Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Whittington, 4 September 1812

To Thomas Whittington

Poplar Forest Sep. 4. 12.


In mr Scott’s suit against me for the lands I sold Harrison a meeting is appointed to take depositions at mr Claxton’s on the lands of Yancey & Bradford, formerly a part of this tract, on Wednesday next, the 9th inst. at 10. aclock in the forenoon. I have to request the favor of you to attend this meeting, as I wish to take your deposition as to some things which passed at the resurvey at which you were present I think also you know something of mr Scott’s having formerly endeavored to purchase the lands from me. your compliance herein will oblige Sir

your humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PoC (ViU: TJP); at foot of text: “Mr Thos Whittington”; endorsed by TJ.

Thomas Whittington (ca. 1770–1831), farmer, was the son of Thomas Whittington (d. 1834). They lived primarily in Bedford and Campbell counties, and in 1800 the elder Whittington purchased property in the former county. The younger Whittington grew tobacco on shares for TJ at Poplar Forest about 1804–06 and occasionally helped him run surveys. At the time of his death he owned forty-two slaves and other property with a total valuation in excess of $10,000. Whittington bequeathed his aunt and cousin a life interest in his slaves, after which the surviving slaves and their increase were to be emancipated. His slaves were duly freed a decade after his death (Vi: RG 48, Personal Property Tax Returns, Campbell Co., 1794; Bedford Co. Deed Book, 11:304–5, 29:171–2; MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1149, 1183; Bedford Co. Order Book, 15:46; Bedford Co. Will Book, 7:453–4, 479b–c, 8:388, 10:90–4, 409–10; Lynchburg Virginian, 28 Feb. 1831).

bradford: William Radford.

Index Entries

  • Claxton, Mr. (of Bedford Co.); and TJ’s land dispute with S. Scott search
  • Harrison, Samuel Jordan; and TJ’s land dispute with S. Scott search
  • Radford, William; and Bear Branch land search
  • Scott, Samuel; TJ’s land dispute with search
  • Whittington, Thomas; and TJ’s land dispute with S. Scott search
  • Whittington, Thomas; identified search
  • Whittington, Thomas; letters to search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); and Bear Branch land search