1798 Portrait of Deborah Davenport of Woodbury, NJ courtesy of Library Company of Philadelphia's Digital Collections
It is my understanding that the Deborah Davenport pictured here is the sister of "Gloucester County's Most Famous Citizen", Franklin Davenport. Nephew of Benjamin Franklin, a Senator and a Representative from New Jersey; born in Philadelphia, Pa., in September 1755; received an academic education; studied law in Burlington, N.J.; admitted to the bar in 1776 and commenced practice in Gloucester City, N.J.; clerk of Gloucester County Court in 1776; during the Revolutionary War enlisted as a private in the New Jersey Militia, later becoming brigade major, brigade quartermaster, and in 1778 assistant quartermaster for Gloucester County; appointed colonel in the New Jersey Militia in 1779 and subsequently major general, which rank he held until his death; prosecutor of pleas in 1777; moved to Woodbury, N.J., in 1781 and continued the practice of law; appointed first surrogate of Gloucester County in 1785; member, State general assembly 1786-1789; colonel in the New Jersey Line during the Whiskey Insurrection of 1794; appointed brigadier general of Gloucester County Militia in 1796; appointed to the United States Senate as a Federalist to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Rutherfurd, and served from December 5, 1798, to March 3, 1799, when a successor was elected and qualified; elected to the Sixth Congress (March 4, 1799-March 3, 1801); was not a candidate for renomination in 1800; resumed the practice of law; appointed master in chancery in 1826; died in Woodbury, Gloucester County, N.J., July 27, 1832; interment in Presbyterian Cemetery, North Woodbury, N.J. (Stewart) Franklin Davenport was also responsible for introducing Freemasonry to Woodbury in July 1792 with the Woodbury Lodge No. 11. More on that later... (Maurada & Stewart, 1928)
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James Davenport (Ebenezer, Thomas), born Dorchester, March 1,1693; administration on his estate granted June 13, 1759 ; m. first, Sept. 30, 1715, Grace, dau. of Onesephorus Tileston, of Dorchester. She died Oct. 24, 1721, let, 27. He m. second, May 3,1722, Sarah (b. July 9, 1699), dau. of Josiah and sister of Benjamin Franklin. She d. May 23, 1731, set. 32. He m. third, Nov. 12, 1731, Mary Walker, of Portsmouth. He was an innkeeper and baker in Boston; was of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co.; appointed coroner, Jan. 7, 1741. His children, said by son John to have been twenty-two, all born in Boston, were: Sarah, b. Oct. 10, 1716; d. Dec. 6, 1716. William, b. Oct. 19, 1717; d. Sept. 2, 1773; m. April 3, 1740, Sarah, dau. of Moses Gerrish, of Newburyport, where he settled, and where most of his Davenport descendants live.Sarah, b. Jan. 2, 1719; m. March 6, 1738, Samuel Bowls, apothecary, of Boston. Elizabeth, b. March 8, 1723; d. March 15, 1809; m. first, Joseph Chapman; m. second, Col. Joseph Ingersols, from Falmouth, pub. Oct. 12, 1789. Dorcas, b. Aug. 26, 1724; m. May 7, 1747, Anthony Stickney. See history of Stickney family. Jliev, b. March 7, 1725; m. March 13,1745, John Rogers, of Boston, son of Ichabod. She had John and Anna. Josiah, h. Dec. 18, 1727; pub. June 29, 1749, to Sarah Billings, of Boston. Shed, in Philadelphia, April 1, 1751, aat. 23, ana was buried side of Dr. Benj. Franklin. He m. second, Dec. 13, 1751, Anna Annis, at Philadelphia. His son, Judge Franklin Davenport, of Woodbury, N. J., was U. S. Senator, 1798-9. Abiah, b. Oct. 2, 1729 ; pub. June 20, 1751, to John Griffith, Jr., of Portsmouth. Eleazer, h. Sept. 21, 1732. Lucy, b. Nov. 17, 1733; pub. March 27, 1745, to John Doane, of Boston. James, b. June 12, 1735. Rebecca, b. May 23, 1737; pub. June 4, 1755, to John Tucker. Ann, b. May 18, 1739. George, b. Dec. 9, 1740. Addington. b. March 17, 1742; d. May 27, 1743. Esther, b. April 19, 1744 ; d. March 18, 1801; pub. April 13, 1762, to Daniel Crosby, of Boston. Jane, b. Dec. 16, 1745; pub. Jan. 10, 1768, to Reuben Ingram. Mary, b. June 3, 1747. Addinoton, b. Feb. 6, 1749; d. June 24, 1821, Boston; m. June 16, 1805, widow Mary Barron, who d. Nov. 25, 1854, set. 90. She ne'e Melntire, of Salem, had m. first, William Brock, and m. second, William Barron. John, b. Aug. 4, 1752; d. Portsmouth, N. H., March 28, 1842. He ui. first, Elizabeth Hull, of Portsmouth; m. second, widow Elizabeth Welch, nee Pendexter, June 21, 1780; m. third, Sally Bradley, of Haverhill. His Davenport descendants in Haverhill and New York city.