H/T Patrick Lee
Lucy Elizabeth Jefferson was born 12 days before this letter. That was Martha Jefferson’s 7th pregnancy in 15 years. She was widowed with a young son when she and Jefferson began courting. That child died the summer before she-remarried. She bore six children to Thomas during their 10 year marriage.
The question now is, what would lead them to have so many children, considering the fact that Jefferson was neither Catholic nor Mormon?