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Peter Jefferson

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Osbornes, Chesterfield, Virginia
Death: Died in Shadwell, Albemarle, Virginia
Place of Burial: Shadwell Estates, Albemarle, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. Thomas Jefferson and Virginia Mary Field
Husband of Jane Jefferson and Jane Jefferson
Father of Thomas Jefferson; Jane Randolph Jefferson; Mary Wayles Bolling; Maria Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States of America and 10 others
Brother of Judith Farrar; Thomas Jefferson, III; Field Jefferson; Mary Nicholls Turpin; Martha Field Goode and 2 others

Occupation: Surveyor, cartographer, Colonel, Surveyor/Cartographer
Managed by: Private User
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About Peter Jefferson

Peter Jefferson (February 29, 1708, - August 17, 1757) was the father of American President Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)[1]. A surveyor and cartographer, his Fry-Jefferson Map of 1751 accurately depicted the Allegheny Mountains for the first time and showed the route of "The Great Road from the Yadkin River thro Virginia to Philadelphia distant 455 Miles" — what would later come to be known as the Great Wagon Road.

Jefferson was born in Chesterfield County, Virginia, one of six children. He did not receive any formal education while young, but according to his famous son, he nevertheless "read much and improved himself."

In 1734, Jefferson claimed the land in present-day Albemarle County which he eventually named Shadwell. He married Jane Randolph in 1739 (daughter of Isham Randolph and granddaughter of William Randolph). For a year or two following his marriage, his residence was in present-day Powhatan County Virginia near Fine Creek. Jefferson built a house on the Shadwell tract in 1741 or 1742, and moved there sometime before Thomas Jefferson was born.

He was made one of the first officers of Albemarle County in 1745. Later in that same year, he was made guardian over the children of William Randolph, his wife's cousin who had recently died. He and his family moved to Tuckahoe in Goochland County, where Thomas Jefferson first attended school. In 1749, Peter Jefferson, along with Joshua Fry, Thomas Walker, Edmund Pendleton, and others, established the Loyal Land Company, and were granted 800,000 acres (3,200 km²) in present-day Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky.


1751 Fry-Jefferson map depicting 'The Great Waggon Road to Philadelphia'Peter Jefferson was a cartographer and surveyor who, along with Fry, completed the survey of the Virginia-North Carolina border, begun by William Byrd II some time earlier. The detailed Fry-Jefferson Map, cited by his son Thomas in Notes on the State of Virginia, was produced by him and Fry.

The Jefferson family moved back to Shadwell in 1752.

Peter Jefferson died at his house on the Shadwell tract in Albemarle County when his son Thomas was 14 years old and Thomas Walker was appointed his guardian. The house burned down in 1770. The area around his house is being studied, but his burial location is unknown.

-------------------- Peter Jefferson (February 29, 1708, - August 17, 1757) was the father of American President Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)[1]. A surveyor and cartographer, his Fry-Jefferson Map of 1751 accurately depicted the Allegheny Mountains for the first time and showed the route of "The Great Road from the Yadkin River thro Virginia to Philadelphia distant 455 Miles" — what would later come to be known as the Great Wagon Road.

Jefferson was born in Chesterfield County, Virginia, one of six children. He did not receive any formal education while young, but according to his famous son, he nevertheless "read much and improved himself."

In 1734, Jefferson claimed the land in present-day Albemarle County which he eventually named Shadwell. He married Jane Randolph in 1739 (daughter of Isham Randolph and granddaughter of William Randolph). For a year or two following his marriage, his residence was in present-day Powhatan County Virginia near Fine Creek. Jefferson built a house on the Shadwell tract in 1741 or 1742, and moved there sometime before Thomas Jefferson was born.

Peter Jefferson's children were:

Jane Jefferson (1740–1765) - died unmarried at age 25

Mary Jefferson Bolling (1741–1811) - married John Bolling, who served in the Virginia House of Burgesses

Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)

Elizabeth Jefferson (1744–1774) - mentally handicapped

Martha Jefferson Carr (1746–1811) - married Dabney Carr, founder of the underground Committee of Correspondence in Virginia on the eve of the American Revolution

Peter Field Jefferson (1748-1748) - died as an infant child

Peter Thomas Jefferson (1750-1750) - died as an infant child

Lucy Jefferson Lewis (1752–1811) - married Charles Lilburn Lewis

Anna Scott Jefferson Marks (1755–1828) - twin of Randolph

Randolph Jefferson (1755–1815) - twin of Anna Scott Thomas Jefferson,

Lucy Jefferson, and Randolph Jefferson were notable for having a number of descendants in common with the Lewis family of Virginia.

