THE INTERVIEW WITH
THE following newspaper article was reprinted November 19, 1954, in The Crittenden Press, published in Marion, Kentucky. It was first published in The Crittenden Press on December 22, 1880. The author has not been able to locate the copy of The Cumberland Wavethat contains Matilda's version of the Lewis tragedy.
Matilda was mistaken in one point: Charles, who died in 1806, did not emigrate to Kentucky. When the slaves belonging to Randolph's estate were sold in January 1815, Matilda was bought by Aaron Threlkeld.
History of Crittenden County
This Story is the 16th in a series of
The History of Crittenden County
Published through the courtesy of
The Marion Woman's Club.
A Niece of Thos. Jefferson
(A Copy from The Crittenden Press
of December 22, 1880)
In the quiet little village of Marion, where the eyes of the people
have never fallen upon a President from father Washington down
to Jas. A. Garfield and where the vistage of the lineage of either of
the illustrious has never been knowingly looked upon, the dis-
covery of a descendant of the “Sage of Monticello” might awaken a
riffle of astonishment.
Yet within the walls of a poorly chinked, ill constructed log cabin
in the suburbs of our out-of-the-way village may be found an
ancient woman through whose veins the blood of Thos. Jefferson is
slowly ebbing. “Aunt” Matilda Threlkeld is verging upon the age of
four scores. And old Tim has pressed his blighting fingers upon
her, until the aged woman can no more leave the miserable hovel,
she calls home. According to her own statement she was born in Al-
bermarle County, Virginia, and is a daughter of Charles Lewis
whose mother was a sister of Thos. Jefferson. The brothers, Ran-
dolph, Charles and Lilburn, emigranted to this State when “Aunt”