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Donald M. Scott's picture
Thanks for this balanced view of things. As a scholar, and writer, who's researched Jefferson and his colleagues for years, I find the whole Hemmings story to be highly suspect. As a juror on a murder trial, which attempted to use dna evidence to convict someone without success, I know DNA must be taken with a large grain of salt. As far as Paris goes - he was famously head-over-heels in love with Maria Cosway, who was married to a homosexual man, and spent much of his spare time worrying and writing about that. It's not likely he'd have had the time for Sally Hemmings - who, after all, was in her early teens and probably no competition for Cosway. Based on my research, and the jury experience, I believe Jefferson could not be indicted, let alone convicted of a love affair with a slave.
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Emily Kosokar's picture
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AmyKimSto's picture
What is behind Monticello not updating info on this Thomas Jefferson-Sally Hemings-Thomas Woodson fantasy ? I wrote to you guys recently, asking if you wanted a copy of his obit, but not interested in setting the story straight ? Thomas Woodson´s obit from 3 Feb 1876, in Jackson County, Ohio, clearly states that he was born on 10 Jun 1784 in Chesterfield County, VA, and moved to Goochland County, VA, in 1796. Most of the census records also back up his birth year. Suddenly, wife Jemima isn´t 8 years his senior. Go figure. He also died 25 Jan 1876 and not 1879. His headstone is obviously of a newer date and "conveniently" has cherry-picked dates that suited someone´s story. Whoever supplied the newspaper with the info knew exactly what they were talking about and knew his movements well. Do the math. This 1784 birth year for Thomas eliminates Sally Hemings as his mother; she would have been about 10 at conception and 11 at giving birth. Me thinks, not so much. yDNA tests have also concluded that Jefferson was not the father. I stem from the Woodsons of early VA and have begun plopping extended Woodsons into my tree and have uncovered a possible scenario, connecting Thomas Woodson to mid-1780s Chesterfield and the Woodsons (who normally were not in that county of VA) and have a scenario as to why he was moved to Goochland. My research will turn up several surnames to which descendents can compare on their DNA results. People need to give it up and do a little bit of research to uncover the real truth, even though old family stories make for interesting chatter at a cocktail party. I do not doubt that Thomas Woodson is seen as having ties to Monticello; Col.John Woodson was married to Thomas Jefferson´s aunt Dorothea Randolph. I´m sure that the family stories are just a jumble of misinformation and embellishing.
Kurt's picture
Some of the timeline of Thomas Jefferson is specious. There is no evidence that Thomas Jefferson fathered any of Sally Hemings' children. The DNA test that was done only showed that a Jefferson male fathered Eston Hemings. The descendants of Eston were told Eston was fathered by a Jefferson "Uncle." There were many male Jeffersons who lived near Monticello. The most likely person to have fathered Eston was Randolph Jefferson, who had a reputation for spending lots of time with the Jefferson's slaves, playing music and dancing long into the night. Jefferson himself denied all of the accusations, saying that the only transgression he was guilty of was courting a married woman before he was married. Thomas Jefferson's worst enemies in his own day and in the present day, including historian Forrest McDonald, have said there is no basis for the claims.
robertmorelli's picture
I know that you want to spin this in the best light but this is the one topic where Mr. Jefferson and I part ways. He was a product of his time in the south and we should be honest about that. He was a racist. He believed that blacks were inferior and did not do all that was in his power to persuade the VA government or the US government to abolish slavery. He had a working plantation and he was making money off of human bondage. Please don't sugar coat it with contradictions like, "Jefferson also thought that slavery was contrary to the laws of nature, which decreed that everyone had a right to personal liberty" with nonsensical statements like, "To Jefferson, it was anti-democratic and contrary to the principles of the American Revolution for the federal government to enact abolition". He was a brilliant man, a tolerant man, an enlightened man when it came to the rights of white people, and he is one of my favorite founding fathers. Yet he never freed but a few of his slaves and we really should call an 18th century slave-holding racist what he was.
johneh77's picture
years ago I remember seeing a garden show that featured a greenhouse. I'm sure it was at Monticello but my memory isn't perfect. The greenhouse was earth bermed or sunken and had a wood stove built into the back with apparent seed starting area on it. the stove was masonry that went the length of the back wall. I would like to know if that was indeed at Monticello or my memory is faulty also if anyone knows which show that was. I would love to get another look at that greenhouse so if anyone has a link to pictures or video please let me know. I have searched a lot of photos and am beginning to doubt my memory as I haven't seen anything about it at Monticello.
