The Papers of Jefferson Davis
 
The Papers of Jefferson Davis

The Great Seal of the Confederate States of America (picturing George Washington) Engraved in London by Joseph S. Wyon Museum of the Confederacy

 

 

Photo of the Davises and their grandchildren
Jefferson and Varina Davis with their grandchildren
  Courtesy of Beauvoir, Biloxi, Miss.

Pictured at Beauvoir in 1884 or 1885 (l to r): Varina Howell Davis Hayes [Webb] (1878-1934), Margaret Davis Hayes, Lucy White Hayes [Young] (1882-1966), Jefferson Davis, unknown servant, Varina Howell Davis, and Jefferson Davis Hayes (1884-1975), whose name was legally changed to Jefferson Hayes-Davis in 1890. Margaret and Addison Hayes had two other children, Jefferson Davis Hayes (1877-1877) and William Davis Hayes (1889-1955). These five were the only grandchildren of Jefferson and Varina Davis. (Photograph from the Library of Congress).

Lucy Hayes Young had fond memories of the visits to Beauvoir. She recalled that her grandfather "was an erect and imposing old gentleman and enjoyed playing games and telling stories to his grandchildren." She added that "his stories were never about the War Between the States," but "were always cheerful tales" (New Orleans Times-Picayune, April 10, 1952).

 

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The Papers of Jefferson Davis
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