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Thomas Jefferson’s Family: A Genealogical Chart

First Generation Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) married Second Generation—Thomas Jefferson’s Married Children Martha Jefferson (1772–1836) married Maria Jefferson (1778–1804) married Madison Hemings (1805–1877) married Eston [Hemings] Jefferson (1808–1856) married Third Generation—Thomas Jefferson...

Thomas Jefferson Randolph to Dabney S. Carr, 11 July 1826

Will you desire Lewis to send me a coat, thin black waistcoat (I have a thick one) a pair of thin and another thick pantaloons, all black. likewise a suit of mourning for Trist by measure enclosed. The most awkward part of the commission to yourself will be standing security untill pay day. tell...

Nicholas P. Trist to James Madison, 25 Jan. 1827

This mail conveys to you two copies of the enactments, which have been delayed so long. You will be surprised to learn that I have taken upon myself to send on the report without them: This went by last sunday’s mail. On meeting Genl Cocke early in the week of the sale, he immediately enquired...

Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge to Benjamin F. Randolph, 6 Feb. 1861

I have had a little photograph taken which they tell me is not much uglier than I am myself, and I enclose one in this letter for Sally & yourself. I cannot tell you how unhappy I am in the present conflict between the North & South. The idea of Civil war makes all the blood in my body...

Extract from the Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson Coolidge, 16 Oct. 1861

October 16. I rode to the farthest outpost of the army at Lewinsville, where we found a captain and twenty men. About two rifle-shots from us was a wood where the enemy’s pickets were placed. On our right we could see ten or twenty men approaching the wood. The captain informed us that they were...

Bennett Taylor to John C. R. Taylor, 9 July 1863

I write to let you know that I am well, tho’ wounded Slightly, and a prisoner, I was not So much disabled, but that I could have walked off if I had been a little quicker. I wrote to my aunt the other day, but a very general letter, letting her know my condition &, that you were all well at...

J. S. Nicholas to John C. R. Taylor, 16 July 1863

Capt Bennett Taylor of the 19th virginia Regiment is well, & slightly wounded in the side, & wishes these facts known to his friends at home in Virginia. He is presumed to be, or to have been recently in Baltimore as a prisoner; but as intercourse with prisoners is not allowed, it is not...

A. C. T. to John C. R. Taylor, 1 Aug. [1863]

My husband received your letter today, requesting him to inquire for your Son Bennett. As he is on a parole it will be my pleasure to assist you in any way I can—I learned a week ago, that your Son was in the battle, and I immediately wrote a friend to search for him—The restrictions at that time...

Henry Gantt to John C. R. Taylor, 22 Sept. 1863

I was very glad to hear from you that there was a probability of Bennetts being exchanged—I have written to Commissioner Ould & stated to him that Bennett was my Senior Capt & how important it was to the Regt at this time to have his services. I truly hope the exchange may be effected ...

Francis Eppes to Eliza Eppes, 21 Mar. 1864

I was rejoiced to hear from Mary a few days ago that you are much improved in health, and I trust that this will find you at Saratoga, enjoying that quiet and freedom from household duties, so essential to one in yr. enfeebled condition. It is the one thing needful for you my dear Sister; the one...

Moncure Robinson to Bennett Taylor, 22 Dec. 1864

It seems to me some time since we heard from You, & this reminds me that it is longer since I have written You. I have been more dilatory than otherwise in doing so, from my inability to say anything on the subject of the special exchange. I am not without hope, in regard to it, though I fear...

Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge to Bennett Taylor, 10 Jan. 1865

your letter of 1st Jan. to Mr Coolidge is received. We have heard nothing farther of the exchange, but in such matters, delays are so unavoidable, that we still hope for success. Nothing will be wanting on our part to ensure it. I have heard nothing lately from our friends, except that a letter...

Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge to Bennett Taylor, 17 Feb. 1865

your letter of the 9th has been received. You had not then got Mr C–s enclosure, the answer to our representative, Mr Rice and the few words added by himself. Matters do not look very hopeful for your exchange. yet I hope on, and remember that “relief is often nearest when it appears at the...

Charlotte R. Robinson to Bennett Taylor, 18 Feb. 1865

I heard yesterday that quite a number of Officers had left Johnsons Island last Saturday & again last night some passed through here. I do not know that it is true. I presume you would have written to me if you had been amongst the number. I went last Monday to ask Mrs Trist to write to Mr...

Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge to Bennett Taylor, 21 Feb. 1865

My son Algernon received a letter from my brother Jefferson, yesterday, dated 3d February, perhaps even later news than you have received. All well. I write principally to say that I feel to-day more encouraged in the matter of your exchange than I have done yet. Mr C. who has been unremitting in...

Charlotte R. Robinson to Bennett Taylor, [4? 7?] Mar. 1865

Mrs Emley & myself returned from Washington last night. Gen. Hancock who is the principal person there for the arrangement of the exchange of prisoners promised us, to have you, & Lieut: Moncure, sent from Johnsons Island amongst the first that are now to leave. I am sorry I could not go,...

Jane H. Nicholas Randolph to Lucy Colston Taylor, 2 Aug. 1865

I offered my congratulations to Bennett this morning, & I cannot sleep to night without tendering the same to you my dear Lucy (as I hope you will allow me hereafter to address you) on the happy relation in which you stand to each other Bennett will tell you that I have loved him more than...

Sarah N. Randolph to Cornelia J. Randolph, 7 December 1865

Your letter was received not quite a fortnight ago. We had been wondering that you did not write, as you had said in your letter to sister Ellen that you were going to write and you had never answered my letter sent you by Algernon last summer. It is no wish of ours that our intercourse should...