Jefferson Davis Jr.
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Jefferson Finis Davis Jr. (1857 - 1878)

Jefferson Finis Davis Jr.
Born in Natchez, Adams, Mississippi, USAmap
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Died at age 21 in Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, USAmap
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Jefferson Finis Davis, Jr BIRTH 16 Jan 1857 Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA DEATH 16 Oct 1878 (aged 21) Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA BURIAL Hollywood Cemetery Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA PLOT Section Lawn Lot A MEMORIAL ID 6662376 ยท


The namesake of his father Jefferson Davis, Jefferson Davis, Jr., was actually the second Davis son (Samuel died three years before Jeff was born). A rambunctious child, Jeff enjoyed life in the Confederate White House, where staff and aides indulged him, often calling him "General." He attended schools in Canada, England, and Maryland as the family moved about after the war. Jeff Jr. enrolled at Virginia Military Institute, but his father withdrew him in 1875, apparently fearing that his son was about to be expelled.

Although by all accounts a charming young man, Jeff Jr. never showed much motivation. His parents were continually trying to help him, but his father conceded to his mother that "we do not understand the boy, and I fear never shall." He became his father's secretary at Beauvoir in 1877, supposedly studying French and medicine in his free time. In 1878 he moved to Memphis, where brother-in-law Addison Hayes found him a job as a bank clerk. Only a few months after his arrival, however, Jeff Jr. fell victim to a yellow fever epidemic that swept the city, dying on October 16. First buried in Memphis, he was re-interred near his father at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond in 1895.

Middle name spelled Fenis or Finis (father's recorded as "Finis")


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Misspelling of middle name, can you please open this profile? Thanks! Additional sources suggested, if possible.
I believe his middle name is Finis...
posted by Robin Lee

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