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  • Descendants of Andrew Jackson, Jr., can be found throughout the United States from California to Florida and from Texas to Tennessee. About 120 assembled at The Hermitage for reunions in 1985 and 1991.

  • One large genealogy profile does make a very remote connection between the two men, but the exact relationship is not clear.

  • In 1824, Andrew Jackson ran with John C. Calhoun against John Quincy Adams. Jackson won the popular vote, but the electoral vote went to Adams. In 1828, Jackson ran again with John C. Calhoun, and this time was successful. In 1832, Jackson was elected to his second term as president with Martin Van Buren as his vice president.

  • The Hermitage property which Andrew Jackson bought from Nathaniel Hays on August 23, 1804, for $3,500 was a 425-acre tract of land. The farm would over time grow to over 1,050 acres. Today, the Ladies’ Hermitage Association administers 1120 acres of land as a historic site including almost all of Jackson’s acreage.

  • Jackson biographers have looked for such a scandal for a long time, but have never found any evidence. Since the John Quincy Adams forces never mentioned it in the no-holds-barred campaign of 1828, an illegitimate child is unlikely.

  • Jackson letters after he purchased The Hermitage were initially addressed as from Rural Retreat. A few months later, Jackson began addressing his letters as from The Hermitage. This evidence suggests that Jackson named the property, but it is not known why he chose the name. Hermitage essentially means a place where a hermit would live.

  • Jackson owned as many as 150 field and household slaves by the 1840s.

  • No, but they did adopt Rachel’s nephew Andrew Jackson Donelson, son of her brother Severn. They renamed him Andrew Jackson Jr.

  • Rachel was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Her father was a member of the Virginia legislature, a surveyor, a militia leader, a landowner, and an iron manufacturer. He moved his family to East Tennessee in 1779 with the intention of joining James Robertson in an expedition to settle in the middle Tennessee area. Rachel joined her father on the flatboat “Adventure,” along with other women, children, and men as they traveled the Holston, Tennessee, Ohio, and Cumberland rivers until they reached the “French Lick,” where the Robertson party awaited them, on April 24, 1780.

  • Visitors in the 1820s reported symptoms that would indicate heart problems to us today, but because we have no medical history of Rachel, we avoid ascribing a cause of death. Several things with similar symptoms could have caused her death.


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