onstrated that many historians had failed to assess critical evidence by various parties to the controversy. She noted their errors in fact because of failing to cross check data. She also noted the significance of Jefferson's actions related to the Sally Hemings' family: for example, they were the only slave family at Monticello that had all of its members freed.
In 1998, Eugene Foster led a DNA study of descendants of the Jefferson male line, John Carr (father of Peter and Samuel, proposed as fathers of Hemings' children), and Thomas Woodson and Eston Hemings, two Monticello slaves who claimed Jefferson as an ancestor through Sally Hemings. The team found there was a match between the Jef
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