Joseph Emory Davis BIRTH 10 Dec 1784 Richmond County, Georgia, USA DEATH 18 Sep 1870 (aged 85) Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi, USA BURIAL Brierfield Plantation Cemetery Le Tourneau, Warren County, Mississippi, USA MEMORIAL ID 26063891
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.
Personal life [Wikipedia] 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. Joseph Emory 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
Davis also adopted two children, Joseph D. Nicholson, the infant son of Mrs. Jane Nicholson, and Martha Quarles, daughter of John Quarles. She was the granddaughter of Martha Brooks Wallace. Martha Wallace reared Martha Quarles until age 13, when the girl started living in Davis's household.
Davis and a granddaughter (born to one of his illegitimate daughters) resided upriver in the city of Vicksburg, from 1868 to his death in 1870. They lived in a grand house known as Anchuca, now on the National Register of Historic Places. Davis became noted for his benevolence, for he paid to educate many youths of both sexes.
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