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(Last Updated On: December 18, 2023)

The Hidden Room Where Thomas Jefferson Kept A 14-Year-Old Girl

A Founding Father who wrote the Declaration of Independence. A secret room in Jefferson’s famous home. A young slave who had 6 children in this room. Let’s dive into the secrets…

Founding Father, Missing Girl

In many ways, it is hard to imagine America as we know it without Jefferson’s contributions as a Founding Father. Without him, America may be half the size and missing a Declaration of Independence. While his legacy is well deserved, some aspects of his life are not easy to reckon with…

Like the fact he owned a 14-year-old girl and kept her in a dark window-less room for 40 years.

He Opposed Slavery But Owned Over 500…

Thomas Jefferson’s home at the Monticello Plantation is visited by millions of people. He inherited these five thousand acres of land from his father and used them to keep hundreds of slaves, as was customary for a plantation owner at the time. But Jefferson opposed slavery, right?

He even called it a “hideous blot” on America. “All men are created equal,” he wrote. Weird, then, that he owned 607 slaves. But the controversy does not end there. It has been rumored that there was one slave in particular to whom Jefferson had taken a liking, a scandal throughout his entire life. That is why this secret room was an especially alluring discovery.

The Girl’s Memory Was Covered By A Toilet

Somehow, this secret room managed to remain hidden until recently. A bathroom was put into place over the room in 1941 to accommodate visitors after the house was turned into a museum, and the room was unknown until then. It wasn’t until an old document was unearthed by historians that gave a clue of the secret.

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The story of the poor woman enslaved by Jefferson, who also had a long-term relationship with him, was covered up under these new tiles and bathroom stalls. It was a scandal that his descendants denied for many years after. Now, many experts agree that he was likely the dad of her six kids… Now, all traces of her existence at Jefferson’s famous home, which is even featured on the nickel, were obliterated. How did he get away with it?

His Own Grandson Gave Him Away

Researchers had to dig deeper, and they found a letter sent from Jefferson’s grandson, Thomas Randolph. Without him, who knows if they would have found the secret room?

Randolph mentions a room unknown to most, placing it in the home’s south wing. Archaeologists were initially skeptical, but this was a random thing for him to lie about, and the addition of the restroom inspired the archeologists to investigate further. What lay beneath?

The Scandal Where His Own Friends Sold Him Out

In the early 1800s, Jefferson had many critics who held a vendetta against him. One of them was a man called Callender, who exposed him in a Richmond newspaper, hoping to slander Jefferson. If only he knew what he was about to uncover! Callender alleged that after Jefferson’s wife died, he entered into a relationship with another woman. Read it here:

A widow starting over with someone new may not sound scandalous, but Callender’s claim was that Jefferson’s new affair was with one of his slaves. Callender said she was Jefferson’s “concubine” who had come to the plantation as a child and kept “in a room of her own” at his Monticello estate.

The Little Room With A Fireplace

When the decision was made to knock down the bathroom in search of the secret room, the team finally discovered what was unknown for two hundred years. Sealed off from the world was a little room at around 15 by 13 feet with no windows and a large brick oven in the center. Now may be a good time to say she birthed six kids in this little space. It is safe to say the room contained the answers to some big questions.

The most interesting element of the room was its location. The house was large and the room could have been placed anywhere, but it was right down the hall from Jefferson’s bedroom. So, who was she?

Behind The Mystery Girl

Over forty years, Jefferson detailed every expense and slave activity, from midwife fees to errands. However, he scarcely mentioned this slave, likely to conceal her significance in his life. Plus, she was a baby when Jefferson inherited her family. Historians recently discovered more information on her:

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The slave whose affair sparked centuries of gossip was Sally Hemings. Starting her affair as a teenager, Sally Hemings was the half-sister of Jefferson’s wife Martha. Sally Hemings was half white, half black, and like most African Americans at the time, her life was not easy. She was born into slavery and was brought to Monticello as a young girl where she was forced into household labor.

A “Near White and Handsome Girl”

It seems likely that Sally Hemings received preferential treatment because of her looks. Isaac Granger Jefferson, a blacksmith slaved owned by Jefferson, called Hemings “mighty near white” and “very handsome.” She was said to have long hair nearly down to her waist, and she worked as seamstress and chambermaid, which were less laborious jobs than other slaves had, allowing her to stay indoors. She carried on her work for the family until Jefferson died in 1826.

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In Heming’s secret bedroom, historians discovered evidence that confirmed an old rumor. When Sally Hemings was 14 years old, she joined Thomas Jefferson on a trip to France. Her life would never be the same.

A Romantic Weekend Away?

