Sally was a slave owned by President Thomas Jefferson through his wife's inheritance, as were her mother and siblings. Although it's unknown, there's a possibility that Sally was actually his wife's half-sister through John Wayles.
Abt 1787 after Jefferson's wife Martha had died, either in France or shortly after their return, Jefferson and Sally began an intimate relationship which produced 6 children born into slavery, four surviving to adulthood. They were 7/8ths European and 3 of the 4 entered white society as adults, and despite the controversy, are now widely accepted as being fathered by Jefferson after his wife's death.
Jefferson freed all of Sally's children as they came of age.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Sally by comparing test results with other
carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Sally:
Author David McCullough wrote the book, John Adams. Please see the first person accounts recorded when the Adams family took care of Sally, before TJ finally took custody. Also, please know that TJ personally insured his slave children would be given their freedom by demanding the VA State Legislature pass a law only for them. They lived FREE in VA and where known to be TJ's children due to their unique status. NO other slaves were allow to live free in VA. Evidence of his parenthood is overwhelming.
It seems there is one group that WANTS to think that TJ fathered children with Sally whether true or not and another that WANTS to disbelieve it, whether true or not. Personally, I have no problem with where the facts. The rumors (not saying this to bias one side of thinking) started in the early 19th century and, as I understand it, the DNA evidence later proved those rumors to be untrue. Later, I heard DNA evidence does say that the children were fathered by one of six Jefferson males but not necessarily TJ. Some use circumstances to support that it was TJ and not one of the other six, but those circumstances actually supported that it would have been one of the other five.
Not sure what the thinking is today. Can anyone describe it in 50 words or fewer?
According to VA law, if a slave was liberated, he/she would have to leave the state. To circumvent this law, Jefferson petitioned the VA legislature to allow his children to remain in Virginia after he freed them in his will, according to the author of the book, Thomas Jefferson, by Appleby. This fact was reported in the Wikipedia site for Sally Hemings, see footnote 33.
Also, see Monticello.org at: https://www.Monticello.org/site/plantation-and-slavery/appendix-h-sally-hemings-and-her-children. President Jefferson never publically denied assertions concerning his slave children. In fact, they were the ONLY slaves given freedom in his will. And thanks to his Legislative efforts, they lived near Monticello as Free persons of color, according to the 1830 Albemarle County census. In the Albemarle County 1833 census they are all listed as free WHITE persons.
Jefferson was such a wonderful slave owner that he got the entire VA state legislature to pass a LAW declaring his children by Sally as FREE and they lived free after his death. Circumstantial evidence? Jefferson and I are 5th Cousins 5x removed via Alice Fox Banks.
Vincent, not only is the marriage PLACE not on the map, the marriage itself is a fantasy.
Where is the evidence that a marriage ceremony between Sally Hemmings and Thomas Jefferson ever took place? Where is evidence that Jefferson referred to Hemmings in public as his wife? What legal marital rights did Hemmings enjoy as the wife of Jefferson?
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