Jefferson Davis

Male11 February 1821–22 January 1896

Brief Life History of Jefferson

When Jefferson Davis was born on 11 February 1821, in Arkansas, United States, his father, Ralph Davis, was 42 and his mother, Jane, was 32. He married Catherine Kate Standlee on 6 February 1842, in Carroll, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Polo, Carroll, Arkansas, United States in 1880 and Charlestown, Sullivan, New Hampshire, United States for about 10 years. He died on 22 January 1896, in Berryville, Carroll, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Bunch Cemetery, Berryville, Carroll, Arkansas, United States.

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Jefferson Davis
Catherine Kate Standlee
Marriage: 6 February 1842
John L. Davis
Virginia Davis
Aaron Davis
Charles Zacharias Davis
Susan A. Davis
Martha Ann Davis
Mary Ann Davis
William Reid Davis
Sarah Melvina Davis
Jefferson A Davis

Sources (8)

  • Jefferson Davis, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Birth of Jefferson Davis
  • Jefferson Davis, "Find A Grave Index"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    6 February 1842Carroll, Arkansas, United States
  • Children (10)

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    World Events (8)

    1825 · The Crimes Act

    Age 4

    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.


    Age 12

    Historical Boundaries - 1833: Carroll, Arkansas Territory, United States; 1836: Carroll, Arkansas, United States


    Age 25

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    Name Meaning

    English and Welsh: patronymic meaning ‘Dafydd's (son)’, equivalent to Welsh ap Dafydd, the Welsh form of David . The spelling Davis is more typical in southwestern England northwards as far as Lancashire, where the frequency of the surname largely reflects Welsh migration, but may sometimes represent a native English surname based on Davy (compare Davies ). Davis (including in the sense 2 below) is the eighth most frequent surname in the US. It is also very common among African Americans.

    Irish and Scottish: adopted for Gaelic Mac Daibhéid ‘son of David’; see McDevitt . Compare Davies .

    History: John Davis or Davys (c. 1550–1605) was an English navigator who searched for the Northwest Passage. — By the 18th century there were numerous persons named Davis in America, including the jurist John Davis, born in 1761 in Plymouth, MA, and Henry Davis, a clergyman and college president, who was born in 1771 in East Hampton, NY. — Jefferson Davis, born in 1808 in KY, was president of the Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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