Concise Ancestry of SC State Rep. Jenny Anderson Horne (version 1.14)
Note: This regards the claim of descent from the President of the Confederacy during the American Civil War, Jefferson Davis. His great grandchildren at birth used the following surnames only: Webb, Young, Hayes, Davis. They lived in the 20th century. See sources below.
Jenny Anderson born Oct 12, 1972. Married Marc F. Horne May 11, 1996.
John Daniel Anderson, Jr., and Cynthia Williams
John Daniel Anderson Sr., (Nov. 22, 1923-Jul. 27, 1970) and Queenie Bell Ahl (b. cir. 1926-present)
James Pryor Williams (Aug. 29, 1923-Oct. 10, 1987) and Frances Imogene Swicegood (Dec. 12, 1926-May 28, 2007)
Merdick Luther Anderson (1898-1940) and Bertha R. (1894-1940) (Family from Michigan)
Dewey Wade Ahl (1897-1981) and Alice Mae Infinger (1891-1945)
Fred James Williams (b. Oct 1897) and Lida Mae Pryor (b. cir. 1901, Alabama) (Living in Maryville, TN at son's birth)
John Willis Swicegood (1885 - 1948) and Annie Caroline Bell (1891 - 1962)
Fifth Generation (incomplete)
John Capers All (1860-1949) and Eva Ann Brant (1860-1945)
Nathaniel Infinger* (1838-1907) and Anna Malissa Infinger (1868-1916)
James Madison Williams Jr. (1867-1941) and Sophronia Tennessee Gibson (1865-1942)
Henry Franklin Swicegood** (1834 - 1908) and Susan Lucy Sink (1836 - 1908)
* Co. B, 11th Reg., SC Infantry, CSA
** Co. D, 48th Reg., NC Infantry, CSA
Additional thoughts and research directions for more distant collateral lines:
The mother of Henry Franklin Swicegood was Sophia Davis (1811-1881) who had a brother named Evan Davis. Suggests this particular Davis line was Welsh as well in the past (Evan is Welsh for John). Ostensibly, no link to the ancestral immigrant ancestor of Jefferson Davis.
The Post and Courier made a stealth edit a day after initial publication inserting the caveat Rep. Horne was told of her descent by her grandfather. Her paternal grandfather passed away two years before she was born, leaving the Williams line. Her maternal grandfather passed near Rep. Horne's 15th birthday in October 1987. If true, the Swicegood line is not the origin of the story.
The family of Lida Mae Pryor, mother of James Pryor Williams, may prove fruitful for a potential collateral connection. Well educated, it is possible she had knowledge of some connection to the greater Jefferson Davis family.
The paternal grandmother of Jefferson Davis, Mary Emory, was a widow of a Mr. Williams. She is recorded as having two sons from that marriage. It is not unprecedented for southern Williams families to claim connection to this line.
Meanwhile, a forum post may show a distant link through marriage. This page makes no claim to verify the remote affinity.
Rep. Horne has not publicly corrected her initial claim of descent. On July 18, 2015, Rep. Horne stated she will not fact check her grandfather's claim.
Anderson family genealogy sources:
1930, 1940 US Census, Blount co., TN
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