Martha Skelton Jefferson was the wife of Thomas Jefferson. She served as First Lady of Virginia during Thomas’ term as Governor from 1779 to 1781, but did not serve as First Lady of the country because she died in 1782, 19 years before he became President. Of the six children born to Thomas and Martha, only two survived to adulthood, Martha and Mary. Martha died four months after the birth of her last child. It is widely held that Thomas had a long-standing relationship and children with Martha’s half-sister, Sally Hemings, a favored slave who was three-quarters white. Thomas burned their letters to each other and rarely spoke of her, so she remains a somewhat enigmatic figure.
|Born:||Martha Wayles, October 19, 1748, Charles City, Virginia, British America|
|Died:||September 06, 1782, Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.|
|Children:||7, including Martha Jefferson and Mary Jefferson|
|Parents:||John Wayles, Martha Eppes|
About Martha Jefferson
Wife of Founding Father and third President of the U.S., Thomas Jefferson.
She married Jefferson when she was 18.
Their honeymoon didn’t get off to a great start–they were almost stranded by one of the worst snowstorms to hit Virginia in years.
She had six children with Thomas Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson never got over her death, and spent the rest of his life as a widower.
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