It was controversial for Hemings to join in Paris, considering slavery was illegal in France. Nevertheless, this is where their personal relationship began in France, according to accounts from Heming’s son.

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Given the legal circumstances, Hemings could have stayed in France. However, she made the choice to stay a slave owned by Jefferson and return to the US. It is possible that she did not feel she had a real choice, or that something sparked between her and Jefferson, and returning to the States was her real desire.

6 Births, One Tiny Bedroom

Historians know that Sally Hemings became pregnant not long after the France trip. Four of Hemings’s children lived to adulthood, and documentary evidence and DNA testing of Hemings and Jefferson’s descendants in 1998, led most historians to believe that Jefferson was their father

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Hemings and Jefferson both lived at Monticello for years, where Hemings had five more children whom Jefferson was most likely the father of. It is also believed that it was in the mystery room that the births took place.

Jefferson Gave Her Money to Leave After Freedom

While it may be easy to say that if she were unhappy she could have stayed in France, it would be unrealistic to expect Hemings to have embraced her freedom in France even if she wanted to, as a young girl in a foreign country with no support. She was given preferential treatment over other slaves and lived a relatively better life than most women born in her position.

Jefferson also allowed her children to live free, and his family granted Sally Hemings an unofficial freedom after Jefferson’s death. They also received a stipend to help them start new lives after leaving Monticello. Hemings was certainly close to Jefferson’s heart.

She Had Her Freedom, But She Stayed Close

Despite being granted her freedom, Hemings stayed at Monticello until Jefferson’s death. As the mother of Thomas Jefferson’s children, she was deeply entwined with her family, and leaving could have meant separation from her children or uprooting their lives.

Additionally, her extended family remained enslaved on the estate, further complicating any decision to leave. The era’s pervasive racial prejudices and the precariousness of life as a freed Black woman presented daunting uncertainties, potentially making her life at Monticello seem like a safer option.

The Descendants In One Picture

With new DNA evidence, historians believe Thomas Jefferson was the father of all of Sally Hemings’ children. Though one child died during childbirth and another died very young, the link between Jefferson and Hemings was carried on in Harriet, Beverley, Madison, and Eston Hemings.

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Having not come of age in Jefferson’s lifetime, Eston Hemings was granted freedom after Thomas Jefferson’s death. With his fair skin tone, being three-quarters white ancestry, Eston could pass as a white man and integrate into society. His life as a free man was a successful one, and he was married with three children. He even becomes known for his resemblance to his famous, deceased father.

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After getting his freedom and leaving Monticello, Eston went to Ohio where he inspired some curiosity. An article was published in the Ohio newspaper the Scioto Gazette with a detailed description of Eston. “Light bronze color, little over six feet tall…and dignified; his nearly straight hair showed a tint of auburn, and his face, indistinct suggestion of freckles.”

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There were rumors that Eston was Thomas Jefferson’s son. One journalist made it his goal to uncover the truth, and he wanted to hear words straight from Eston’s mouth about the subject. An unknown man comes to Oklahoma looking like a former president. This was the hottest story in town.

A Perfect Chromosomal Match To Jefferson

When pathology professor Dr. Eugene A. Foster analyzed Eston’s descendant’s blood samples, he determined that “the Y chromosome of a descendant of Eston Hemings Jefferson made a perfect match to Jefferson’s…Thomas Jefferson was most definitely the father.”

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While this news was of great interest to the world, the family was not surprised. The idea that they were descendants of Thomas Jefferson was passed down through the generations with stories of their family history. DNA evidence gave them confirmation, but there was never any actual doubt. However, there were some skeptics still waiting for more evidence.

Addressing The Rumors

Eston was well respected and known to be polite, with many townsmen holding him in high regard. When the journalist confronted Eston about his rumored parentage, Eston gave a response that the journalist was not expecting.

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“Well, my mother, whose name I bear, belonged to Mr. Jefferson, and she never married.” Eston moved with his wife and children to Wisconsin, where they lived on a property they would come to own. Not known to him at the time, Eston was the key to solving the mystery of Jefferson and Heming’s relationship.

The Jefferson Foundation Will Not Agree To This Theory

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation was not moved by the DNA testing, and they suggested there must be an altogether different explanation for Jefferson’s DNA showing up in Hemings’ descendants. With a team of nine members, including four PhDs, the foundation started a research committee to prove its point.

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After extensively reviewing the documents, the foundation put forth its theory. They claimed that Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings hardly knew each other at all and that he did not father her children. In a twist worthy of Jerry Springer, the foundation claims that it was Randolph Jefferson, brother of Thomas Jefferson, who fathered the children of Sally Hemings.

