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Re: Jefferson-Hemings
In Response To: Re: Jefferson-Hemings ()

Hi Toot,
I tried to avoid this exhausting Jefferson-Hemings topic, but you raised a point that was lurking in my head when I read Mr. Barger's response. It appears that a Woodson male descendant was tested, and it didn't match the Jefferson DNA. Perhaps somewhere in the following generations of Woodsons, someone who was believed to be the father (a direct male descendant of Sally's son) was really not the father at all. This could certainly explain why their DNA does not match Jefferson's, but it does NOT prove that Jefferson did not father that particular son.

Let's say that a man (let's call him Archibald) married and had 4 sons with his wife. Archibald is said to be the mulatto son of a white President. Let's say that the wife had a secret, extramarital affair, and Archibald was really not the biological father of the 3rd son, who we will call Achilles. This secret was never revealed. Then, years later, DNA was taken from a great-grandson of Achilles, a direct male descendant, to attempt to prove that this particular President fathered Archibald. Of course, there won't be a match. This scenario is quite possible.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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