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USA Northern Davenport Lines (No topics)

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The Rev. John Davenport was born in Coventry, England in 1597, the grandson of Edward Davenport of Coventry. He left his homeland due to a dispute with the church and arrived in Salem, Massachusetts aboard the Hector in 1637. He was one of the founders of of New Haven, Connecticut and Yale University. He married Elizabeth Wooley and had a son John. The Rev. John Davenport died in Boston, Massachusetts in 1670. Many of John's descendants settled in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. There is very good documentation linking this line to Edward Davenport of Coventry and through him the Davenports of Henbury.
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Thomas Davenport was born about 1615 in England. He arrived in Dorchester (Boston), Massachusetts prior to 1639 becoming a freeman in 1642. He is believed to have married Mary Pitman. They had nine children - Sarah, Thomas, Mary, Charles, Abigail, Mehitable, Jonathan, Ebenezer, and John. Thomas died in Boston in 1685. His descendants settled in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island.
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Captain Richard Davenport born about 1606 in Weymouth, England. Arrived in New England aboard the ship Abigail in 1628 with Governor John Endicott. Admitted a freeman in 1634 and moved to Boston in 1642. He married Elizabeth Hathorne and had nine children -Truecross, Experience, Nathaniel, John, Eleazer, Samuel, Sarah, Elizabeth, and William. Richard was was commander of the fort at Castle Island in Boston Harbor in 1665 when he was struck by lightning and killed. Most of his descendants lived in Massachusetts and the general New England area.
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Humphrey Davenport was born before 1640 in Devonshire, England. He married (1st) Ann Collinson and had children Paramoog and Humphrey. His second marriage produced four more children - Rachel, born in Barbados, Richard, born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, William, and John. Humphrey died about 1680 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Many of his descendents still reside in New Jersey and New York.
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William Davenport of Fordham (formerly the Thomas the Pioneer line). William was born, probably in England, prior to 1654. He spent much of his life in Westchester County, New York. William had two children by his first wife - John and William, and four by his second wife - Thomas "the Pioneer", Robert, Samuel, and Rachel. William died in or after 1715.
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Ambrose R. Davenport was born in Virginia in 1771. He joined the army under General (Mad Anthony) Wayne and arrived in Mackinaw, Michigan in 1796. He married Elizabeth and they had six (?) children - Ambrose, William, Henry, Nancy, Caroline, and Susan. In 1812 after the British took over Fort Michilimackinac, Ambrose was deported to Detroit for refusing to renounce his American citizenship. Ambrose returned to Mackinaw in 1815 where he remained until he died in 1858. His many descendents settled in Mackinaw, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Known as the Mackinaw Davenports.
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Lancelot Davenport was born about 1594. He arrived in Virginia on the Ship "Duty" in 1621 as clerk to Edward Blaney, factor for the Virginia Company. Whether he returned to England with Blaney in 1625 when the Virginia Company's charter was revoked is unknown, but he was in Virginia in 1638 when he was granted 50 acres for his "Personal Adventure." Lancelot and other Davenports in the area are known as the James River Davenports. Whether Lancelot married or had children is not known.
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The New Kent/Hanover Davenports began their time with the Surname Project labeled as Limbo Davenports. Their DNA testing showed unexpected connections among three test kit holders who at the time of their testing were believed to be James River Davenports, three well-documented Pamunkey Davenports, members of a Woodruff line, an Overton, and now several kit holders with surnames of Flowers, Sturgill, and Frederick. Extensive research correlating these DNA results with the extant historical record resulted in the discovery of the New Kent/Hanover Davenport line, now well established. Interested readers should read A Chronology of the New Kent/Hanover Davenports (2014), available here: www.randidavenport.com/my-works/the-new-kenthanover-davenports
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Richard Davenport was born in Kilby Parish, Leicestershire, England on 6 Sept. 1640. He was the son of John and Elizabeth Davenport. His family was known as the “Great Wigston Davenports”. Documented evidence indicates that Richard was living in Perquimans Precinct of North Carolina by 1665. He married Johanna (unknown) and had seven children. Richard Jr. born 2 March 1674, Elizabeth born 3 July 1676, John born 1 Nov. 1677, Sarah born 10 Oct. 1682, Isaac born 17 Sept. 1685, Susannah born 18 Nov. 1688 and Agnis born 17 Nov. 1691. Johanna lived to about late 1700 and Richard died by March 1714. Many of his decedents continued to live in the Albemarle Sound region of North Carolina and are known as the “Albemarle Davenports” in the United States.
