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Elizabeth Hemings (1735-1807) View Interactive Version ]

Also known as: Betty Hemings

Elizabeth Hemings was born in slavery almost one hundred miles east of Monticello. She became a part of Thomas Jefferson's enslaved community in 1774, at the death of his father-in-law, John Wayles. A valued member of Jefferson's household staff, she was the mother of twelve. Over seventy-five of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren lived and worked at Monticello as cooks, butlers, seamstresses, weavers, carpenters, blacksmiths, gardeners, and musicians.

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