Betsy Hemings, slave

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Betsy Hemings

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Death: Died
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Daughter of Partner(s) of Mary Hemings and Mary Bell
Partner of Sen. John Wayles Eppes (DemRep-VA)
Mother of Frances Dean and Joseph Hemings
Sister of Daniel Farley and Molly Hemings
Half sister of Joseph Fossett; Sally Jefferson Scott and Robert Washington Bell

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About Betsy Hemings, slave

From her mother's Wikipedia page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Hemings

Betsy Hemmings, b. 1783. Her descendants say their family oral tradition is that Betsy was fathered by the recently widowed Thomas Jefferson, whose wife died in 1782.[5] The historian Lucia Stanton found documentation that her mother Mary Hemings was one of the household slaves whom Jefferson took to Williamsburg and Richmond to care for the family when he was governor, from 1779-1781.[1][6] Jefferson gave Betsy Hemmings at the age of 14, and 29 other slaves,[1] as a wedding gift to his daughter Mary Jefferson and her new husband John Wayles Eppes. Betsy lived with the Eppes family for the rest of her life. Her descendants say she was his concubine from about age 21, after he was widowed, and through his second marriage.[5]

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