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From: "ljcrain1" <>
Subject: Re: Jefferson's paternal DNA
Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2005 09:29:36 -0500
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I recall only getting back about three generations into Wales. His father
was called a mulatto by Jefferson's political adversaries. Although this was
probably just political rhetoric, one wonders what was the basis of the
accusation. The same people called his mother a half Indian. And if you
really delved into her tangled Tidewater English aristocratic background, I
bet you would find some Indian blood.

It would be interesting to know what a really good genealogist could
discover about both of Jefferson's parents. I have always considered
Jefferson my favorite president.

Janet Crain

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mary Jo Neyer" <>
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Sent: Tuesday, June 28, 2005 6:25 AM
Subject: Jefferson's paternal DNA

> The uncertainty about Jefferson's paternal line has long been documented.
> His socially upperclass background was through his mother, who was a
> Randolph, a family prominent in Virginia. Not much was known about his
> paternal line, and I had read speculations about his paternal line. Some
> genealogists thought his paternal line might be descended from an
> illegitimate man, explaining why his line was so difficult to trace. The
> news that there was a paper trail taking his paternal line back to
> medieval France, proclaimed on the National Georgraphic show, came as a
> big surprise to me. I had tried to do Google searches on his paternal line
> a few months ago, and never found anything definitive.
> Mary Jo
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