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April 30, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Jefferson Tidbits: Lafayette Nevil

 

Lafayette Neville, Old City Cemetery, Lynchburg, Virginia.

 

Need to catch up with the Nevil family? Click here: Anna Scott Jefferson

Lafayette Nevil was the third child of Anna Scott (Jefferson) and Zachariah Nevil. He was studying at the University of Virginia when his father died in April of 1830. Lafayette returned to Nelson County, where he assumed responsibility for his younger brother, Jefferson Madison. Eventually, he qualified as an attorney and, in 1835, Lafayette married Mary Joyce Labby, whose father would soon become the mayor of Lynchburg. The Lafayette Nevils resided in Lynchburg, as well as maintaining the Nevil home plantation Locust Grove, which Lafayette had purchased from his father’s estate.

Lafayette did not enjoy the Jefferson longevity, dying before his 40th birthday paralyzed from an unknown illness. He is buried in the Labby family plot in Lynchburg’s Old City Cemetery.

Click here to learn more about Lynchburg’s beautiful, historic garden cemetery: Old City Cemetery.

Read more about Lafayette Nevil (a. k. a. Neville) and the tragic fate of his brother, Jefferson Madison, in my newest book: Peter Field Jefferson: Dark Prince of Scottsville & Lost Jeffersons.

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