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November 22, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Notables: John Horsley, Part Five

A Jefferson Connection

Need to catch up? Click here: Buckingham Notables: John Horsley, Part One

When Slate River Ramblings reader Karen Lucas Williams wrote to me with more information about John Horsley of Elk Mills in Amherst County, she surprised me with a Jefferson connection. This John Horsley’s niece married Thomas Jefferson’s great-nephew.

According to Karen’s database, John Horsley’s parents, William Andrew and Martha (Megginson) Horsley, had the following children: William, Mary Cabell, Joseph, Judith, Robert, Martha, Samuel Cabell, Elizabeth, John, and Nicholas.

In 1808, John brother, William Horsley (1772–1865), married Sally Christian in Amherst County. They were the parents of Mary Cabell Horsley, who married Randolph Jefferson’s grandson, Elbridge Gerry “E. G.” Jefferson, on October 17, 1845 in Nelson County.

Interestingly, both William and Sally (Christian) outlived their daughter Mary Cabell (1822–1862). The Horsleys died within weeks of each other. Sally on March 24, 1865, followed by her husband William on April 21, 1865. They were living in Nelson County at the time of their deaths. E. G. Jefferson died shortly after his in-laws on September 10, 1865.

For the two living sons of E. G. and Mary Cabell (Horsley) Jefferson, Elbridge Gerry, Jr. and Lindsay “Bolling” Jefferson, 1865 was marked by one loss after another.

Learn much more about E. G. Jefferson and his family in my newest book, Peter Field Jefferson: Dark Prince of Scottsville & Lost Jeffersons.


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