Person:Joseph Neilson (25)

Joseph Neilson
b.est. 1732-1745
m. bef. 1776
  1. John Hemings1776 - aft 1830
Facts and Events
Name Joseph Neilson
Gender Male
Birth? est. 1732-1745
Marriage bef. 1776 prob. Virginiato Elizabeth 'Betty' Hemings

Information on Joseph Neilson

Joseph Neilson was one of the white housejoiners hired by President Thomas Jefferson in the 1770s. He fathered a son, John Hemings (1776-aft. 1830) with one of Jefferson's slaves, Elizabeth "Betty" Hemings, who had (according to some historians) previously had three children with John Wayles, the father-in-law of Thomas Jefferson. Since Neilson and Elizabeth "Betty" Hemings were not married, their son took his mother's surname. (Source: Thomas Jefferson Monticello, [1])