No, the oldest ones were not Jeffersons, DNS says. I think the youngest four were proven to have some male Jefferson DNA. They look like him. The older ones do not. I think that Sally Hemmings was more than 1/8 black, but was by all accounts a very lovely woman.
posted on 05/03/2003 10:51:26 AM PDT
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She, her mother and grandmother all had white fathers.
The family legend was that she was pregnant when she returned from France. There may be problems with that but I have seen no real proof she wasn't.
The most significant proof to me is the highly unusual treatment given all her descendents and family. NO other slaves were freed from that estate.
Pro-Jefferson historians began to cover up the story by the mid-1800s but none of their reasoning or proof stand up to analysis.
I think Sally had other features than her beauty which appealed to J. not the least of which was her ability to speak French. J. virtually worshipped anything French.
posted on 05/03/2003 7:10:36 PM PDT
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