Hemings Family: Sally Hemings, Madison Hemings, Eston Hemings, James Hemings, Frederick Madison Roberts, Betty Hemings, John Wayles Jefferson

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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Sally Hemings, Madison Hemings, Eston Hemings, James Hemings, Frederick Madison Roberts, Betty Hemings, John Wayles Jefferson, Mary Hemings, the Hemingses of Monticello: an American Family, John Hemings. Excerpt: Elizabeth "Betty" Hemings Elizabeth "Betty" Hemings (circa 1735, unknown location Monticello , Albemarle County, ...

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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Sally Hemings, Madison Hemings, Eston Hemings, James Hemings, Frederick Madison Roberts, Betty Hemings, John Wayles Jefferson, Mary Hemings, the Hemingses of Monticello: an American Family, John Hemings. Excerpt: Elizabeth "Betty" Hemings Elizabeth "Betty" Hemings (circa 1735, unknown location Monticello , Albemarle County, Virginia , 1807) was an American slave owned by Thomas Jefferson . She was the concubine of Jefferson's father-in-law John Wayles, from whom Jefferson inherited her and her family. Over seventy-five of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were enslaved at Jefferson's estate, Monticello . Biography According the oral history of her descendants, Betty was the daughter of a slave-ship captain named Hemings and an enslaved African woman. The place of her birth is uncertain, but by the 1740s she was the property of Frances Eppes IV of the Bermuda Hundred plantation, whose daughter, Martha Eppes, was to become John Wayles' first wife. Betty's grandson, Madison Hemings , related the story that Betty was already the property of "John Wales" at the time of her birth, and her father, Captain Hemings, attempted to purchase her from Wayles, but Wayles refused because he was curious about how a mulatto child would develop. Captain Hemings then plotted to kidnap his daughter, which Wayles got word of and took measures against. This account appears to contradict the documentary evidence pertaining to Betty's birth and early life, although it is possible that Wayles could have sold Betty to Frances Eppes and later regained ownership of her via the dowry of Eppes's daughter, or that Madison's chronology is incorrect and the incident, if it occurred, happened later. After the marriage of John Wayles and Martha Eppes in 1746, Elizabeth became the property of Wa...

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  • ISBN-13: 9781155531632
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Pages: 74
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

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