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*Rebeckah Davenport

Nov 22, 1773, will of Richard Davenport. Names eldest son John Davenport, son Jacob Davenport. States Jacob has son Benjamin, daughter Sarah; John has son Ezra. Names daughters Mary McCabe, Elizabeth Davis, Susannah Caswell, Anna Davis, Rebeckah Long. Executors: John Davenport, John Davis. Witnesses: James Davenport, Joseph Davenport, Ann Gardner.

*Rezeneah Davenport

Jun 1803, will of Nehemiah Spruill mentions daughters Rezeneah Davenport and Sealy Davenport. Also states that Dempsey Spruill was their brother. Other records show that Nehemiah Spruill built Spruill's Bridge near Creswell in 1777.

*Richard Davenport

1642, Richard Davenport born (NC Reg 2:148)

Mar 2, 1674, Richard Davenport, Jr. born to Richard & Johannah Davenport of Perquimans Precinct (NC Reg 3:213)

Jul 3, 1676, Elizabeth Davenport born to Richard & Johannah Davenport of Perquimans Precinct (NC Reg 3:213)

1677, Virginia Land patent listed in the book "Cavaliers and Pioneers - Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, Vol. VII," by Nell Marian Nugent, page 178, as follows: "John Webb & John Rea. 700 acs. In Up. Part of New Kent Co., on S. Side of land formerly taken up by Andrew Davis on Machumps Cr: ___ of ___ 1677, p. 619. 500 acs. belonging to sd. Webb & 200 to sd. Rea. Trans. Of 14 pers: Thomas Davis, Charles Halsey, Abigall Neale, Richd. Davenport, James the frenchman; Daniell Steere, Tho. Turpin, Tho. Barber, Amor (or Amos) Via, Fr. Derige, Tho. Wallbrooke, Jo. Bird, Morrice Thomas, Deborah Buncks." This could be the same Richard Davenport as above if the patent was filed around three years after the fact (Richard Jr. was born in North Carolina in 1674).

Nov 3, 1677, John Davenport born to Richard & Johannah Davenport of Perquimans Precinct (NC Reg 3:110, 111, 376,382; 33:116).

Nov 10, 1682, Sarah Davenport born to Richard & Joanah Davenport of Perquimans Precinct (NC Reg 3:213)

Sep 17, 1685, Isaak Davenport born to Richard & Johannah Davenport of Perquimans Precinct (NC Reg 3:213)

Nov 18, 1688, Susannah Davenport born to Richard & Johannah Davenport of Perquimans Precinct (NC Reg 3:215)

Nov 17, 1691, Agnis Davenport born to Richard & Johannah Davenport of Perquimans Precinct. (W. P. Haun, "Perquimans County Births, Marriages, Deaths, and Flesh Marks 1655-1820", 1:26, Durham, 1980). Also (NC Reg 3:217)

Mar 1, 1694, Richard Davenport appointed appraiser in a court case. ("Colonial Records of North Carolina," William L. Saunders, 1886, 1:452).

Nov 1695, Richard Davenport served on a jury, mentioned as having a son Richard Jr. (NC Reg ?)

Apr 1699, Perquimans Court Session, George Deare and wife Elizabeth assign a pattent to Richard Davenport for Batts Grave Island. ("Colonial Records of North Carolina,"William L. Saunders, 1886). [Moseley map of North Carolina in 1733 shows Bat's Grave Island prominently in the mouth of Yeopim Creek, but it is not there now, probably because it was washed away by a hurricane - Ed.]

