Saturday, May 3, 2014

George Howe Davenport Family

George Howe Davenport son of Henry Davenport and Caroline Howedaughter of Jacob Howe and Jane Withington* of Boston


Henry Davenport descended from Thomas Davenport, of Dorchester (1640), and was the son of Elijah and Susan (Ward) Davenport owner of the Pacific Mills, wool and cotton goods manufacturers. Caroline Howe on June 14, 1843.

Scan of photograph owned by Dorchester Historical Society of Isaac Davenport House, Green Street.

By George B. Davenport, Esq.
From The New England Historical and Genealogical Society Register Volume 54

At the breaking out of the war of 1812 Henry Davenport's family removed to Hallowell, Maine, and the first five years of Mr. Davenport's life were spent there. At six years of age, returning to Boston, he attended Hawkins Street School, Adams School and the Fort Hill School, and Boston Latin School in 1821. In 1824 he entered the High School and was graduated in 1827, receiving the Franklin Medal. In 1833 he went to Baltimore firm of Dinsmorc & Kyle, commission merchants; he sold out in 1836 and returned to Boston. In 1839 he entered the counting room of the York Manufacturing Company, and remained there until 1854, when he became connected with the Pacific Mills and remained with that corporation until his retirement from business, January 1, 1891. Mr. Davenport spent many years in genealogical study, furnishing much material in the compilation of the genealogies of the Davenport and Ward families; he was an antiquary and coin collector, at one time possessing one of the finest coin collections in New England, and was for many years Vice-President of the Boston Numismatic Society; he was appointed by President Lincoln, during his administration, one of the committee of examination of coinage at the U. S. Mint at Philadelphia. He was a life member of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  Archaeological Society, Roxbury Common Council, Primary School Committee of Boston, and Clerk of the Old South Society of Boston. As an administrator and trustee of estates he was peculiarly fitted. In the care and administration of over thirteen estates his honesty and integrity were never questioned, and his diligent, conservative and painstaking care of numerous trusts was productive of most gratifying results.

In his retirement from the Pacific Mills after thirty-seven years of service, Mr. Henry Saltonstall, the late treasurer, said: "It is impossible to state too strongly my sense of the value to the company and to myself of the absolute uprightness and integrity of Mr. Davenport; hundreds of thousands of dollars have been entrusted to his care and have been diligently guarded against any kind of loss."

Siblings of George H Davenport:
Ellen Maria, b. Dec. 5, 1844; d. Aug. 6, 1846.
Chase Henry, b. June 26, 1846; d. Jan. 10, 1847.
(A son), b. and d. Feb. 25, 1848.
Annie Ward, b. Feb. 9, 1850; m. Dr. Clement Cleveland (see more info+), Jan. 17, 1874.

William Ward Davenport married Julia E. Monefeldt of Charleston, S. C., Dec. 12, 1844.
Francis Henry Davenport, physician; b. Roxbury, Mass., Mar. 27, 1851 grad. Williams College 1870; Harvard Medical School, 1874; m. June 4, 1879. Elizabeth A. Brewster. Asst. prof, gynecology, Harvard Med. Sch., 1895 1905. Mem. Mass. Med. Soc., Am. Oynecol. Soc., Boston Obstet. Soc., A.A.A.S. Clubs: Tavern (Boston); Country (Brookllne). Author: Diseases of Women, 1889. Residence: Brookline, Mass. Office was located at: 419 Boylston St., Boston.


460 Beacon Street was designed by Francis R. Allen, architect, and built in 1891 by Connery & Wentworth, builders, as the home of wholesale lumber merchant George Howe Davenport and his wife, Camilla H. (Chase) Davenport.  They had lived at 192 Marlborough in 1890.George Davenport is shown as the owner on the original building permit application for 460 Beacon, dated April 16, 1891, and on the 1895 Bromley map. Camilla C. Davenport is shown as the owner on the 1898, 1908, 1912, 1917, and 1928 Bromley maps.The Davenports also maintained a summer home in Marblehead.
George Davenport died in November of 1932.  Camilla Davenport continued to live at 460 Beacon until about 1934, noting in the 1934 Blue Book that she would spend the winter at the Ritz Carlton Hotel.  By 1935, she had moved to an apartment at 6 Arlington.

