Eston was born into slavery at Monticello, the youngest son of Sally Hemmings and Thomas Jefferson, as evidenced in a 1998 DNA test that showed a descendant of Eston matched the Jefferson male line.
Jefferson freed Eston and his older brother Madison in his will, as they had not come of age at his death.
Abt 1852 Eston and his wife and 3 children moved to Madison Wisconsin where they changed their surname to Jefferson and entered the white community, their descendants identifying as white.
A 1998 DNA study found that a male descendant of Eston Hemmings Jefferson matched the rare Y-chromosome of the Jefferson male line. Most historians took this result as affirming other historical evidence related to the paternity issue, and have acknowledged that the president and Sally Hemmings had a 38-year relationship in which he fathered her six children of record. While some historians disagree, most Jeffersonian scholarship has changed to incorporate this.
Profile created by Leslie Ridley 16 Jan 2014
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On 19 Apr 2016 at 11:12 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:
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