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The Papers of Jefferson Davis

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Genealogy of the Davis Family

One of the most popular features of the Davis Papers website, these charts carry the extended family two generations beyond that of the Confederate president, and the direct line three generations past Davis.  

This is all the information we have.  Additional data will be added when discovered and verified.

Dates were ascertained as far as possible from primary sources, such as marriage records, tombstones, and contemporary testimony; much reliance has also been placed on family records. The genealogical charts in Volume 1 include extensive annotation which gives the sources of data and clarifies various points. Many corrections were made when Volume 1 was revised in 1991, so be sure to consult the updated edition.  Members of the direct paternal line are in italics.

The charts were prepared with the help of Ernesto Caldeira and members of the Davis family.


 

Chart One

 First and Second Generations

 
Evan Davis
married ca. 1716
Mary
d. prior to May 14, 1747
Immigrants from Wales
d. December 1758
 
(six children)
 
  Benjamin    
  d. prior to 1762    
  William married Christiana
  d. prior to July 24, 1771   d. prior to March 7, 1775
  Samuel married Martha
  d. prior to January 1, 1759   [no data]
  Hannah m. January 12, 1758 Jacob Dubre, Jr.
  b. 1722/23   d. prior to July 11, 1768
  Joseph    
  [no data]    
  Evan married ca. 1755 Mary Emory Williams
  b. 1729   [no data]
  d. ca. 1758    


Chart Two

    Second and Third Generations

 
Evan Davis
married ca. 1755
Mary Emory Williams
b. 1729    [no data]
d. ca. 1758     
 
(one child)
 
  Samuel Emory married 1783 Jane Cook
  b. 1755-58   b. 1760/61
  d. July 4, 1824   d. October 3, 1845


Chart Three

 Third and Fourth Generations 

 
Samuel Emory Davis
married 1783
Jane Cook
b. 1755-58    b. 1760/61
d. July 4, 1824    d. October 3, 1845
 
(ten children)
 
  Joseph Emory    
  b. December 10, 1784    
  d. September 18, 1870    
  Benjamin    
  b. 1787/88    
  d. October 22, 1827    
  Samuel A.    
  b. 1788/89    
  d. before Nov. 8, 1831    
  Anna Eliza    
  b. September 1, 1791    
  d. August 13, 1870    
  Isaac Williams    
  b. October 1792    
  d. 1833/34    
  Lucinda Farrar    
  b. June 5, 1797    
  d. December 14, 1873    
  Amanda Jane    
  b. November 14, 1800    
  d. October 22, 1881    
  Matilda    
  b. 1801    
  d. in childhood    
  Mary Ellen    
  b. 1805/1806    
  d. March 2, 1824    
  Jefferson F.    
  b. June 3, 1807/1808    
  d. December 6, 1889        


 


 

Chart Four

Joseph Emory Davis Family

 

Joseph Emory Davis

 

 

[married]
[unknown]

b. December 10, 1784

        
d. September 18, 1870         
   
(three children)
   
    Florida Ann m. October 21, 1830 David McCaleb, Jr.
    b. March 31, 1811
[no issue]
b. October 21, 1803
    d. January 18, 1891     d. May 28, 1847
        m. July 17, 1848 Edmund C. Laughlin
       
[no issue]
b. June 11, 1811
            d. September 9, 1889
    Mary Lucinda

m. February 6, 1838

Charles Jouett Mitchell
    b. May 1, 1816

-Joseph Davis Mitchell 
(1839-1911; no issue)

--Mary Elizabeth Mitchell Hamer
(1842-1927; 4 children)

--Hugh Mitchell
(1843-49; no issue)

b. May 31, 1813
    d. November 22, 1846 d. January 31, 1886
    Caroline m. December 27, 1842 Thomas Enoch Robins
    b. 1823/24

 

--Jack Robins
(died young; no issue)

--Joseph Robins
(died young; no issue)
 

 

 

 

b. 1808/1809
    d. July 13, 1907 d. November 6, 1850
        m. December 3, 1856

Abraham Faw Leonard

       

 --[son from Leonard's previous marriage]

(1848-59; no issue)

b. January 11, 1820
        d. December 27, 1870
{Joseph Emory Davis} m. October 4, 1827 Eliza Van Benthuysen
   
[no issue]
    b. January 23, 1811
            d. October 24, 1863


Chart Five

Benjamin Davis Family

 
Benjamin Davis
married ca. 1824
Aurelia Smith
b. 1787/88    b. 1802
d. October 22, 1827    d. 1866
 
(one child)
 
  Mary Ann    
  b. August 1825    
  d. April 13, 1828    


 

 

Chart Six

Samuel A. Davis Family

 

