Lester Burton Davenport

I have run many times into “brick walls” in my genealogical research of my family, and this man, Lester Burton Davenport is what I finally found behind one of my walls.  I had heard through my cousin Tom McArdell in Minnesota that our great grandfather William Edgar Davenport may have fathered a child early in life before marrying our great grandmother Mary Anne Hyde and fathering our grandfather Frank Howard Davenport and many other aunts and uncles.  As noted in an earlier post William also divorced Mary Anne and ended up marrying again (Jennie May Richards) across the country in California, where he passed away in 1938.

In my search I found a reference to a Lester B Davenport listed as a grandson in a 1900 census of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (14 Browne Street). Joseph (Darling Davenport) and Amanda M (Burton) are the parents of William and John Graham Davenport is a brother of Joseph.  This had to be the break in the brick wall!

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I know it says Daneport on the data but this has to be Davenport.  William married Mary Hyde in April of 1883 about a year after Lester was born, so I am guessing that Lester was raised by his grandparents.  I have found other sources of information for Lester which confirm his middle name was Burton (which makes sense because William’s grandmother was a Burton).  Here is the other information I have been able to find:

Born: March 20, 1882 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Father: William E. Davenport (b. 22 Aug. 1860 in Pawtucket, d. 13 Jul 1938 Glendale, CA)
Mother: Clara Jencks (Have not found any more information other than her name)

Married: Ella May Horton Oct 1, 1900 (who passed away in 1918 at 38 years old)
One child with Ella: Estelle Burton Davenport, born 13 Nov 1900, (date of death?)
In 1910 census only Ella is listed with Estelle and her status is single so it appears their marriage did not last long.  Still searching for more information on her.

One child: William E Davenport born Dec 17, 1917 (Date of death??)  It is unclear who the mother is (so far in my research), but he is listed as a son of Lester and Catherine in a 1930 census in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

Married: Catherine Meehan Aug 22, 1921 (date of death?).  Marriage occurred in Manhattan, New York..

Died: 4 Sep, 1932 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Muriel Grey Thomas – Part 2

“Gaga” was born 122 years ago today, November 11th 1895.  A couple more pictures to share.  I found a school picture of her when she was about 6 years old when she was living in Hammonds Plain, Nova Scotia.  There are 41 people in the picture and 34 names written on the back by someone.  I’ve included a scan of the picture and the back of the picture.  There appear to be many cousins also in the same school with the last names of Haverstock, Melvin, Romans and Eisenhauer.  I have my genealogy work cut out for me with this information.

I think Muriel would be the girl to the farthest right in the picture with the long dark hair, and the girl behind her would be her older sister Louise (who Jim thinks looks like Bev).  Her younger sister Olive does not appear to be in the picture.

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I have been able to connect with a man named Tom Crease from Canada who is a grandson of Muriel’s sister, Louise Chester Thomas who married Frederick Crease on September 14, 1915.  Below are a couple pictures he was able to share.

Here is a picture with Muriel and Frank Davenport with their two oldest daughters Olive and Lois who were both born in Canada.

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Here is a picture I am guessing with Muriel and her two sisters and her dad Louis Nathaniel Thomas.

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Finally here is a picture with Muriel and I am guessing her two sisters.  Her dad passed away in 1951 and her mom in 1948.  If she was there for a funeral she would be in her mid-fifties and she looks older than that to me.  Her sister Louise passed away in 1966 and Olive was still alive in 1977 so I am guessing this is sometime between 1951 and 1966.

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Muriel Grey Thomas – Part 1

Affectionately known as Gaga to our family, Muriel Grey Thomas was born on November 11, 1895 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  She had an older brother Louis Chester Thomas born in 1893 and a younger sister Olive Antoinette Thomas born in 1897.

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She married Frank Howard Davenport on June 24, 1919 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. They had six children in all.  Olive Anne (b.1920) and Lois Mary (b.1921) in Canada, Barbara Grey (b.1922) and Marion Ethel (b.1925) in North Dakota, and Frank Howard (b.1929) and George Thomas “Mickey” (b.1933) in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Below is a wedding photo I found that was about 2″ diameter at most and mounted in a small jewelry like frame.

I believe that would be Muriels parents Louis and May Thomas on either side of them and I would guess Olive Thomas her sister standing behind her mother and I have no idea of the other two, but the young boy in front sure looks like he is having fun.

Next is a family portrait with all six children.

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I believe standing are Marion, Lois, Olive and Barb and in front are Frank II (Dad), Muriel, George Thomas (Mickey) and Frank I.

And here are a couple more Grandma pictures:

The picture on the left is Mary Esther (Magill) Mead and Muriel and on the right is Muriel and Great Grandma Nora.

Aren’t grandma’s the best!

