DNA tests carried out on two British men have shed light on a mystery surrounding the ancestry of Thomas Jefferson, America's third president.Okay, I was familiar with the Thomas Jefferson/Sally Hemings story and I knew that DNA evidence had confirmed that her children were Jefferson's, either by Thomas or one of his male relatives.
In the 1990s, DNA was taken from male relatives of Jefferson to see if he fathered a son with one of his slaves.
They found the president had a rare genetic signature found mainly in the Middle East and Africa, calling into question his claim of Welsh ancestry.
I was not, however, familiar with the other part of the story. I did not realize that the testing had suggested that Jefferson himself could be of African or Middle Eastern descent. So I guess I'm a step behind. However, this new evidence seems to indicate that he was Welsh after all. It's kind of a shame really. I think it would have been good for us as a nation if he had been otherwise.