Friday, November 23, 2018

Charles Davenport and Diana Berry

Charles Davenport (1830-1891) son of merchant and mayor of Newburyport Moses Davenport (1806-1861) and Mary Ann Laird (1807-1888) married Diana Berry (1830-1907) daughter of John Berry (1803-1875) and Polly Thomas (1798-1877) of Vermont. 

 Photo of Charles William Davenport courtesy of James Zafris whose great grandmother, Eunice Berry (1828-1897), sister to Diana Berry Davenport. Eunice also was in Newburyport and married to Samuel Chester Russell (1820-1884) son of Samuel Perkins Russell and Nancy Knight.

Photo of Dianna Berry Davenport courtesy of James Zafris 

The Berry line from Vermont can be traced back to Captain William Berry (1605-1654) and Jane Hermins (1614-1687) first settlers of Rye Beach and Portsmouth NH.
Mary Ann Laird was daughter of Robert Laird who owned a brewery in Newburyport 

Charles Davenport was in the dry goods business and served as deputy collector and inspector of the Port from 1886-1891. He was in the Cushing Guards, members of the Board of Aldermen. 
From History of Newburyport, Mass: 1764-1905, Volume 1-- John James Currier and Official Register of the United StatesBy United States Civil Service Commission

The newspapers archives record Charles as a fireman volunteer, known as the Agile Fire Association.

Charles and Diana lived on Fruit Street in Newburyport and their business was located at 22 State Street. 

Here are some clips from the Newburyport newspapers 

Charles was the grandson of Newburyport ship merchant, John Davenport (1776-1817) and Tabitha Russell (1778-1855).   
John was son of Anthony Davenport (1752-1836) and Elizabeth Woodburn (1756-1785).

The family owned the Wolfe Tavern in Newburyport opened by Anthony's father, Captain William Davenport (1717-1773) and his mother Sarah Gerrish (1730-1802).

The family papers are housed at the Peabody Essex Library---MSS 163, Phillips Library. 

A photo and newspaper clip on Moses Davenport, father of Charles Davenport from the Custom House Museum and Newburyport on line archival center digital newspapers.


Grave Photo from Oak Hill Cemetery in Newburyport MA


Records from Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Melissa Berry, the Sheffield Historical Society thanks you as do I, Norma Berry Williams, Curator;Archivist