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Hemings, Sally

Born: 1773 AD
Died: 1835 AD, at 62 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Slave

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1773 - Born in Shadwell, Albemarle County, Virginia.

1784 - Thomas Jefferson took up residence in Paris as the American envoy to France.

1787 - Jefferson sent for his daughter, nine-year-old Maria Jefferson, to come live with him.

1789 - He asked that Isabel, an older woman, be sent as a companion for Polly, but because Isabel was pregnant, the teen-aged Sally Hemings accompanied her instead. Hemings returned to the United States with Jefferson.

1798 - Callender had been incarcerated by President John Adams under the Sedition Act.


1802 - It has been documented since 1802 that Jefferson was alleged to be the father of several of her children.

         - James T. Callender, a Richmond newspaper reporter, published the first claim that Thomas Jefferson was the father of Sally Hemings's son, Tom.

1835 - Died in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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