Davenport, Charles

Birth Name Davenport, Charles
Gender male
Age at Death less than about 56 years


1/2 Choctaw? Said to have moved to Green Co, MS by 1840, formerly part of the Choctaw Nation.

Probably served in the War of 1812 (Sep 1814-May 1815) alongside his brother Joseph in the Battle of New Orleans. Served under Capt Mathew Cowan -

First Jackson Co, TN record from "Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820" by Betty Huff Bryant.
http://searches2.rootsweb.com/th/read/JACKSON-CLAY-OVERTON-CO-TN/2002-07/1026428810 and
Page 182
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"Charles DEVENPORT .. one ac .. branch of War Trace .. to incl where sd Devenport now lives .. 10 Aug 1818."

Another 50 acre plot bought 5 Jul, 1824. "on Ray's branch the waters of Wartrace creek on the north side of Cumberland River..."

This land may have been sold Aug 6 1838 to Alphonso Young, perhaps following Charles' death
[ It appears Alphonso Young bought all the land in the area excluding pre-existing claims, so Charles could have died earlier, such as in the 1833 cholera epidemic. ]

Some theories about what happened to Charles:
1) Died 1837/8 and widow Rhoda married Samuel Sloan, a guess from this census record:
Home in 1850: District 2, Jackson, Tennessee
Samuel Sloan 55
Rhoda Sloan 57 maiden-name Brooks?
Martha Sloan 22
Martha Devenport 19
Alvira Devenport 8
Brooks Devenport 6
Joseph Devenport 12
2) Divorced wife (Susannah or Rhoda) in 1837, and she sold the land in 1838. He married Melinda Green and had Catherine Cansada Davenport by her but died before 1844 when Melinda married Sampson Cassetty. He cannot be found in the 1840 census because he was living with the Greens and they avoided the census too.
3) Charles left with son Thomas to Kentucky then TX/AR. This is the origin of the Thomas C Davenport b.1823 line (DNA match to us). Charles might be the brother referred in this family lore from Jeff Davenport -
"Now there is a old story about the Davenports that my grandfather used to tell. The Davenports came here ( in this region) there were 4 brothers that came in on wagons 2 if not 3 of the brothers stay here and the other one went back to Texas or possible 1 went to Texas and 1 to Ark. and the other 2 stayed here."


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth about 1794 Virginia, USA    
Event Note

estimate from ages on 1820 & 1830 Jackson Co, TN Census

Death before 1850 Jackson, TN    


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Davenport, Joseph or John?about 1750after 1810
Mother (Davenport), Elizabethbetween 1750 and 1760after 1830
    Brother     Davenport, Joseph 1789-06-02 1876-01-22
    Brother     Davenport, Henry 1790 1846-01-19
    Brother     Davenport, James 1791 after 1851
         Davenport, Charles about 1794 before 1850
    Sister     Davenport, daughter between 1795 and 1800


Family of Davenport, Charles and (Davenport), Susanah? or Rhoda?

Married Wife (Davenport), Susanah? or Rhoda? ( * about 1795 + ... )

Based entirely on 1830 Jackson Co, TN Census.
"Charles Devenport" has 1 son < 5yrs old; 1 daughter < 5 yrs old; 1 daughter 5-10; 1 daughter 10-15; spouse his age.

Charles is gone by 1840 Census, but there is no separate family w/ wife head of household. Instead, James hh has grown much larger and seems to be a merger of the 2 Davenport families. Indeed, by 1840, there were 2 girls <5 and 4 girls 5-10 years old. It seems likely one of those 4 were actually Charles' daughters (born 1830-1835)

Note James wife is older than him in 1830 census (name unknown), but wife in 1850 Census (Susanah) is 9 years younger. Since I don't see any other Davenport women of that age, Susanah might have been Charles' wife and remarried to James. Note Hannah (Cassetty) Davenport is single mom in 1850 - and not definitely included in Henry's household in 1840 Census (illegible smudge)

Kay Davenport believes wife was Rhoda because in 1850 Census Samuel Sloan married to Rhoda seems to have step-children Elizabeth and, perhaps, Joseph. Can find no trace of this family later on. Also I thought the boy born before 1830 was Joseph, but she insists he was born about 1832, so must be another boy:

This is the order in the census.
Samuel Sloan 55
Rhoda Sloan 57
Martha Sloan 22
Martha Devenport 19
Alvira 8
Brooks 6
Joseph 12
=> not obvious if Alvira, Brooks, and Joseph are named Sloan or Davenport. Samuel Sloan lived next door to Henry Davenport in 1840 and his wife was born 1780-1790, so definitely not Rhoda then.

Name Birth Date Death Date
Davenport, Mary1818-04-00after 1881
Davenport, Minervabetween 1820 and 1825
Davenport, unknown sonabout 1825
Davenport, Permelia1828
Davenport, Martha1830
Davenport, Joseph A.18321863-09-18
Davenport?, Alvira1842
Davenport?, Charles Brook(s)1844

Family of Davenport, Charles and Green, Martha Melinda

Married Wife Green, Martha Melinda ( * about 1820 + 1882-02-20 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage about 1840      

In 1880 and 1900 census, Catherine says her father from VA and mother from TN,
ergo, her father is one of Henry, James, or Charles. But both James and Hannah
are still there in 1850 - why wouldn't she be with her mom? It's possible if
Hannah's she's living with her mother's nephew (Sampson, son of Nicholas, son of
Thomas Cassetty), but Hannah had John in 1840. So I'm left with Charles... Catherine
is not living with her siblings, so I assume Melinda is her mother. Since Catherine is a Davenport
I assume Melinda married Charles, prob around 1840.

Name Birth Date Death Date
Davenport, Cansada Catharineabout 1841before 1900