Mar, 1700/1, Richard Davenport proved his right to 200 acres of land because he brought himself, his wife Johanna, and sons Richard Jr. and John into the precinct (they were apparently allowed 50 acres per male person). By this date, his other children were born, but weren't mentioned in this petition. This means that he may have originally filed the petition before 1685, when Isaak was born (apparently, female children were not counted in land petitions of this type.) (Perquimans General Court Records, March 1700/1, p. 421)

Apr 1700, Perquimans Court Session, Richard Davenport ordered to pay 32 Shillings to Thomas Clarke in a dispute over not doing road work. Mentions James Perisho. (William L. Saunders, "Colonial Records of North Carolina," Raleigh, NC, 1886, 1:532)

Jul 20, 1700, deed of gift from Richard Davenport & wife Joanah, of Perquimans Precinct, to daughter Elizabeth Foster, wife of John Foster. Part of tract "I live on", lying next to"the great Marsh swamp". On Oct 10, 1704, John Foster deeded this property to John & Anne Davenport of Chowan Precinct. (Perquimans Precinct Deed Book B, no. 145)

1700-1702, "Perquimans Precinct Ss. In pursuance to a warrant issued out to me to be Surveyor of the highways I with the Justices under written have accordingly Clear'd the old Road formerly allowed off and ordered by this Court. Henry Norman, Survr, Ja Minge, Robt Fendall, Edwd A. Wilson, Richd Davenport, Thomas Norcom, Robt Jones. Names for these persons Refusing to serve on ye hiways: Joseph Pierce, Daniel Wright, Mr. Jones' Negro." (NC Reg 3:141)

Oct 1701, Sarah Davenport, daughter of Richard, recorded a stock mark in Perquimans Precinct. This suggests that Richard the elder is in Perquimans Precinct in 1701 & did not move to the South shore. (Perquimans Court Records, 63, October 1701)

Jan 30, 1702, James Cole of Perquimans Precinct lists Richard Davenport and son John in a list of tithables. This suggests that both are still in the north shore area of Perquimans Precinct in 1702.

Apr 2, 1702, "North Carolina. Ss": Richard Davenport served on a jury at the trial of Wm. Wilkinson for possessing and promoting seditious writings. (NC Archives, "Chowan County Miscellaneous Papers 1685-1744", Book I, [17]-16)

Jan 11, 1703/4, Perquimans Court Session, Richard Davenport ordered to pay 6 barrels of Pork to John Falconer. Falconer is a name from the North Shore. (William L. Saunders, "Colonial Records of North Carolina," Raleigh, NC, 1886, 1:605)

Jan 11, 1703/4, Perquimans Court Session, Richard Davenport ordered to pay 6 pounds 7 shillings to Thomas Clarke for failing to build a barn as contracted. Clarke is a name from the North Shore. (William L. Saunders, "Colonial Records of North Carolina," Raleigh, NC, 1886, 1:582)

Jul 3, 1703, Perquimans Co, NC deed 208: Richard Davenport, of the Precinct of Perq., for "Natural Love & Aff' I bear to my son John Davenport, of same," assigns plan' on Yeopim Creek, where said Richard now lives - 300a. Also one small island, called "Bats Grave," by Estimation 27a. July 3, 1703. Test' John Stepney, Ralph Fletcher. [Moseley map of North Carolina in 1733 shows Bat's Grave Island prominently in the mouth of Yeopim Creek - Ed.]

Jul 13, 1703, Perquimans Co, NC deed 209: John Davenport of Perq. Pre'ct, planter - for the "Yearly Rent of one ear of Indian, payable at the feast of pentecost, have sold to Richard Davenport, my father, all that plan' whereon said Richard now lives," with the Island called "Batts Grave," 317a. July 13, 1703. Test' John Stepney, Peter Godfrey. [Moseley map of North Carolina in 1733 shows Bat's Grave Island prominently in the mouth of Yeopim Creek - Ed.]

Jul 13, 1703, Perquimans Precinct Court. Richard Davenport records assigning land to John Davenport, who in turn returns it to Richard for his lifetime (same as above). ["Colonial Records of North Carolina" Vol. I, p. 580]

Jan 6, 1705/6, Perquimans Court Session, Richard Davenport pays 3 pounds 5 shillings 6 pence to a witness that he had subpeonaed in his case with Thomas Clarke in 1703/4. (William L. Saunders, "Colonial Records of North Carolina," Raleigh, NC, 1886, 1:651)

Nov 8. 1706, Perquimans Precinct Court at Perquimans River. Richard Davenport settles debt to Tho. Snoden Sen. Snoden (Snodden) is a name from the North Shore. ["Colonial Records of North Carolina", Vol. I, p. 656]

