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Thomas Jefferson (b. 1656, d. Bef. December 01, 1697)Thomas Jefferson (son of Samuel Jeafferson III) was born 1656 in St. Christopher's Island, West Indies, and died Bef. December 01, 1697 in Charles City Co. Virginia.He married Mary Branch on Abt. 1677 in Henrico Co. Virginia.
Notes for Thomas Jefferson:
Thomas Jefferson I, the son of Samuel Jefferson III (his mother's identity is unknown), was born in 1656on St. Christopher's Island in the British West Indies where his father had owned a tobacco plantation since 1624.The family (plus Thomas's two brothers) moved to Antigua in the Leeward Islands about 1669 when Thomas was about 15.As a young adult Thomas moved from the West Indies to Henrico Co., Virginia. He settled at Osborne's, across the James River from Farrar's Island, where Mount Malada had once stood below present day Richmond.Before 1678 Thomas Jefferson I married Mary Branch, the daughter of Christopher Branch, Jr. and Sarah Almond neighbors at "Kingland."Mary's identity was proven from her grandfather Christopher Branch's will of 1681 in which he named her"my granddaughter Mary Branch, wife of Thomas Jefferson."Thomas also benefited from receiving one fifth of his father-in-laws estate left to Mary Branch in 1668 when she was about ten years old.
*"He went forward on the road to fortune and a genteel station..."Thomas Jefferson I's name appears with some frequency in the archives of Henrico County.He was a surveyor *"one of ye surveyors of ye highways" (a profession in which his descendants dutifully followed him); as a man of recognized integrity he appeared on the roll of jurors several times, appraised estates and served as executor of wills; he paid taxes for the maintanence of soldiers; and he was evidently an excellent shot, for he collected a good many bounties which the colony offered for the extermination of wolves.The enterprising Thomas Jefferson entered as a squatter on some virgin forest land further up the James River near the falls, only to discover that it had already been granted to that prince of speculators, William Byrd.The defect in the title was cured in 1682, however, by the purchase of the 167 acres in question on the southside of the James River in the Curles of William Byrd.
"Kingsland" home of the Branch family, just west of Farrar's Island, was also near Osborne, home of the Jefferson's.They were all neighbors of the Fields, Randolphs and Eppes and closely associated as justices, burgesses and officers of the militia, etc.Thomas Jefferson I owned several slaves, enough to produce nearly two tons of tobacco a year.Even after accumulating a modest fortune, Jefferson was nevertheless referred to as "mister," rather that "esquire," indicating he was less than prominent in the colony.
When Thomas Jefferson I died in 1697 he left a fairly adequate estate for the benefit of his wife and two children.Exclusive of Negro slaves and crops, it came to a valuation of some 97 pounds, a respectable total for the period.His will included such hints of luxury as "an old silver dram cup, buttons and shoe buckles."Mary Branch Jefferson served as executrix of the estate as decreed in Henrico Court on December 1, 1697 when it ordered the division of the estate as specified in the will between wife Mary Jefferson, son Thomas Jefferson II (age 20) and daughter Martha Jefferson.The date of Thomas Jefferson I's death is estimated as prior tothis court record date.Three years later, April 1, 1701, Mary Jefferson, relict of Thomas Jefferson, married Joseph Mattox of Charles City County, by which time the Jefferson children were all grown.
"Some Farrar's Island Descendants" by Alvahn Holmes.
"Thomas Jefferson A Life" by Willard Sterne Randall.
"Thomas Jefferson A Biography" byNathan Schachner
Book: Cavaliers and Pioneers
*"Jefferson The Virginian" by Dumas Malone
More About Thomas Jefferson and Mary Branch:
Marriage: Abt. 1677, Henrico Co. Virginia.
Children of Thomas Jefferson and Mary Branch are:
- +Thomas Jefferson II, b. Abt. 1677, Osborne's, Henrico Co. Virginia, d. February 18, 1730/31, Osborne's, Chesterfield Co. Virginia.