CVHR monthly meeting (May 1): Oral History & Jefferson Descendant

Topic: Finding Eva Robinson Taylor: How African-American Oral Tradition Plus Documents and Modern Science Revealed a Formerly Unknown Kinship to Thomas Jefferson and His Extended Family

For more than 40 years, Gayle Jessup White pursued an oral history, a mere thread of a story claiming that her family is directly descended from Thomas Jefferson. With little evidence supporting the lineage, Gayle assumed she was related to Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings. Now, she’s discovered a surprising truth: she is indeed a Jefferson descendant, but not a Hemings. What she has uncovered may change the way historians and history lovers view Jefferson and his extended clan.

** The African American Heritage Center (AAHC) is located in the Jefferson School City Center in Charlottesville, 233 Fourth St. NW.  There is plenty of parking.  The AAHC is on the second floor at the south end of the building.

7 Responses to “CVHR monthly meeting (May 1): Oral History & Jefferson Descendant”

  1. I would like to attend your June meeting. I gather that your meetings are on the first Monday of the month, and will be on June 5, and that it will be in Kenwood at Monticello. However, I do not know what time you meet.

    You can contact me at

  2. Rod Key says:

    I am a beginning genealogist.

    Can you help me find information of Albemarle County slave holding families with the last names Key and Southall. I believe they owned my Great Great Grandparents.

    My email address is

    Any leads would be greatly appreciated

  3. admin says:

    Hi – Please note, our meetings are now held at the Jefferson School in downtown Charlottesville (NOT at Monticello). We hope to see you at the meeting in June!

  4. admin says:

    Dear Mr Key – I will forward your note to some of our members to see if they have any leads for individuals owned by families with that surname. Best wishes in your research, Prof Rainvilly

  5. Tara Robertson says:

    I am in the process of tracing my family lineage (Jefferson/Cocke) of Powhatan, VA. I am interested in attending your July meeting and wanted to know the date and time.

    Thank you.

  6. admin says:

    Hello – Our July meeting is Thursday the 10th at 4pm at the Jefferson School. We look forward to meeting you!

  7. Katherine Jackson says:

    Hello, I am interested in know whether you have information about my Thompson family from Free Union. The property is called Thompson Farm Road. I know that brothers James and John Thompson were given 99 1/4 acres from a Gardner. Wonder about them.

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