Betsy Hemings, Slave

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Betsy Hemings

Birthdate: (74)
Death: 1857 (74)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Fossett and Mary Bell
Partner of Senator John Wayles Eppes, DemRep-VA
Mother of Joseph Hemings and Frances Dean
Sister of Joseph Fossett
Half sister of Daniel Farley; Molly Hemings; Robert Washington Bell and Sally Jefferson Scott

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About Betsy Hemings, Slave

From her mother's Wikipedia page:

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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Betsy Hemings, Slave's Timeline

Age 26
Millbrook, Buckingham County, Virginia, United States
Age 27
Milbrook, Buckingham County, Virginia, United States
Age 74