Catherine Smith Davenport

Brief Life History of Catherine Smith

When Catherine Smith Davenport was born about 1810, in Harris, Georgia, United States, her father, John Davenport, was 34 and her mother, Mrs Nancy Davenport, was 38. She married Byrd Pruitt on 9 August 1827, in Putnam, Georgia, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Whitesville, Harris, Georgia, United States in 1850 and Georgia, United States in 1870. She died after 1870.

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Family Time Line

Byrd Pruitt
Catherine Smith Davenport
Marriage: 9 August 1827
William A. Pruitt
John Davenport Pruitt
Americus L Pruitt
Nancy Winfield Pruitt
William Pruit
Robert W. Pruitt
Thomas Jefferson Pruitt
Mary Frances Pruett
Catherine Rebecca Pruitt
Asa Judson Pruitt
Anna Hasseltine Pruitt
Sarah E Pruit
Elizabeth Pruett

Sources (8)

  • Cathrine Pruett, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Catharine Devenport, "Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950"
  • Devenport in entry for Anna Pruitt Wyche, "Georgia Deaths, 1914-1927"

World Events (7)

1811 · The Savannah Riots

A barroom brawl in Savannah on Tuesday, November 12, 1811, had international impact. An American seaman boasted of having joined the crew of a French vessel, likely named La Vengeance. Others became upset at the idea of the American joining a foreign nation and a brawl erupted. The county coroner asked for peace but was beaten with clubs. A second clash occurred the following day when French sailors attacked five American seaman. A day after the second attack, twenty French sailors attacked six Americans. Four of them escaped but two were beaten and stabbed. Jacob Taylor died on the scene and a rigger named Collins died the following day. By Friday, a full scale riot erupted when the French crewmen arrested on murder charges were released. Many were arrested and French ships La Vengeance and La Franchise were burned. In the end, the incident caused disruptions in French-American relations and affected shipping and trade.


War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Name Meaning

English (Lancashire and Cheshire): habitational name from a place in Cheshire named Davenport, from the Dane river (apparently named with a Celtic cognate of Middle Welsh dafnu ‘to drop, to trickle’) + Old English port ‘market town’.

Irish: in Tipperary, this is an English surname adopted by bearers of Munster Gaelic Ó Donndubhartaigh ‘descendant of Donndubhartach’, a personal name composed of the elements donn ‘brown-haired man’ or ‘chieftain’ + dubh ‘black’ + artach ‘nobleman’.

History: John Davenport (died 1670) arrived in Boston, MA, in 1637. He came of an English Cheshire family associated with Capesthorne Hall, near Macclesfield.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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