Slave, Ladies Maid, and Mistress of President Thomas Jefferson. Her mother was a slave named Elizabeth (Betty) Hemings (1735-1807) and her father was allegedly John Wayles, Thomas Jefferson's father-in-law. Sally Hemings and her mother became Thomas Jefferson's property as part of his inheritance from the Wayles estate in 1774 and came to Jefferson's 5,000 acre estate Monticello by 1776. Her known children born at Monticello were Harriet, Beverly, another Harriet, a baby girl that died as an infant, Madison and Eston. Hemings is also said to have had several children with Jefferson while at Monticello, though DNA evidence from a descendant of her last child, Eston, shows only that Jefferson could be the father of Eston, and it is consistent with other male-line Jeffersons--e.g., Jefferson's younger brother, Randolph. There is no biological evidence that links Jefferson with Hemings' other children, and it is unknown whether Hemings was monogamous. Upon Jefferson's death in 1826, his will freed Hemings' sons Madison and Edison; they along with their mother moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, where Sally lived and was considered free until her death in 1835.
Bio by: Curtis Jackson