Davenport, George Milton 1a 2a

Birth Name Davenport, George Milton
Gender male
Age at Death 78 years, 7 months, 26 days


from "Bullets, Fire Moonshine and the Bible Life in Jackson County, Tn. from 1903 -1907 vol.2"
transcribed by Shelta R McCarter Shrum
"Rough Point July 9, 1906
While coming from Gainesboro last monday, Joe Ray, George and Will Davenport , While crossing the river he became frightened and jumped into the river and tried to swim but all in vain as the water was too shallow ,it being knee deep."

Home in 1910: District 87, Civil District 3, Davidson, TN - occupation "small farmer"
Home in 1920: District 23, Huntland, Franklin, TN: occupation "minister"
Home in 1930: District 3, Pleasant View, Cheatham, TN

My grandmother, Mary Jane Hall Davenport, said "Papa Davenport" became a methodist minister, probably in Tennessee. His granddaughter, Mary Elnora (Batson) Perryman tells me he was very friendly, outgoing, and intelligent, and everyone loved to listen to his sermons.

Seems he was a pastor at Smithville Methodist Church in DeKalb County, TN: (URL)
"The funeral was conducted at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church on November 23, by her pastor, Rev. W. E. Mill, and Rev. G. M. Davenport, pastor of the Methodist Church. The church overflowed with sympathizing and loyal friends. January 19, 1939... Funeral services were held at the grave Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Geo. M. Davenport, and burial was in the Aaron Cantrell Cemetery. January 26, 1939"
similar links:
[Mar 1939] http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=ajobebrown9&id=I01888
[Jun 1939] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=20309224
[Oct 1939] http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/o/b/Wanda-L-Cobbs/PDFGENE19.pdf

From: The Clarksville Star (Montgomery County, TN)
August 12,1924--A number of men dressed in the Klu Klux Regalia presented a gift understood to having amounted to between $10 and $12 to the Rev. G. M. Davenport, pastor of the Methodist Circuit at Southside, at the close of service Friday night in a revival at Rye's Chapel, one of the churches in the charge.
The Klansmen entered the church at the close of the service and presented the gift in an envelope. The leader made a short presentation speech to which Mr. Davenport replied expressing his thanks for the donation.

Minister at Erin Methodist 1944-1945

Pastor at Pelham Methodist 1919-1921:
"George Milton Davenport" here -

Note: not to be confused with Dr. Geo M Davenport b.1881 in AR, later AL and GA, spouse Dollie (a relation thru Joseph Davenport b.1789)

From First United Methodist Church of Smithville, TN biography:
Went to Emory University. Methodist Conference:
On trial - 1918
Ordained deacon - 1918
Ordained elder - 1922
Served at First United Methodist - 1938-1939
Died in 1961 & buried in Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville

1918: Fillmore Methodist Church, Nashville
1919-1921: Pelham United Methodist Church
1923-1924: Verona United Methodist, Marshall Co, TN
1924 Ryes Chapel United Methodist Church, Southside, Montgomery Co, TN
1926 Williamsport / Maury Co, TN
1930 Pleasant View Methodist Church, Pleasant View, Cheatham Co, TN
1931 Mt. Zion Methodist Church, Clarksville, Montgomery Co, TN
1938 First United Methodist of Smithsville, TN
1943 Adams, Robertson Co, TN (Fred's delayed TN birth cert)
1944 Erin United Methodist Church of Houston Co, TN (and Clarksville 1945)
1945 "then to College Grove" (in Williamson Co, TN )
1952 Lobelville Methodist Church, Perry Co, TN
1953 Cowan, Franklin Co, TN (delayed TN birth cert of niece Vallie Davenport Sweeney)
1955 First Methodist Church of Tullahoma, TN
1957 Decherd, Franklin Co, TN (Clara's delayed TN birth cert)
Tullahoma Methodist
Cedar Hill
Winns Chapel, Nashville

(1925 - http://www.marshalltribune.com/story/1716113.html)
(1952 - http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=32379985)

Also have a photo published by "Bradley's Photos" of Lawrenceburg, TN of "one of Papa Davenport's churches". Looks to be from the '40's.

from obit: Died of a heart attack age 78. Attended Vanderbilt University Divinity School...First wife Almeda died 1910...funeral at Hobson Methodist Church.

Attended TN Methodist Conference in Shelbyville, TN Oct 6-10, 1920
Probatioin, On Trial, Deacon-Successfully passed 2nd year advances to 3rd.
"George Milton Davenport, whose character had already been passed, having successfully completed the studies of the second year’s course, was advanced to the class of the third year. He is already a deacon. "

Attended TN Methodist Conference in Springfield, TN Oct 12 1921 "admitted in 1918"
"Deacons of the Year - The names of George M. Davenport and Oliver Lewis Green were called, their characters passed, and having stood approved examinations, they were advanced to the class of the fourth year"

The Tennessean 19 Jul 1925 "Forty-Seven Conversions at Methodist Revival"
(special to The Tennessean)
"Clarksville, Tenn. July 18 - The Rev G M Davenport pastor of the Southside Methodist circuit in this county, has just closed a revival meeting at the Mt Zion church, which resulted in 47 conversions and 31 additions to the church. Mr. Davenport did the preaching, while singing was led by Lester Bull, a member of the Mt Zion chruch.
The pastor will begin a series of services at Rye's Chapel, another church on his circuit, next Sunday morning."

