Talk:Jefferson, Thomas

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With regard to the allegations of Thomas Jefferson's slave paternity, the genetic analysis done through the paternal haplotype did not indicate that he fathered "at least one" of the slave's children...rather it revealed that "a Jefferson male" had fathered at least one of her children. At the time she bore children there were over 11 sexually mature males who held the Jefferson genetic haplotype who frequented Monticello, several of whom were known to consort freely with the slaves.

As such, and until some other method of ascertaining parentage may be discovered, the record should reflect that it is a possibility rather than a certainty that T. Jefferson fathered slave children for the genetic testing did not eliminate other related males as possibilities. Any other conclusion is based on racial, political or revisionist motivations.