From my reading into this that "plausibility" is not very plausible.
There were other white slaves at Monticello who were not freed either prior to or after J's death. "Appearance" as a reason to free them appears to be an insufficient explanation of the freeing of Hemmings family.
Another claim is that Peter Jefferson was the father.
Annette Gordon-Reed Thomas Jefferson An American Controversy is the book I referenced earlier. It does a good job of examining the various possiblities.
posted on 05/05/2003 10:41:44 AM PDT
(RATS will use any means to denigrate George Bush's Victory.)
It's at least as plausible, if not more so, than Thomas Jefferson. He was there at the right times, he showed inclination for taking advantage of slaves in that way, he has the right DNA, and is even implicated in the earliest oral histories of Hemmings descendants.
Until he specifically is ruled out, no one can claim it is proved Hemmings line is directly descended from Thomas Jefferson.
posted on 05/05/2003 11:37:58 AM PDT
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