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.
Sally Hemings was enslaved with her family at Monticello. She lived in Paris with Jefferson and two of his daughters from 1787 to 1789 and was the mother of at least six of Jefferson's children. Learn more »