Charles Lewis Bankhead

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Charles Lewis Bankhead (1788–1833) was the son of Dr. John Bankhead of Caroline County and husband to Ann Cary Randolph, Thomas Jefferson’s eldest granddaughter. Ann and Charles married on 19 September 1808 at Monticello and resided at an 800-acre estate, Carlton, just west of there for most of their marriage. The Bankhead’s had four children who reached adulthood. Bankhead read law under Jefferson for several years but became an alcoholic and turned unsuccessfully to farming. [1]


Footnotes

  1. John Vogt and T. William Kethley, Jr., Albemarle County Marriages, 1780–1853 (Athens, GA: Iberian Publishing Company, 1991), 602; George Green Shackelford, ed., Collected Papers to Commemorate Fifty Years of the Monticello Association of the Descendants of Thomas Jefferson (Charlottesville: Monticello Association, 1965), 1:72–5; Joseph C. Vance, “Knives, Whips and Randolphs on the Court House Lawn,” Magazine of Albemarle County History XV (1955-56): 28–35; Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ellen (Eleanora) Wayles Randolph Coolidge, 24 June 1833 (ViU: Ellen Wayles Randolph Coolidge Letters).