Davenport, Joseph

Birth Name Davenport, Joseph
Gender male
Age at Death 86 years, 7 months, 20 days


private email from VB Fillmore <bilf@adelphia.net>
it is possible that the Davenports listed on my site came from Franklin Co TN, however the family of Colonel Joseph Davenport, born Jun 2 1789 in Virginia, says he came from Jackson Co TN between 1812 and 1816, and then to DeKalb Co about 1839 or 1840.
see http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jcb1976&id=I3968

For Joseph's dates see http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/person.aspx?pid=-2080962889&tid=254402
Colonel JOSEPH DAVENPORT born in Va., June 2, 1789; died Dekalb Co., Ala. Jan. 22, 1876; md Mary Thomas, Apr. 16, 1812 and had 8 children, 4 of whom died young; md Barbara Stallins, Oct. 1, 1860; veteran of War of 1812.
Said to have fought in the Indian Wars, but this is probably not him: "private in 6 REG'T (SHARP'S) VIRGINIA MILITIA & "CHOCTAW INDIANS" [looks like ""Lt Col Sharpe" - The company mustered at Norfolk (4/2/1813)]"
Capt Elijah Haynie Company ( different company from Charles Davenport)

F H "Bud" Landstreet of Fort Payne, AL authored a book about Joseph's descendents called "Joseph Davenport Family Tree":
"Col. Joseph Davenport, b. June 2, 1789 in Virginia d. January 22 or February 22, 1876 at his home in DeKalb Co., Ala.
Buried at the family cemetery on his homestead (now known as the Stuart Place). The headstone unmarked.
Resided in Little Wills Valley, just north of the Letitia Macfarland Place. The lands now lie in NE Fort Payne.
The Federal Census records 1840-1870 of DeKalb County, Ala and the Federal Census of 1820 of Jackson County, Tenn. show that he was born in Va. He removed to Tenn. 1812-1816 and to DeKalb County, Ala. 1839-1840.
War of 1812 – Was with Jackson’s forces in the Battle of New Orleans.
Indian Wars – Was with Jackson’s forces in the Battle of Horse Shoe Bend.
Patented the following land in DeKalb County, Alabama [gives particulars; a total of 280 acres]
He married (1) Mary Thomas (1789-1849) on April 16, 1812."
[Kyle - see path of Indian War Campaign went thru DeKalb Co, AL - http://tngenweb.org/1812war/creek-war.gif ]

Note: Col. Jos. Davenport was in Jackson Co., Tenn in 1820, along with Henry & James. In 1830, James, Henry, Charles & their mother, Elizabeth (70-80) were in Jackson Co. Joseph was not, he having apparently left between 1820 and 1830. John was in Franklin Co., Tenn, in 1830. –Bill N. Taylor, 12-1-1968.
[Note: He is in Smith County, TN 1830 Census]

from "Building Neighborhoods - Jackson County, Tennessee Prior to 1820" by Betty Huff Bryant
"16130 Joseph Davenport .. 10 acs .. west fork of War Trace Cr .. above where Ralston Ray now lives .. 30 Nov 1815."
from Early TN Land Registries on ancestry.com
"16248 Joseph Davenport 10acs from John Lee in Smith County on a branch of the West fork of Wartrace Creek which head above William Thomas, Sen'r now lying in Blakemans Hollow. Beginning at a beech tree marked JD... 15 Dec 1815"

Ralph Hammond’s book includes this info about Joseph, written by Dr. George Montraville Davenport, preacher, 1961:
"Colonel Joseph Davenport was the original Davenport in Alabama. Aunt Adeline Springs, one of his daughters, had a big scrapbook with the most authentic record of the family. It has been lost, which is unfortunate.
Colonel Joe was a little man always ready for a fight. He served in Indian wars under General Andrew Jackson. He had a brother named Henry Davenport of whom I know little. ... He fought the Indians all over Alabama. He fought the Spaniards at Pensacola and the English at New Orleans. After 1815 he moved his family to DeKalb County Alabama and settled on a farm half way between Valley Head and Fort Payne. ... Colonel Joe was anti-secession as most people were in DeKalb County. When Alabama seceded, he went with his state."

