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April 2019 Vol. 15 No. 1

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Francis W. Alexander

Genes

Recently, I found out through DNA matching and a story my aunt once told me that my grandmother’s great great great grandmother was Betty Brown, Sally Heming’s sister. I read somewhere that in spite of being a slave, Betty was a no-nonsense woman at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Plantation. That’s a trait my grandmother seems to have inherited because it was said that when she babysat and instructed the children to sit, even my grandfather obeyed.

Southside reunion
passing to our children
tales of the past


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