Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph Slaughter’s Survey of the Poplar Forest Curtilage, 5 December 1812

Joseph Slaughter’s Survey of the Poplar Forest Curtilage

Beginning at the South1 branch of Tomahawk2 on Stake near a Blaze Made on a Small ash tree No 5 W 132 poles to Stake on the North West Side of the main3 Tomahawk Creek thenc N 85 E 80 poles to Stake thence S 5 E 112 poles to Stake on the Bank of the South4 Branch and a Small Maple Blazed thence up the Same as it Meanders N 89 W S 52 west the Distance about Eaqueal up the Same To the Begining—.

Jos Slaughter

MS (ViU: TJP, TB [Thurlow-Berkeley no.] 1136 [532-k]); in Slaughter’s hand, with dateline and interlineations added by TJ.

On this date TJ had some aspen and mulberry trees planted at Poplar Forest. He also measured the distances from the east and west stairways to their respective mounds and from the north door to the gate (Notes on Poplar Forest Plantings and Geography, 1 Feb. 1811–6 Oct. 1821).

1Preceding two words interlined by TJ in place of “a.”

2Preceding two words interlined by TJ.

3Preceding two words interlined by TJ.

4Word interlined by TJ.

Index Entries

  • aspen trees search
  • mulberry; trees search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); and curtilage survey search
  • Slaughter, Joseph; surveys Poplar Forest curtilage search
  • surveying; and Poplar Forest curtilage search
  • trees; aspen search
  • trees; mulberry search