Martha (Wayles) Jefferson
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Martha (Wayles) Jefferson (1748 - 1782)

Martha Jefferson formerly Wayles aka Skelton
Born in Charles City, Charles, Colony of Virginiamap
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Wife of — married 20 Nov 1766 [location unknown]
Wife of — married 1 Jan 1772 in Charles City, Charles, Virginia Colonymap
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Died at age 33 in Monticello, Albemarle, Virginia, USAmap
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30 October 1748

Martha Wayles was born at Charles City, Charles, Colony of Virginia

20 November 1766

Martha Eppes married Bathurst Skelton

30 September 1768

Martha becomes widowed.

10 June 1771

Her first child, John Skelton, dies.

23 December 1771

Bond for marriage of Thomas Jefferson & Martha Skelton, widow [1]

01 January 1772

Martha Wayles married Thomas Jefferson 01 January 1772 in Charles City, Charles, Colony of Virginia

06 September 1782

Martha Wayles Jefferson died at Monticello, Albemarle, Virginia, USA


  • Burke's Presidential Families of the United States of America / [Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, Editor]. - 2nd Ed. London: Burke's Peerage Limited, 1981. Print.
  • Find A Grave, database and images (accessed 13 August 2019), memorial page for Martha Wayles Jefferson (30 Oct 1748–6 Sep 1782), Find A Grave: Memorial #6654871, citing Monticello National Park Grounds, Albemarle County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .

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Charlottesville is an independent city in Virginia. It is the county seat for Albemarle County, but is not 'in' the county. Confusing, I know, but that's the way it is in Virginia.

Normally, a house - Monticello - would not be listed as a place; however, since it (and surrounding land) is a famous place, it is appropriate to identify it. It is in Albemarle County. Appropriate, I believe, to leave as shown.


posted by Brent Bowen
Thank you. That looks logical, too; with Charlottesville being in Albemarle County. Everything I am looking at says that Charlottesville is in Albemarle County, as opposed to what Findagrave lists as Charlottesville being in Charlottesville City and not in Albemarle County. Sometimes it is hard to reconcile what various sources "say".


posted by Sandy Morrey
Find A Grave lists Charlottesville, Charlottesville City, Virginia, USA as the death location for Martha. Is there some way to "prove" where she actually died?
posted by Sandy Morrey
All accounts of her death, indicate that her husband was "at her bedside" when she died. As they lived at Monticello, the place of death would be their home. Monticello is located in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Virginia.
posted by Robin Lee
bond dtd 23 Dec. 1771 for marriage of Thomas Jefferson & Martha Skelton, widow:

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Wayles-19 and Wayles-5 appear to represent the same person because: identical dates, duplicate of Thomas Jefferson's wife
Category: Slave-owner: Virginia is listed under misnamed categories. Shouldn't it be instead?
posted by Greg Hays