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|Jefferson DAVIS, President, Confederate States of America
Sarah Knox TAYLOR
Varina Banks HOWELL
|Husband: Jefferson1 DAVIS
Birth: 3 Jun 1807/82, near Fairview3, Christian [now Todd] Co., KY
Death: 6 Dec 1889, New Orleans, Orleans Par., LA
Father: Samuel Emory DAVIS
Mother: Jane COOK
|Marriage-1: 17 Jun 1835, Beechland, Lexington, Fayette Co., KY|
|Wife-1: Sarah Knox TAYLOR
Birth: 6 Mar 1814, Vincennes, Knox Co., IN
Death: 15 Sep 1835, Locust Grove, West Feliciana Par., LA
Father: Zachary TAYLOR, 12th President of the United States
Mother: Margaret Mackall SMITH
|Marriage-2: 26 Feb 1845, Natchez, Adams Co., MS|
|Wife-2: Varina Banks HOWELL
Birth: 7 May 1826, MS
Death: 16 Oct 1906, Hotel Majestic, New York City, New York Co., NY
Father: William Burr HOWELL
Mother: Margaret Louisa KEMPE
|Children with Sarah Knox TAYLOR:|
|Children4 with Varina Banks HOWELL:|
|1. Samuel Emory DAVIS,
b. 30 Jul 1852; d.13 Jun 1854, Washington, DC
2. Margaret Howell DAVIS, b. 25 Feb 1855, near Vicksburg, Warren Co., MS
3. Jefferson DAVIS, Jr., b. 16 Jan 1857, MS; d. 16 Oct 1878
4. Joseph Evan DAVIS, b. 18 Apr 1859, MS; d. 30 Apr 1864, Richmond, Henrico Co., VA
5. William Howell DAVIS, b. 6 Dec 1861; d. 16 Oct 1872
6. Varina Anne "Winnie" DAVIS, b. 27 Jun 1864; d. 18 Sep 1898; never married
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1. There is some question as to whether Jefferson DAVIS had a middle initial. Jefferson did not use a middle name or initial, himself, and it appears that the middle initial "F" may have arisen by tradition after his death. This tradition alleges that the "F" stands for "Finis," meaning "end" or final child. Consider that unless Samuel and Jane had agreed to end their sexual relations at that point or unless a medically knowledgeable person had pronounced Jane unable to bear further children, they could not possibly have known at the time they named Jefferson that he was to be their last child.
2. Jefferson DAVIS grew up believing he had been born in 1808, only to have an uncle tell him years later that it was 1807. From then on, Jefferson was uncertain as to whether he had been born in 1807 or 1808. No one, today, knows for certain, either.
3. The town of Fairview lies on the boundary between Christian and Todd Cos., KY. In 1820, when Todd Co. was created from eastern Christian Co. and western Logan Co., the town of Fairview officially became situated in Christian Co., but the Jefferson DAVIS home (and the state historic monument) are on the Todd side of the county line.
4. Jefferson DAVIS had no surviving sons. His only known descendants surnamed DAVIS would have to be the descendants of his grandson, Jefferson Addison HAYES (1884-1975), who had his surname legally changed from HAYES to DAVIS.
1a. Jordan R. Dodd, ed. 1993. KY, NC, TN, VA, WV Marriages: Early to 1850. Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-229): not found, and the CD contains at least some Fayette Co., KY, marriages.
1b. D.L. Murray & N.R. Murray. 1995. Marriage Index: AR, MO, MS, TX, 1766-1981 (Broderbund CD-5):
2. 1820 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com): Jefferson DAVIS and his brother, Joseph Emory DAVIS, appear to be living with their parents in Wilkinson Co., MS (see Samuel Emory DAVIS's family group sheet for the record).
3. 1830 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com): not found, but as an unmarried male, we would not expect to find Jefferson enumerated as head-of-household, unless he was living alone. At this point, Jefferson's father is deceased, and it appears Jefferson is not living with his widowed mother, and neither is Jefferson's brother, Joseph, as he is now married and head-of-household in Warren Co., MS. A page-by-page search of Wilkinson and Warren Cos., MS, did not turn up Jefferson. He may have been at school in Kentucky, which would also mean he would not have been indexed. [There were just two Jefferson DAVIS's in the census of Kentucky: one in Madison County who was free colored (b. 1785-1804) and the other in Shelby Co., KY, who was a man in his 20s with a wife and young son.] It appears likely that Jefferson is the younger male living with his brother, Joseph Emory DAVIS, in Warren Co., MS, though the enumerator has the younger man in the wrong age class (see Joseph's page for the record), but the record is only off by one age-class, which is not an unusual error in these early censuses. Bottom line: we can't use the census to prove Jefferson's location in 1830.
