Anne (Lewis) Jefferson
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Anne (Lewis) Jefferson (abt. 1755 - aft. 1799)

Anne "Nancy" Jefferson formerly Lewis
Born about in Albemarle, Colony of Virginiamap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married about 30 Jul 1781 in Buck Island, Albemarle County, VAmap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died after at about age 44 in Buckingham County, Virginiamap [uncertain]
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Descendant of Katherine (Roet) de Swynford. Katherine "Duchess of Lancaster" de Swynford was the third wife of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster..


Anne Lewis was likely born sometime between 1752 and 1759.[1]

This speculation is based on the order in which Anne and her siblings are listed in her father's will. She is named sixth and may be Charles Lewis' fourth daughter. His two sons, Charles Lilburne and John Lewis, are mentioned first. Ahead of Anne is Elizabeth Lewis born in 1752. Following Anne is Frances Lewis, born January 24, 1759. If the girls are in age order in the will, Anne’s birth falls somewhere between 1752 and 1758.[2]

Some sources have recorded Anne's middle name as Jefferson, likely because she was named as "Anna" Jefferson in her father's 1782 will. No known document from her lifetime supports this.

Anne Lewis married her first cousin, Randolph Jefferson. Their mothers, Mary (Randolph) Lewis and Jane (Randolph) Jefferson, were sisters. Her brother, Charles Lilburne Lewis, married Randolph Jefferson's sister, Lucy Jefferson. These Lewis and Jefferson lines would continue to intermarry.[3]

Anne died sometime after February 8, 1799 (the last definite reference to her in family records); according to some cryptic references in Thomas Jefferson's memorandum books, she may have died in the fall of 1800.[4] Anne Lewis and Randolph Jefferson had five sons and one daughter.


  1. See Joanne Yeck, The Jefferson Brothers (Slate River Press, 2012), 390n2.
  2. Last will of Charles Lewis, Albemarle County, Virginia.
  3. Entered by Joanne Yeck
  4. Yeck, 204.
  • Mayo, Bernard and James A. Bear, Jr., eds. Thomas Jefferson and his Unknown Brother. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1981.
  • Yeck, Joanne. The Jefferson Brothers. Kettering, OH: Slate River Press, 2012.
  • [1] The Cabells and Their Kin: A Memorial Volume of History, Biography, and Genealogy Alexander Brown January 1, 1895 Houghton, Mifflin & Company: Parents, Husband, Child page 387, 388
  • Death record: Thomas Jefferson, Jr.

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Lewis-17121 and Lewis-3 appear to represent the same person because: I inappropriately created a new Anne (Lewis) Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson, Jr. should appear as a son of Randolph and Anne (Lewis) Jefferson. Thanks.
posted by Joanne Yeck

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