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Madison James Hemmings (1805 - 1877)

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Madison James Hemmings
Born in Monticello Plantation, Albermarle, Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Ross, Ohiomap
Profile last modified | Created 25 Mar 2014
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Categories: Albemarle County, Virginia, Slaves.


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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No known carriers of Madison's ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA have taken yDNA or mtDNA tests and no close relatives have taken a 23andMe, AncestryDNA, or Family Tree DNA "Family Finder" test.

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On 17 Oct 2017 at 10:34 GMT Richard Colbert wrote:

Do you think you are related to the Hemings family?

My GEDmatches are A733186 and T419865. If you match me at Chromosomes 7 and 12, you might be.

On 17 Oct 2017 at 09:39 GMT Richard Colbert wrote:

Although there are no known carriers of Madison Hemings ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA, there are matches in autosomal DNA ( atDNA) linking him to other families.

In 2014, I was contacted by a genetic genealogist who was researching the Hemings family and in particular Madison Hemings, the son of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings.

It turned out that I shared matching atDNA at Chromosomes 7 and 12 with two individuals who are direct descendants of Madison Hemings. They were mother and son.

With the mother I shared a total DNA share of 23.0 cM. With her son, I shared 18.0 cM. The mother was 12.5 % African American; the son 6.25%.

My connection was through Ben Colvard aka Colbert, a neighbor of Jefferson's. Jefferson owned a number of Colbert slaves by Betty Brown.

On 29 Jun 2017 at 23:51 GMT Robin Lee wrote: has quite a bit of information on him, along with additional sources

Madison is 16 degrees from SJ Baty, 18 degrees from Orville Redenbacher and 14 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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