George attended Roxbury Latin School. On Nov. 7, 1865 he married Camilla H. Chace. Began active career at Edward. D. Peters & Co., 1867; firm of George H. Peters & Co., and upon dissolution, 1887, formed copartnership Davenport, Peters & Co., Incorporated 1906, as Davenport, Peters Co., of which is prèsident. He was a trustee Wellesley College, Vincent Memorial Hospital, Mass. Bible Society.; Director of Lumber Mutual Insurance. Co. Republican. Congregationalist. Clubs: Union, Country, Exchange. Residence: 460 Beacon St. Office: 70 Kllby St., Boston.
NOTE: George Howe Davenport married (1) Caroline Hutchins, Sept. 25, 1877, who d. May 26, 1878; (2) Camilla Hervey Chase, Nov. 7, 1885. of daughter of James Henry Chase and Lucretia (Gifford) Chase



Dorothea Davenport, daughter of George H and Camilla married William Truman Adlrich, Son of Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich, , Senator (b. 6 Nov 1841, Foster, Providence, Rhode Island d. 16 Apr 1915, New York, NY) and Abigail Pierce Truman "Abby" Champan, (b. 10 Apr 1845, Johnston, Providence, R I d. 17 Feb 1917, Washington, D C) See William Aldrich Architecture

Nelson and Abby had ten children: Nelson Wilmarth, Jr.(1867-1871) Lucy Truman (1871-1955) Edward Burgess (1871-1957) m. 1st Mary Dorrance (div.) m. 2nd Lora Lawson

Abby Greene (1874-1948) m. John D. Rockefeller
Stuart Morgan (1876-1960) m. Martha Louise Blackwell
Robert Chapman (1878-1878)
William Truman (1880-1966) m. Dorothea Davenport
Emma Louise (1882-1884)

Richard Steere (1884-1941) U S Congressmen Yale University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1906. He graduated with a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1909, and practiced law in New York City, New York

Winthrop Williams (1885-1974) m. Harriet Alexander 


Winthrop Williams Aldrich and wife Harriet (photo courtesy of Lucy Aldrich Burr) He was well known for his successful professional life as well.  From 1930 to 1953 he was president and chairman of the board of Chase National Bank and also in 1953 was appointed U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom under President Eisenhower after being recognized as a key player in the British War Relief Society (a U.S. humanitarian organization that brought aid to the British throughout World War II).  “There is so much history in Rhode Island,” said Dunbar.  “Stories like this one remind us of how important it is to give back and commemorate the heritage of our ancestors. Elsie (1888-1968) m. 1st Stephen M. Edgehill (d.1921) m. 2nd N. Stuart Campbell Nelson W. and Abby P. Aldrich Papers A Scrapbook collection of the wedding can be found at Historic New England




 




Check out Wellesley Legenda by Davenport
From the Report of the President on the Passing of G H Davenport
 GEORGE HOWE DAVENPORT
At this, the first, meeting since his death on November 10, 1932, the Trustees wish to record their deep appreciation of the service of George
Howe Davenport.
Mr. Davenport was elected to the Board in June, 1905. During these
twenty-seven years of membership he served on many committees, notably
the Building Committee, of which he was chairman for many years, and
the Executive Committee, of which he was a member at the time of his
death. He was vice-president from 1923 to 1928.
In his capacity as chairman of the Building Committee, Mr. Davenport
supervised the erection of Mary Hemenway Hall, and undoubtedly this
gave rise to his interest in the swimming pool, to which he made the very
generous gift of $50,000.
Not only has his contribution as a committee member been significant,
but also his unusual interest in all the various activities of the College.
Mr. Davenport could always be depended upon to respond to any call
from the College, whether to come to the assistance of some needy
student or, in the summer, to share with the President the responsibility
of important decisions in the absence of other officers of the Board. He
was chosen by the Class of 1920 as their honorary member and both
he and Mrs. Davenport entered into the various class festivities, much
to the joy of the students.
At least once he sent to the secretary to the president money for the
aid of members of this class. He left the naming of the beneficiaries to
the College, stipulating only that the source of the gift should not be
revealed to the students. His interest in the class of 1920 continued after
graduation and he followed their careers with pride.
1916-17. From Mr. W. E. Blodgett, vaulting of the main entrance porch and terrace staircase of Claflin Hall in Guastavino tile. From Mr. George H. Davenport, new seal and coat-of-arms and silk college flag.
Friday, November 11, 1932 Paper: Boston Herald (Boston, MA) Page: 33




