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Some Jefferson Davis genealogy

This was found on the internet:

Jefferson Davis was sprung from comparatively humble stock;
beyond his father and grandfather nothing is known of his ancestry.
The name of his grandfather was Evan David, but after landing in
America the name was changed to Davis. The grandfather and
two brothers came over from Wales and settled at Philadelphia
early in the eighteenth century. 1

Some years later Evan Davis set out for the Southwest and
landed in Georgia, where he married a widow Williams, who gave
birth to an only child, Samuel, Jefferson Davis's father. Shortly
after the birth of Samuel, Evan died. The father of Jefferson
Davis was a strong character, stubborn, unlovable and silent. But
he was a brave man and when the Revolution broke out, he raised
a company, becoming its captain, and marching to the relief of
Savannah. For his services the Government granted him two hun-
dred and eighty-seven and a half acres of wild land 2

After the war Samuel Davis moved to Augusta, Georgia, where
he was appointed clerk of the county court and married Jane Cook,
a South Carolina woman. This prolific Scotch-Irish woman pre-
sented her husband with ten children, nearly all bearing patri-
archal and Biblical names. There were Joseph and Samuel, Ben-

iThe claim of Davis's recent biographers that Samuel DaviV^ president
of Princeton, was of this line lacks proof : letters to author from the secre-
taries of Virginia and Pennsylvania Historical Societies; Southern' His-
torical Society Papers, XXXVI, 79 J Whitsitt, i-io.

2 In Townsend's Handbook of U. S. Political History, 362, it is stated
that Jefferson Davis and U. S. Grant were cousins on Davis's maternal




jamin and Isaac, Mary and Anna and so on to the tenth and last,
Jefferson. Undoubtedly Samuel, a hard-shell Baptist in religion
and an unwashed Democrat, but then called Republican, in poli-
tics, was determined to do honor to all the saints in the calendar.

Now the Davis family was in no sense aristocratic; in Wales
they had been laborers and in America they were small, wandering
farmers, Samuel and his offspring ploughed the fields, chopped
cotton and worked side by side with the two or three slaves be-
longing to the family. 8 Even poorer whites in that early day could
indulge in the luxury of a slave or two, slaves being worth little
more than good mules. After a few years, Samuel grew weary of
Georgia and wandered over into the Blue Grass country.

There were then no steamboats or other public conveyances in
that western land and Samuel therefore packed his household goods
in a covered wagon and about the year 1792 set out with wife, chil-
dren and slaves on a five-hundred-mile jaunt, passing through
Georgia, Tennessee, and into Kentucky. There the gad-about fel-
low opened up a wayside tavern and raised cattle and horses. But
Kentucky was also unsuited to the Davis family and they remained
only a few years, yet long enough to present to the world their
most distinguished son.

Little Jeff had no recollection of his unpretentious Kentucky
home, for he was an infant at his mother's breast when the roving
Samuel set forth on another trek. This time Bayou TSche was his
objective, a Louisiana village a thousand miles or more away.
The family, except Joseph, accompanied their peripatetic parent.
Joseph remained and studied law, afterwards becoming a lawyer
and practicing at Hopkinsville, Kentucky. At Bayou TSche
malaria attacked the wanderers and they made haste to move
again. The lower Mississippi valley, then a territory, was Samuel's
latest fancy and there, after three removals and hundreds of miles
of plodding over well-nigh impassable roads, the much-worn fam-
ily settled down at last.

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