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Zeta Brown Nichols (right) with her niece, Cynthia Stratton, with whom she was interviewed, July 2000

Zeta Brown Nichols (right) with her niece, Cynthia Stratton, 2000

Dates alive: 
1933–
Family: 
Hern
Residence (at time of interview): 
Keswick, VA

Zeta Brown Nichols grew up in Keswick, just east of Charlottesville. She shared memories of life in the area in the 1940s and 50s. Like many others in the Hern family, she became a teacher, initially in a one-room schoolhouse in western Albemarle County and later at Albemarle Training School. She learned of her connection to Monticello from her aunt Martha Hearns Boston, also a teacher.  

Interview Information: 

12 July 2000, Charlottesville, VA
Interviewees: Zeta Brown Nichols, Cynthia Stratton
Also present: Ella Hoffman

Excerpts: 
Ancestry: 
  • David Hern 1755–post 1827 Isabel Hern 1758–1819
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  • Moses Hern 1779–post 1832
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  • David Hern 1803–post 1829
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  • Zeta Brown Nichols 1933–
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