James Smith Davenport

5 September 1811–16 June 1905 (Age 93)
Wilton, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States

The Life of James Smith

When James Smith Davenport was born on 5 September 1811, in Wilton, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States, his father, Nathan Davenport, was 43 and his mother, Mary Smith, was 42. He married Mary Olmstead on 6 April 1840. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He died on 16 June 1905, in Wilton, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 93, and was buried in Hillside Cemetery, Wilton, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States.

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James Smith Davenport
Mary Olmstead
Marriage: 6 April 1840
Charles Oscar Davenport
George Alfred Davenport

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6 April 1840


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World Events (8)


Age 1

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1829 · Farmington Canal Opened

Age 18

Farmington Canal spans 2,476 acres, starting from New Haven, Connecticut, and on to Northampton, Massachusetts. The groundbreaking for the canal was in 1825 and opened in 1829.
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 25

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

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)

  • James S Davenport, "United States Census, 1880"
  • James Davenport, "United States Census, 1860"
  • James Smith Davenport, "Find A Grave Index"

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