Beverly Hemings was the oldest surviving son of Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson. At Monticello he worked as carpenter. He was also remembered as a musician, called upon to play violin for dances arranged by Jefferson's granddaughters. Sometime in late 1821 or early 1822, he left Monticello, possibly in the company of his sister Harriet, and was not pursued. According to his brother Madison, Beverly Hemings passed into white society and raised a family in Washington, D.C., or possibly Maryland. There is no other record of his life following his departure.
Originally appeared as an entry in the online Monticello Explorer, 2005