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Lucy Elizabeth Jefferson II

Birth
Albemarle County, Virginia, USA
Death 13 Oct 1784 (aged 2)
Chesterfield County, Virginia, USA
Burial Albemarle County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 6532051 View Source
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Lucy was named after her older sister who died one year before she was born. Lucy passed away at Eppington, Virginia. She was born at her father's famous house Monticello. She was the last child of Thomas and Martha Jefferson.Lucy was the sixth and last child of the third president Thomas Jefferson and his wife Martha Randolph Jefferson.
Her mother passed away just 4 months after Lucy's birth, due to childbirth complications.

This Lucy Elizabeth shall not be confused with her older sister Lucy Elizabeth, who passed away in 1781.

Lucy was born at precisely 1:00 A.M. in the early morning of May 8, 1782, as her father recorded.
Lucy spent the majority of her short life with her uncle and aunt, Francis and Elizabeth Eppes, as her father was in France during that time, and her mother had passed away.

News of Lucy's death reached her father through Marquis de Lafayette. Immediately upon Lucy's death, the Eppes wrote a letter to Jefferson informing him about his daughter's passing, but the letter did not reach France until May of 1785. Lucy's death could have occurred a day or more before the 13th, as the first source of her death was the letter from Elizabeth Eppes. Following is the letter.

"Its (It's) impossible to paint the anguish of my heart on this melancholy occasion. A most unfortunate Hooping cough has deprived you, and us of two sweet Lucys, within a week. Ours was the first that fell a sacrifice. She was thrown into violent convulsions linger’d out a week and then expired. Your dear angel was confined a week to her bed, her sufferings were great though nothing like a fit. She retain’d her senses perfectly, calld (called) me a few moments before she died, and asked distinctly for water."

The other Lucy mentioned in the letter was the daughter of Francis and Elizabeth Eppes.
As stated by the letter, her last words were those asking for water.

Lucy (whose grave is unmarked) and her cousin Lucy Eppes were confirmed to have been originally buried on the Eppington estate, in what would later become the family cemetery.
Some sources claimed her body was later moved to Monticello grounds. Thomas Jefferson did make a short stop at Eppington while returning from France in December of 1789, but there are no sources that her body was ever moved, such as accounts or letters in Jefferson's hand.

Bio by: TM


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/6532051/lucy-elizabeth-jefferson : accessed ), memorial page for Lucy Elizabeth Jefferson II (8 May 1782–13 Oct 1784), Find a Grave Memorial ID 6532051, citing Monticello Graveyard, Albemarle County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Frank Merriman (contributor 47476475) .