Harris Truman Davenport

24 March 1920–13 April 2009 (Age 89)
Asher, Madison, Arkansas, United States

The Life of Harris Truman

When Harris Truman Davenport was born on 24 March 1920, in Asher, Madison, Arkansas, United States, his father, Virgil Roscoe Davenport, was 37 and his mother, Mary Matilda Wheeler, was 28. He married Dora Rose Zella Whitmire on 12 December 1939, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in White River Township, Madison, Arkansas, United States in 1930 and Valley Township, Madison, Arkansas, United States in 1940. He registered for military service in 1944. He died on 13 April 2009, in Fayetteville, Washington, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in Pinnacle Cemetery, Madison, Arkansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Harris Truman Davenport
Dora Rose Zella Whitmire
Marriage: 12 December 1939
Asher Davenport
Steve Davenport

Spouse and Children

12 December 1939
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States


    Asher Davenport


    Steve Davenport


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World Events (8)

1921 · Tulsa Race Massacre

Age 1

 By 1921, Tulsa was a booming city with a population of over one hundred thousand, with ten thousand African Americans in the Greenwood District. Crime rates in Tulsa soared and vigilantism was present. An incident occurred with Dick Rowland, an African American shoe shiner, and Sara Page, a white elevator operator. Reports claim Rowland stepped on Page’s foot and she let out a scream. The newspaper reported Rowland attempted to rape Page. Rowland was arrested and white vigilantes demanded the sheriff to hand over Rowland for lynching. An armed group of African American men went to the courthouse to aid in protecting Rowland from the mob. The group was turned away and a shot was fired between the white and African American groups, which ignited a riot. While buildings in Tulsa were burned, a major effort by whites focused mainly on the Greenwood District which was burned to the ground and many were shot. Over 30 people were killed and many were injured in the riots. 
1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 3

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 24

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

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)

  • Horace G Davenport in household of Roscoe V Davenport, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Truman Davenport in household of Rasco Davenport, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Truman in entry for Ewell Hayden Davenport Sr, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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