Memorial to
Sarah Knox Taylor Davis
Locust Grove Cemetery
St. Francisville, LA 70775
April 16, 2000


Sarah Knox Taylor Davis
Sarah Knox Taylor Davis was daughter of Zachary Taylor, the 12th President of the United States of America, the wife of Jefferson Davis who later became the President of the Confederate States of America and sister of General Richard Taylor of Confederate battle fame.

Sarah Knox Taylor was born at Fort Knox in Vincennes, Indiana about 1814, and educated in Kentucky and Ohio. She married Jefferson Davis on June 17, 1835. Jefferson and Sarah Davis came to Louisiana to visit relatives and begin the planning of their home, Brierfield. After contracting either yellow fever or malaria, Sarah Davis died September 15, 1835. She is buried at Locust Grove Cemetery, West Feliciana Parish.

Just east of St. Francsiville on Baines Road (1) one mile north of Hwy 10 at Locust Grove Cemetery.

Memorial Ceremonies

Call to Order (1:00 PM)

Herbert Price,Council of Conservative Citizens,
       Coordinator and Master of Ceremonies
Zachary Taylor

Invocation

Dr. Mack P. Stewart, Pastor of 2nd Baptist
Church-Jackson, Louisiana

Presentation of Colors (and lead the Pledge):

Rogillio Clack Post 164 American Legion

Pledge to the Flag of the United States:

I  Pledge allegiance to the flag of the
       United States of America and to the Republic
      
for which it stands one nation under God indivisible
       with liberty and justice for all.
Jefferson Davis

Post the Confederate Flag and lead the salute to the flag:

Benton Foster,  GA Scott Camp 244 SCV

Salute to the Confederate Flag

I  salute the Confederate flag
      with reverence and undying devotion
      to the cause for which it stands.


Welcome:

Henry Watkins Allen Camp 133 SCV

General Francis T Nicholls Camp 1362 SCV

Music By:

Bill Caldwell, Confederate Band:
      Dixie, Bonnie Blue Flag, Sally Goodin
Richard Taylor


Welcome:

John Rarick, (Memorial Organizer)
      Former Judge and Congressman:

Purpose and Objections of meeting and introduce
      dignitaries of St. Francisville

Bill D'Aquilla: Mayor of St. Francisville, La.

Bert Barbers: President of Police Jury

History of Cemetery:

Hon. Harrison Shaffer, Direct descendant
      of Anna Elisa Davis Smith (Jefferson Davis oldest sister)

Story of Sarah Knox Taylor Davis:

Hon. Ed Cailleteau

George M. Church, Executive Councilman SCV,
      Cofounder and Director of Jefferson Davis Society


Honor Guard

Courtesy of SCV

Rifle Salute:

courtesy of SCV

Taps:

Dr. Robert T. Snyder

Program Director:

Corely Senyard, Vice President of Council
      of Conservative Citizens


Other Links:
Governor's Proclamation: Sarah Knox Taylor Davis
Davis to Sarah K. Taylor, Dec. 16, 1834 from the Jefferson Davis Papers
Sarah Knox Taylor Davis - Very Good Source
Genealogy on Davis & Taylor Families




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