26 Sep 1930, Clarksville, TN "The Leaf-Chronicle"
"Mrs. Baxter Batson was called to the bedside of her father, the Rev G M Davenport, who underwent an operation at the St Thomas Hospital"
2 Oct 1930 "Pastor Critically Ill"
"Pleasant View, Tenn. The Rev G M Davenport pastor of the Pleasan View M.E Church , South , who recently underwent an operation at a Nashville Hospital, continues critically ill of pneumonia, at his hom at Pleasant View"

Published 7 articles under "Religion in Life" in The Tennessean from 25 May 1940 to 3 Jan 1943.

from WW1 Draft Reg: Height 5'5", Slender, Gray Eyes, Dark Hair.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1882-07-12 Jackson, TN   3
Death 1961-03-07 Nashville, Davidson, TN    
Cause Of Death     Heart Attack  
Burial 1961-03-07 Nashville, Davidson, TN Spring Hill Cemetery 4a


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Davenport, Martin S1844-12-021915-07-30
Mother Green, Sarah Elizabeth1845-12-141917-04-27
    Sister     Davenport, Nancy Elizabeth 1867-08-15 1931-08-13
    Brother     Davenport, Thomas Jefferson 1869-04-08 1932-11-21
    Brother     Davenport, Joseph Cephus 1869-04-08 1938-11-09
    Brother     Davenport, Milas/Miles S 1872 between 1892 and 1900
    Brother     Davenport, William Henry 1876-07-02 1944-07-14
         Davenport, George Milton 1882-07-12 1961-03-07


Family of Davenport, George Milton and Huffines, Almedia J.

Married Wife Huffines, Almedia J. ( * 1870-10-28 + 1912-04-28 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage 1901-01-09 Jackson, TN Marriage of Rev Davenport, George M and Huffines, Almedia J.  
Event Note

Almedia (Media) Huffines 2nd marriage.

marriage cert says "G M Davenport" and "M A Dycus"


home in 1910 Davidson Co., TN Census, District 13
George Devenport 27 b. 1883
Medie Devenport 40 b. 1870
Fred Devenport 7 b. 1904
Clara Devenport 5 b. 1905
Freeman Devenport 3 b. 1907

note from Ann (Jobe) Brown:
"Note that Medie is quite a bit older and when you look up the actual
census, they have been married 10 years and it is her 2nd marriage. She is
shown to have had 4 children with 4 alive - so there was probably 1 child by
the first marriage" [yes - he was Oscar Dycus - Kyle]

Address in 1915 (Martin Davenport's death cert, signed by GMDavenport) 206 Myrtle Ave, Nashville, would be here -

home in 1920 Huntland, Franklin, Tennessee: (Lucas Street)
George M Davenport 37
Emma Davenport 27
Fred M Davenport 17
Clora Davenport 15
Freeman Davenport 13

Home in 1930: Pleasant View, Cheatham, Tennessee
Home in Nov 1932: Pleasant View, TN ( informant on Jeff Davenport's death cert)

possible clue to family: Gainesboro Sentinel July 3, 1909
"p. 3:5 (Red Boiling Springs Route 1). "Mr. Bnck [sic] Woodcock, while fencing on his farm near Willette Thursday was struck and instantly killed by lightning. Mr Woodcock was a good moral citizen a loyal and consentrated [sic] christian. . . ."
p. 3:5 (Haydensburg). "Among the number who attended the Burial of Mr Woodcock at Willette Saturday were Idle and Mell Clark and Geo Davenport and family."

A Memorial Tribute by Clara in the Nashville Tennessean, May 31, 1971:
"DAVENPORT-DYCUS In Memory of Mv Dear Ones: Father: Rev. George M. Davenport Brothers: Freeman and Fred Davenport and Oscar Dycus. "Sadly Missed But Precious Loving Memories Always." Clara D. Batson Hampton.

Name Birth Date Death Date
Davenport, Fred Moody1902-11-021961-07-23
Davenport, Clara Goldnemal1905-01-211987-08-11
Davenport, Freeman Shelby1907-03-011960-01-29

Family of Davenport, George Milton and Sutherland, Emma W

Married Wife Sutherland, Emma W ( * 1892-05-09 + 1991-11-09 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage 1919      
Event Note

alternatively, "Christmas Day 1912" for memoir in Journal of Tennessee Annual Conference of Methodist Church


Home in 1935, 1940: Robertson Co, TN

Source References

  1. 1900 Census Jackson Co, TN
      • Date: 1900
      • Page: 4-22-4
  2. US Military: Registration Card
      • Date: 1918-09-30
      • Source text:

        "George Milton Davenport" b. July 12 1882
        Living at 253 Hermitage, Nashville, Davidson Co, TN
        Occupation: Minister
        Height 5'5", slender build, gray eyes, dark hair

  3. Private message from Mary Jane Davenport
  4. various: Find A Grave
      • Source Reference Note: