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Mr. Davis then continued his dictation: My parents lived near Augusta, Ga., where they had a farm, on which they resided until after the birth of several children, when they moved to what was then known as the Green River country, in the southwestern part of Kentucky. There my father engaged in tobacco — planting and raising blooded horses, of which he had some of the finest in the country. I was born on the 3d of June, 1808, in what was then Christian County. The spot is now in Todd County, and upon the exact site of my birthplace has since been built the Baptist church of Fairview. In 1886 Mr. Davis attended and made a speech at the presentation of his birthplace to the trustees of the Baptist congregation. All the surviving friends and neighbors of his father and of his own boyhood were present, and received Mr. Davis with the tenderest affection. It was my husband's last visit to his birthplace, and gave him much pleasure. The house was taken down, moved, and reerect
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Mills, Roger Quarles 1832- (search)
Mills, Roger Quarles 1832- Lawyer; born in Todd county, Va., March 30, 1832; became a lawyer in Corsicana, Tex.; was colonel of the 10th Texas Regiment in the Confederate army in the Civil War; and entered the national House of Representatives in 1873 as a Democrat. Having given especial attention to revenue questions, he was appointed, in the Congress of 1887-89, chairman of the ways and means committee, and reported in 1888 the so-called Mills bill. This measure, prepared in the direction of tariff reform, passed the Democratic House and was defeated in the Republican Senate. Mr. Mills was defeated by Mr. Crisp in the contest for speaker in 1891, and was a United States Senator in 1892-99.
Hon. J. L. M. Curry , LL.D., William Robertson Garrett , A. M. , Ph.D., Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 1.1, Legal Justification of the South in secession, The South as a factor in the territorial expansion of the United States (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Biographical: officers of civil and military organizations. (search)
Biographical: officers of civil and military organizations. Zzz Jefferson Davis. Jefferson Davis was born June 3, 1808, in that portion of Christian county, Kentucky, which was afterwards set off as Todd county. His grandfather was a colonist from Wales, living in Virginia and Maryland, and rendering important public service to those southern colonies. His father, Samuel Emory Davis, and his uncles, were all Revolutionary soldiers in 1776. Samuel Davis served during the Revolution partly with Georgia cavalry and was also in the siege of Savannah as an officer in the infantry. He is described as a young officer of gentle and engaging address, as well as remarkable daring in battle. Three brothers of Jefferson Davis, all older than himself, fought in the war of 1812, two of them serving directly with Andrew Jackson, and gaining from that great soldier special mention of their gallantry in the battle of New Orleans. Samuel Davis, after the Revolution removed to K
The Daily Dispatch: February 21, 1862., [Electronic resource], The Conservative influence of tobacco. (search)
fits. The Louisville Journal says:"The fragrant leaves of the great weed are becoming as precious in the eyes of commerce as the leaves of the Sibylline oracles of old, and we do not think that prices have yet reached their highest figure." part of the State, however, in an evil days, was lured from loyalty, and so lost all participation in this golden harvest. That region of Kentucky now overrun and devastated by Buckner and his banditti, the fertile counties of Warren, Logan, Simpson, Todd, Christian, Card well, and others constitute the great tobacco and slave district of the State, and produce the heavy article of tobacco most used for manufacturing purposes. The annual yield has amounted to millions of dollars, and these counties were feeling more directly than any others the beneficial results of the effar is to extend the influence of Kentucky as a market. But they suffered themselves to be led estray after the false gods of a Southern Confederacy, and by this means clos