Peter Carr

Goochland County, Virginia, USA
Death 17 Feb 1815 (aged 45)
Carrsbrook, Albemarle County, Virginia, USA
Burial Albemarle County, Virginia, USA
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Peter Carr was born in Saint James Northam Parish, Goochland County, most likely at the Spring Forest plantation of his parents, Dabney Carr, a lawyer, and Martha Jefferson Carr, sister of Thomas Jefferson.

Carr studied law under Thomas Jefferson and was admitted to the bar in 1793 but practiced law only briefly. In 1787 Carr married Esther "Hetty" Smith Stevenson, a widow with one son. They had four sons and four daughters together.

In 1801, Carr became a justice of the peace for Albemarle County, and at about the same time was elected to represent the county in the House of Delegates. He served three consecutive one-year terms in the House, from 1801 to 1804, and again in 1807.

Peter Carr founded the Albermarle Academy, the institution which, with Thomas Jefferson's support, later evolved into the University of Virginia.

Carr died in 1815 of rheumatism, ague, and fever. His will requested that he be buried in the family graveyard at Monticello, although no marker is evident there.

After Carr's death, allegations surfaced that he had fathered several children with Jefferson's slave Sally Hemmings. It subsequently determined that Jefferson himself had fathered these children.

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