Family Group


Name Thomas DAVENPORT
Birth 1615, England
Death 9 Nov 1685, Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Burial 12 Nov 1685
Father Thomas DAVENPORT (1580-)
Mother Mary Forth
Spouse Mary Pitman
Birth abt 1621, England
Death 4 Oct 1691, Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Children
1 M Jonathan DAVENPORT
Birth 6 Mar 1658/59, Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Death 11 Jun 1729, Little Compton, Newport County, Rhode Island
Spouse Hannah Maynard
Marriage 1 Dec 1680, Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Notes for Thomas DAVENPORT
His name first appears on Dorchester records as a member of its church, 20 Nov 1640; his wife, Mary, joining 8 Mar 1644 . He became a Freeman 18 May 1642. In 1670, he became constable, a position considered to be of great importance in those days, and only held by one in good standing in the community. He probably lived on the eastern slope of Mt. Bowdoin, near the corner of Bowdoin Street and Union Avenue. He bought house and ground from William Pigrom, 25 Nov 1653 and of William Blake 5 Feb 1665. He made his will 24 Jul 1683, "being aged" leaving the homestead to his youngest son, John, after his widow's death. (Excerpted from "Davenport Ancestry in America")

He was a soldier in the King Phillips War.

Many accounts list Thomas's wife as Mary Forth, others list Mary Pitman as his wife and Mary Forth as his mother. The latter is chosen here. It is uncertain whether Thomas's father was Thomas (b.1580). This connection after Thomas (b. 1615) is a weak link in a long line of established Davenports extending back 18 more generations to the first identifiable Davenport, Ormus de Dauenport (b. 1086?) in Cheshire, England.
Notes for Mary Pitman
Many accounts list Thomas's wife as Mary Forth, others list Mary Pitman as his wife and Mary Forth as his mother. The latter is chosen here. It is uncertain whether Thomas's father was Thomas (b.1580). This connection after Thomas (b. 1615) is a weak link in a long line of established Davenports extending back 18 more generations to the first identifiable Davenport, Ormus de Dauenport (b. 1086?) in Cheshire, England.

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