Thomas Jefferson

portrait of Thomas Jefferson, by Rembrandt Peale, c. 1805, oil on canvas, New-York Historical Society

Date of Birth: April 13, 1743

Place of Birth: Shadwell, Colony of Virginia

Date of Death: July 4, 1826

Place of Death: Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.

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 died on the same day as his predecessor as President, John Adams.

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 Henrico Co., now Chesterfield Co., Virginia. He had six children with his wife Martha (Wayles) Jefferson. He also possibly had more children with Sally Hemmings, a slave who was of one quarter African descent.

President Jefferson’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Jefferson, Jr. (the son of Thomas Jefferson and Mary/Martha Branch). President Jefferson’s grandfather Thomas was born in Henrico County, Virginia. President Jefferson’s great-grandfather Thomas was born in Suffolk, England. Mary was of English descent, the daughter of Christopher Branch, Jr.

President Jefferson’s paternal grandmother was Mary Field (the daughter of Peter Field and Judith Soane). Mary was born in Henrico County, Virginia. Peter was the son of James Field, who was English. 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 Isham). Isham was born on Turkey Island Plantation, Henrico, Virginia, of English descent. William was the son of Richard Randolph and Elizabeth Ryland. Mary was the daughter of Henry Isham and Katherine/Catherine Banks.

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

President Jefferson’s matrilineal line can be traced to Jane Butler, who was born, c. 1611, to John Butler and Jane Huntley. Jane Butler was christened at St. Nicholas, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England.


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