Thomas Woodson

Thomas Woodson was thought to be the eldest son of Sally Hemings, a mixed-race slave at Monticello – the home of President Thomas Jefferson.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that Woodson’s father was Thomas Jefferson and that Woodson was born in 1790 and sent away as a young boy to a farm owned by a Woodson and took the Woodson name.

His Y-DNA profile was determined from five of his paternal descendants during an investigation to determine if Thomas Jefferson fathered any of Sally Hemings children. The DNA analyses confirm that Jefferson is not the father of Thomas Woodson but it is very likely that Jefferson was the father of another child of Sally Hemings (Eston Hemings).