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. (Thank you John Scott Davenport for this description.)
Listed below are some of websites dedicated to the Tidewater Davenports. Each represents the complete line or information about its progenitor. If you know of additional websites that might fit this same criteria - please contact the administrator at info "at" davenportdna.com
A good place to expand your research is the Davenport Archives website. It contains hundreds of Davenport related documents, photos, trees and includes lists of researchers and their interests.
The following are the known male branches of the Tidewater line. For our purposes a branch would begin with the sons of the 1st generation. If there was only one son then we would start with the sons in the 2nd generation and so on. We would like to test at lease one individual from each branch. The red highlighted entries are branches for which we do not have test participants. Of course we will accept any Davenport participants but especially need the non-highlighted branches.
If there are additional branches not listed or other changes need to be made - contact info "at" davenportdna.com
|1st Generation||2nd Generation||3rd Generation||4th Generation||Notes||Kit #|
|William 1708-1771||Fortunatus 1738-1771||36674|
|William 1755-1847||Allen 1807-1895||7575|
Y-DNA Test Results
|The descendents of Tidewater Davenport belong to Haplogroup R-M269|
|Click here to download an Excel file of these Y-DNA results|
These are the Y-DNA results to-date of the participants descended from the Tidewater Davenports. The different row colors represent the separate branches of the line. Click on the Kit # to view more information about the individual Davenport linage. Newer results have a purple block to the left of the kit number. The Modal haplotype is what we believe the Y-DNA of Tidewaters looked like based on current results. Red and blue cells show where an individual varies from the modal. Red indicates movement upward, while blue downward. Combined pink cells represent "connected" markers where the actual difference is counted as one.
The following people are participating in the Davenport Surname DNA Project. You may view more detail for some by clicking on the link in the Ancestor column. To email the participant, use the kit # followed by @ and then davenportdna.com.
Earliest Known Ancestor plus more
|36674||Robert Davenport||New York||
Tidewater Davenports. William (b. abt. 1708 Lancaster County, Virginia-1771) > Fortunatus (1738-1771) > Joseph > Shadrack > Joseph > Nicodemus (1879-1955)
|7575||Michael Davenport||Georgia||William Davenport (1755-1847) from Pitt County, North Carolina > Allen (1807-1895)|
|William Davenport (b.abt 1755 Pitt County, North Carolina) > William > Stephen > William (1879-1934)|
|In most cases when any of our Davenport results have had a high resolution (37 or 67 marker) match - it was with another Davenport. However, there have been a few other surnames that came very close to the Davenports. For our purposes, very close means they match on 33 out of 37 markers or better, or 62 out of 67 or better. The surnames listed below are those that are very close to this Davenport line on the 37 or 67 marker test.|
|This does not necessarily infer that they had a common ancestor. But it may be worth looking into the possibility. The first step is to determine if the ancestors lived in the same vicinity at the same time. When viewing the "prospects" - give the 67/67 a higher priority, then 66/67, and 65/67, and so on.|
|Surname||67 Markers||Surname||37 Markers|