You may want to re-review the statistical evidence concerning the DNA. NOWHERE is it written- in any credible documentation- that thereis less than a 1% chance that it is not Mr. Jefferson. The DNA results show that Mr. Jefferson DID NOT FATHER THOMAS WOODSON and that Mr. Jefferson ALONG WITH 20 OTHER MEMBERS OF THE JEFFERSON LINE could possibly be the father of Eston Hemmings. Now I'm not a mathematician or a statistician but I don't believe that a 1 in 20 possibility EQUALS a less than 1% chance that it is not Mr. Jefferson!!!
Moreover, Madison Hemmings "Memoirs" cannot- by any stretch of the imagination- (I will retract that last comment because the only way to use the "memoirs" is to use your imagination!!)be used as reliable historical evidence to support your argument. Madison's recollections lack credibility because Wetmore failed to use quotes; we don't know where Madison's words or Wetmore's words start or end.
Of course, this brings us to oral history (LOL). For years my family's oral history supported the claim that one or both of the Carr brothers fathered Sally's children. Now DNA test results show that there is no Carr DNA in the Hemmings line- this obviously shows that our Oral History is wrong!!! So if our oral history is not correcte why should I or the general public believe that your oral history is correct!!!! Because you say so?
This is not the first time that descendants of a Monticello Slave have submitted claims of descent from Mr. Jefferson. It is the first time that a new tool, THE MEDIA, have been used to promulgate hearsay, unsubstantiated rumor, altered documents and outright lies to influence public opinion on the matter.
But, alas, the only opinions that really count have membership in the Monticello Association. These are the opinions that will most likelyproclaim that there is not enough substantial evidence to support the Hemmings claim of descent from Mr. Jefferson.