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Gcarta's picture
I would like to ask all dog owners to please keep their dogs on a leash at all times as required on all trails. While the vast majority of dog owners that I see visiting Kemper park are extremely respectful, there some who ignore the leash rule on a regular basis creating danger for other leashed dogs and apprehension by their owners, danger for wildlife, and disturbance of the peace. Their disregard for the rules makes it difficult for others to enjoy the Trails. Please, respect the rules of this wonderful community resource so we may all enjoy it. Thank you.
Sgt Hett's picture
Eston John Jefferson (Hemings) Also Known As: "Easton John Hemmings" Birthdate: May 21, 1808 (47) Birthplace: Monticello, Charlottesville, Albemarle, Virginia, United States Death: January 3, 1856 (47) Wisconsin, United States Place of Burial: Madison, Dane, Wisconsin, United States Immediate Family: Son of Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of The United States Of America and Sarah 'Sally' Hemings Husband of Julia Ann Isaacs Father of Col. John Wayles Jefferson (USA); Anne Wayles Pearson and William Beverly Frederick Jefferson Brother of Thomas Corbin Woodson, Sr.; Harriet Hemings, (A); Edy Hemings; Beverly William Hemings; Thenia Jefferson Hemingsand 2 others Half brother of Martha Washington Randolph; Jane Randolph Jefferson; Peter Jefferson; Maria Eppes; Lucy Elizabeth Jefferson and 5 others William Beverly Frederick Jefferson (Hemings) Birthdate: 1838 (70) Birthplace: Ohio, United States Death: November 12, 1908 (70) Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, United States Place of Burial: Madison, Dane, Wisconsin, United States Immediate Family: Son of Eston John Jefferson and Julia Ann Isaacs Husband of Ann Maud Hemmings/Jeffersonand Anna Maude Jefferson Father of Carl Smith Jefferson; Thomas Beverly Jefferson; John Fairill Jefferson; Frederick Arthur Jefferson; Harry Edgar Jefferson; Carl Smith Jefferson and <private> Jefferson « less Brother of Col. John Wayles Jefferson (USA)and Anne Wayles Pearson Managed by: Nicholas Edwin Cummings Last Updated: June 25, 2017 Charles Jefferson Found 10 Records, 10 Photos and 399,295 Family Trees Born in Ohio, USA on 12 Feb 1844. Charles married Mary Lucy Burditt and had 5 children. He passed away on 19 Jul 1886 in Thonotosasa, Hillsborough, Floridia. Family Members Parents William Beverly Hemings Jefferson Anna Maude Jefferson Spouse(s) Mary Lucy Burditt 1852-1910 Children Charles Mitchell Jefferson 1875-1954 Clarence Burdette Jefferson 1875-1947 Winifred Rosilee Jefferson 1878-1953 William Livingston Jefferson 1880-1962 Mary Elizabeth Jefferson 1885-Unknown Photo added by Rattlebox Charles Jefferson • BIRTH 1844 Ohio, USA • DEATH 1886 Hillsborough County, Florida, USA • BURIAL Thonotosassa Cemetery Thonotosassa, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA • GPS Latitude: 28.05994, Longitude: -82.29277 • MEMORIAL ID 8220207 Winifred Rosilee Jefferson Found 10 Records, 6 Photos and 399,295 Family Trees Born in Monroe, Ohio, USA on 1878 to Charles Jefferson and Mary Lucy Burditt. Winifred Rosilee married Franklin William Sharpe and had 6 children. She passed away on Dec 1953 in Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida, USA. Family Members Parents Charles Jefferson 1844-1886 Mary Lucy Burditt 1852-1910 Spouse(s) Franklin William Sharpe 1872-1946 Children Jefferson Burdette Sharpe 1902-1944 Winnifred Araminta Sharpe 1904-1992 Franklin Brutz Sharpe 1908-1909 Jessie Elizabeth Sharpe 1910-1989 Harry Pilcher Sharpe 1916-1964 Mary Alice Sharpe 1918-1995 I Donald Gary Hett am a descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings my father Alexander Cook Hett Jr is the son of Winifred Araminta Sharpe daughter of Winifred Rosilee Jefferson daughter of Charles Jefferson son of William Beverly Hemings Jefferson Son of Eston Hemings Jefferson son of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings
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boars breath's picture
Does anyone know of most current description of Jefferson’s “lost” Taliaferro Apple? Peter Hatch mentioned in a Mother Earth interview a year ago that a new description source for the Apple was just discovered. Yet that source and more importantly the description has not been made public as far as I know. I have contacted several people in regard to this and no one has answered. This is not a reference to the Jefferson/ Mease letters description. Supposedly this was a new description that had been recently found. Thanks
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