Peter Jefferson’s Snowdon published by CVGA

Front cover of Peter Jefferson's Snowdon (2020)

Hi all — We are very fortunate that CVGA has been given the opportunity to publish a new book by Joanne L. Yeck — Peter Jefferson’s Snowdon —  as CVGA’s first Occasional paper. Here’s the Amazon link:

An Occasional paper is a work of interest to historians and researchers on a Central Virginia topic, but which is too long to fit in our newsletter, Central Virginia Heritage.

These papers are not published on a set schedule, but as they are completed. The only requirement is that the topic of the paper has something to do with Central Virginia history or research. The average length of these publications will be approximately 40-100 pages, but that is flexible. Contact the newsletter editor, Jean Cooper, if you have a suggestion for future Occasional papers.

In this case, the book is a detailed essay on the history of Snowdon, a plantation created by Peter Jefferson in the first half of the 18th century.

“Beginning in the 1720s, a small group of men based in Goochland County, Virginia, began to migrate west, along the James River, settling the frontier which lay at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A few stopped at what is known as the Horseshoe Bend, a particularly beautiful and fertile spot in the river. Today, the modern counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, and Fluvanna converge there at the village of Scottsville.In the early 1740s, President Thomas Jefferson’s father, Peter, already a successful surveyor and land speculator, was quick to realize the commercial value of the spot when the newly formed Albemarle County located its seat at the Horseshoe Bend. This volume tells the story of settlement on the south side of the James River and the development of the plantation Peter Jefferson would call Snowdon, a very valuable farm with a complex history.”

Note: The Occasional papers are not part of the membership benefits of CVGA but must be purchased separately.



The #RVAHistoryHunt is a collaboration by Richmond cultural organizations to present a unique scavenger hunt experience. Launching just in time for National Scavenger Hunt Day (May 24) and running through August 23, this initiative has been carefully tailored to create a new way of engaging with the Richmond community while being aware of the unique challenges brought about by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

For more information, go to:

Library of Virginia Services Available During the Public Health Emergency

News Release | April 1, 2020

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Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation together.

Legacy Sponsors Free Webinar on Genealogy Every Day in April

Legacy Family Tree Webinars wants to do its part to help genealogists across the world who are self-isolating at home right now. While we can’t do your grocery shopping or other practical activities, perhaps a genealogy class each day during the month of April will help as a diversion.

Each day we’ll be unlocking one Legacy Family Tree webinar from the membership library to be available to watch for free. We’ve chosen the classes around a 7-day rotating theme:

  • Sundays – Methodology
  • Mondays – DNA
  • Tuesdays – Ethnic Genealogy
  • Wednesdays – Technology
  • Thursdays – Around the Globe
  • Fridays – Beginners
  • Saturdays – TechZone

The entire list of webinars can be found at the link below.

Central Virginia Heritage Spring 2020 (v.36, no.1) Now Available!


Among other articles in this issue, we find: “The Jouett Family in Central Virginia”:

Albemarle County’s Jouett family is directly descended from Matthieu de Jouhet, the Lord of Leveignac and Master of the Horse to Louis XIII of France (reigned 1610-1643).

Matthieu de Jouhet’s grandson Daniel de Jouet emigrated from France to the Narragansett area (the British colony of Rhode Island) in 1686. Daniel moved around quite a bit, settling first in South Carolina, then New York, and in 1721, in Elizabethtown, New Jersey.

Daniel’s youngest son, Jean Jouett, who was also born in France, was the father of John Jouett, Sr. (1730-1802). John Sr. was the owner of the Swan Tavern next to the Albemarle County Courthouse, and the area north of Charlottesville that became the High Street neighborhood. He was a signer of the Albemarle County Declaration of Independence on 21 April 1779. He was buried on the lot of the Swan Tavern, but the exact site was lost. The building itself was destroyed in 1828; the building now on the site was built in the first half of the nineteenth century….

For the rest of this article, and several others, CVGA members should go to “Members Only” on the menu bar above, and choose “Central Virginia Heritage — Current Issue.” (Note: You have to be logged in to this website in order to see “Members Only.”)

If you have trouble logging in to the site to download your copy, please contact me at the webmaster link at the bottom of this page.

For those who are not members of CVGA, we offer the opportunity to purchase a printed copy of each issue. The Spring 2020 issue is available from at for $6.50. Click on the link above or search for “Central Virginia Heritage” on

Contents of the Spring 2020 issue:

  • Life In 1940s Earlysville, by Charles Conway Crenshaw…p.1-3
  • No Stone Left Unturned: The Papers of Walter Lloyd Fontaine, by Joanne L. Yeck… p.4-11
  • Marriage Announcements in the Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA) February 1895, transcribed by Diane Inman…p.11-12
  • Jack Jouett: Revolutionary Rider, by Judy Bloodgood Bander (Woodside Publishers, 2014). A review by Jean L. Cooper.. p. 13-14
  • The Jouett Family in Central Virginia, by Jean L. Cooper p.14-15
  • What Are Finding Aids? p. 15
  • No Worries, My Will Gives Away My Genealogy Stuff, by Michael John Neill…p.16
  • The Freshest Advices; Buckingham County, Virginia, Genealogical Records from Newspapers, 1736-1850, by Randy Crouse, A Review by Joanne L. Yeck, p. 17-18
  • Charles Wesley Lusk, Jr. (1914-2005), A distinguished University of Virginia alumnus, by Diane Inman… p. 18-21
  • Settlement of the Estate of Samuel Griffin of Bedford County, VA, died 1812. Transcribed by Jean L. Cooper…p.22-26
  • Letter from the Editor, by Jean L. Cooper … p.27
  • President’s Column, by Susan Lindsay…p.28

If you have any articles you’d like to share with CVGA members, please send an email to the editor, eleanordew at gmail dot com. — The Editor.


CVGA Meeting March 14th Cancelled

Please be aware that the monthly meeting of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association will not be held this coming Saturday, March 14, 2020.

While there have not been any reported cases of the coronavirus in Charlottesville, we decided to be cautious and not hold a meeting. We will post information about the April meeting in a few weeks.