I've only been researching my genealogy a few years, but I've managed to assemble a fair amount of information on my ancestors, who were, by and large, at least after they arrived in this country, pretty average folk. Nobody in my direct lines was especially prominent, although their relatives occasionally were, but that's neither here nor there. At any rate I've decided to share my findings with those who might care, but especially to satisfy the curiosity of my own relatives, both near and far.
The Descendants of William and Elizabeth Syndor Andrews Davenport of Georgia. With the help of a number of fellow descendants I've decided to try and document the many descendants of this couple. My great, great, great-grandparents raised all thirteen children to adulthood. Even with three sons dying childless in the Civil War and one spinster daughter they had some 57 grandchildren so you can imagine how rapidly the family has expanded in subsequent generations.
William Davenport's parents moved to Georgia from Virginia after the Revolution to take advantage of land grants that Georgia was awarding veterans. His particular family of Davenports are known as the Pamunkey Davenports among researchers as they can reliably be traced back to Davis Davenport who had a small plantation on the Pamunkey River in 1692. More information relating to the earlier Davenports can be found at the Davenport homepage. The Davenport DNA Project homepage also has important info relating to all the Davenport families.
Three of William and Elizabeth's sons moved to Coryell County, Texas about 1854/5. Some of their descendants and activities were important enough to be mentioned in the Handbook of Texas Online.
Harbert Davenport, a great-grandson of William and Elizabeth, was a prominent South Texas lawyer.
Pearl, Coryell Co., Texas was named after Walter Pearl Davenport, another great-grandson. The Dr. H. Davenport mentioned was Dr. Overton Homer Davenport, a grandson.
2 Civil War letters to and from Overton Fletcher Davenport, eldest son of William and Elizabeth is available on the 10th Texas Infantry Regiment website. His eldest son, William Grant Davenport's, memoir of the Civil War is available here. Billy Grant, as he was known, served with Nathan Bedford Forest and saved his father and uncle, John Andrew Davenport, from capture after the Battle of Nashville.
Elizabeth Syndor Andrews's family had a considerably more eminent ancestry, tracing through the Roundhead General Robert Overton and the Elizabethan General of the Kern Francis Cosbie to the early royal dynasties of England. But considering the closely interrelated nature of the English artistocracy such is almost inevitable if you can trace back to any noble family prior to the accession of the Stuarts.
So far we've managed to document over 500 descendants and are always looking for more more so feel free to contact me if you feel you might have something to contribute.
My Davenport grandmother married a Yankee whose family roots lay in Butler County, Pennsylvania. They pioneered that county in 1796 from the Protestant parts of Ireland. At some point I'll upload what I've managed to research on the Thompson, McCandless, Glenn, Varnum, Mechling, Porter and allied families of Butler County.
My great-grandfather Roger Mills Davenport married Martha Alice Gallaway. Her ancestry is traced on my distant cousin David Johnston's excellent website.
Martha Alice Gallaway's mother was Matilda Antoinette McClendon. I will eventually upload her family as well.
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