Israel Gillette, an enslaved house servant

1800 - after 1873

Israel Gillette was born in 1800. He was the son of Edward and Jane Gillette, who were enslaved farm laborers. He had twelve brothers and sisters. When Israel was a child, he worked in the main house at Monticello. He made fires, dusted and polished, and ran errands. He often traveled with Jefferson in a…

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