|4. 1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image
#7-8 of 47; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
5. Mississippi Censuses [indices only, no images], 1805-90 (online at Ancestry.com):
6a. 1850 Census Index/Microfilm (online at GenealogyLibrary.com): Vicksburg, Warren Co., MS, p. 213A, 718/742, enumerated 6 Sep 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
|6b. 1850 Slave Schedule Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com;
Images #88-89 of 130): Warren Co., MS, enumerated 6 Sep 1850, official
enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
|7. 1860 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #178
of 185): Vicksburg P.O., Warren Co., MS, p. 1063, PN 175, 1397/1367,
enumerated 4 Sep 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted
by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
8. 1870 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #42 of 44 — indexed "Jefferson Dares"; online at Genealogy.com, Image #36-38 of 40 — indexed "Jefferson Davis"): Peabody Hotel, Memphis (Ward 4), Shelby Co., TN, Roll 1562 (Book 1), pp. 146B-147B, PN 40-42, (Jefferson is on p. 147B, PN 42), 251/306, enumerated 15 Jul 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
9. LDS. Family Search: Census Records: 1880 United States (online at FamilySearch.org):
10. 1890 Census: the 1890 census population schedules were destroyed.
11. 1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #6 of 30 — indexed "Vana Davis"): West 44th St., Borough of Manhattan, New York City, New York Co., NY, Roll T623_1113, p. 33B, SN 3, SD 1, ED 731, enumerated 2 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
12. Kirk Bentley Barb. 1971. "Extract from Genealogy of Jefferson Davis." Appendix III, pp. 488-508 in Papers of Jefferson Davis, Volume 1, 1808-1840. Haskell 2M. Monroe, Jr., and James T. McIntosh, eds. Louisiana State Univ. Press, Baton Rouge. [Rev. ed. of 1991 not seen.]
13. Haskell M. Monroe., Jr. & James T. McIntosh, eds. 1971. "Genealogy of the Davis Family." Appendix IV, pp. 505-529 in Papers of Jefferson Davis, Volume 1, 1808-1840. Louisiana State Univ. Press, Baton Rouge. [Rev. ed. of 1991 not seen.]
14. Ernesto Caldeira. 1983. "Davis Family Genealogy." Appendix II, pp. 402-416 in Papers of Jefferson Davis, Volume 4, 1849-1852. Linda Lasswell Christ, Mary Seaton Dix, and Richard E. Beringer, eds. Louisiana State Univ. Press, Baton Rouge.
15. Email from Vanessa Burzynski, President, Varina Howell Davis, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Houston, Texas:
16. LDS. Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: IGI - International Genealogical Index and AF - Ancestral File (online at FamilySearch.org). There is more information on Varina at the LDS web site, but because of its unknown reliability, I have not included any of it on this web site.
17. Jefferson Davis (1808-1889), President of the Confederate States of America (online at Virtuology.com).
18. Rossiter Johnson, ed. 1904. Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans. 10 vols. The Biographical Society, Boston, MA (online at Ancestry.com). Biographical sketch of Jefferson DAVIS.
19. Grolier Online: the American Presidency.[link died] Segment on Zachary Taylor.
20. Jefferson Davis Monument State Historic Park. [link died]
A. Merriam-Webster. 1977. Webster's New Geographical Dictionary. G. & C. Merriam Co., Publ., Springfield, MA.
B. Adrian Ettlinger. AniMap Plus: County Boundary Historical Atlas: with "SiteFinder," U.S. Place Name Database and U.S. Cemetery Database (on CD). Gold Bug Software, Alamo, CA — and other supporting sources. The county history of the location of Fairview is: 1777-80, in Kentucky Co., VA > 1780-92, in Lincoln Co., VA > 1792-97, in Logan Co., KY > 1797-1820, in Christian Co., KY. In 1820, Todd County was formed from Christian and Logan Counties. Fairview straddles the Christian/Todd county line, but officially (administratively) it is in Christian County, while the Jefferson DAVIS home and historical monument are on the Todd County side of the line.
C. Geographic NameServer (online at MIT). There are six Fairview's in Kentucky, but none in Nelson County.
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