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Thomas Jefferson’s Account with Mary Bacon, [ca. 17 June 1817]

Account with Mary Bacon

[ca. 17 June 1817]

D  C
1817. Jan. 6. recd 95.48
June 6. 5. mo. int. 2.49
97.97
pd money from Fitz. 20.
May 15. ord. Southall  25. 45. 
52.97
June 8. pd 36  
16.97
  17 pd 16.97
0– 0

MS (DLC: TJ Papers, 210:37460); on verso of Edmund Bacon to TJ, 8 June 1817; entirely in TJ’s hand; undated; endorsed by TJ: “Bacon Mary.”

Mary Anne Williamson Bacon (d. 1833) was the mother of TJ’s overseer Edmund Bacon. By 1794 she was occasionally selling TJ turkeys and mutton. She inherited three slaves and 500 acres in Albemarle County from her husband, Harwood Bacon, in 1807. Bacon remained in the county until at least 1822. She died in Saint Louis County, Missouri (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 ; Eurie Pearl Wilford Neel, The Wilford-Williford Family Treks into America [1959], 434; Albemarle Co. Will Book, 4:292–3, 315–8; DNA: RG 29, CS, Albemarle Co., 1810; Memoranda Book of Edmund Bacon, 1802–22 [ViU]).

On jan. 6. 1817 TJ had borrowed $145 from Edmund Bacon, $95.48 of which had come from Mary Bacon. Edmund Bacon paid his mother $20 on TJ’s behalf on 15 May 1817, using funds received from William D. Fitch (fitz) as a payment on the latter’s account with TJ (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 , 2:1330, 1333–5).

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  • Bacon, Edmund; TJ borrows money from search
  • Bacon, Mary Anne Williamson; account with TJ search
  • Bacon, Mary Anne Williamson; identified search
  • Fitch, William D.; account with TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with M. A. W. Bacon search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with W. D. Fitch search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; debt to V. W. Southall search
  • Southall, Valentine Wood; TJ’s debt to search
  • women; accounts with; M. A. W. Bacon search