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August 23, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Nelson County Mystery

At the time of his death, Zachariah Nevil owned the beautiful Cabell-built home, Bonaire.

Courtesy Virginia Department of History Resources.

For many, if not most of us, research concerning Buckingham County families spills over county lines, even across the James River. When Randolph Jefferson’s daughter, Anna Scott, married Zachariah Nevil, records about that branch of the Jefferson family extended to Nelson County.

In 1812, Randolph Jefferson’s son, Robert “Lewis” Jefferson, married M. Jordan, also of Nelson. Her first name is not given in the abstracted marriage records. We know her father was William Jordan of Elk Island Creek, who remembered his grandson, Elbridge Gerry Jefferson, in his 1846 will. M. (Jordan) Jefferson likely died soon after her son’s birth in about 1814. Where, when, and how?

History is never finished, leaving many mysteries unsolved. Still, you’ll find lots of new information about the descendants of Randolph Jefferson in my most recent book Peter Field Jefferson: Dark Prince of Scottsville & Lost Jeffersons.

Can a Slate River ramblings reader help solve the mystery of M. Jordan? Please comment below.

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