Jefferson fathered slave's last child

  title={Jefferson fathered slave's last child},
  author={E. A. Foster and M. A. Jobling and Paul G. Taylor and P. Donnelly and Peter de Knijff and Ren{\'e} H.P. Mieremet and Tatiana Zerjal and Chris Tyler-Smith},
There is a long-standing historical controversy over the question of US President Thomas Jefferson's paternity of the children of Sally Hemings, one of his slaves,. To throw some scientific light on the dispute, we have compared Y-chromosomal DNA haplotypes from male-line descendants of Field Jefferson, a paternal uncle of Thomas Jefferson, with those of male-line descendants of Thomas Woodson, Sally Hemings' putative first son, and of Eston Hemings Jefferson, her last son. The molecular… 

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