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.”
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.