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Agreement with William Ballard, 18 July 1813

Agreement with William Ballard

William Ballard engages himself to serve Thomas Jefferson as an overseer at his place called Tufton during the year1 ensuing, to commence the 1st day of December next2 and faithfully to do his duty in that capacity: and the sd Thomas Jefferson agrees to find him six hundred weight of pork, corn bread sufficient for himself & family, and a barrel of flour, and moreover to allow him sixty five pounds as wages for the year, paiable on the sale of the crop of wheat or flour which shall be made by him. Witness their hands this 18th day of July 1813.

Th: Jefferson
William Ballard

MS (MHi); in TJ’s hand, signed by TJ and Ballard; endorsed by TJ: “Ballard William”; with MS of Account with William Ballard, 20 Oct. 1815, subjoined.

William Ballard (ca. 1788–1874) served as overseer at Tufton for two years, 1813–15. He later farmed in Albemarle County (Account with Ballard, 20 Oct. 1815; 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 , 2:1312; Woods, Albemarle, 140; DNA: RG 29, CS, Albemarle Co., 1850–70; Albemarle Co. Will Book, 29:3–5, 36; Petersburg Index and Appeal, 11 Feb. 1874).

1Blank in MS filled in by TJ with preceding two words in a different ink.

2Blank in MS filled in by TJ with preceding six words in a different ink.

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  • Ballard, William; agreement with TJ search
  • Ballard, William; as Tufton overseer search
  • Ballard, William; identified search
  • flour; received as pay search
  • food; cornbread search
  • food; pork search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; Agreement with William Ballard search
  • pork; received as pay search
  • Tufton (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); overseers at search