Francis Orville Davenport

28 May 1902–14 August 1988 (Age 86)
Leon, Decatur, Iowa, United States

The Life of Francis Orville

When Francis Orville Davenport was born on 28 May 1902, in Leon, Decatur, Iowa, United States, his father, Marion Francis Davenport, was 30 and his mother, Emma Ann Evans, was 26. He married Ellen Cecil Bethards in 1922, in Leon, Decatur, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Decatur, Iowa, United States in 1925 and High Point, Decatur, Iowa, United States in 1930. He died on 14 August 1988, in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in West Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Francis Orville Davenport
Ellen Cecil Bethards
Marriage: 1922
Glendoris Irene Davenport
James Davenport
Francis Eugene Davenport
Lois Imogene Davenport

Spouse and Children

Leon, Decatur, Iowa, United States


    Glendoris Irene Davenport


    James Davenport


    Francis Eugene Davenport



Parents and Siblings

    Marion Francis Davenport


    Emma Ann Evans




    Mamie Davenport




    Raymond Chester Davenport


    Forest Lester Davenport


+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1903 · Department of Commerce and Labor

Age 1

A short-lived Cabinet department which was concerned with controlling the excesses of big business. Later being split and the Secretary of Commerce and Labor splitting into two separate positions.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 11

The Keokuk Dam was completed in 1913 and began to power the surrounding area. It was the largest single capacity powerhouse in the world at the time. After World War II, the powerhouse was modernized and all the units were converted in 2002. It remains the largest privately owned and operated dam on the Mississippi River.
1926 · Iowa becomes a provider of food to the world

Age 24

Pioneer Hi-Bred International was the leader company experimenting with hybridization of corn and other seeds for agriculture in the world. It helped make different kinds of crop able to grow in harsh conditions so that other parts of the world would be able to farm and become self-sufficient. It was bought out by DuPont in 1999 and has continued to help struggling countries around the world.

Name Meaning

1 English: 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’.2 Irish (County Tipperary): 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’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Frances Davenport, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Orville Davenport in household of Frank Davenport, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Orville Davenport, "United States Census, 1930"

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