Jefferson Davis had only two siblings who left descendants named Davis beyond one generation, namely Samuel A. Davis and Lucinda (Davis) Davis. And as you know Jefferson and Varina’s only child to marry and have children was Margaret who married Joel Addison Hayes, Jr.
Margaret and Joel had four children, two daughters and two sons. One daughter, Varina Howell Davis Hayes married Gerald Bertram Webb. they had four children The second daughter, Lucy White Hayes married George B. Young and they had five children.
Jefferson Addison Hayes-Davis, Margaret and Joel’s oldest son, married Doree Dewitt. Jefferson had his name legally changed to Hayes-Davis so that the Davis name could continue.They had two children, Addison Hayes-Davis and Adele Hayes-Davis.
The fourth child and second son, William Davis Hayes married Elizabeth M. Davis. They had one daughter, Elise Hayes. I read that only four of Jefferson Davis’ grandchildren survived to marry and have children. Thus, descendants of Jefferson Davis are a rare commodity.
We are so fortunate to know Jefferson’s great-great grandson, Bertram Hayes-Davis, and his wife Carole. They have been wonderful friends to us at the First White House of the Confederacy. We always enjoy and appreciate their support. Bert was our special guest for our Spring Gala last April. He signed prints of the First White House which we sold as part of our fundraiser. We still have a few in our Gift Shop if you want to purchase one for yourself or as a gift for a Confederate aficionado. Contact us at 334-242-1861 to place an order.