[note from Kyle: this is amusing because in 1860 US Census Slave Schedules, Joseph had 6 slaves!]

Ralph’s book also includes a family sheet for Joseph Davenport compiled by Dee Davenport Lovelady, which has some bits of additional info that she says came from “Joseph Davenport Family Bible, in possession of Clyde Davenport Fischer, Jr., Fort Payne, Ala.” It says that Joseph’s two oldest children, Emeline and Orville, were born in the town of Granville in Smith County, TN, in 1813 and 1815 respectively. The next two of his children are listed as born in Smith? TN, 1817 and 1820. And the next five children are listed as born in Jackson? TN, from 1821 to 1834. His fifth child, Montraville, married Amelia McSpadden in 1843 – perhaps connected to the McSpadden family with which Lilburn Davenport was living in Ala in 1850?"

The probate records of this Lilburn Hendricks Davenport contain numerous names of our Davenport's and -in-laws:
"L F A Holleman" and "Joseph Davenport" were special administrators of the estate. Also references "RR Davenport", "BL Davenport", "David Spring", McReynolds, etc.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1789-06-02 Virginia, USA    
Military Service     Elijah "Haines" TN Mil, War of 1812 and Indian Wars in AL  
Event Note

http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/DaVar-Dever/1998-04/0891463403 :
"Joseph or Joseph Davenport, SC-7791, Barbey (Stallings) m 1 Oct 1861
Cherokee Cty AL, sd 12 Mar 1876, srv Elijah (Haines) TN Mil, lived
DeKalb Cty AL"

traced this to 3rd Regiment West Tennessee Militia Infantry under Colonel James Raulston:
* DATES: November 1814 - May 1815
* MEN MOSTLY FROM: Jackson, Sumner, Wilson, Overton, Smith, and White Counties
* CAPTAINS: James A. Black, Matthew Cowen, Henry Hamilton, Elijah Haynie, Wiley Huddleston, Matthew Neal, Daniel Newman, Edward Robinson, Charles Wade, Henry West

Part of Major General William Carroll's division at the battles for New Orleans, this regiment suffered casualties during the skirmish of 28th December 1814 and had two of the handful of fatalities on the famous 8 January 1815 battle. General Carroll's report of the battle tells that Captains Elijah Haynie and Matthew Neal "had the honor of receiving and repelling the attacks of the British forces." After the war, James Raulston became a prominant member of the state legislature of Alabama.

Death 1876-01-22 De Kalb, AL    


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
         Davenport, Joseph 1789-06-02 1876-01-22
    Brother     Davenport, Henry 1790 1846-01-19
    Brother     Davenport, James 1791 after 1851
    Brother     Davenport, Charles about 1794 before 1850
    Sister     Davenport, daughter between 1795 and 1800


Family of Davenport, Joseph and Thomas, Mary

Married Wife Thomas, Mary ( * 1788-03-31 + 1849-08-17 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage 1812-04-16 Augusta Co, VA    
Event Note

Augusta or Franklin Co. - just guessing from:
http://www.scvcamp469-nbf.com/ancestors/Ellis-Ancestor.htm (search on archive.org)

"Colonel JOSEPH DAVENPORT born in Va., June 2, 1789; died Dekalb Co., Ala. Jan. 22, 1876; md Mary Thomas, Apr. 16, 1812 and had 8 children, 4 of whom died young; md Barbara Stallins, Oct. 1, 1860; veteran of War of 1812."

"MARY DAVENPORT born Franklin Co., Va., Mar. 31, 1788; married Joseph Davenport, April 12, 1812; died August 6, 1849."


No original reference found for marriage in Augusta Co, VA, and I think it more likely they were married in Jackson Co, TN. The Thomas's arrived there in 1804 but the Davenport's probably did not arrive until after 1810. Marriage performed by Rev Richard Johnson of Sumner Co, TN.

