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Hemings, Sally


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    • us: Hemings, Sarah
    • us: Hemmings, Sally
    • us: Hemmings, Sarah
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    • found: Chase-Riboud, B. Sally Hemings, 1979 (subj.) t.p. (Sally Hemings)
    • found: Wikipedia, Aug. 30, 2011 (Sally Hemings; Sarah "Sally" Hemings; b. ca. 1773, Shadwell, Albemarle Co., Va., d. 1835, Charlottesville, Va.; mixed-race slave owned by the president Thomas Jefferson through inheritance from his wife. She was the half-sister of Jefferson's wife, Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson by their father John Wayles)
    • found: American national biography, 1999 (Hemings, Sally (1773-1835); enslaved lady's maid and seamstress; given name probably was Sarah; b. Virginia; daughter of the slave Elizabeth "Betty" Hemings and, allegedly, John Wayles, a merchant and planter; family members spell the surname both Hemings and Hemmings)
    • found: Bio. and geneal. master index on GaleNet, Aug. 30, 2011 (Hemings, Sally; 1766-1835 [1 source]; 1773-1835 [31 sources]; 1773-1836 [1 source]; 1773-1886 [sic; 1 source])
    • found: African American National Biography, accessed January 29, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Hemings, Sally; Sarah; slave, servant; born 1773 in Shadwell Plantation, Virginia, United States. She was the personal servant of Jefferson's daughter Mary, whom she accompanied to France (1787-1789) and remained at Monticello after Mary's marriage (1797) as a slave up to the time of Jefferson's death (1826). She is listed on List of Free Negroes & Mulattoes with her son Madison (1833). Her son Madison stated that he and his brothers and sisters were Thomas Jefferson's children (1873); DNA tests of her and Jefferson descendants strongly indicate that Jefferson was the father of her youngest son Eston (1998). She died 1835 in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States)
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