West Ford , drawing by Vinson Loffing, 1858
Janet Allen, left, and her sister Linda Bryant, descendants of West Ford, son of a slave, contend that his father was George Washington. [Steve Groer/Rocky Mountain News]
The NYT story is from 1997, but I don't believe I'd heard of this before. I checked for FR topics about it (nothin') but didn't check for updates on the web.
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I am soooooo tired of this. The DNA evidence used for the Sally Hemmings test, werent’ even from TJ himself, and apparently these aren’t from GW either. I am just not sure what the point is here, more evidence condemning those evil white Founders or pride in the heritage. I suspect I know.
OK I guess I'll believe it, not sure tho
This really doesn’t mesh with anything we know about President Washington.
George failed to produce children with Martha who had previously produced two.
GW is high on my list of sterile possibilities.
Was the father of our country a father?
Is there any point at which we are all going to start treating these things with the contempt they so richly deserve?
Even nutjob America-haters know this is buncombe.
This sad little lizard told me that he was a brontosaurus
on his mother’s side.
I did not laugh; people who boast of ancestry often have
little else to sustain them.
Humoring them costs nothing and adds to happiness in a
world in which happiness is always in short supply.