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Jemima Jane (Jefferson) Davis (bef. 1730 - aft. 1770)

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Jemima Jane Davis formerly Jefferson aka Collins
Born before in Virginiamap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] in Amherst, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Virginiamap
Profile last modified | Created 28 Mar 2015 | Last significant change: 13 Dec 2018
20:50: Robin Lee edited the Biography, Birth Date, Death Date and Status Indicators for Jemima Jane (Jefferson) Davis (bef.1730-aft.1770). [Thank Robin for this]
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Jemima was born before 1730 based on the birth of her first child and died after 1770 based on the birth of her last child. No records have been found for her birth, nor death. Her parents are the subject of a lot of discussion, but the truth is not yet discovered.[1]

John Davis a resident of Virginia, married Mrs. Jemima Collins, whose maiden name was Jefferson, a relative of Thomas Jefferson. John Davis's children were; Robert, Thomas, William, James, John, Mary and Jemima.

Robert's (eldest child of John and Jemima) maternal grandson Constant Elisha Watson Davis, stated in his manuscript "The Davis Family", written in 1892, that Robert's mother, Jemima (Jefferson) Collins Davis was related to President Thomas Jefferson. This claim is later confirmed by the previously mentioned source "History of Logan County, West Virginia", which was written in 1896.


  • "The Davis Family", written in 1892, a manuscript by Constant Elisha Watson Davis
  • Shearer, James Bird; Shearer Family History


More research is needed to prove parents, first husband (Collins) and relationship to President Thomas Jefferson. I find it interesting that a descendant of John Wyatt and Jemima Jefferson (Minerva Jane Davis Baker) named her son Peter Jefferson Baker. I was recently contacted by historian at Montecello, the Jefferson homeplace, who stated that Jemima could not be Jane, the daughter of Peter Jefferson, as she died young and never married.

From Kate Davis: My great grandfather's name was William Henderson Davis. We are direct descendants of John Davis and Jemima Jefferson Davis (if this was her name--I have found no vital records for either). Thomas Jefferson's mother's will was witnessed by Thomas and a man named William Henderson. This does not prove a connection with Thomas Jefferson--it merely indicates the continuation of the family "myth" at least as far as the 1860s. This relationship should be broken! Thomas Jefferson's sister died at age 25 unmarried!!!

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On 29 Aug 2018 at 21:01 GMT Zee Metheny wrote:

My brother contacted the Monticello staff regarding Jemima Jefferson. They stated (again, this is second-hand so please confirm) TJ's sister did indeed die unwed and without children. The Jemima Jefferson as recorded in the Metheny Family documents claimed to be related to TJ. But, we have been unable to corroborate this. Any help would be appreciated.

On 17 Aug 2018 at 02:26 GMT Anonymous Davis wrote:

Thomas Jefferson's sister Jane died at age 25, UNMARRIED. He had a plantation overseer surnamed Collins. Was this the connection? Jemima Jefferson Davis was NOT TJ'S SISTER!!

On 16 Dec 2016 at 18:08 GMT T Attebery wrote:

I started to update this profile based on a couple of sources. I was given a copy of Pages 55 - 57 of Constant Elisha Watson Davis' "The Davis Family". A google search for the above reference also turns up a link to "Nathanial Davis 2008" which indicates that John Davis married Jemima "Jane" Jefferson daughter of Peter Jefferson and Jane Randoph.,_Nathanial_b.pdf

On 3 Mar 2016 at 18:10 GMT Gail (Baker) Williams wrote:

Who is Jemima Jane Jefferson's father? Many records show she is related to President Thomas Jefferson's family. Can anyone shed any light on her parents or family?

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