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Beverly Hemings (1798-1822+) View Interactive Version ]

Beverly Hemings was the oldest surviving son of Sally Hemings. At Monticello he worked as carpenter. He was also remembered as a musician, called upon to play violin for dances arranged by Jefferson's granddaughters. Sometime in late 1821 or early 1822, he left Monticello, possibly in the company of his sister Harriet, and was not pursued. According to his brother Madison, Beverly Hemings passed into white society in Washington, D.C. There is no other record of his life following his departure.

In 1998, a DNA study of male-line descendants of the Jefferson and Hemings family showed that the descendants of Beverly's brother, Eston, are also descendants of a male member of the Jefferson family. Although not conclusive by itself, most historians now agree that this finding along with other documentary and historical sources suggests that it is highly probable that Thomas Jefferson was Eston Hemings's father and that he most likely was the father of all six of Sally Hemings's children appearing in Jefferson's records, including Beverly.


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