jefferson davis three generations

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, unidentified 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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