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Sunday, May 22, 2011

In Search of Jefferson Davis

When my mother was a small child, she opened her history book at school and thought she saw a picture of her Uncle John. She was quite surprised to see this and could not wait to get home from school to ask her mother why Uncle John was in the history book.

Her mother took one look and said "Oh, yes, that is not Uncle John, but we are related to the man in the picture, that is Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederate States of America". Her mother explained that they were not proud of him and did not to speak of him. He was some sort of second cousin or something.

So now I am searching to see if I can find the trail from my Davis family to the famous Jefferson Davis.

This is a photo I compiled of my Great Grandfather, Jefferson Bluford Davis on the left, top & bottom and the famous Jefferson Davis, in photos close to the age of the photos I have of my grandfather, on the right, top and bottom.

Maybe it is just wishful thinking, but it looks to me like there is some family resemblance between the two of them.

I have not had any luck finding a path on ancestry with the data that I have. Then looking on ebay, I found 2 older genealogy books on Jefferson Davis. I bought them both and I am going to put the data into a new family tree on Ancestry. Maybe I can find that missing link through this?

One book is "Davis Family Records, by J. Montgomey Seaver, 1929" and the other book is "Genealogy of Jefferson Davis and Samuel Davis by William H. Whitsitt, 1910".

I will post here in a few months with the results.

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