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Davis Davenport was born prior to 1660, probably in Virginia. The current thinking is that he was the son of Richard Davis and Ann Davenport. Davis Davenport first appeared as a plantation and landing owner in Pamunkey Neck, Virginia in 1696 and then in the King William County Quit Rents of 1704. He has known six children - Martin, Richard, Thomas, Ann, Elias, and John. Davis died before 1735 in Virginia. His descendants settled in the Virginia, South Carolina, and Kentucky areas. Known as the Pamunkey Davenports.
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The Tidewater Davenports were those Davenports who settled in the Peninsula or Neck between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers in the 1650s. They paid for their own passages, i.e., claimed no headrights, and were sufficiently wealthy to buy already patented land, i.e., they did no surveys, were not involved in the patent process. They were clearly of higher social status than the Pamunkeys, were planters and artisans of substance from the beginning, were involved with both Government and the Church. The given name Fortunatus was unique to the Tidewaters, and the first and most notable Birkett Davenport (of Culpeper County) was a Tidewater. Prior to the Revolution, these Davenports located close to Atlantic waters, were to be found in counties affected by tides, hence the label "Tidewater." Most of the early records of these Davenports have survived, need to be compiled and organized.
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Isaac Davenport of South Carolina. He had four children - Francis, William, Isaac, and Joseph. He died in 1749 in Granville County, North Carolina. Isaac's descendants are known as the Newberry Davenports.
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Abraham Davenport was born in England in 1714. He migrated to America between 1735-1745 and settled in St. Mary's County, Maryland. He married Mary Simms about 1745 and had 11 children - Elizabeth, Stephen, Abraham, John, Marmaduke, Anthony, Adrian, Mary, Samuel, Catherine, and Nancy. During the Revolutionary War, Abraham and his family moved to a farm in what is now Jefferson County, West Virginia. Today the farm is called Altona Farm and his descendents still reside there. Abraham died there in 1789. Known as the Altona Davenports.
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William Davenport was born, probably in England, about 1748. He married Comfort Fisher in Accomack County, Virginia and together had eight children - John (1771-1835), Mary (b. 1773), Agnes (b. 1774), Thomas (1776-1862), Sarah, George (1781-1845), William (1782-1837), and Margaret (1786-1860). The family resided in Surry County, North Carolina and eventually in what is now Casey County, Kentucky. Since William and Comfort first appeared in the historical records in Accomack County, which is off the eastern coast of Virginia, his line is called the Eastern Shore Davenports.
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This group of Davenports is temporarily named "Unattached Line 1" because we don't currently know where they fit in. Their Y-DNA match each other, indicating a common ancestor, however, they do not match any other tested Davenport line so far. They all have a Davenport ancestor that resided in the Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia area. The current belief is that they are all descendents of four Davenport brothers that first appeared in Jackson County, Tennessee. Their names were Joseph (1789-1876), Henry (1790-1846), James, and Charles (abt 1794 - bef 1850).
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USA Miscellaneous Davenport Lines (No topics)



Occasionally, in the Davenport Surname DNA Project, we find a Davenport who's Y-DNA does not match any other Davenport tested so far. This can happen for a variety of reasons. The simplest is that DNA testing is still in its infancy and we certainly haven't tested all of the Davenport lines that exist. There could also have been a Paternity Event - where somewhere up the line, the father was not who we expected it to be. But, it is quite possible that has the number of participants grows, some of this group will move out and join newly discovered Davenport lines.

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English Davenport Lines (No topics)

The Davenport name can be traced back to Orme De Dauneporte, who was alive about 1086 AD. His descendants acquired the hereditary role of Magistrate Sergeants of the Forest of Macclesfield, of the county Cheshire, with local legal powers to prosecute and punish criminals. Over the centuries Orme's descendants have multiplied and established many Davenport "Manors" throughout Cheshire, including Wheltrough, Bramhall, and Capesthorne. In the early 1600's, some of those descendents made their way to North America, primarily Boston, and thereby became the founders of at least four American Davenport lines.

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