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Jane Simpson (Cook) Davis (abt. 1760 - 1845)

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Jane Simpson [uncertain] Davis formerly Cook
Born about in Christian (Todd) County, Kentuckymap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married about 1783 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Woodville, Mississippimap
Profile last modified 31 Jan 2019 | Created 17 Nov 2008
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Jane Simpson Cook Davis BIRTH 1759 South Carolina, USA DEATH 3 Oct 1845 (aged 85–86) BURIAL Davis Family Cemetery Woodville, Wilkinson County, Mississippi, USA Find A Grave Memorial 18709253

Samuel Davis married Miss Jane Cooke; a Georgia girl of good North Carolina family and connected with—if not closely related to—the Hardins, who moved early to “the Dark and Bloody Ground” and for whom a Kentucky County was named. The pair had eight children during their Georgia life and then Samuel Davis—seeing larger and quick returns for the planter in newer and less crowded territory—followed his wife's friends. He had no inheritance, as his widowed mother lost her all in the trying days that followed the Revolution; so he removed to Kentucky and began life anew on a tobacco plantation in Christian County. [[1]]

The eldest child of Samuel Davis and Jane Cook, was Joseph Emory Davis, born in Georgia but a lawyer and planter, residing at the “Hurricane” Plantation, Warren County, Miss. He married Miss Eliza van Benthysen. He was a great stay and aid to his father and, after his death, became its head and parent, rather than guardian, of the younger children. Little Jeff was devoted to him, and the later statesman never forgot to express his love and admiration of his elder. Joseph Davis rose to great influence and regard in his State and section; and acquired wealth.

The next brother was a doctor and planter: Dr. Benjamin Davis, of St. Francisville, La. He married Miss Aurelia Smith, of that parish, and died at an advanced age after a quiet, respected and useful life.

Samuel Davis, Jr., was the next in age. He was a planter and resided near Vicksburg, Miss. His wife was Miss Lucy Throckmorton and their only living child is Mrs. Helen Carey, of Rapides Parish, La. There were three sons: Benjamin, Samuel and Robert; the eldest of whom left six children in Idaho. Isaac Davis, the fourth son, was also a planter and resided at Canton, Miss. He married Miss Susan Guerly, and left one son, General Joseph R. Davis, of the Confederate Army; and two granddaughters.

The fifth brother and youngest child was Jefferson Davis, the President.

Anna Davis, the eldest daughter, married Luther Smith, of West Feliciana, and had a family of six, two of whom were daughters; Joseph Luther, Gordon, Jedediah, Lucy and Amanda.

Amanda, her next sister, married Mr. Bradford, of Madison Parish, La. Her living children are Jeff Davis Bradford, an engineer now stationed at Fort Moultrie, in Charleston Harbor; Elizabeth Bradford White, widowed, and residing in New Orleans in winter and Kentucky in summer, and Mrs. Lucy Bradford Mitchell, widow of Dr. C. R. Mitchell, of Vicksburg, Miss.

Lucinda Davis, the next sister, married Mr. William Stamps, of Woodville, Miss. Her children are all dead and her grandchildren are Mrs. Edward Farrar and Mrs. Mary Bateson, of New York, and Mrs. William Anderson; Hugh, Richard and Isaac Alexander, and one great grandchild, Miss Josie Alexander.

Matilda, the fourth sister, died in childhood,

The youngest and next in age to the later President, was his boyhood's companion and delight, “Little Polly.” She was Mary Ellen Davis, who married—without changing her name—Robert Davis, of South Carolina, and left one daughter, who is still living, Mrs. Mary Ellen Davis Anderson, of Ocean Springs, Miss.

Note about wife and mother of Jane Simpson Cook

Rice University had a page indicating that a Jenny Strahan was the wife of William and mother of Jane. Once the data was challenged, the page was removed. Here is the note received from Rice University. Lee-5956 14:12, 9 January 2018 (EST) Our website does NOT indicate that Jefferson Davis supplied the name of his grandmother; indeed, we do not know her name. Likewise, we are unable to trace the source for Jennie Strahan and find no mention of her in our research files. That page was written in 1998 and will be corrected. From our best information--published genealogies and the records of Davis family members and our own extensive files--we believe Jefferson Davis' mother was Jane [Simpson] Cook, daughter of William Cook of Edgefield District, S.C. PJ Davis, Rice University. Page removed


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On 17 Jan 2018 at 10:21 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

The narrative of this bio appears to be a copy paste from an unknown source written at the time family members were still living. There are references to some of them still being alive when that’s no longer true. Children of this profile are also referred to as siblings. Which are they? Her children or her siblings. Does the US Pres project object to my cleaning up this narrative ? Also, Eddie, I do not understand the section you added about her mother. Is she known or not ?

On 16 Jan 2018 at 22:49 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:

Since this profile is PPP, a project should be connected to it.

Also, please read this thread...

On 8 Jan 2018 at 18:26 GMT Eddie King wrote:

Edits to be done for US PRESIDENTS project

On 10 Nov 2015 at 06:27 GMT Dorothy (Cook) Coakley wrote:

Cook-5822 and Cook-4 have been apparently successfully merged.

On 16 Feb 2015 at 18:23 GMT Tyler Bindon wrote:

Cook-5822 and Cook-4 appear to represent the same person because: These profiles are both the spouse of the same person. One has no other data.

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