Topic: Jefferson's Personal Life & Family

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Cornelia Jefferson Randolph, Jefferson’s granddaughter

Cornelia was born at Monticello in 1799. Her mother was Martha Jefferson Randolph. Her father was Thomas Mann Randolph. Her grandfather was Thomas Jefferson. Cornelia loved to spend time at Monticello with her grandfather. She learned about drawing and art. She liked to sketch plans for buildings. Cornelia never married. As an adult she lived…

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Ellen Randolph Coolidge

Portrait of Jefferson's granddaughter, Ellen Randolph Coolidge
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Ellen Wayles Randolph Coolidge, Jefferson’s granddaughter

            Ellen was one of Thomas Jefferson’s favorite grandchildren. She called him "her earliest best friend." She often rode with him on his lands.             Ellen was taught at home by her mother, Martha Jefferson. Like her grandfather, she studied hard. But like most girls of that time, she didn’t go to college.            When Ellen…

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English Guitar

This English Guitar was once owned by Jefferson's granddaughter Virginia Randolph Trist.
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Enjoying Monticello’s West Lawn

Artist G.B. McIntosh imagines some of the activities that took place on Monticello's West Lawn during the spring of 1820. Seen in this picture from left to right...
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Exploring Monticello: A Guide for Young People

Students will explore Monticello through A Guide for Young People.  Students will build their knowledge based on an anticipation guide, information within the guide, and guided discussions with...
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Exploring Monticello: A Guide for Young People

An illustrated brochure developed for younger visitors to Monticello.  Includes fun and interesting facts about Jefferson and his plantation, and introduces members of Jefferson's family and the enslaved community through their daily activities and work.

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Francis Wayles Eppes, Jefferson’s grandson

Francis was born in 1801. His mother was Thomas Jefferson’s daughter, Mary Jefferson Eppes. His father was John Wayles Eppes. When Francis was three years old, his mother died. Francis spent much of his life at Monticello. His grandfather encouraged his love of learning. Francis attended Georgetown College (Georgetown University) and South Carolina College (University…

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George Wythe Randolph, Jefferson’s grandson

            George was born in 1818 at Monticello. His mother was Martha Jefferson Randolph. His father was Thomas Mann Randolph. He was their last child. He was named for his grandfather’s law teacher.             From 1831-1839, George served in the United States Navy. He studied at the University of Virginia. In 1841, he received a…