Eston Hemings Biography
Birthday: May 21, 1808 (Gemini)
Born In: Monticello, Virginia, United States
Eston Hemings was an African-American slave, born to one of Thomas Jefferson's slaves, Sally Hemings, and believed to be fathered by Thomas Jefferson. Based on his brother Madison's memoir, contemporary newspaper accounts, entries in 'Thomas Jefferson's Farm Book', as well as census and property records, historians have maintained for a long time that Sally Hemings children were fathered by none other than Thomas Jefferson. However, partly due to the attempts by Eston Hemings and his descendants to hide their lineage and pass as white people, in order to escape racial discrimination, there have been controversies regarding the identity of his father. It was farther complicated by later members of the Jefferson family, such as Thomas Jefferson Randolph, who claimed that Peter Carr fathered Sally Hemings' children. However, one male descendant of Eston, who had gone through DNA test during the end of the 20th century, matched the rare haplotype of the Thomas Jefferson male line, while having no match with the Carr male line.