Friday, July 10, 2015

Is Jenny Horne a Descendant of Jeff Davis?

Jenny Horne: 

How a descendant of the president of the Confederacy helped vanquish his flag

As other South Carolina legislators recounted their heritage of the Confederate flag that their ancestors had carried into battle, Representative Jenny Horne who wanted the flag removed from courthouse grounds, trumped them all with her statement of  direct ancestral descent from the President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis.
“I’m sorry. I have heard enough about heritage,” Horne said during the debate. “I have a heritage. I am a lifelong South Carolinian. I am a descendant of Jefferson Davis, okay? But that does not matter. It’s not about Jenny Horne. It’s about the people of South Carolina who have demanded that this symbol of hate come off the statehouse grounds.”
Although Southerners are usually reticent about bragging on their famous forebears, Representative Horne's statement won the day. But was it true? I have a hunch that South Carolina Representative Jenny Horne is no more a descendant of Jefferson Davis than Senator Elizabeth Warren is of the Cherokee Nation. My hunches are various. I will begin with the fact that to be a descendant of Jefferson Davis one has to trace lineage back to one of four grandchildren of Jefferson Davis who were born 1879 - 1889, and raised and married in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


The above chart is from Genealogy of Jefferson Davis, President CSA

President Jefferson Davis had six children, but only one child, a daughter, Margaret who married a man named Hayes had children, four of whom reached adulthood and they all married in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 1890, the Mississippi Legislature allowed her children to preserve the name of her father, the president of the Confederacy, by using the hyphenation of Hayes-Davis.
South Carolina Representative Jenny Horne's maiden name is Jenny A. Anderson, born in South Carolina 1972, to Danny and Cindy Anderson, indeed, a "life-long South Carolinian" as she described herself. The Jefferson Davis family was from Mississippi where they lived and where their older children were born.

Wikipedia:"Margaret Howell was born February 25, 1855, and was the only child to marry and raise a family. She married Joel Addison Hayes, Jr. (1848–1919), and they had five children. They were married in St. Lazarus Church, nicknamed "The Confederate Officers' Church", in Memphis, Tennessee. In the late 19th century, they moved from Memphis to Colorado Springs, Colorado. She died on July 18, 1909, at the age of 54."

Margaret and Joel Hayes had five children, with four living to adulthood. The four Hayes-Davis children were born 1879 - 1889, and raised and settled in Colorado. All four of Jefferson Davis's grandchildren married in Colorado Springs, Colorado between 1904-1913. So far I have found no connection of their descendants to the Anderson family of South Carolina.

This is the most detailed pedigree chart of Jefferson Davis's daughter Margaret (Davis) Hayes available, and I found no indication of any of her descendants who lived in South Carolina, where Representative Jenny Horne was born and raised. Perhaps Representative Horne can elucidate to help us understand her connection. Which one of Margaret's four children were the great grandparent of Representative Jenny Horne. Was it Varina, Lucy, Jefferson or William Hayes-Davis?

Only those who descend from Varina, Lucy, Jefferson or William Hayes-Davis can claim descent from President Jefferson Davis. It is that easy. Census records are readily available to prove lineage, and if Representative Jenny Horne can tell me how she connects I will verify and report it here.

Is Jenny Horne a Descendant of President Jefferson Davis?

Joel Addison HAYES, Jr. & Margaret Howell DAVIS GENEALOGY

Rice University Genealogy of Jefferson Davis

4 comments:

Magdalen said...

Turns out she is a descendant of A James Jefferson Davis. She has no known relation, let alone direct descendancy, of President Jefferson Davis. The fact that the media refuses to have already done this investigation and keeps repeating the LIE that a great man's "direct descendant" throws him under the bus in favor of what the NAACP and Democrats want is an obscene sin against the people and history of South Carolina by an ambitious HACK.
1 Cross Ragland DAVIS b: ABT 1800 d: 1860/1870
+ Huldah DIGBY b: 1804 d: 1870
2 James Jefferson DAVIS b: 1841/1842 d: 20 Mar 1879
+ Elizabeth Caroline CARROLL b: 4 May 1836 d: 18 May 1917
3 Alice DAVIS b: 18 May 1875 d: 2 Nov 1900
+ William G PRYOR b: Feb 1862 d: DEAD
4 Lida Mae PRYOR b: 1901 d: DEAD
+ Fred James WILLIAMS b: Oct 1897 d: DEAD
5 James Pryor WILLIAMS b: 29 Aug 1923 d: 10 Oct 1987
+ Frances Imogene SWICEGOOD b: 12 Dec 1926 d: 28 May 2007
6 Cynthia Williams, Jenny Anderson Horne's mother

Magdalen said...

I friend just pointed out to me that Horne never said she was a descendant of PRESIDENT Jefferson Davis in the video. I am trying to find an interview where she says it - but my guess is there will not be such. This is why she has refused to discuss it further. The media has been the means of putting the lie into the public mind. Of course, Ms. Horne has never stepped up to disclaim and deny the media's "misunderstanding". If I can find her direct participation in this lie, or if anyone else can, that would be helpful. As for the lack of a direct denial, as of today she cannot continue to withhold a denial without being called on it. It's unconscionable what the propaganda arm - the media - has done in this case whilst they stood by in silence, reaping the whirlwind.

Edna Barney said...

Magdalene - Indeed did say that she was "a descendant of Jefferson Davis." - “I’m sorry. I have heard enough about heritage,” Horne said during the debate. “I have a heritage. I am a lifelong South Carolinian. I am a descendant of Jefferson Davis, okay? But that does not matter. It’s not about Jenny Horne. It’s about the people of South Carolina who have demanded that this symbol of hate come off the statehouse grounds.”

Click the first link at the top of this page, and the original video is still live. It is the first video displayed from the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/07/09/south-carolina-rep-jenny-horne-on-her-historic-and-surprisingly-personal-speech-it-needed-to-be-done/

Magdalen said...

But she *is* a descendant of Jefferson Davis - JAMES Jefferson Davis, though, not THE President Jefferson Davis. This has been an intentional misleading of the American public. I am informed that the SC legislators know of this deception but so far - no public statement as to an obscuring of names which any genealogist has to grow past. Our wannabe slavemasters on TODAY's plantation have been setting us against each other, employing their media overseers. Listen again to the video, knowing what you do now, and you will see she didn't say anything factually wrong - but has stood by all these months whilst the media tell another story.