 * Withington Family from Americana, Volume 13
  Edward Withington, the sixth in descent from Elder Henry Withington, and the son of Samuel and Jane (Kelton) Withington, was born in 1755, and died in 1826. He married Eunice Tucker, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Heywood) Tucker. Edward Withington and his wife Eunice (Tucker) Withington lived in Dorchester, Massachusetts, during the latter part of their lives, but had homes in other places. Their last built house is still standing, a cottage, which was built in 1800, on Centre street, in Dorchester. The children of Edward and Eunice (Tucker) Withington were as follows:
1. Sally Withington, born March 24,1778, and became the wife of Josiah Bryant in 1803.
2. Eunice Withington, born April 14, 1781, and became the wife of Samuel Howe.
3. Betsey Tucker Withington, born May 4,1783, and became the wife of Aaron Nixon.
4. Alpheus Moore Withington, born August 14, 1785.
5. Edward Withington, Junior, born December 29, 1787.
6. Jane Withington, born May 3, 1790, and became the wife of Jacob Howe.
7. Samuel Withington, born April 6, 1793.
8. Lucy Withington, born October 11, 1795, and married John Mears.
9. Hannah Withington, born November 24, 1797; became the wife of Parker H. Pierce.
10. Albert Withington, born March 17, 1800.
+Dr. Clement Cleveland, Harvard 1867

 

