Betty Hemings

Born 1735

Elizabeth "Betty" Hemings was a mulatto slave, who in 1761 became the concubine of the planter John Wayles of Virginia. He had become a widower for the third time. He had six children with her over a 12-year period. After Wayles died, the Hemings family and more than 100 other slaves were inherited as part of his estate by his daughter Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson and her husband Thomas Jefferson.… Read More

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1735 Birth Born in 1735.


1746 11 Years Old 1 More Event
The place of her birth is uncertain (Hemings said it was Williamsburg), but by 1746 she was recorded as the property of Francis Eppes IV of the Bermuda Hundred plantation. … Read More


1761 26 Years Old Betty's master John Wayles was widowed three times. In 1761, after the death of his third wife, Wayles took Betty Hemings as his concubine. … Read More


1773 38 Years Old After Wayles died in 1773, all eleven members of the Hemings family and 124 other slaves were inherited by his daughter Martha Wayles and her husband Thomas Jefferson. … Read More


1795 60 Years Old In the last decade of her life, Betty Hemings had her own cabin at Monticello, from 1795 to 1807. … Read More
1807 72 Years Old Died in 1807.
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