Buckingham County, Virginia

1850 US Federal Population Census, Albemarle County, Virginia

1828 Land Tax, Buckingham County, Virginia

Marriage record, Nelson County, Virginia

Marriage record, Albemarle County, Virginia

Death record, Albemarle County, Virginia



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