The Paternity Myth
In a detailed review of the Jefferson-Hemings controversy, John Works, former President of the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society and former President of the Monticello Association, brings a unique understanding to the chain of events that led the media to assert Jefferson's paternity of slave children. The Jefferson-Hemings Controversy: A New, Critical Look appeared in Drumbeat, the quarterly publication of the Sons of the American Revolution.
There are only glimpses of the historical figure of Sally Hemings. The Scholars Commission described her as an "enigma."
Those who choose to believe that Thomas Jefferson fathered slave children rely for support on a newspaper interview of Madison Hemings and ignore that it is hearsay long removed and without independent verification.
Absent any direct evidence that Thomas Jefferson had a relationship with Sally Hemings, a number of evdentiary fallacies have been advanced to support the conclusion of Jefferson Paternity.