1706, list of people on John Davenport's Road (proceeding West from John) in Tyrrell District: Rich'd Davenport, Hen. Norman, Ro. Fewox, Sam'l Spruell, Godfrey Spruell (born 1650 - article in THE STATE, August 1, 1964), Joseph Spruell, La. Alexander, Cut. Phelps, Matt. Casswell, Sam'l Hopkins, Tho. Winn, Will Tarkinton, Chas Craddock, Jon. Swain, Jose. Fisher (From the book "Old Albemarle," by Ray) (also NC Reg 2:153)

1707-1772, No Davenport wills recorded in Chowan Co, NC. ("Chowan County Will Abstracts 1707-1850", P. A. Elliott, D.A.R., Edenton, NC)

1708, Richard Davenport listed as 66 years of age. (NC Reg 2:148).

Nov 27, 1708, Richard Davenport gave a court deposition on a neighbor's occupancy of land. Stated that he personally was "...abt. 66 yrs & very unable & uncapable of traveling..." The deposition was witnessed by Fran. Foster, a resident of Perquimans Precinct, indicating that Richard probably still lived there in 1708. After Richard's death in 1714, his land was abandoned and given by the government to others (see below). NC Reg., vol. 3, p. 106)

Jul 28, 1713, Richard Davenport served on a grand jury at Little River. ["Colonial Records of North Carolina" Vol. II, p. 98]

Oct 28, 1713, will of Mathias Giles mentions "Richard Davenport during his natural life, then to his grandson Richard Davenport, son of John..." Witnesses included Richard Davenport. (NC Reg 1:46)

Nov 5, 1713, Richard Leary petitions at Little River Court for Bat's Grave island which is not being used by Richard Davenport (granted). ["Colonial Records of North Carolina" Vol. II, p. 72-73]

Mar 1714, General Court, Little River, NC: Richard Davenport's will proved in court. Attesting: Capt. John Pettiver saw Joseph Green sign the will. ["Colonial Records of North Carolina", Vol. II, p. 148)

Nov 4, 1714, Richard Davenport [Richard, Jr. - Ed.] petitions court to grant him 640 acres "on Morratuck" (now called the Roanoke River) which was not being used by Wm. Jones (granted). ["Colonial Records of North Carolina" Vol. II, p. 67]

Aug 1, 1716, John Davenport sells Hugh Davis 150 acres for 12 pds. Land is on Albemarle Sound opposite Bat's Grave Island, "part of a tract formerly belonging to Richard Davenport." (Perquimans County DB B, p. 147 & C, p. 250)

Aug 3, 1716, James Beezly petitions at Chowan Precinct Court for land "on Morratuck River" which is not being used by Richard Davenport (granted). ["Colonial Records of North Carolina" Vol. II, p. 242]

1717, Chowan Co, NC tax list includes no Davenport names. It does have Godfrey and Samuel Spruell, Cuthbert Phelps, Anthony Alexander, Thomas Bateman, Jno. Bateman, Thomas Hawkins, Moses Oliver, and Thomas Warrington. (The North Carolinian, 1960, 6:743)

Apr 16, 1719, deed of gift John Pettiver to Richard Davenport (son of John), 150 acres adjoining that sold to Henry Norman. Witnesses: Thomas Wynn, Joseph Spruill, Edward Chamberlayn. (Chowan County Deed Book B-1, #612)

Feb 20, 1719, John Pettiver & wife Anne sell James Smith 300 acres known as the Davenport Plantation and "running up the mouth of Yeopim Creek." (Perquimans County DB B, p. 66)

Sep 5, 1740, Court ordered that a road be laid out from the main road to Samuel Spruil's. Landing. Mentions a section "from the Bark Poplar Bridge to the Back Landing". Jury of Samll. Spruill Esqr., Joseph Spruill, Sr., John Davenport, Sr., John Swain, Godfree Phelps, Mathew Caswell, John Davenport, Jr., Henry Norman, Samll. Spruil, Jr., Sollomon Ansley, Thos. Bateman, Richard Davenport, Edwd. Phelps, and John Snell. Minutes of the September, 1740 session of the Tyrrell County, NC Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 1:86.

