Hemmings was probably impregnated by Thomas Jefferson's relative, who by all accounts, was fascinated with all things African. Hemmings herself was the half sister of Jefferson's first wife.
Lucian Truscott IV is a flaming jerk, and not as good a writer as his dad. On the other hand, his less well known brother, James Truscott, is a gentleman. Ah well, it happens in the best of families.
Lucian Truscott III, the commander of the Third Infantry division in Sicily and commander of the 3rd Army after Patton's relief, was also a gentleman. His "Command Missions" is the best read of all the general's memoirs of the second world war.
posted on 05/03/2003 8:11:40 AM PDT
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I think it's interesting that the Hemmings that have been the most vocal about being Jefferson descendents were proven not to be descendents.
And the ones who never had too much to do with that claim are the ones that the DNA proved to be fathered by SOME Jefferson male.
Personally, I think it probably was Jefferson in at least one case.
I can't remember which one, but there is a granddaughter that looks just like him, on the Hemmings side.
posted on 05/03/2003 9:36:16 AM PDT
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Jefferson's nephews were not the fathers of Hemmings children that is easily shown to be false. That was a claim concocted years after J's death by his daughter and others attempting to deflect criticism of her father by those pointing to Sally. They tried to claim Jefferson was the children's father as the evidence clearly shows.
As you said Sally was Martha's half sister. She was 1/8 black. Jefferson had promised Martha on her deathbed never to remarry. Sally and his affair was not one of explotation of a slave by a master but was a long-lived loving affair of 30 yrs. I am not a Jefferson fan by any means but do not point to this as one of his major faults. Sally was intelligent, discrete, spoke French and probably looked a great deal like his wife.
Her children and relatives were highly favored by J. and were the only slaves freed by Jefferson or his estate. One of her sons was taught to play the violin (which J also played) and the only reason she was not freed was that at the time of his death freed slaves HAD to leave Virginia. Since her relatives were there she did not want to leave MOnticello.
posted on 05/03/2003 10:45:48 AM PDT
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