Person:Samuel Davis (130)

Maj. Samuel Emory Davis
d.4 July 1824 Mississippi
  1. Maj. Samuel Emory Davis1756 - 1824
  • HMaj. Samuel Emory Davis1756 - 1824
  • WJane Cook1760/61 - 1845
  1. Joseph Emory Davis1784 -
  2. Benjamin Davisabt 1787 - 1827
  3. Samuel A. Davisabt 1789 - bef 1832
  4. Anna Eliza Davis1791 -
  5. Isaac Williams Davis1792 - abt 1833/34
  6. Lucinda Farrar Davis1797 -
  7. Amanda Jane Davis1800 -
  8. Matilda Davis1801 -
  9. Mary Ellen Davisabt 1805/6 -
  10. Confederate President Jefferson Finis Davis1808 - 1889
Facts and Events
Name[3][5] Maj. Samuel Emory Davis
Alt Name Samuel C. Davis
Gender Male
Birth[1] 1756 Georgia, United States
Military[1] 1776 Rev War - served first in the "mounted gun men" and afterwards as captain of infantry at the siege of Savannah
Residence[2] 1793-1811 now Todd County, Kentucky
Residence[1] aft 1811 Wilkinson County, Mississippi
Burial[5] 1824 Beauvoir Cemetery, Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi
Death[3] 4 July 1824 Mississippi
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Autobiography of Jefferson Davis. Written in November, 1889., in Confederate veteran. (Nashville, Tennessee: S.A. Cunningham, 1893-1932), 15 (1907):217.
  2. Confederate veteran. (Nashville, Tennessee: S.A. Cunningham, 1893-1932), 15:486, Nov 1907, Secondary quality.

    ... About the year 1793 Samuel C Davis emigrated from Georgia and settled in Kentucky. He opened and kept a wayfarers' rest, where he dispensed good cheer to man and his beast. At this early day there were only four places occupied between Hopkinsville and what is now Elkton. Here Mr. Davis continued to reside until about the year 1811, respected and honored by his neighbors for his frugal and open-handed hospitality. The partner of his life by her ever-alert and sympathetic interest succored the needy and afflicted around her, winning her the sobriquet of "Aunt Winnie" through her practice of the works of the good Samaritan. Here Jefferson Davis was born in 1808.

    In this connection it may not be inappropriate to state that Mr. George Tillman lost his wife in 1805. Mrs. Davis took his daughter, Mary, who afterwards became the wife of Fielding Shanklin, to live with her. She died at the age of ninety-four years. "Polly" Tillman was living in the Davis family when Jefferson Davis was born, and was then in her twelfth year. The writer has often heard her recount many incidents of Davis's childhood, of her nursing and caring for him in his infancy. She always spoke of him and called him by the title of "Little Jeff." Having enjoyed the tender care of Mrs. Davis when motherless, there was little chance of mistake in her rearing. ...

  3. 3.0 3.1 The Papers of Jefferson Davis.

    Samuel Emory Davis

    Samuel Emory Davis, the father of Jefferson Davis, was born in Georgia around 1755-58. His father, Evan Davis, died soon after Samuel's birth, leaving his mother, Mary Emory Davis, to care for him and his two half brothers. Little is known of his formative years, but he was literate, indicating at least some formal education.

    Apparently following the lead of his half brothers, Samuel enlisted with the American forces soon after the beginning of the Revolution. He may have briefly been a member of a Georgia regiment, but the majority of his service was with South Carolina troops. One account states that he was a private in a company of "mounted gunmen"; in 1779 he organized his own company, probably of mounted infantry. Various accounts place him at the Battle of Kettle Creek, Georgia (Feb. 14, 1779) and the sieges of Savannah (Sept.-Oct. 1779) and Augusta (Apr.-June 1781). According to Joseph E. Davis, Samuel was wounded twice during the conflict.

    After the war Davis returned to Georgia and was appointed clerk of the courts. He married Jane Cook, whom he had met in South Carolina during the war, in 1783, and the first of their ten children was born the following year. They remained in Georgia until about 1797 when they moved to Kentucky, perhaps with a short period in South Carolina in between.

    Shortly after Jefferson's birth, the family left Kentucky for Louisiana and then Mississippi, settling in Woodville, in Wilkinson County, where they built Rosemont. Samuel Davis died while visiting eldest son Joseph in 1824. Jefferson Davis named his first son after his father.

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  5. 5.0 5.1 Find A Grave.

    Maj Samuel Emory Davis
    Birth: 1756
    Georgia, USA
    Death: Jul. 4, 1824
    Mississippi, USA

    Revolutionary War Veteran

    Lincoln County Militia, Georgia

    Father of Confederate President Jefferson Davis

    Family links:
    Jane Simpson Cook Davis (1759 - 1845)*

    Joseph Emory Davis (1784 - 1870)*
    Benjamin Davis (1786 - 1827)*
    Samuel A. Davis (1789 - 1831)*
    Anna Eliza Davis Smith (1791 - 1870)*
    Isaac Williams Davis (1792 - 1834)*
    Lucinda Farrar Davis Stamps (1797 - 1873)*
    Amanda Jane Davis Bradford (1800 - 1881)*
    Matilda Davis Vaughn (1801 - 1834)*
    Mary Ellen Davis Davis (1805 - 1824)*
    Jefferson Finis Davis (1808 - 1889)*