Two Sides To Every Story

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation says that Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings were rarely at Monticello at the same time and that he was absent during the times she would have been pregnant.

While their theory is plausible, they do not have much evidence to suggest that Randolph was the father, and the other side of the story just looks a whole lot stronger. When you look at the rumors and add the discovery of the bedroom and the letters from John Adams, it is hard to discount it for an entirely different explanation that lacks the same supporting evidence.

The Other Children Were All His Too

Historians have reached a consensus that Thomas Jefferson is likely the father of all of Sally Hemings’ children, including Harriet Hemings. Harriet was said to be beautiful like her mother. Despite her dark hair and eyes, she also had fair skin that allowed her to integrate into a white society, just as her brother did. In fact, the white man she married, who was said to be of “good standing,” never even knew that she was not fully white.

Madison Hemings was another of Sally Hemings’ sons. Unlike his siblings, he identified as black and did not try to live in a white society. He moved with his mom to Charlottesville, Virginia after Jefferson died, where he worked as a farmer and carpenter. With a wife and children, he moved to Ohio, a free state, following the death of his mother.

Finding The Truth

While rumors always abounded regarding Thomas Jefferson’s relationship with Sally Hemings, the discovery of the secret room brought the stories back into the limelight. Seeing the close proximity with which they lived, it is hard to ignore the probability of an intimate relationship.

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The director of archeology at Monticello, Fraser Neiman, reflected on the discovery. “This room is a real connection to the past. We are uncovering and discovering and we’re finding many, many artifacts.” While the focus has always been on the scandalous nature of their affair, the artifacts they found give a glimpse into the lives of Hemings and Jefferson, the real people behind the legends.

All Men Are Created Equal

Perhaps the hardest thing to reconcile is that the writer of the American creed that “all men are created equal” lived in a manner that contradicted the famous words he wrote and, presumably, believed. In 1784, nearly 80 years before the Emancipation Proclamation, Jefferson brought a bill to Congress that would ban slavery in new territories. It is odd to think he personally owned hundreds of slaves.

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Ultimately, there is no way of knowing the true nature of their relationship and we can only speculate. The story is a good reminder that people, including great historical figures like Jefferson, are flawed, and we can respect them and their achievements while acknowledging that there are things they said and did that we do not agree with.

Property

Other than his lover and likely children, Thomas Jefferson only freed three other slaves. In his will, he chose to free three men who spent decades working for him, and it is believed they shared a relationship that was deeper than what he had with most of his slaves.

Despite his great success in life, Jefferson accrued a lot of debt in his later years. His slaves were among his most valuable assets, and he sold them to pay the debt on the plantation. Whatever Jefferson’s ideals may have been, in the end, his slaves were property to him.

The Secrets Of The Heart

As with many episodes in history, there is a lot we may never know. A few things regarding Thomas Jefferson’s affair with Sally Hemings are almost certain. He is very likely the father of her children and he took steps to keep their relationship a secret. We have most of the who, what, when, and where, but the why and how elude us, and we will never be sure what went on in the hearts of minds of one of America’s most important figures and the slave who became his lover.

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Here we have another slave story, most likely worse than this. Marie Delphine McCarty was born in 1787. She came from a well-to-do white family living in New Orleans. Delphine’s grandparents had originated from Ireland, and then moved to then-Spanish-controlled Louisiana. The family owned many plantations and had a number of slaves. When a fire broke out, it exposed the woman for who she truly was.

Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, was a prominent figure in American history and a polymath who contributed to various fields. Born on April 13, 1743, in Shadwell, Virginia, Jefferson’s life was marked by significant achievements and enduring influence.

Jefferson’s political career spanned several decades. He served as the governor of Virginia, the United States Secretary of State, and the vice president under John Adams before becoming president himself in 1801. Throughout his political tenure, Jefferson advocated for democratic ideals, individual liberty, and limited government intervention.

One of Jefferson’s most notable accomplishments was the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. This acquisition doubled the size of the United States and solidified its position as a continental power. Jefferson also played a pivotal role in drafting the Declaration of Independence in 1776, a document that proclaimed the American colonies’ independence from British rule.

Beyond politics, Jefferson was an accomplished architect, designing his iconic home, Monticello, in Virginia. He was also an avid inventor, credited with creating various devices, including a plow and a polygraph. Jefferson’s interests extended to science, philosophy, and literature, making him a well-rounded intellectual of his time.

Despite his many achievements, Jefferson’s legacy is not without controversy. His ownership of slaves and his complex personal life have been subjects of scrutiny and debate. Nevertheless, his contributions to American democracy, architecture, and intellectual thought continue to shape the nation’s identity and history.

 

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