He was made one of the first officers of Albemarle County in 1745. Later in that same year, he was made guardian over the children of William Randolph, his wife's cousin who had recently died. He and his family moved to Tuckahoe in Goochland County, where Thomas Jefferson first attended school. In 1749, Peter Jefferson, along with Joshua Fry, Thomas Walker, Edmund Pendleton and others, established the Loyal Land Company, and were granted 800,000 acres (3,200 km²) in present-day Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky.

1751 Fry-Jefferson map depicting 'The Great Waggon Road to Philadelphia' Peter Jefferson was a cartographer and surveyor who, along with Fry, completed the survey of the Virginia-North Carolina border, begun by William Byrd II some time earlier. The detailed Fry-Jefferson Map, cited by his son Thomas in Notes on the State of Virginia, was produced by him and Fry.

The Jefferson family moved back to Shadwell in 1752.

Peter Jefferson died at his house on the Shadwell tract in Albemarle County when his son Thomas was 14 years old and Thomas Walker was appointed his guardian. The house burned down in 1770. The area around his house is being studied, but his burial location is unknown. --------------------

-------------------- Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, was of English descent, but with deep and wide Virginia roots. His father and paternal grandparents were Virginians; his mother was born in London to English parents.

Jefferson's father, Peter Jefferson, was a surveyor and cartographer, as well as a Virginia land-owner and planter. He and Joshua Fry, another surveyor, created the Fry-Jefferson Map of 1751, which for the first time accurately showed the Allegheny Mountains, and noted the route of what was later called The Great Wagon Road from Virginia to Philadelphia. Jefferson's mother, Jane Randolph, is seldom mentioned in his writings, but she played a critical role in managing the household of this prominent family. When her husband died in 1757, she had eight children living, the oldest 17, the youngest only two years old.

Long before he became president, Thomas Jefferson played an influential part in Virginia colonial and revolutionary life - he was a lawyer, scholar, and statesman. He served in the Second Continental Congress and wrote the text of the Declaration of Independence. He also served as Governor of Virginia, American Minister to France, Secretary of State under Washington and Vice President under Adams. As President, he was responsible for the Louisiana Purchase, aided the Lewis and Clark expedition, and established West Point. -------------------- Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, was of English descent, but with deep and wide Virginia roots. His father and paternal grandparents were Virginians; his mother was born in London to English parents.

Jefferson's father, Peter Jefferson, was a surveyor and cartographer, as well as a Virginia land-owner and planter. He and Joshua Fry, another surveyor, created the Fry-Jefferson Map of 1751, which for the first time accurately showed the Allegheny Mountains, and noted the route of what was later called The Great Wagon Road from Virginia to Philadelphia. Jefferson's mother, Jane Randolph, is seldom mentioned in his writings, but she played a critical role in managing the household of this prominent family. When her husband died in 1757, she had eight children living, the oldest 17, the youngest only two years old.

Long before he became president, Thomas Jefferson played an influential part in Virginia colonial and revolutionary life - he was a lawyer, scholar, and statesman. He served in the Second Continental Congress and wrote the text of the Declaration of Independence. He also served as Governor of Virginia, American Minister to France, Secretary of State under Washington and Vice President under Adams. As President, he was responsible for the Louisiana Purchase, aided the Lewis and Clark expedition, and established West Point.

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Peter Jefferson's Timeline

1707
February 28, 1707
Chesterfield, Virginia
1739
October 3, 1739
Age 32
Goochland, Virginia
1740
June 27, 1740
Age 33
Shadwell, Albermarle, Virginia, USA
1741
October 1, 1741
Age 34
Goochland, Virginia
1743
April 13, 1743
Age 36
Goochland, now Ablemarle, County, Virginia
1743
Age 35
Shadwell, Albemarle, Virginia
1744
November 4, 1744
Age 37
Shadwell, Albemarle, Virginia, USA
1744
Age 36
Virginia, USA
1746
May 29, 1746
Age 39
Shadwell, Albemarle, Virginia, USA
1748
October 16, 1748
Age 41
Shadwell, Albermarle, Virginia, USA