Jefferson's Nephews: A Frontier Tragedy

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

THROUGH SEVERAL of the years this book was in preparation, I was fortunate to have the help of a tireless and perspicacious research assistant, Mrs. Clara Lee Whitt, of Marion, Kentucky. Although her contributions were not limited exclusively to Kentucky and Mississippi, much of the new information gathered in those states was her discovery. Assisting me in an extended search for pertinent old documents and records in Virginia, Mr. David L. Thomas, graduate assistant at the University of Virginia Library, rendered skillful and much appreciated service.

Out of the legion individuals who have helped me in this work, special thanks are due to a few whose contributions were integral and particularly generous: Mr. James A. Bear, Jr., Charlottesville, Virginia; Dr. Julian P. Boyd, Princeton, New Jersey; Mr. Littleton Groom, Princeton, New Jersey; Mr. and Mrs. Gabe McCandless, and Miss Reba Smith, of Smithland, Kentucky.

The librarians, curators, and staffs of the institutions where much of this work was done were without exception friendly, cooperative, and efficient. These people made my work a pleasure. Among those to whom I am especially indebted are Dr. Jacqueline Bull and her staff of the Wilson Library, University of Kentucky, Lexington; Mr. Alexander M. Gilchrist, Margaret I. King Library, University of Kentucky; Dr. Dumas Malone, Mr. William G. Ray, Mr. Gregory A. Johnson, and the staff of the Manuscripts Department, Alderman Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville; Mr. James R. Bentley and the staff of the Filson Club, Louisville, Kentucky; Mrs. Ruth W. Lester, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Princeton, New Jersey; Mrs. Frances H. Stadler, Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis; Miss Julia Neal, Kentucky Library, Bowling Green, Kentucky; Miss Sarah Winstead, Henderson Public Library, Henderson, Kentucky; and Mrs. Margaret V. Henley, Goochland, Virginia.

In addition to the people and organizations named above, the staff members of the following institutions were most helpful to me in my use of their collections, archives, and records: the state historical societies of Kentucky, Virginia, Massachusetts, Missouri, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Albemarle County, Vir-

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vi
  • Constructing Jefferson's Nephews ix
  • Preface xxv
  • Preface to First Edition xxix
  • Acknowledgments xxx
  • 1: Colonial Days 3
  • 2: The Fight for Freedom 12
  • 3: A Colonel in the Militia 20
  • 4: Prosperity 29
  • 5: The Virginia Planter 38
  • 6: The Shipwreck of the Fortunes 44
  • 7: Craven Peyton, Thomas Jefferson, and the Hendersons 55
  • 8: Jefferson and the Lewises 71
  • 9: The Plan to Emigrate 84
  • 10: The Trip to Kentucky 97
  • 11: The Land and Towns 111
  • 12: Houses and Crops 123
  • 13: The Smithland Neighbors 134
  • 14: Issues in West Kentucky, 1808 143
  • 15: The County Court 151
  • 16: The Year of Trouble, 1809 163
  • 17: Lilburne Enters Public Life 175
  • 18: The Church in West Kentucky 189
  • 19: The Presbyterian Lewises 203
  • 20: Insecurity 215
  • 21: Community Affairs, 1810 226
  • 22: Slavery in Livingston 234
  • 23: Tremors in the Dynasty 240
  • 24: Annus Mirabilis 248
  • 25: The Murder 256
  • 26: After the Murder 266
  • 27: The First Grand Jury 274
  • 28: The True Bill 285
  • 29: The Graveyard 293
  • 30: The Orphans 303
  • 31: During the War 312
  • 32: The Aftereffects 322
  • 33: The Epilogue 329
  • Appendix 1 - Notes on Lewis Genealogy 339
  • Appendix 2 - The Colle Sale 348
  • Appendix 3 - The Interview with Matilda 351
  • Appendix 4 - Medical Notes 353
  • Appendix 5 - Lilburne Lewis's Estate 359
  • Index 441
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