Dr. Clement Cleveland was attending surgeon and surgical director of City Hospital between 1882 and 1915, and consulting surgeon of Women's Hospital and Memorial Hospital. He was a former president of the American Gynecological Society and the New York Obstitrical Society, and a vice president of the American Society for the Control of Cancer. He retired in 1919. He was born in Baltimore. (Clement Cleveland, Noted Surgeon, Dies. New York Times, Apr. 17, 1934.) He graduated from Harvard in 1867. (Commencement Day at Cambridge. Boston Daily Advertiser, Jul. 18, 1867.) He was a vice president of the Exeter Academy Alumni association (Exeter Men at New York. Boston Daily Advertiser, Mar. 22, 1890.) He was one of the organizers of the American Society for the Control of Cancer. (Rich Women Begin A War on Cancer. New York Times, Apr. 23, 1913.) His father, Anthony Benezet Cleveland, was a half-brother of Mrs. David Low Dodgeand of William Cleveland, the grandfather of President Grover Cleveland. (The Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families. By Edmund Janes Cleveland, 1899.)
AnthonyBenezet Cleveland / Ancestry.com
Genealogyof the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families / Internet Archive
He married Annie W. Davenport in Boston. (Married. New York Times, Jun. 20, 1874.) His father-in-law was Henry Davenport, a Boston merchant and mill owner connected with the Pacific Mills. His eldest son [Dr. Francis Henry Davenport] was Professor of Gynecology at Harvard Medical School. (Death List of a Day. New York Times, Jan. 25, 1898.) [ClarenceCook Little's grandather was one of the incorporators of Pacific Mills.] The younger son was George Howe Davenport, who was in the lumber business with George H. Peters. His daughter, Dorothea, married William T. Aldrich, Boston architect. (George Howe Davenport. New York Times, Nov. 11, 1932.) William Truman Aldrich was a son of Sen. Nelson W. Aldrichof Rhode Island. His sister, Elsie Aldrich, was maid of honor, and his brother, RichardS. Aldrich, was best man. (Aldrich-Davenport Wedding Monday. New York Times, Mar. 27, 1910.)
The Clevelands' only daughter, Elizaneth 'Elsie' Manning Cleveland, married Robert Gillespie Mead Jr. "The number of bridesmaids was unusually large," and they were Mabel Drake, Elsie Homans, Mabel Lewis, Susie Valentine. Elizabeth Stillman, Frances La Farge, Sarah Thompson, Rosalie Starr, Dora Havemayer, and Ethel Davies. Mead's best man was Lewis Starr, and the ushers were her brother, Harry Cleveland, and her cousin, Charles Cleveland; Frank Mills, William Maclay, Calvert Brewer, Irwin Garfield, E.H. Childs, Acosta Nichols, Charles Pinkerton, and Henry Sanford. (The Weddings of a Day. New York Times, Nov. 10, 1898.) He was an usher at Everett Colby's marriage to Edith Hyde. (Weddings of a Day. New York Times, Jul. 1, 1903.) He graduated from Williams College in 1893, and New York Law School in 1901. He was a director of the South Puerto Rico Sugar Company, and retired as a partner of Rounds, Dillingham, Mead & Nagle. (Robert G. Mead, 75, Lawyer for 40 Years. New York Times, Feb. 27, 1947.) Elsie was one of the founders of the American Society for the Control of Cancer in 1913, and was a member of its board of directors and executive committee in the 1920s. From 1928 through 1939, she was a patroness of the New York City Cancer Committee of the ASCC. (To Raise Funds for Cancer Society. New York Times, Dec. 3, 1928; Looks to Research for Cure of Camcer. New York Times, Oct. 31, 1930; Cancer Relief Group Lauded By Mme. Curie. New York Times, Oct. 28, 1931; Cancer Fund Drive for $30,000 Opens. New York Times, Oct. 25, 1933; Song Recital April 4 to Provide Funds for Quarterly Review on Cancer. New York Times, Mar. 22, 1936; March of Time Honored for War on Disease. New York Times, Oct. 28, 1937; Cancer Work Rewarded. New York Times, Oct. 22, 1938; Booths to Be Set Up During Cancer Week. New York Times, Oct. 24, 1939.)
Their daughter, Theodora Mead, married Theodore Abel of Poznan, Poland. "She first met Mr. Abel in Poland two years ago when she and her mother were traveling there, and again in Warsaw last year, where Miss Mead was doing volunteer work for the Y.M.C.A. Last Winter they again met, this time in Paris, where Miss Mead was studying at the Sorbonne." He had fought in the Polish Army against the Bolsheviki, and was studying sociology at Columbia. Valentine Everit Macy Jr. was an usher. (Theodora Mead to Wed T. Abel. New York Times, Aug. 10, 1923; Weds on Parents' Silver Wedding Night. New York Times, Nov. 10, 1923.) Theodore Abel solicited autobiographies from early Nazis and compiled them into a book, Why Hitler Came Into Power, first published in 1938, later published as The Nazi Movement. He dedicated it to his in-laws.
TheNazi Movement / Google Books
Dr. Clement Cleveland's cousin, Treadwell Cleveland, a lawyer, was a member of Evarts, Choate & Beaman for twenty years. Later, he represented British interests in the admiralty courts. He was born in Philadelphia in 1843, and his father was Charles Dexter Cleveland. He graduated from Rutgers in 1862, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. (Treadwell Cleveland Dies. New York Times, Jan. 13, 1918.) Treadwell Cleveland's grandfather, Rev. Charles Cleveland (1772-1872) of Boston was anti-tobacco. He said, "Tobacco I abhor in all its forms as I would poison, persuaded that its use has been as a harbinger to 'strong drink,' which has slain thousands and tens of thousands." (How a Centenarian Lives. San Francisco Daily Evening Bulletin, Jun. 10, 1871.) His son, Charles Dexter Cleveland, married Frances Elsie Homans, a niece of SheppardHomans. Marshall McLean was best man, and Sheppard Homans Jr., Robert G. Mead, and AcostaNichols were among the ushers. (A Day's Weddings. New York Times, Nov. 30, 1899.)


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