Person:Sarah Taylor (93)

m. 17 Jun 1835
Facts and Events
Name Sarah Knox Taylor
Alt Name Knoxie Taylor
Gender Female
Birth[1] 6 Mar 1814 Vincennes, Knox, Indiana, United States
Marriage 17 Jun 1835 Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, United Statesto Confederate President Jefferson Finis Davis
Death[1] 15 Sep 1835 St. Francisville, West Feliciana, Louisiana, United Statesdied of malaria
Burial[3] Locust Grove Cemetery, St. Francisville, West Feliciana, Louisiana, United States
Reference Number? Q458286?

Sarah's father was future president of the United States Zachary Taylor; her husband was second-in-command, and future president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis. She met Davis when her father was commanding Fort Crawford in Wisconsin and he was second in command. Her father opposed the match because he was in the military, so Davis resigned before they were married. Both the newlyweds contracted malaria, and Sarah died three months later at the home of his sister.

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sarah Knox Taylor, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.

    For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Sarah Knox Taylor.

  2.   Autobiography of Jefferson Davis. Written in November, 1889., in Confederate veteran. (Nashville, Tennessee: S.A. Cunningham, 1893-1932)
    15 (1907):217.

    ... After a successful campaign against the Indians, I resigned from the army in 1835, being anxious to fulfill a long-existing engagement with a daughter of Col. Zachary Taylor, whom I married, not "after a romantic elopement," as has so often been stated, but at the house of her aunt and in the presence of many of her relatives, at a place near Louisville, Ky. Then I became a cotton planter in Warren County, Miss. It was my misfortune early in my married life to lose my wife, and for many years thereafter I lived in great seclusion on the plantation in the swamps of the Mississippi. ...

  3. 20981 , in Find A Grave
    includes headstone photo, last accessed Dec 2022.