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Belle Rintoul Davenport

Having initially thought Belle was the daughter of James Rintoul and Elizabeth (Rich) and granddaughter of Stephen A. and Jane Oliver, we recently received an email from Chuck Hamaker that clarified that Isabelle Rintoul had married John B. Knapp. Census records from 1880 through 1930 confirm this. Therefore this Isabella was neither Davenport by birth or marriage.

According to the census records in 1860 James Rintoul was listed as an accountant born in Scotland in about 1817 but was later listed as a railroad auditor. Besides Elizabeth, the household included Stephen who was born about 1845 and was later a provisions broker; Mary E. who was born about 1847, John who was born about 1850 and was later listed as an ale brewer, and Isabelle, the youngest.

As noted, this Isabelle married John B. Knapp in New York City on 13 Nov 1879, he having been born in Tennessee on 01 May 1875 but by 1880 was living in New York City where he was listed as a physician. During the 1900 census, Isabelle's mother Elizabeth (Rich) Rintoul was listed in their household as aged 76, widowed and mother of seven children, four of which were living. Sometime after 1910 John Knapp died and in 1920 Isabelle was listed as head of household in Los Angeles Co., California. According to the California Death Index, Isabelle died 27 Oct 1940.

Coincidently, another Isabelle was residing in California at the same time. She was born Isabelle Rintoul Davenport on 04 Mar 1879 and was the daughter of John Sidney Davenport a lawyer, and his wife Mary Elizabeth (Rintoul) - daughter of James Rintoul, a railroad auditor and Elizabeth Rich. Listed with her family as age one in 1880 residing in New York City.

In 1900 Isabelle's family was located in the census for Richmond county, living in the city of New York (Staten Island) where her father, John Davenport, continued to practice law. In about 1905 Isabelle married Fowler Shankland, and in 1910 - 1920 they were living in Los Angeles Co., California where she remained until her death which occurred on 21 Aug 1969.

Considering the Bogardus stamp on the back of Belle's photograph, it seems that the Isabella born in 1879 was born later than the time in which Bogardus had his studio at this location - which leaves us still contemplating the identification of beautiful Belle. It seems clear, however, that Isabella (born 1879) and Hannah (Rich) Peters were cousins - Isabella's great grandfather Stephen A. Rich was the brother of Hannah's father James Rich.

Please Note: In 2005 this album came into the loving care of Hannah Rich Peters’ and William Blakely Peters’ great-granddaughter, Carolyn Flanders McPherson, and is presented here for the first time. For more detailed information on the photo album and its contents you may view the introduction here.

Patricia and Carolyn have attempted to identify all persons in the album and learn more about them through research of various records. If you can help us identify or add further information to this photo, please contact:
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Index of Hannah's Photo Album
Family Group Sheet of Mary Elizabeth Rintoul and John Sidney Davenport (View/Print or Download PDF)
Family Group Sheet of Isabella Rintoul and John Beach Knapp (View/Print or Download PDF)
Family Group Sheet of Stephen Altgelt Rich and Jane Oliver (View/Print or Download PDF)
Updated June 01, 2014
Album photos provided by Carolyn F. McPherson 2005
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