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Horses

Below is a list of the names and foaling or purchase dates (if known) of Thomas Jefferson's riding horses.

 
Horse NameFoaledSold, Given Away, or Died
Allycroker11758unknown; last reference June 2, 17782
Gustavus31763; purchased from Francis Willis ca. 17734given away (date unknown) 
Cucullin51764unknown
The General1769; purchased from Alexander Spotswood in 1775 
Crab1771
Everallynpurchased 1774
Alfred1774
Caractacus1775unknown; last reference 17906
Ethelinda1776
Silvertail1773
Orra Moor1778
Peggy Waffington1778
Zanga1778
Odin1778
Polly Peachum1778
Silveret1780
Assaragoa1779
Raleigh1777
Tarquinpurchased 1790
Brimmer purchased 1790
Remus & Romulus (carriage horses)unknown
Matchlesspurchased 1791
Fitzpartnerpurchased 1799
Wildairpurchased 1801
Castorunknown
Diomedeunknown
Bremospring 1806; purchased by Jefferson 1814
Wellingtonpurchased 1815
Tecumsehpurchased 1815
Peacemakerpurchased 1819
The Eaglepurchased 1820

- Compiled by Gaye Wilson, 2/99, based on Betts, Farm Book, 87-109

Further Sources

  • 1. "Ally Croker" was a famous eighteenth-century Irish folk song.
  • 2. MB, 1:465. Transcription available at Founders Online.
  • 3. Most likely not named by Jefferson.
  • 4. MB, 1:333. Transcription available at Founders Online.
  • 5. Cú Chulainn was a hero from Irish mythology, probably familiar to Jefferson from James Macpherson's Works of Ossian (1765).
  • 6. Jefferson to Charles Lilburne Lewis, February 22, 1790, in PTJ, 16:192. Transcription available at Founders Online.

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