Samuel A. Davis

married ca. 1818

Lucinda Throckmorton

b. 1788/89

     b. 1794/95
d. before Nov. 8, 1831      d. February 18, 1873
   
(five children)
   
    Benjamin Throckmorton m. August 19, 1855 Pauline Taylor
    b. July 29, 1820

--Charles Alexander Davis
(1856-64; no issue)

--Lucy Hannah Davis Robinson Goodliffe
(1858-1919; 1 child)

--Samuel Taylor Davis 
(1861-1940; 4 children)

-Robert Keary Davis
(1863-1958; 3 children)

-Helen Frances Davis
(1866-79; no issue)

-Pauline Davis Cage 
(1871-1901; 1 child)

--Frances Throckmorton Brown 
(adopted;c1857-1911; 6 children)

b. January 31, 1836
    d. May 1, 1899 d. January 10, 1919
       
 
 
    Helen M. m. March 11, 1841 Patrick Foley Keary
    b. 1822

--Helen Keary Stafford Barstow   (adopted; 1878-1925; 6 children)

b. 1817
    d. August 13, 1913      d. July 15, 1871
    Robert Hugh m. 1861 Katherine Auter
    b. 1824
[no issue]
b. ca. 1844
    d. December 1865     d. 1878
    Samuel A.        
    b. 1830/31        
    d. September 20, 1851        
    Joseph        
    [no data]        


 

Chart Seven

Anna Eliza Davis Smith Family

 
Anna Eliza Davis
m. March 31, 1816
Luther L. Smith
b. September 1, 1791      b. 1769/70
d. August 13, 1870      d. December 24, 1833
   
(six children)
   
    Joseph Davis m. April 24, 1839 Marie Coralie Guibert
    b. April 6, 1817

--Mary Coralie Smith Nugent
(1839-67; 3 children)

 --Anna Davis "Nannie" Smith
(1841-1938; no issue)

 --William Boyle Smith
(1845-1919; 10 children)

 --Lucy Boyle Smith Balfour
(1848-1917; 7 children)

 --Joseph Davis Smith Jr.
(1850-1900; no issue)

 --Augustus Guibert Smith
(1852-68; no issue)

 --Amanda Philander Smith Stirling
(1854-1926; 5 children)

 --Luther L. Smith
(1857-61; no issue)

 --Jefferson Davis Smith
(1858-1907; no issue)

 --Gordon A. Smith
(1860-61; no issue)

 --Helen Keary Smith
(1863-78; no issue)

 --[Unnamed twin]
(1863-63)

b. 1822
    d. January 13, 1876 d. June 30, 1863
           
    Luther L. Smith, Jr.        
    b. September 7, 1818        
    d. November 1, 1858        
    Gordon A.        
    b. March 26, 1820        
    d. September 19, 1883        
    Lucinda Jane m. May 17, 1836 William D. Boyle
    b. January 20, 1822
[no issue]
b. 1805/1806
    d. August 24, 1889     d. September 21, 1847
    Jedediah Davis m. November 18, 1856 Susan Madison Buck
    b. July 31, 1824
[no issue]
b. ca. 1840
    d. February 23, 1891     d. after July 1900
    Anna Amanda m. November 21, 1850 Philander C. Smith
    b. December 6, 1826

--Anna Davis Smith Smith Gunning
(1852-1935; 7 children)

b. 1821/22
    d. November 7, 1887 d. October 2, 1853


 

Chart Eight

Isaac Williams Davis Family

 
Isaac Williams Davis
married
Susan(nah) Gartley
b. October 1792      b. March 18, 1794
d. 1833/34      d. March 6, 1874
   
(two children)
   
    Lewis        
    b. 1823/24        
    d. 1830/31        
    Joseph Robert married 1848 Frances H. Peyton
    b. January 12, 1825
[no issue]
b. ca. 1823
    d. September 15, 1896     d. after 1877
        (divorced in 1878)    
        m. March 18, 1879 Margaret Cary Green
       

--Varina Jefferson Davis Marret
(1880-1945; 2 children)
–Jefferson Davis
(1883-84; no issue)
–Edith Cary Davis L’Hote
(1887-1937; 1 child)

b. 1850
        d. January 15, 1939


 

Chart Nine

Lucinda Farrar Davis Davis Stamps Family

 
Lucinda Farrar Davis
m. December 12, 1816
Hugh Davis
b. June 5, 1797      b. 1792
d. December 14, 1873      d. July 12, 1817
   
(one child)
   
    Hugh Robert m. March 26, 1845 Ann Jane Boyle
    b. March 3, 1818

--Hugh Landon Davis
(1846-98; 1 child)

--William John Davis
(1848-1919; 12 children)

--Lucinda Jane Davis
(1851-64; no issue)

