Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joel Yancey to Thomas Jefferson, 26 October 1819

From Joel Yancey

Bedford 26th Octr 1819

Dr Sir

Mr Bishop sets off this morning with Billy for charlottsvill, I have directed him to have him put in jail, and take the jailers receipt to you, I have paid him 5 dollars, and you will owe him the balance for taking him down, Hanah,s Billy arrived here on Friday last, Mr Bishop is to be our overseer at Tomahawk next year, and Robert Miller at B. Creek, we shall finish sowing wheat about the middle next month. Shall we then begin the Canal for the mill?   Yrs sincerely

Joel Yancey

RC (MHi); with additional notation on verso in Yancey’s hand: “BC”; endorsed by TJ as received 29 Oct. 1819 and so recorded in SJL.

On 29 Oct. 1819 TJ recorded paying Jonathan Bishop the balance of an additional $5 (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 , 2:1359). b. creek: Bear Creek.

Index Entries

  • Bear Creek plantation (part of TJ’s Poplar Forest estate); overseer at search
  • Billy (TJ’s slave; b.1799); return of, to Poplar Forest search
  • Bishop, Jonathan; as overseer search
  • Bishop, Jonathan; transports slave search
  • canals; at Poplar Forest search
  • Hannah (Hanah) (TJ’s slave; b.1770); family of search
  • Hern, William (TJ’s slave; b.1801); escape of search
  • Miller, Robert (overseer); at Bear Creek plantation search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); canal at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); mills at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); wheat grown at search
  • slaves; fugitive search
  • slaves; incarceration of search
  • Tomahawk plantation (part of TJ’s Poplar Forest estate); overseer at search
  • wheat; at Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); letters from search