Thomas Jefferson Papers

Rent Settlement with Henderson Heirs, 25 January 1817

Rent Settlement with Henderson Heirs

The undersigned to whom was refered a matter in controversy between the minor Legatees of Bennett Henderson decd & Ths Jefferson, after hearing the case & the testimony offered on both sides have come to the following decision—

It appears from the testimony of sundry witnesses, that Thomas Jefferson has been in possession of the lands of Frances, Lucy, & Nancy C. Henderson since the year 1802—Of course he is Responsible to them for the rent of their part from that time untill the 1st of Jany 1817. when he gave up the possession—

As to the question made by the said Thomas, ‘Have not these rents been paid?’

It appears that he became possessed of these Lands by a deed from James L Henderson to Craven Peyton bearing date the 18th Sept 1802 & by a further deed from John Henderson, 17th Novr 1807 who signs as Guardian for the three above named Legatees—But it is manifest that neither of these persons had a right to convey the lands in question;—which also seems to have been the opinion of the Purchaser; for an obligation is taken from each to make the title good, as the legatees shall respectively marry or come of age. The money therefore paid by Mr Jefferson for these lands cannot be claimed by him as an offset against the Rents. His Redress is against those of whom he purchased. It appears to us that the Sum of Seven Hundred & sixty six dollars & eighty cents is due from Mr Jefferson to the three above named Frances, Lucy & Nancy C. Henderson, as will appear by the following statement.—1


Th. Jefferson. Dr To. Frances. Lucy, & Nancy C Henderson.

To rent of the field below Milton from the year—1802. to 1816 (both inclusive) at 40$ per year say 15 years $600
Int. on do to Jan 1st 1817 14 yrs 252
310 852 = $255.60 
To rent of the field above Milton for the same time settled at the same sum per annum 600
Int on do—for 14 years 252
310. 852 = 255.60 
To rent of forest land for fire wood, (which seemed to be variable in its yearly value, we have however taken the lowest estimate) say 40$ per year for 15 years 600
Int on do. 14 years 252
310 852 = 255.60
Ball. due Hendersons Legatees $766 80.

We have estimated the value of these three parcels of Land from the year 1802 to 1816 both inclusive with the interest to be $2556. three tenths of which sums due to the above named Frances. Lucy & Nancy C. Henderson which amounts to $766.80 & this estimate is made under the idea that the Taxes &c. has been, & should be paid by Mr Jefferson

Given under our hands this 25th of Jan 1817

P. Minor.
Dabney Minor

Received in full for the above award of $76680100 a draft on Bernard Peyton for this amount when paid

W D Meriwether
Attorney in fact for the three younge[r]
legatees of Bennet Henderson Dec

MS (ViU: TJP); in Peter Minor’s hand, signed by Peter Minor and Dabney Minor, with subjoined receipt in William D. Meriwether’s hand; edge trimmed; addressed: “Th: J. Randolph Esqr”; endorsed by TJ: “Hendersons. Frances, Lucy & Nancy C. Award.”

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Index Entries

  • firewood; and rent settlement with Henderson heirs search
  • Henderson, Bennett; legatees of search
  • Henderson, James L.; and Henderson estate search
  • Henderson, John; Deed of Milton Property to C. Peyton search
  • Henderson case; claims by minor heirs search
  • Hornsby, Frances Henderson (Bennett Henderson’s daughter; Thomas Walker Hornsby’s wife); and Milton lands search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; Rent Settlement with Henderson Heirs search
  • Meriwether, William Douglas; and Henderson case search
  • Minor, Dabney; and Henderson case search
  • Minor, Peter; and Henderson case search
  • Nelson, Nancy Crawford Henderson (Bennett Henderson’s daughter; Matthew Nelson’s wife); and Milton lands search
  • Peyton, Bernard; payments made for TJ search
  • Peyton, Craven; and Henderson case search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and Henderson case search
  • rent; due from Henderson lands search
  • Wood, Lucy Henderson (Bennett Henderson’s daughter; John T. Wood’s wife); and Milton lands search
  • wood; firewood search