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Threshing machine

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Threshing machine

In August 1791, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington went to the farm of Samuel Powel (1739-1793) southwest of Philadelphia to see the threshing machine invented by Alexander Anderson in 1782, a drum and beater type model. By 1792, Jefferson asked Thomas Pinckney in London to get a model.[1] Jefferson wrote in his Memorandum Book in 1793, "Gave order on bank US for 62.8 to John Vaughan for his bill fo 13-13 sterl. on Byrd, Savage & Byrd paiable to T.

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About Jefferson Quotes & Family Letters

Jefferson Quotes & Family Letters is a companion to the letterpress volumes of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series. The content presented as part of this collection includes Family Letters: full, searchable transcriptions of a rich body of correspondence to and between Jefferson's immediate and extended family.

Robert Hemings

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Robert Hemings

Robert Hemings (1762-1819)[1]   was the son of Betty Hemings, a slave of John Wayles, Jefferson's father-in-law. Born in 1762, he was the first child of her alleged liaison with her master. Betty Hemings and her children became the property of Martha and Thomas Jefferson after Wayles' death in May 1773.

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Keeping Families Together: In Slavery & in Freedom

The struggle to unite and keep families together is illustrated again and again by the stories of Monticello's enslaved people. The records in Plantation Management reveal the efforts of enslaved men and women to preserve their marriages. In 1805 and 1806, for example, two men, who had what are known as "abroad" spouses, asked Jefferson to purchase their wives from other owners.

Mary Hern

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Mary Hern

Mary Hern (1780-?) [1] was a slave who worked as a weaver at Monticello.

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Tools

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Tools

No article yet exists on this topic. The following are primary source references to tools compiled by Monticello researchers.

Trades and Skills

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Trades and Skills

People practicing a variety of trade and skills lived and worked at Monticello.[1]  A listing of these trades appears below.

Note: All involve both free (F) and enslaved (S) workers, unless otherwise noted.

Agriculture and Horticulture

Plowing (S)
Gardener
Shepherd (S)
Miller
Engrafter (F)
Overseer

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Griffin Discovery Room

A boy operates a large-scale model of Jefferson's Wheel CipherA hands-on activity center for children

Monticello visitors—especially those ages 6 to 12—can literally get in touch with American history in the Griffin Discovery Room through hands-on activities.