--Mary Ellen Davis
(1853-1936; no issue)

 --Joseph Emory Davis
(1855-75; no issue)

b. 1823
    d. March 1, 1871 d. June 17, 1882
           
{Lucinda Farrar Davis} m. March 5, 1820  William Stamps
             b. November 3, 1797
            d. March 4, 1878
   
(four children)
   
    Jane Davis m. February 27, 1845 William Wilson Alexander
    b. December 21, 1820

--William Stamps Alexander 
(1846-86; no issue)

--John Robert Alexander
(1848-96; 1 child)

--Hugh Davis Alexander
(1850-1927; no issue)

--Isaac Stamps Alexander  (1855-after 1886)

--Lucinda Davis Alexander Anderson 
(1858-1929; no issue)

--Joseph Davis Alexander
(1860-61; no issue)

--Richard Alexander
(1862-1921; no issue)

b. March 2, 1819
    d. September 14, 1884 d. July 21, 1874
           
    Anna Aurelia m. January 17, 1856 Claiborne Farish
    b. February 2, 1823

--Hazlewood Farish
(1856-after 1910; no known issue)

 --Lucinda Stamps Farish Bradford
(1859-92; 4 children)

--Isaac Stamps Farish
(1861-after 1897; no known issue)

--Elizabeth Jane Farish Brown
(1865-after 1916; no known issue)

b. 1820/21
    d. June 10, 1895 d. November 18, 1889
           
    William, Jr.     d. February 9, 1843
    b. December 28, 1825        
    Isaac Davis m. May 11, 1854 Mary Elizabeth Douglas Humphreys
    d. July 3, 1863   d. May 9, 1900
           


 


Chart Ten

Amanda Jane Davis Bradford Family

 
Amanda Jane Davis
m. November 6, 1820
David Bradford
b. November 14, 1800      b. February 2, 1796
d. October 22, 1881      d. March 13, 1844
   
(ten children)
   
    David, Jr.        
    b. July 25, 1821        
    d. August 15, 1831        
    Benjamin Franklin        
    b. 1822/23        
    d. 1885        
    Mary Jane m. April 3, 1849 Richard Brodhead
    b. 1825-27

--Richard Brodhead, Jr.
(1850-1908; no issue)

 --Joseph Davis Brodhead
(1859-1920; 3 children)

b. January 5, 1811
    d. 1877 d. September 16, 1863
           
        m. January 12, 1871 Robert Heysham Sayre
        [no issue]

b. October 13, 1824

d. January 5, 1907

    Anna Matilda m. May 17, 1848 Edward Leo Miles
    b. July 6, 1827
[no issue]
b. August 15, 1825
    d. October 29, 1904     d. August 23, 1905
    Elizabeth Porter m. June 12, 1855 Maunsel White, Jr.
    b. November 1828

--Maunsel White, III
(1856-1912; no issue)

 --Lucinda Mitchell White Wilkinson
(1858-1932; 4 children)

 --David Bradford White
(1860-76; no issue)

 --Mary Bradford White Brousseau
(1861-1934; 5 children)

 --Carl Bradford White
(1863-1933; 7 children)

 --De La Ronde White
(1865-65)

 --Albert Sidney Johnston White
(1866-1934; 5 children)

 --Heloise White
(1867-72)

 --Elizabeth Porter White Rodd
(c1871-1936; no issue)

 --Anna Miles White Anderson
(1873-1946; 2 children)

 --Jeanne White
(1876-77)

b. January 26, 1830
    d. May 3, 1916 d. March 1, 1896
           
    Lucinda Stamps m. December 13, 1850 Charles Jouett Mitchell
    b. November 11, 1831

--Amanda Davis Mitchell Ganier
(1852-1910; 3 children)

 --Mary Mitchell
(1853-54)

 --Charles Jouett Mitchell, Jr.
(1855-1918; no issue)

 --Edward Miles Mitchell
(1858-64)

 --Maunsell Mitchell
(1860-93; 1 child)

 --Anna Mitchell
(1863-63)

 --Alexander Taylor Mitchell
(1865-1905; no issue)

 --Francis Xavier Mitchell
(1868-70)

 --David Vincent Mitchell
(1870-72)

b. May 31, 1813
    d. February 7, 1919 d. January 31, 1886
           
    David, Jr. m. December 18, 1883 Ada Eliza Pottenger
    b. 1835
[no issue]
b. September 11, 1854
    d. July 10, 1903     d. September 11, 1884
    Sarah Davis

[some sources place her birth in 1833, before David's]

   
    b. 1837/38    
    d. September 27, 1852        
    Jefferson Davis m. July 21, 1868 Helen Payson Sumner
    b. 1838-40
[no issue]
b. Feb. 5, 1836
    d. July 31, 1910     d. December 18, 1887
        m. 1892   Virginia L. Patterson
       
