Thomas Jefferson

by Gogoboots on August 25, 2011

Date of Birth: April 13, 1743

Place of Birth: Shadwell, Colony of Virginia

Date of Death: July 4, 1826

Place of Death: Charlottesville, Virginia

Ethnicity: English, along with distant Scottish and German, and remote Irish

Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father. He served as the third President of the United States, from March 4, 1801 to March 4, 1809. He was elected to the position in 1800 and 1804. He was previously the second Vice President of the United States, from March 4, 1797 to March 4, 1801. He was elected to the position in 1796. He was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence.

A member of the Democratic-Republican party, he was also the second Governor of Virginia, from June 1, 1779 to June 3, 1781, the United States Minister to France, from May 17, 1785 to September 26, 1789, and the first United States Secretary of State, from March 22, 1790 to December 31, 1793.

He was also nominated by the Democratic-Republican party for President of the United States in 1796, and had previously received electoral votes for the presidency in 1792.

President Jefferson was the son of Jane (Randolph), who was born in Shadwell, Tower Hamlets, London, England, and of Peter Jefferson, who was born in Chesterfield County, Virginia. He had six children with his wife, Martha (Wayles) Jefferson. He also likely had more children with Sally Hemmings, a slave who was of one quarter African descent.

President Jefferson’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Jefferson (the son of Thomas Jefferson and Mary/Martha Branch). President Jefferson’s great-grandfather Thomas was born in Suffolk, England, the son of Samuel Jefferson and Elizabeth. Mary was of English descent, the daughter of Christopher Branch and Sarah Almond.

President Jefferson’s paternal grandmother was Virginia Mary Field (the daughter of Peter Field and Judith Soane). Peter was the son of James Field and Anne Rogers Clark. Judith was born in Litlington, Sussex, England, the daughter of Henry Soane, the 13th Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses, and of Judith Fuller.

President Jefferson’s maternal grandfather was Isham Randolph (the son of William Randolph and Mary Royal Isham). Isham was born on Turkey Island, in the Virginia Colony, of English descent. William was the son of Richard Randolph and Elizabeth Ryland. Mary Royal was the daughter of Henry Isham and Catherine/Katherine Banks.

President Jefferson’s maternal grandmother was Jane Lilburne Susan Rogers (the daughter of Charles Rogers and Jane Lilburne/Lilburn). President Jefferson’s grandmother Jane was born in London, England. Charles was the son of Thomas Rogers and Elizabeth. President Jefferson’s great-grandmother Jane was the daughter of William Lilburne/Lilburn and Elizabeth Nicholson.


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andrew October 15, 2017 at 3:33 pm
bearboy August 21, 2016 at 7:07 pm

President Thomas Jefferson is of remote French and Irish ancestry. Thomas Saxby Sir. 1445-1500 (Jefferson’s 8th time great-grandfather) was born in Normandy France. Michael Patrick 1440-1512 (also Jefferson’s 8th time great-grandfather) was born in Ireland.

follers August 21, 2016 at 8:43 pm

I don’t know that Thomas Saxby had French ancestry. He may have just been born there.

andrew June 28, 2016 at 7:18 pm
bearboy June 19, 2015 at 9:10 pm

He has some German in him I think 5th great-grandparents. Daniel Hoechstetter is one of them

Daron May 24, 2015 at 1:55 pm

He also had Welsh ancestors. According to Wikipedia.

cdonorab May 21, 2015 at 2:15 pm

Correction, thomas Jefferson has other ethnicities besides English. On his Rogers branch( the wife of John Rogers the maryter) he is the descendant of a Belgian woman with Dutch roots. Also from several trees I’ve seen his great grandfather Thomas Jefferson’s mother was born in Liberia.

follers May 21, 2015 at 10:07 pm

Are you saying Thomas Jefferson’s great-great-grandmother was a black Liberian woman? Where has this been established?

I don’t think Thomas Jefferson was descended from John Rogers the martyr (c. 1505-1555). Where did you see that?

cdonorab May 22, 2015 at 5:25 am

I saw both on various trees on

cdonorab May 22, 2015 at 2:05 pm

Looking more closely it turns out that his great great grandmother wasn’t Liberian and looking more into the Rogers tree that Thomas Jefferson came from and didn’t find that he was a direct descendant of John Rogers the martyr.

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