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April 23, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Jefferson Tidbits: Anna Scott Jefferson

Rev. Martin Dawson, Minister’s Return, Albemarle County, Virginia, 1803.

Anne (Lewis) and Randolph Jefferson had only one daughter, named after his twin sister: Anna Scott Jefferson. The family called her Nancy.

Nothing is known about her youth until she was about to marry her double first cousin, Charles Lewis, Jr. The family culture encouraged close cousin marriage and their engagement may have been long assumed. Sometime before late 1802, the engagement was broken and Nancy married a man old enough to be her father, Zachariah Nevil of Nelson County, Virginia.

They spent the early years of their marriage at her home, Snowden in Buckingham County. Her first two children, James Lilburne and Louisa Nevil, were probably born there.

When Randolph Jefferson married for a second time in about 1810, a business called “Nevil and Jefferson,” which had been operating at Snowden, dissolved and the Nevils moved to Zachariah’s homeplace in Nelson County.

Read about Anna Scott Jefferson’s broken engagement in my newest book: Peter Field Jefferson: Dark Prince of Scottsville & Lost Jeffersons.

Coming next: The Nevils at Bonaire

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