The Mysterious Jefferson Connection
Family legend has said that a great grandmother from Virginia, named Jemima Jefferson Collins Davis, was a first cousin of Thomas Jefferson himself.
Unfortunately, no one has been able to find out the truth about Jemima and if she really was a Jefferson. Dozens of family historians on various family branches have tried, to no avail. There is no record of a Jemima in official Jefferson genealogy. Which leads to much speculation, of course.
Was she truly a Jefferson or was it something that was added on generations later? Records have her children stating that she said she was a first cousin of Thomas Jefferson. If so, why isn’t there any record of it anywhere?
Perhaps she lived nearby the Jefferson plantation in Virginia. Maybe she was a servant there, of Melungeon roots. It is doubtful she was a slave, as the man she married was John Davis, a man of Caucasian descent, not to mention laws then prohibited such a union (at least legally).
And then of course, maybe there’s some sort of dramatic twist. Perhaps she was a Jefferson and fell in love with the wrong person, and she was subsequently disowned and erased from record.
Of course, that’s probably more fiction than anything, but you never know, right? Maybe one day, some evidence will come out about the true identity of the mysterious Jemima Jefferson.