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Madison James Hemmings (1805 - 1877)

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Madison James Hemmings
Born in Monticello Plantation, Albermarle, Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of [uncertain] and
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Ross, Ohiomap
Hemmings-125 created 25 Mar 2014 | Last modified
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Madison was a carpenter and joiner, given his freedom in Jefferson's will. He was named by the wife of James Madison who was at Monticello at the time of his birth. He married Mary McCoy a free woman of colour/mixed race, and after his mother's death, they settled in southern Ohio abt 1836. He continued to work his trade and had a small farm of abt 60 acres in Ross County where he and Mary raised their 9 children.

1831 Virginia Marriages: Madison Hemmings and Mary Hughes McCoy, 21 Nov 1831 Albemarle, Virginia

Residences: 1850 Pebble, Pike, Ohio Age 45  ; 1860 Huntington, Ross, Ohio age 55  ; 1870 Huntington, Ross, Ohio Age 65

The Memoirs of Madison Hemings:

Madison Hemings (1805-1877) was the son of Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson. He was freed by Thomas Jefferson's will in 1826. He moved to Ohio following Sally's death in 1835, where he worked as a carpenter and farmer. His memoir, as told to S.F. Wetmore, was originally published in Ohio's Pike County Repubican in 1873 at :-



Originally entered by Leslie Ridley-388 26 Mar 2014

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