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Bett Hemings Brown, born 1759
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Mary Lee Brady, Ph.D.

Billy Hemings Brown
Kate & Twin Gawen Hemings Brown, born 1780
Wormeley Hughes Hemings, born 1781
Burwell Hemings, born 1783
Brown Hemings Brown, born 1785
Melinda Hemings Brown, born 1787
Edwin (Colbert) Hemings, born 1793
Robert Hemings Brown, born 1799
Mary Hemings Brown, born 1801









Bett Hemmings was the second born (year 1759) daughter of Betty Hemings and per Jefferson's Farm Book technically at 18 years of age married and gave birth to Billy Brown in 1777 who died in 1778, ... and whose father we believe was likely the same Billy Brown with General Braddock and George Washington during the French and Indian War.  Thomas Jefferson's Farm Book entry for 1783 reflects that Bett Hemings was known as Bett Brown (Betty Brown) consistent with suspicion that her husband was Billy Brown and wished to be known by his surname, having named her son in his honor.  It also raises the question that if Billy Brown was a revolutionary war soldier, he may have died prior to war's end in 1783.    


It was rare indeed and a special compensation in the law of slavery that any Negroes were allowed to use or be known by a married name.  Speculation is that Billy Brown back in 1759 may have been a free man or set free after the great disaster that killed General Braddock.  Another speculation is that he along with William (Billy) Fawcett was also hired by Thomas Jefferson's estate after the great retreat back into Virginia.  Whatever the case, Bett Hemings preferred being addressed as Bett Brown.

Billy Brown was a manservant to General Braddock before William (Billy) Lee was acquired in 1768; and, we can only wonder if the two ever met and if Billy Brown was a free man or a slave despite the hell-fire experienced in the French and Indian War.  More research is needed.  The possibility exists that he was set free after General Braddock death, ... maybe because he left the battlefields in flight along with the other Virginians and British soldiers fleeing for their lives.

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Wife's Name
Betty BROWN (AFN:L9XK-X9)  
Born: 1759Place: <Virginia> 
 Mother: Elizabeth "Betty" HEMINGS (AFN:L9XK-NW)  


 1. Sex Name  
  MWormeley (AFN:L9XL-0L)  
  Born: 1781 Place:   

 2. Sex Name  
  MBurwell COLBERT (AFN:L9XL-1R)  
  Born: 1783 Place:   

 3. Sex Name  
  Born: 1785 Place:   
  Died: 1806 Place:   

 4. Sex Name  
  FMelinda (AFN:L9XL-34)  
  Born: 1787 Place:   

 5. Sex Name  
  MEdwin (AFN:L9XL-49)  
  Born: 1793 Place:   

 6. Sex Name  
  FMary (AFN:L9XL-6M)  
  Born: 1801 Place:   

 7. Sex Name  
  MRobert (AFN:L9XL-5G)  
  Born: 1799 Place:   
  Died: 1817 Place:   

 8. Sex Name  
  MBilly (AFN:L9XK-ZG)  
  Born: 1777 Place:   
  Died: 1778 Place: 


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