Jefferson's Nephews: A Frontier Tragedy

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INDEX
abolition, on frontier, 199–200. See also slaves, slavery
Abraham (slave of John Gray), 239
Abraham (slave of William Griffin),
Acts of the General Assembly of Virginia, 219
Adam (slave of Randolph Lewis), 124, 241
Adams, John, 184; letter to, from Thomas Jefferson, 327
Agnes (Aggie, Aggy, slave of Randolph Lewis), 241, 316, 368, 417
agriculture: bad practice of, 44–46, 380; clearing land for, 123–25; difficult years for, in Va., 55–58; in economy of Va. during Revolution, 29; overseers in, 45, 48–49, 381;
tools used by Lewis family, 126
crops: corn, 9, 46–47; fruit, 57;
grain, 57; hemp, 57, 101; of Lewis family, 8–9, 125; processing of, 57; rotation of, in Albemarle Co., 7; of southern plantations, 124; tobacco, 3–4- 45–47. 57–58– 138; wheat, 45– 47; yields of, 45, 380
products of: inspected, 137; in foreign trade, 72; prices received in 1808, 143
Albemarle Co., Va.: agricultural economy of, 55–58; committee of, 13–14; hardship in, after 1781, 30; mail service in, 20; patriotism in, 14; public records of, destroyed, 422, size of land patents in, 4; volunteer regiment of,17, 57
alcohol: in jails, 156, 179; and Lilburne Lewis, 247, 329, 332, at militia musters, 181; temperance in use of, 325–26; violence caused by, 232
Anburey, Lt. Thomas, 39–40
Anderson (officer), 15
Anderson, James, 28m
Anderson, William, 281n
Andrew (slave of Randolph Lewis), 124, 241, 305, 316, 417
animals: livestock, branding of, 113; livestock, foraging of, 125; predatory, bounties for, 113–14; wild, in West Ky., 112–15; wild, migrations of, 248–49
Annus Mirabilis, 248–55
anti-intellectualism, 189, 193–202
Archer (slave of Lilburne Lewis), 124, 360–61, 368
architecture, criticized in Va., 379
aristocrats: character of, 39–43; as committeemen, 13; in county government, 154; early in marriage of, 71–72; favored by colonial law, 4; frontier attitude toward, 123–24; influence of in Va., 6; Jefferson's opinion of, 83; kinship among, in Va., 211–12; land acquisition by, 3; land of in Va., 36; in leadership and politics, 22; love of land among, 50; miscegenation among, 49; natural vs. artificial, 81–83; organize mail service, 20; as Presbyterians on the frontier, 193–202; slave ownership by, 41; traditions of regarding land, 187
Asbury, Bishop Francis, 198
Ashby, Daniel, 159
auctions: of Lilburne Lewis estate, 308–309, 359–66; of Randolph Lewis estate, 303–305
Audubon, John James, 108
Augusta Co., Va., 392
Axley, James 140
Bacon, Edmund, 62, 77–78, 384
Bank of Kentucky, 168
Bank of Richmond, Va., 389
banking, see finance
baptism, 196
Baptist church: on the frontier, 190– 202; struggles for religious freedom, 17
Baptists, as Republicans in Ky., 200– 202
Barker, William, 139
Barlow, Lewis, 360
Barnett, Rev. William, 193
barracks (prison camp), 20–21, 29–30
Barren Co., Ky., 271
Barron, Letitia Anne, 422
Barrow, Rev. Davis, 199

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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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