Thomas Jefferson Papers

Jefferson’s Statement of Losses to the British at His Cumberland Plantations in 1781, [27 January 1783]

Jefferson’s Statement of Losses to the British at His Cumberland Plantations in 1781

[27 January 1783]

State of the losses of Thomas Jefferson in the county of Cumberland by the British in the year 1781.

Slaves who went off with the British and died

  • Hannibal
  • Patty
  • Prince
  • Sam 9. years old
  • Sally
  • Nanny
  • Fanny
  • Nancy.
  • Flora
  • Quomina

Went off with the British and was never more heard of Sam.

Went off with the British, returned and died of the camp fever Lucy. Black Sall. Jame 10. years old

Lost for want of cultivation by loss of the hands

about 80 barrels of corn
130. ℔. of cotton
    7. hogheads of tobacco.

9. head of cattle taken away from Elk island where they happened to stray

1. Fearnought filly 2 years old

1783. January 27. This day Charles Karr1 overseer for Thomas Jefferson made oath to the truth of the above state.

Henry Skipwith

Cumberland court 27th. January 1783.

The within state was presented in court and the same having been proved by the oath of Charles Karr as appears by the certificate there annexed is ordered to be certified to the governor and council.

Test  Geo. Carrington jr Clk.

MS (NN: Arents); in TJ’s hand, with certifications in the hands of Skipwith and Carrington respectively. Endorsed: “Tho. Jeffersons losses occasioned by the Brittish proved Jan 1783 For Governor.” On TJ’s losses see also Archibald Cary to TJ, 19 June 1781; TJ to William Gordon, 16 July 1788; and Farm Journal (MS in MHi), which contains at p. 29 a tabulation of TJ’s losses at all his plantations.

1Corrected by overwriting from “Carr.” The name should be spelled “Kerr.” Charles Kerr witnessed a deed of sale for a tract of land in Goochland co. bought by TJ of Reuben and Judith Smith, 19 May 1783 (MS deed owned by Miss Amanda D. Pitts, Elk Hill, Va., 1945).

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