Older brother, by 23 years, of Jefferson Davis, the Confederate leader. Joseph was one of the richest men in Mississippi, with about 300 slaves. There is a long article on wikipedia about him.
Joseph Emory Davis had a complicated personal life. In 1827 at the age of 43 he married Eliza Van Benthuysen (1811-1863), then 16 years old. He was said to have been married before but his wife's name is not documented. Davis acknowledged three illegitimate daughters, whom he supported, paying for their education. (It is not known if they had the same mother.) They also lived in his household for periods of time. They were
Florida Ann Davis (b. March 31, 1811, MS – d. January 18, 1891, Warren County, MS); married #1 David McCaleb. #2 Edmund C. Laughlin
Mary Lucinda Davis (b. May 1, 1816, MS – d. November 22, 1846 near Vicksburg, MS); married Charles Jouette Mitchell
Caroline Davis (b. c1823, MS – d. July 13, 1907, Williamsburg, VA) married #1 Thomas Enoch Robbins. #2 Abraham Faw Leonard
Only his daughter Mary ha children []
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