Memories of Mom and Dad

It has been a while since I last posted as I have taken a break for a bit since our mom passed away August 28th.  So to start, just a few pictures of my mom and dad.

The first two pictures are from a yearbook called the “The 1950 Crucible” which is from my mom and dad’s freshmen year at Bay City Junior College.  They got married in February of 1951 so it is probable they knew each other at this time, although I did not see where mom signed the yearbook (the yearbook was my dad’s copy based on the comments from his friends).  I note the name of Lawrence Gordon in the Vet’s Club photo, whose family became lifelong friends of our family.  At least I assume that it is the same family.

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And 51 years later here are a few pictures taken for their 50th wedding anniversary celebration in 2001.

 

Mary Ann (Hyde) Davenport – Part 1

Time for a little foray into the Davenport side of the family.  The picture below will be my starting point.  This appears to be a reunion of some kind which would have been in Rhode Island probably around 1930 give or take a few years.  The picture had names on the back written by my dad (Frank H Davenport II) which I note as underlined words below the picture.  There are 14 adults (only 13 names, probably since there is someone hidden on the left side) and four children.

Notably missing is the husband (or should I say former husband) of Mary Ann Hyde whose name is William Edgar Davenport.  More on this man, my great grandfather, later.

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Back Row Left to Right:

  • Arthur Rodgers and “Auntie” Martha Rodgers (this couple appears to be family friends in Pawtucket, RI) and in fact the 1925 census has Charles Arthur Davenport as next door neighbors to the Rodgers.
  • Hidden person behind Martha Rodgers (not named on back).  My guess it is Charles Lawton who married Mabel Davenport and she is next in the picture.
  • Auntie Mabel (McSparren) Lawton (Mabel L Davenport) b. 1886 in RI
  • Aunt Lillian (Lillian Lucy Davenport) b. 12 Sep 1889 in RI, d. 20 Apr 1957 in CA
  • Earl Quincy (Husband of Ethel)
  • Arthur Davenport (Charles Arthur Davenport), b.22 Jan 1899 in RI, d.21 Feb 1959 probably in RI
  • Ethel Quincy (Ethel Burton Davenport) b.17 Mar 1894 in RI, d. Nov 1979 in RI
  • Robert Davenport (Robert Darling Davenport), b.15 Nov 1907 in RI, d.17 May 1981 in CA
  • Mildred (Heywood) Davenport (Mildred L Heywood, spouse of Robert) holding Robert (Buster), Not sure who “Buster” is.  But Ancestry shows Robert and Mildred had a son born in 1934 in White Bear Lake, Minnesota named Heywood Grant Davenport.
  • Grandma Davenport (Mary Ann Hyde) b. 18 Jan 1863 in England, d. 20 May 1939 in Pawtucket RI.
  • Uncle Arthur’s wife (?), (Mary Louise Otis) b. abt 1904 in RI, d. abt 1972
  • Daddy (FHD), (Frank Howard Davenport I), b. 9 Mar 1884 in RI, d. 31 Jul 1945 in St. Paul, Minnesota.  In 1930 he would have been married 11 years with 5 children (including my dad born in 1929), so I assume he traveled alone for this reunion, if that is what this is.
  • John, (John Milton Davenport) b. 5 Nov 1905 in RI, d. 20 Jan 1955 in CA

Front Row Left to Right:

  • Priscilla Quincy (Priscilla F. Quincy) b. Jul 1924
  • Betty Lawton (Elizabeth H. Lawton) b. 1921, d. 1990
  • Phyliss Quincy (Phyliss Gifford. Quincy) b. abt. 1926
  • Uncle Arthur’s Son (Charles Arthur Davenport Jr.) b. 24 Sept 1924 in RI, d. 29 Jul 1990

 

 

 

 

 

Frank H Davenport II – Birth Record

This is a scan of a birth record book for dad (Frank II) probably filled out by Muriel (Gaga).  It lists all his brothers and sisters with birth places and day of birth.  Still working on getting all the years right.  It includes George Thomas (mickey) who was born 4 years after dad according to mom (Gloria), so that must have been updated later.  The siblings are:

Lois Mary born in Russell (Ontario?), May 5
Olive Annie born in Russell, May 9
Barbara Grey(?) born in Mandan (North Dakota near Bismark), Aug 7
Marian Ethel born in Bismark, ND, May 25
George Thomas born in White Bear Lake, MN, Feb 10

I have found further information on Barbara which has a middle initial of M so not sure about the Grey that was written down.

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Frank & Muriel Davenport

Found these items tucked away in a folder I must have gotten from dad.  Frank (the first) we never knew because he passed away before our mom and dad ever met.  Muriel (aka Gaga) we all knew at least a little before she ended up moving to California to live with Aunt Lois.  I wonder now how Frank and Muriel met.

Anyway, more to come over the coming months and years as I gather more information and pictures.