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Legend, Mystery and Scientific Research: Presentation to Reveal Findings on Lucy Jefferson's Grave


Add a treacherous hike with stories of murder and betrayal, and a regional mystery ensues. Livingston County settler, and sister to President Thomas Jefferson, Lucy Jefferson Lewis, may not be buried where history and a small gravestone says she is. Tommy Thompson stops by Sounds Good to talk about his work to solve the mystery.   

An early settler of Livingston County along with the rest of her family, Lucy Jefferson Lewis passed away in 1810 at her son's home. This is all that is known of her. 

Tommy Thompson's interest was piqued after a friend asked him if he was "ready for an adventure." After an arduous hike up to the graveyard on Rocky Hill, the two found the small marker indicating Lucy's grave. Legends of murder and betrayal, however, suggest otherwise.

Detailed historical and scientific research ensued to discover if the President's sister was, in fact, buried where history says she is. 

Tommy will present his findings and shed light on an old mystery tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Murray State's Paducah campus. He will also speak on the remarkable life of Lewis and her family. The event is free and open to the public. 

The Paducah chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will provide refreshments prior to the presentation. 

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