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Peter Jefferson

Peter Jefferson (29 February 1707/08 - 17 August 1757) was Thomas Jefferson's father. He was born to Thomas Jefferson (c. 1677-1731) and Mary Field Jefferson (?-1715) at Osborne's, Henrico County, in 1707/08, the fourth of six children, and the third son.

Many have speculated on the origins of the Jefferson family, but to date no lineage past Peter Jefferson's paternal grandfather, also named Thomas Jefferson (c. 1697) has been definitively proven.

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Further Sources

  • Hickisch, Edgar C. Peter Jefferson, Gentleman. Unpublished manuscript, n.d.
  • McClinton, Arthur T., John W. Coleman and Francis F. Wayland. The Fairfax Line: A Historic Landmark. Edinburg, Va. : Shenandoah County Historical Society, 1990. Includes republication of The Fairfax Line: Thomas Lewis's Journal of 1746, ed. John W. Wayland.

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I have been researching Thomas Jefferson's family history. On WikiTree there is a report that he had a paternal uncle, Thomas Jefferson III, born 1700, who died at sea when he was about 24. Very little information was given about him and I have been unable to find out more. According to online sources, his paternal uncle, Field Jefferson, had a son with his wife, Mary Frances Robertson, named Thomas Jefferson IV in 1733 which if true, gives credibility to the death of Thomas Jefferson III at a young age. Can you enlighten me on either of these two men?! Thanks! Merk

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