[no issue]
 b. 1850  
    Unnamed Infant     d. before 1911   
    b. 1840        
    d. 1840        


 

Chart Eleven

Mary Ellen Davis Davis Family

 
Mary Ellen Davis
m. February 5, 1820
Robert Davis
b. 1805/1806      b. 1790/91
d. March 2, 1824      d. ca. 1825-30
   
(two children)
   
    Jane Lucinda m. May 3, 1842 Hazlewood M. Farish
    b. 1820

--William Stamps Farish
(1843-99; 6 children)

 --Robert Davis Farish
(1845-1900; 5 children)

 --Frances Ann Farish
(1852-1883; 2 children)

b. 1809/1810
    d. November 23, 1851 d. May 5, 1851
           
    Ellen Mary m. March 1, 1853 Thomas Salmond Anderson
    b. 1824

--Jennie Anderson
(1854-after 1889; no issue)

 --Robert Davis Anderson
(1855-after Oct. 1889; no issue)

b. 1819
    d. 1915 d. February 22, 1861


Chart Twelve

Jefferson F. Davis Family

 
Jefferson F. Davis
m. June 17, 1835
Sarah Knox Taylor
b. June 3, 1807/1808      b. 1813/14
d. December 6, 1889      d. September 15, 1835
   
m. February 26, 1845
Varina Banks Howell
            b. May 7, 1826
            d. October 16, 1906
   
(six children)
   
    Samuel Emory        
    b. July 30, 1852        
    d. June 13, 1854        
    Margaret Howell m. January 1, 1876 Joel Addison Hayes, Jr.
    b. February 25, 1855     b. March 4, 1848
    d. July 18, 1909     d. January 26, 1919
    Jefferson, Jr.        
    b. January 16, 1857        
    d. October 16, 1878        
    Joseph Evan        
    b. April 18, 1859        
    d. April 30, 1864        
    William Howell        
    b. December 6, 1861        
    d. October 16, 1872        
    Varina Anne        
    b. June 27, 1864        
    d. September 18, 1898        


 

Chart Thirteen

Margaret Howell Davis Hayes Family

 
Margaret Howell Davis
m. January 1, 1876
Joel Addison Hayes, Jr.
b. February 25, 1855      b. March 4, 1848
d. July 18, 1909      d. January 26, 1919
   
(five children)
   
    Jefferson Davis Hayes        
    b. March 22, 1877        
    d. June 24, 1877        
    Varina Howell Davis Hayes m. July 30, 1904 Gerald Bertram Webb
    b. March 12, 1879

--Varina Margaret Webb Bennett Stewart 
(1905- ; 2 children)

 --Gerald Bertram Webb, Jr.
(1906-47; no issue)

 --Frances Robine Webb Farnsworth 
(1908-88; 3 children)

 --Eleanor Lelia Constance Webb Collins Davidson
(1911- ; 2 children)

 --Joel Addison Hayes Webb
(1913-89; 2 children)

b. Sept. 24, 1871
    d. February 23, 1934 d. January 27, 1948
           
    Lucy White Hayes m. December 8, 1910 George Bowyer Young
    b. January 2, 1882

--Margaret Josephine Young Graves
(1912-79; 4 children)

 --Harvey Otis Young II
(1914- ; 1 child)

 --George Mike Young
(1918- ; 4 children)

 --Lucinda White Hayes Young Sullivan
(1922- ; 6 children)

 --Nancy Clemence Anne Young Haller
(1924- ; 4 children
)

b. July 18, 1874
  d. March 23, 1966 d. December 31, 1941
     
  Jefferson Addison Hayes-Davis m. December 28, 1910 Doree W. DeWitt
    b. October 2, 1884

--Jefferson Hayes-Davis, Jr. 
(1911-12)

 --Addison Hayes-Davis
(1913-83; 2 children)

 --Adele Hayes-Davis Sinton Davis
(1915-91; 2 children)

b. August 6, 1886
    d. March 8, 1975 d. October 9, 1970
           
        (divorced)    
        m. June 12, 1941 Ruth McCorkle Martin
       
[no issue]
b. September 13, 1897
            d. January 2, 1977
    William Davis Hayes   married 1913 Elizabeth McKewan Davis
    b. June 9, 1889

--Elizabeth Frances Davis Hayes 
(1915-16)

 --Elise Davis Hayes Train
(1917-74; 1 child)

 --William Davis Hayes, Jr.
(1919-29; no issue)

b. December 20, 1891
    d. May 25, 1955 d. November 23, 1959
           
        (divorced)    
        m. July 30, 1954 Alfrieda Henjes
       
[no issue]
b. 1905
            d. 1984

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