May 19, 1742, Richard Davenport bought property in estate sale of Anthony Alexander, Sr.

Sep 20, 1744, Richard Davenport receives a Proprietor's grant from John Earl Granville for 370 acres adjoining the Polecat Swamp, John Davenport, Turner, Gum Swamp. (Tyrrell County DB 9, p. 151)

Jan 16, 1745, deed Richard Davenport to John Davenport, Sr., assignment of a patent. Witnesses: Saml. Spruill, Edwd. Phelps. (Tyrrell County DB 1, p. 325)

1748, Land deed John Davenport, Sr. to Richard Davenport. (Tyrrell County DB 2, p. 14)

Jun 30, 1748, deed of gift of John Davenport, Sr. Names wife Ann Davenport; sons Richard, John, James, Joseph, William Davenport; Mary Davenport, daughter of William; Ann & Lurana, daughters of Jacob Davenport, dec'd. Witnesses: Christian Barrett, W. Barrett.

Jun 8, 1751, deed Francis Ward to Natha. Evrit, Jr. Witnesses: Richard Davenport, Nathaniel Everett.

Mar 1752, Court convenes a Grand Jury including William Mackey, Thos. Bennet, Francis Hobson, Francis Keneday, Robert Daniel, Ebazer Slaid, Joseph Warren, John Swain, Sr., Richard Davenport, John Dilling, Jno. Rhodes, John Devenport, Sr., Robert Davis, John Tarkington, Daniel Garret, Sr., Robert Howell, Humphry Bates, John Watson, Thomas Jones, Thos. Learry, Edward Williams, William Archdecon, and Joshua Worley. Minutes of the March, 1752 session of the Tyrrell County, NC Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 1:122.

Dec 1752, Court appoints John Davenport, son of Richard Davenport, as Constable to succeed Joshua Phelps. Minutes of the December, 1752 session of the Tyrrell County, NC Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 1:147.

Dec 1753, Court appointed Jeremiah Winn, John Hassell, Matthew Caswell, Edward Hassell, Sr., Abraham Hassell, Sr., James Swain, Wm. Gennit, John Davenport, Richard Davenport, Isaac Davenport, Saml. Spruell, Jr., John Tarkington, Joshua Tarkington, and Will Hassell, Sr. to lay out a road from Jeremiah Wynn's landing near the mouth of Rider's Creek down the East side of Scuppernong River into the Road near Roger Snell's. Minutes of the December, 1753 session of the Tyrrell County, NC Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 1:187.

1754, The King's Colonial Militia listed a Company in Tyrrell County, NC. Officers were: Samuel Spruill, Capt.; Joseph Spruill, Lt.; John Spruill, Ensg.; Alexander McCabe, Sgt.; Joseph Spruill, Jr., Sgt.; Hezekiah Spruill, Sgt.; John Chesson, Cpl.; and Nathan Batman, Cpl. The following Davenports were listed as Privates: William, John Jr., Isaac, James, Joseph, Richard, John son of Richard. ("Colonial Soldiers of the South," by Murtie June Clark)

Dec 1754, Court ordered that a road be laid out between Thomas Wynn's Lower Landing to Isaac Alexander's Road near the Licking Hill on the West side of Scuppernong River. Jurors appointed: Jeremiah Wynne, James Swain, Joshua Phelps, Wm. Gennet, Richard Devenport, John Hassell, Sr., Edward Hassell, Sr., Joseph Hassell, John Burkenshell, John Powers, Joshua Tarkenton, and Samuel Alexander. Minutes of the December, 1754 session of the Tyrrell County, NC Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 1:230.

1755, Richard Davenport is listed as a taxpayer in Tyrrell Co, NC. Others: Francis (Granville Co, NC 1755, 1769), Isaac & James (Tyrrell Co. 1755), John (Chowan Co. 1721), John, John Jr., Joseph (Tyrrell Co. 1755), and William & Isaac (Rowan Co. 1758, 1759). (C. E. Ratcliff, "North Carolina Taxpayers, 1701-1786," Geneol. Publ. Co., Baltimore, 1984) (also see Francis Davenport, 1749)

Mar 1, 1756, deed Richard Davenport to James Long, Jr., 60 acres south side of Gum Swamp. Witnesses: John Davenport, Alexander McKeel. (Tyrrell County DB 2, p. 248)

Mar 1756, Richard Davenport appears in Court to have the James Long, Jr. land deed recorded. Minutes of the March, 1756 session of the Tyrrell County, NC Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 2:29..

