- NAME: Martha Jefferson
- OCCUPATION: U.S. First Lady
- BIRTH DATE: October 30, 1748
- DEATH DATE: September 06, 1782
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Charles City County, Virginia
- PLACE OF DEATH: Monticello (near Charlottesville), Virginia
- Maiden Name: Martha Wayles Skelton
- Full Name: Martha Wayles Jefferson
- AKA: Martha Jefferson
- AKA: Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson
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Martha Jefferson was married to Thomas Jefferson for 10 years and bore six of his children, but died in 1781, at age 33.
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Martha Jefferson died on September 6, 1782, at Monticello. Sadly, her youngest daughter died of whooping cough nearly two years later.
Jefferson's husband never remarried after her death. Only two of their children—daughters Martha and Mary—lived to be adults, and only Martha survived her father. When he became president in 1801,
Thomas Jefferson also likely became involved with Sally Hemings, his late wife's slave, according to years of speculation and, later, scientific findings: The rumored relationship between Jefferson and Hemings began to circulate during the 1790s in both Virginia and Washington, D.C. The talk intensified in 1802, when the journalist James Callender published the accusation, and in November 1998, scientific evidence linked the Hemings family to the Jefferson bloodline. In January 2000, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation stated its belief that Jefferson and Hemings had in fact been sexual partners, and that Jefferson was the father of Hemings's six children, including Beverly, Harriet, Madison and Eston. Hemings is believed to have been Martha's half-sister, as well.
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