Virginia Jefferson Randolph Trist, Jefferson’s granddaughter

1801-1882

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English Guitar

English Guitar

This English Guitar is believed to have been owned by Virginia Randolph Trist.
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In 1801, Virginia was born at Monticello. Her mother was Martha Jefferson Randolph. Her father was Thomas Mann Randolph. Virginia spent much of her childhood at Monticello. She enjoyed being with her grandfather, Thomas Jefferson. Virginia wrote that her grandfather, "would gather fruit for us."

Virginia married Nicholas Philip Trist. He was the grandson of one of Jefferson’s oldest friends. They were married at Monticello in 1824. They lived at Monticello. Nicholas studied law. He also worked as Jefferson’s secretary.

The Trists had three children. Virginia died in 1882.