In “Life Among the Lowly, No. 1,” published in the Pike County Republican on March 13, 1873, Madison Hemings writes about his father,, his mother, , and his upbringing at . The title is likely a reference to Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852). Located in Waverly, Ohio, the Republican was edited by S. F. Wetmore, a member who was interested in the plight of freedmen. He conducted the interview with Hemings and likely assisted in the writing of the memoir. An published five days later by the competing Waverly Watchmen called into question Hemings’s motives. In December, Wetmore published another memoir, —this one by Israel Jefferson, another former Monticello slave.