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Richard Allen Colbert
Richard Allen Colbert
About MeMy 7th GG Christopher Calvert was transported to Accomack Co, VA in 1636. y-DNA shows that my family has gone under the surnames Calvert, Colvard, and Colbert. Benjamin Colvard/Colbert Jr., who worked as a carpenter at Monticello, is a descendant of Christopher. Ben, Jr. is also the father of Betty Brown's children under the Colbert name. Betty Brown was dau. of Elizabeth Hemings and half-sister of Sally Hemings. Family Tree DNA and Ancestry.com confirm I am related to Hemings family. DNA testing at Ancestry.com and at Family Tree DNA that is managed by CeCe Moore also confirms I am related.
Researching Colbert children born to Betty Brown, sister of Sally Hemings: Burwell, Brown, Melinda and Mary. They were born between 1783 and 1801. Also interested in two other children of Betty Brown -- Edwin and Robert -- who may or may not have gone under the surname Colbert. My family has gone under the surnames Calvert, Colvard and Colbert since arriving in Virginia in 1636. Autosomal DNA from Family Tree DNA and Ancestry.com indicates that my family is related to the Hemings's and Jefferson's. In the 1750's Benjamin Calvert/Colvard/Colbert moved to Albemarle County, VA and made his living as a carpenter. Between 1778 and 1779 his sixteen year-old son Benjamin Colvard/Colbert Jr. was an apprentice carpenter/joiner at Monticello under Joseph Neilson, Jefferson's chief carpenter. Ben Sr. also had other sons William and Alexander. When Benjamin Colvard Sr died in 1786, Ben Jr. became the sole owner of his father's carpenter shop in Charlottesville and, on occasion, hired slaves from Thomas Jefferson who were trained as carpenters to work for him. Example: Ben Jr. hired David Hern, one of Jefferson's slaves, to work for him between 1791 and 1792. Benjamin Colvard Sr.'s last will and testament was witnessed by Jesse Payne, Nicholas Lewis, Jr., William Day and Stephen Hughes on 11 Feb 1786. Alexander Colvard and his brother-in-law George Bruce also owned land adjacent to Monticello. (Land bought 14 April 1791).Richard Allen C...
October 14, 2017 on The Descendants of Elizabeth Hemings: Betty Brown