Thomas Jefferson Papers

Jane Battles to Ann Carrington Cabell, with Postscript to Thomas Jefferson, 19 November 1820

Jane Battles to Ann Carrington Cabell, with Postscript to Thomas Jefferson

Lower Sandusky Nov 19th 1820

Dear Madam

I embrace this opportunity to Inform you that I am well and am In hopes that these few lines will find you and famely enjoying the Same Blessing please to1 assist me In geting my pay from the United States I have Been In their Service Considerable time Since I Saw you I went through Kentuckey by the way of the falls of the Ohio river from thence on to wabash river near the boundry line. and was there when Governer Jenings made the treaty with the Indians In the fall of 1818. please to exert your Self to assist me In geting my pay from the United States In money or lands. I have Friends In this Country who will assist me In takeing Care of my pay Should I get It. please to remember me to Doct George Cavils Lady and family Col Samuel Cavils Lady and famely at Soldiers Joy I remain your Frind and Humble Servant &c

Jane Battles

Mr Thomas Jefferson

Sir please to forward this letter to Mrs William Cavil at Union Hill In Nelson County2 and In So doing3 you will Obl your Humble Servant &c

Jane Battles

RC (MHi); between dateline and salutation: “Mrs William Cavill”; endorsed by TJ as a letter to himself received 12 Dec. 1820 and so recorded in SJL.

Ann (Nancy) Carrington Cabell (1760–1838), the most likely addressee of this letter, was born in Charlotte County. She married William Cabell (1759–1822) in 1780 and thereafter resided in the portion of Amherst County that became Nelson County in 1807. Of the Cabells’ fourteen children, eleven reached adulthood (Alexander Brown, The Cabells and their Kin, 2d ed., rev. [1939; repr. 1994], 207, 209, 219, 221–2, 227; Virginia Genealogical Society, Quarterly 13 [1975]: 66–8; Lynchburg Virginian, 16 Apr. 1838).

In October 1818 Indiana governor Jonathan Jennings (jenings) was at Saint Marys, Ohio, representing the federal government in the negotiation of land-purchase treaties with the Potawatomi, Wea, Delaware, and Miami Indians (ASP, Indian Affairs, 2:168–70).

Sarah Syme Cabell, the wife of Samuel J. Cabell (1756–1818), of soldiers joy, died in 1814. Ann Carrington Cabell and her husband moved into his parents’ union hill estate about five years after the death of his father, William Cabell (1730–98). His mother, Margaret Jordan Cabell, lived out her widowhood with them at Union Hill until her death in 1812 (Brown, Cabells and their Kin, 81, 83, 132, 139, 191, 204–5, 219). Having apparently been out of contact with the Cabell family for several years, Battles could also have intended this letter for Margaret Jordan Cabell.

1Battles here canceled “recollect that you promised to.”

2Preceding three words interlined.

3Manuscript: “doimg.”

Index Entries

  • Battles, Jane; and Cabell family search
  • Battles, Jane; letter from, to A. C. Cabell, with postscript to TJ search
  • Battles, Jane; seeks payment from U.S. search
  • Cabell, Ann Carrington; family of search
  • Cabell, Ann Carrington; identified search
  • Cabell, Ann Carrington; letter to, from J. Battles search
  • Cabell, George; family of search
  • Cabell, Margaret Jordan search
  • Cabell, Samuel Jordan search
  • Cabell, Sarah Syme search
  • Cabell, William (1730–98); family of search
  • Cabell, William (1759–1822); family of search
  • Delaware Indians search
  • Indians, American; Delaware search
  • Indians, American; Miami search
  • Indians, American; Potawatomi search
  • Indians, American; treaties with search
  • Indians, American; Wea search
  • Jennings, Jonathan; as governor of Ind. search
  • Miami Indians search
  • Potawatomi Indians search
  • Wea Indians search
  • women; letters from; J. Battles to A. C. Cabell, with postscript to TJ search
  • women; letters to; A. C. Cabell from J. Battles, with postscript to TJ search