Mar 1756, Court appoints Richard Davenport and James Long Securities for the guardianship of Alex McCabe. Minutes of the March, 1756 session of the Tyrrell County, NC Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 2:30..

Apr 4, 1756, bond for Alexander McCaide to be guardian to Lewis Thomas. Bondsmen: Richard Davenport, Jas. Long.

Mar 3, 1757, bond for Richard Davenport to be guardian to John Dillin, orphan. Bondsmen: Alexander McCib, Godfre Spruill. Mary Dillon was the widow. (Was she a Davenport? - Ed.)

Mar 7, 1758, Court convenes the Grand Jury. Members: William Rhoads, John Ceson, Samuel Norman, William Devenport, Jonathan Davis, Jeremiah Wynne, James Swain, John Sedgex, John Burdenshall, Joshua Tarkington, Ebenezer Slade, Thomas Hardison, Benj. Blunt, William Ward, James Swain, Sr., John Dugan, Robert Daniel, and Wm. Ross. Minutes of the March, 1758 session of the Tyrrell County, NC Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 2:90..

May 13, 1761, Court appoints a Jury to lay out the road from Nehemiah Normans to Isaac Davenports. Members: Alexander H. McAbe, Joseph Davenport, Godfree Spruill, Isaac Devenport, Joseph Norman, Roger Snell, William Devenport, Samuel Norman, Richard Davenport, John Norman, John Hassell, Nehemiah Norman, James Devenport. Minutes of the May, 1761 session of the Tyrrell County, NC Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 2:200.

Mar 23, 1765, bond for John Davenport to administer estate of John Davenport. Bondsmen: John Davenport, son of Richd, John Norman. [SS 884 says John Davenport, Sr. was a security.]

Jun 14 1768, Adonijah Davenport, son of John Davenport, is killed while fighting a fire "in the field before the door of his father." A burning tree fell on him. A coroner's inquest was held, apparently at the request of John Davenport. The jury: Joseph Spruill (foreman), Capt. Jos. Spruill, Stephen Hooker, John Snell, Roger Snell, Benj. Hatfield, James Jackson, Wm. Freeman, John Spruill, Elijah Norman, Nehemiah Norman, John Norman, Wm. Davenport, Joseph Chesson, Benj. Spruill, James MacKibb, John Swain, Jesse Lewis, Samuel Norman, Richard Leary, James Davenport, and Richard Davenport.

Nov 22, 1773, will of Richard Davenport, Tyrrell County, NC WB-1/84. Names eldest son John Davenport, son Jacob Davenport. States Jacob has son Benjamin, daughter Sarah; John has son Ezra. Names daughters Mary McCabe, Elizabeth Davis, Susannah Caswell, Anna Davis, Rebeckah Long. Executors: John Davenport, John Davis. Witnesses: James Davenport, Joseph Davenport, Ann Gardner.

Jan 1795, petition of Jonathan Phelps. Richard Davenport in his will 22 Nov 1793 (1773 -Ed.) divided land between his 2 grandsons John and Benjamin Davenport. Jesse Bateman purchased from Ezra Davenport (the son of John) his part. Petitioner married Sarah the sister of Benjamin Davenport "who inherited the same on the death of Benjamin." (Note: the will states relationships differently - Ed.)

1840, The U. S. Census shows in Washington Co, NC: Abraham, Alexander, Aron, Daniel, David, Doctrine, Edmund, Ephraim, George B., James, John, Mary, Stephen, Sr, Susanna, William, William D., and William K. Davenport; others. In Tyrrell Co, NC: Elizabeth, Enoch, Frederick, G.W. (George W. ?), James T., John, Richard, and Sally Davenport.

1866, Richard Davenport's will recorded in WB-3/72.

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