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Although the book’s 450 pages, which include approximately 100 pages of notes and 80 illustrations, may first seem a bit overwhelming, they offer an in-valuable resource about Randolph Jefferson and the Jefferson Brothers.

Moreover, the book is a must-have reference on Buckingham’s history during the 18th and 19th Centuries.

Tana Knott, Farmville Herald


As the book unfolds you get a very good idea about the brothers’ relationship, their similarities and, of course, their differences in both temperament and visions.

Chapters encompass the lineage and history of the earliest Jefferson settlers, Randolph Jefferson’s education, his patriotism, his life as a farmer and biographies of his children. Part three deals primarily with the interaction of the two brothers and the last chapter is titled “The Jefferson Brothers: A Study in Contrasts.”

Yeck discovered much material about the rise and commerce of towns along the James River in the late 18th and 19th centuries. Towns such as Warren, developed by Wilson C. Nicholas, and the communication by ferries between towns and villages on both sides of the James River.

Marianne Ramsden, Scottsville Monthly



Just finished reading “At a Place Called Buckingham” and The Jefferson Brothers. I thoroughly enjoyed them both! Thank you for all the research and effort you’ve put into bringing these historical facts together and for presenting them in such an easy way. I look forward to your future writings.

Debra (Virginia)



Joanne Yeck brings history to life and gives character to names in a friendly but scholarly manner.

Calvin (Virginia)


Faced with a dearth of information due to the loss by fire of many potential sources, the author resists the temptation to speculate or conjecture, leaving many interesting threads of Randolph’s story captivatingly unresolved. Well-researched and written, “The Jefferson Brothers” is a revealing and riveting historical work.

Marian (Chicago)


Thoroughly researched and presented, The Jefferson Brothers is a good read. I hated to see the pages numbers increasing and the pages left decreasing.  While Thomas Jefferson certainly affected the course of our country and thence our lives today, I believe Randolph was far more the complete man.  He lived a honorable and good life, left no debts, served the county well,  seemed content with himself, and saw that his children were established on their own.  He was a nearly a perfect example of a Virginia gentleman.

Mary Carolyn (Indiana)



The Jefferson Brothers presented new information I had never seen before.  A real contribution to history.

Richard (Virginia)


“A great insight into the life of a complex founding father and his much simpler brother.”

Aidan Braughler, age 12 (Ohio)

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