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Harriet (Hemmings) Heckman (1801 - aft. 1863)

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Harriet Heckman formerly Hemmings
Born in Albemarle, Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of [uncertain] and
Wife of — married after in Washington, DCmap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Washington DCmap
Profile last modified | Created 25 Mar 2014
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Categories: Albemarle County, Virginia, Slaves.


At 14 years, Harriet was working in the textile factory at Monticello as a wool spinner. She also worked in the cotton factory as a weaver. Her brother Madison described her as very light-skinned, and beautiful.

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While Jefferson did not legally free Harriet, in 1822 when she was 21, he aided her "escape". He saw that she was put in a stage coach and given $50 for her journey. Her brother Madison Hemings later said she had gone to Washington, DC to join their older brother Beverley Hemings, who had similarly left Monticello earlier that year. Both entered into white society and married white partners of good circumstances. Seven-eighths European in ancestry, all the Hemings children were legally white under contemporary Virginia law, although they were enslaved. Jefferson freed the two youngest brothers in his will of 1826, so they were legally free. Beverly and Harriet stayed in touch with their brother Madison Hemings for some time, and then Harriet stopped writing. According to his 1873 account, both siblings had children.



Originally entered by Leslie Ridley-388 26 Mar 2014

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On 19 Apr 2016 at 11:24 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

What is the source for her marriage and child please?

Harriet is 12 degrees from Elinor Glyn, 17 degrees from Frances Weidman 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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