Mary Hemings, continued

When she was fourteen, Jefferson gave Mary Hemings Bell’s daughter Betsy Hemmings (1783-1857) to his daughter and son-in-law Maria and John Wayles Eppes.  She became head nurse in the Eppes household. Eppes’s children by his second wife erected a gravestone for their “Mammy,” “Mother, Sister & Friend to all who knew her.”

Frances Hemmings Dean, daughter of Betsy Hemmings  Nannie Hemmings Jones (d. 1984)

Wilbert Dean, Omega Calimese, & Edna Jacques at Betsy Hemmings Grave

Mary Hemings Bell’s youngest daughter, Sally Jefferson Bell, married Jesse Scott, a noted Albemarle County musician (left, with his violin). Their son Robert Scott (1803-1899) (right) played violin in the Scott family band, famous all over Virginia in the nineteenth century. 

Jesse ScottRobert Scott (1803-1899)

Robert Scott’s descendants include:

Yvonne Simpkins and Gloria Thornburgh, Getting Word participantsJesse Scott Sammons (1852-1901), a teacher and principal in Albemarle County, VA

 

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