I think "ancestor inspiration" would be a better view.
You are correct. It is agreed that Hemmings was a 50/50 mulatto at least is it not and that she was sired by someone connected to Jefferson and that she had liasions within the Jefferson family.
I'm not sure how much can be proved beyond that other than as you point out that she was loyal to him without question.
Is there any written correspondence detailing whether or not she was a concubine to him from him, his daughter or anyone else with close knowledge.
The probability of a liasion with a fairly cultured well traveled mulatto of her standing with an old widower planter-statesman is hardly inconcievable.
It's ironic that in American history it remains speculative whereas in non-English speaking slave owning societies, it would have been assumed as a given.
posted on 09/14/2003 3:57:49 PM PDT
(Roland will be missed by me.)
Actually you guys should know that sally was not 50 black and 50 white. She was actually only 1/4 black and 3/4 white. Her Grandmother was an african slave who had a child with her master old captain hemmings, her name was Elizabeth. When she and her mother where sold to Master Whalyes (T. Jefferson’s wife’s father) Elizabeth aka Betty has Sally with Master Whayles (making there children T.J’S Wife’s haif-siblings)Sally’s Grandmother 100% african
Sally’s Mother 1/2 black and 1/2 white
Sally 3/4 White 1/4 black
Her Children 7/8 white and 1/8 black
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