Mary Lee Brady, Ph.D.
Thenia Hemings Wayles, born 1767
Many thanks for your reply. I very much appreciate the information, and will investigate!
Very best regards,
From: "robert m atkins" <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2010 12:46 PM
Subject: RE: James Monroe Trotter
Dr. Brady asked that I write a response to your inquiry, and wish you God speed in your endeavor.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Monroe_Trotter. We gleamed the name Letitia from this site. Also you might want to touch base with Beverly Gray of Chilicothe, Ohio. She has done a lot of work researching African-Americans associated with the Civil War era and before. http://www.lwfaah.net/oh/gray.htm
My speculation is that not only did James Trotter marry a descendent of Thomas Jefferson but also himself was possibly descended from Thenia Hemings who was leased by Jefferson to James Monroe who sometime during or after 1794 moved her and his likely children via her out of Virginia. You might want to dig further considering that at least one Hemings male enlisted in the Civil War is recorded as born in Mississippi and the remains of one son to Madison Hemings is buried there. My point to be further researched is that Hemings, Jefferson, Monroe, Randolph and Trotter offspring were cousins yet to be defined in and out of Ohio.
From: Ron Coddington [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 2010 7:10 AM
Subject: James Monroe Trotter
Dear Ms. Brady,
I found your web site while searching for information about James Monroe Trotter. His story, and an original photograph of him dressed in his officer's uniform (as a member of the Fifty-fifth Massachusetts Infantry) will be included in my forthcoming book about African Americans who participated in the Civil War. You can learn more about the book, and me, at http://www.facesofwar.com
The purpose of my email is two-fold.
First, I would like to know the source for the full name of James' mother, Letitia, and the source for the fact that she escaped slavery. Until finding your website, I've only known Letitia by her first name. Also, my sources state that she either escaped or was freed. Of interest is that I have been unable to find any government record (census, slave schedule) that lists Richard S. Trotter.
Second, I would like to know if you or anyone you are connected to possesses an original, identified wartime photograph of their ancestor in uniform. I am searching for these images to illustrate my book. Any leads you have would be most helpful.
Very best regards,
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