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Peter Jefferson (February 29, 1708 – August 17, 1757) was the father of US President Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826). A surveyor and cartographer, his 'Fry-Jefferson Map' of 1751 accurately depicted the Allegheny Mountains for the first time and showed the route of "The Great Road from the Yadkin River through Virginia to Philadelphia distant 455 Miles" — what would later come to be known as the Great Wagon Road.
Will of Peter Jefferson
- Will of Peter Jefferson, dated July 13, 1757, proved Oct. 13, 1757, legatees: wife Jane, sons Thomas and Randolph, daughters Mary, Elizabeth, Martha, Lucy and Ann Scott Jefferson.
- His inventory contains 24 titles of books, and also maps, &c.
- [Source: The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 26, by William Glover Stanard, Virginia Historical Society, pg. 318].
Records of Peter Jefferson
From "The University of Virginia, Special Collections", Charlottsville, VA:
- PETER JEFFERSON to WILLIAM RANDOLPH, JR. 1735 September 16.D. 1 pp. Typescript. Original in Goochland County Court House. Copy attested by Margaret K. Miller, Clerk. #2179. Power of attorney, acknowledged before Henry Wood, Clerk. 
- PETER JEFFERSON to WILLIAM RANDOLPH, JR. 1736 May 18.D. 2 pp. Typescript copy of original in Goochland County Court House, attested by Margaret K. Miller, Clerk. #2179. Deed for 3 acres of land in Goochland County. This deed was executed on the same day as one from Randolph to Jefferson, the payment in the latter being "Henry Wetherburn's biggest bowl of Arrack punch". 
- PETER JEFFERSON'S MARRIAGE BOND. 1739 October 3.DS. 1 pp. Photostat. Original in Goochland County Court House. #38-122-b. Marriage bond for £50 signed by Peter Jefferson and countersigned by Arthur Hopkins, void if there be lawful cause to obstruct Jefferson's marriage with Jane Randolph. 
- PETER JEFFERSON to the CLERK OF THE COURT OF GOOCHLAND COUNTY. 1751 November 25.ALS. 1 pp., #38-122. Consent for the marriage of Daniel Scott to Anna Randolph, daughter of Isham Randolph. Peter Jefferson was her nearest male relative. Witnessed by Richard Amis, Elizabeth LeVillian, and John Woodson. 
- PETER JEFFERSON ACCOUNTS FOR SURVEYS 1755 February 4-1756 March 26.14 items, ADS, 1 p. each. Pocket Plantation papers, #2027.
- PETER JEFFERSON ACCOUNT WITH J[OHN]KIDD FOR SURVEY 1756 March 19.ADS, 1 p. Maud Carter Clements papers, #9479.
- PETER JEFFERSON'S WILL 1757 July 13.Typescript copy. 7 pp. Original in Albemarle County Court House. Probated 13 October 1757, John Nicholas, Clerk. #1364. Provides for division of his home property and farms in Albemarle County (on the Rivanna and Hardware rivers), land on the Mississippi River, slaves, and money among his wife, Jane; his daughters, Jane, Elizabeth Martha and Lucy; and his sons, Thomas and Randolph. Thomas is to receive a portion of the slaves, his choice of the lands, and the residue of the estate Executors named are Peter Randolph, Thomas Turpin, John Nicholas, Dr. Thomas Walker, and John Harvie. 
- PETER JEFFERSON ACCOUNT. ante 1757 August 17.D, 2 p. Fragment. Endorsed by Peter Jefferson. McGregor Library, #3620.
- PETER JEFFERSON'S INVENTORY. 1758 April 13.Typescript copy. 12 pp. Original in Albemarle County Court House. Recorded by John Nicholas, Clerk. #1364. Lists books, furniture, personal effects, plantation equipment, slaves, and livestock, valued at more than £2400, on Peter Jefferson's property lying on the Rivanna River and its branches; appraisal made by Charles Lewis, Jr., John Henderson, and Thomas Smith. 
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