Captain Robert Rodolphus Davenport was born in Jackson Co., Tenn. on August 8, 1823. Capt. Davenport was the son of Joseph Davenport, a veteran of The War of 1812 who was born in Virginia on June 2, 1789, and Mary Thomas Davenport. There were 7 children in this family, and in about 1839 all 7 brought their families as a group to Little Wills and Big Wills valleys (later known as Valley Head) where they settled on farms. Valley Head became an early trading center for the area. The first general store was operated by Robert Rodolphus Davenport. Robert R. Davenport married Margaret Annie Spring, who was born Dec. 21, 1826 in Pikeville, Tenn. She died Sept. 4, 1904. They had ten children.

Robert Rodolphus Davenport's father, Joseph Davenport, also known as Colonel Joe, and Mary Thomas
Davenport had seven children:

1) Montraville Davenport was a Major who headed his own Cavalry Brigade, fought under Gen. Nathan B.
Forrest and was with the General when he surrendered at Selma, Alabama in 1865. He, in turn, had 2 sons who also fought in the Civil War:
1) Thaddeus Davenport
2) Glen Davenport
. Montraville died in Arkansas where he went to get away from the Southern Yankees.
2) Orville Davenport married Mary Grant (a distant relative of President U.S. Grant, a fact no one in the family was proud of). Orville and Mary had 13 children, 4 of whom fought in the Civil War:
1) Joe Davenport fought in Virginia
2) Frank Davenport fought in Tennessee
3) Cicero Davenport, who fought in his Uncle Montraville's Cavalry Brigade
4) Taylor Davenport, who also fought in the same Montraville's Cavalry Brigade

After Mary's death, Orville then married a Miss Almon and they had 4 more children.
3) Belcher Davenport fought in Capt. R.R. Davenport's Brigade and was killed in action.
4) Adrian Davenport was born handicapped and did not serve.
5) Adeline Davenport married David Springs, who was an officer in Capt. R.R. Davenport's Brigade under Gen. Nathan B. Forrest.
6) Emeline Davenport married a Mr. Holliman. They sent 3 sons to war:
1) Tom Davenport [sic] - wouldn't these be Holliman's?
2) Bill Davenport
3) Rozz Davenport.

7) Eveline Davenport married a Mr. Clayton.[sic: incorrect - she married Samuel Moore]

and see http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jcb1976&id=I3968

Note: His brother Henry married Hannah Cassetty, daughter of Thomas Cassetty and Sarah Thomas (Augusta Co, VA->Franklin Co, VA) (see http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=AHN&db=lloydmatthews&id=I06081&ti=5535 )
If Mary Thomas and Sarah Thomas are kin, the brothers probably came from there.

home in 1820: Jackson Co, TN
home in 1830: Smith Co, TN (prob same area down War Trace Creek)
==> bought land in Smith Co, TN Jan 10, 1834; Smith Co, TN Tax List of 1837
home in 1840: De Kalb Co, AL

The origin of the strange names of Joseph and Mary's children is unknown, however I think it likely that they were based on fictional characters in the popular books of the period, eg,
1) Belcour and Montraville are brother protagonists in Susanna Rowson's "Charlotte Temple"
2) Emmeline and Adaline are in Charlotte Smith's "Emmeline"

Name Birth Date Death Date
Davenport, Emmeline1813-01-281896-11-10
Davenport, Orville John1815-01-281875-05-01
Davenport, Adrian1816-07-171847-05-01
Davenport, Carrol1820-01-231820-03-22
Davenport, Montraville1821-05-041890-11-17
Davenport, Robert Rodolphus1823-08-231870-09-18
Davenport, Belcour Lewis?1827-02-261864-02-01
Davenport, Evaline Catherine1830-04-061916-03-04
Davenport, Adaline Ledbetter1834-02-181912-08-08

Family of Davenport, Joseph and Stallings, Barbara

Married Wife Stallings, Barbara ( * + 1876-04-23 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage 1861-10-01 Cherokee, AL   1
Event Note

pension application by "Barbay Stallings [Davenport]" for "Joseph Devenport" says they were married Oct 1 1861 in Cherokee Co, AL
Also says Joseph died March 12 1876