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Contents

  1. Image Identification Number
  2. Name Index
  3. Technical Details
  4. Rights Management Statement
  5. Suggested Citation
  6. Image Sources

Image Identification Number

Documents and pages within a document were numbered consecutively by the archivist at the time of scanning. The image identification number consists of two parts: a document number followed by the page number. The image identification number is formed as follows with the document and page number separated by a dash: Image id # 2-2. [second page of the second document]

Name Index

Personal Name Search

Each original document was indexed for personal names. A listing of all names with identification and variant spellings is provided in the table below.

Variant Name Forms/Spellings

Please be aware that the collection contains variant spellings of many names. The search capability is not hindered by variant forms or spellings of a particular name and links all variations to a primary name form. A search on a particular name will retrieve all images in which that name was indexed, regardless of how the name was written in a particular document. However, you may notice that your search term differs from how the name was formed or written on a particular page.

Identification

To assist with the search and comprehension of the records, the processing archivist has identified all the personal names indexed. The identification statement appears in the Name Search Results Screen following the search term.

Primary Name Form Identification Variant Name Form
-----, Jno. Notary Public, Parish of New Orleans, LA  
Boa---man, C.F. Appears to be unrelated case concerning law practice of General Joseph Robert Davis Miss C.F. Boa---man
Braman, Joseph B. Notary Public, New York, NY  
Davis, Jefferson Deceased Jeff Davis;
Mr. Davis
Davis, Joseph Robert General Joseph Robert Davis, nephew of Jefferson Davis, attorney, Biloxi, MSGen. Davis;
Jos. R. Davis
Davis, Varina Varina Howell Davis, second wife & widow of deceased, bequeathed Brierfield Plantation, Warren Co., MS, and all personal property Mrs. Davis;
V.H. Davis;
Varina Jefferson Davis
Davis, Varina Anne Varina Anne "Winnie" Davis, daughter & heir/ residual legatee and also bequeathed all other property inherited by the deceased from Sarah A. Dorsey Varina Ann Davis
Dorsey, Mary Ridgely From Ellicott's Mills (Ellicott City), Howard Co., MD. Daughter of William H.G. Dorsey and niece of Sarah A. Dorsey. Legatee bequeathed Limerick Plantation, Tensas Parish, LA Miss Dorsey;
Mary R. Dorsey;
Mary Routh Dorsey
Dorsey, Sarah A. Sarah Anne Ellis Dorsey of Natchez, MS, a lifelong friend of Varina and Jefferson Davis. Married to Samuel W. Dorsey of Ellicott Mills (Ellicott City), MD, the brother of William H.G. Dorsey. Sarah Dorsey died in 1879 and bequeathed Davis Beauvoir in Harrison Co., MS, and properties in Tensas Parish, LA. Mrs. Sarah A. Dorsey
Dorsey, William H.G. William H. Goodwin Dorsey of Ellicott's Mills (Ellicott City), Howard Co., MD, father of Mary Ridgely Dorsey and brother of Samuel W. Dorsey.  
Elmer, Albert Appears to be unrelated case concerning law practice of Gen. Joseph Robert Davis  
Elmer, Clarence Appears to be unrelated case concerning law practice of Gen. Joseph Robert Davis  
Elmer, Jacob Appears to be unrelated case concerning law practice of Gen. Joseph Robert Davis  
Elmer, Percy Lee Appears to be unrelated case concerning law practice of Gen. Joseph Robert Davis  
Elmer, Ross E Appears to be unrelated case concerning law practice of Gen. Joseph Robert Davis  
Ellis, Mary Routh Lived in Philadelphia, PA. Niece of Sarah A. Ellis Dorsey and the daughter of the late Thomas LaRoche Ellis, who had resided at Elliston Plantation in Tensas Parish, LA, prior to his death in 1862. Legatee bequeathed Elliston plantation. Miss Ellis
Evans, A. witness to signing of will  
Evans, S. Chancellor, Second Chancery Court District, MS  
Foster, R.W. witness to signing of will  
Hayes, J. Addison, Jr. Joel Addison Hayes, Jr., Executor & son-in-law of deceased J. A. Hayes, Jr.;
I Addison Hayes, Jr.
Hayes, Margaret Davis Daughter & heir/residual legatee Margaret H. Davis Hayes;
Margaret Jefferson Davis Hayes
Hewes, F.S. Clerk, Harrison Co. Chancery Court Col. Hewes
Houston, W.J. Chancellor of Second Chancery Court District, MS  
Kennedy, Frank witness to signing of will Frank K. Kennedy
McManus, Eustis Clerk, Chancery Court, Harrison Co., MS  
Morgan, William H. witness to petition for probate of will and proof of will  
Payne, Jacob U. Executor J. U. Payne
Seal, Florian Sheriff, Harrison Co. Seal, Florian;
Sheriff F. Seal
Sutton, A---el Notary Public, El Paso Co., CO  
Wilkes, Geo. W. Publisher of Biloxi Herald  
Winston, R.W. Judge, writing from Charleston, SC  

Technical Details

  • Original Scans - The original scans of the Jefferson Davis Estate Papers were carried out in August 2004, according to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Board of Trustees' approved imaging procedures, following ANSI/AIIM recommended practice. The images were scanned as uncompressed, 24-bit RGB TIFFs at 600 pixels per inch.
  • Conversion - The original scans of the Jefferson Davis Estate papers were converted in September 2004. The images were converted to 24bit true color PNGs at 600 pixels per inch.
  • Scanning Comments - The pages were scanned in the order in which the collection was received from the Harrison County Chancery Clerk's Office. Only pages with content were scanned. Blank pages were not scanned. For example, if a two-sided sheet of paper only had content on one side then the page with content was scanned and the blank page was not scanned. In instances where both sides of a two-sided sheet were scanned the second page is described as the reverse of preceding image. Images were numbered consecutively within each document.
    Due to their fragile condition, the original records were not removed from their protective Mylar encapsulation to scan. In some instances Mylar covering may cause a barely discernable image distortion. Each image is displayed with the following scanning comment: Original Encapsulated.

Rights Management Statement

The Jefferson Davis Estate Papers Online: Harrison County Chancery Court Case 463A, Jefferson Davis Will and Probate File are government records, free of copyright or other use restrictions. MDAH asks that each image used in a presentation, display, or publication be accompanied by the following credit statement:

Credit: Courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Suggested Citation:

MDAH suggests that citations for images from the web-enabled version of the Jefferson Davis Estate Papers include the following elements: document author, "title of document," document date, collection title, record series title, agency name, date of last web page revision, <Image URL> (date viewed), image id # [document-page number].

Example cites the second page of the will written by Jefferson Davis:

Jefferson Davis, "Will," December 16, 1889, The Jefferson Davis Estate Papers Online: Harrison County Chancery Court Case 463A, Jefferson Davis Will and Probate File, Series 1818, County Court Cases/Harrison County, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, September 9, 2013 <http://mdah.state.ms.us/arlib/contents/er/jeffdavis/jdsingleimagepage.php?pg=3> (November 21, 2014), image id # 2-2.

Cited thereafter as:
Davis, "Will," image id # 2-2.

Image Sources

Collection Main Page Illustration: Portrait photograph of Jefferson and Varina Howell Davis, 1867, taken in Montreal by W. Notman. Governor's Mansion Collection, PI/HH/1982.0019/No. 12, Mississippi Department of Archives and History.