Eston Hemings

Born 1808

Eston Hemings Jefferson was born a slave at Monticello, the youngest son of Sally Hemings, a mixed-race slave. Most historians believe that his father was Thomas Jefferson, the United States president. Evidence from a 1998 DNA test showed that the Y-DNA of a descendantof Eston matched the haplotype of the Jefferson male line, and historical evidence supports the conclusion that Thomas Jefferson was the father.… Read More

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1808 Birth Born in 1808.


1826 18 Years Old Madison and Eston were freed in 1826, in accordance with President Jefferson’s will. (Madison was 21; Eston was "given his time" and freed before he reached 21.) Additionally, Jefferson's will petitioned the legislature to allow the Hemingses to stay in Virginia after being freed, unlike most freed slaves. … Read More


1830 22 Years Old Upon gaining freedom, Hemings initially pursued a career in woodworking and carpentry in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 1830, Eston Hemings purchased property and built a house on Main Street, where his mother lived with him until her death in 1835. In 1832, Eston married a free woman of color, Julia Ann Isaacs (1814–1889). … Read More
1835 27 Years Old Jefferson freed Eston and his older brother Madison Hemings in his will, as they had not yet come of age at his death. They each married and lived with their families and mother Sally in Charlottesville, Virginia, until her death in 1835. … Read More
1837 29 Years Old About 1837 Hemings moved with his family to Chillicothe, a town in southwest Ohio (a free state) with a thriving community. … Read More


1856 48 Years Old …  Eston Hemings Jefferson died in 1856. … Read More
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