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Friday, November 1, 2019

Family of Bennett Franklin Davenport and Annie Emaline Coolridge

Bennett Franklin Davenport was born Birth 28 May 1845 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was the son of Charles Davenport and Joan Fullerton Hager. His grandfather was Joseph Davenport, of Newton, Massachusetts, a descendant of the Thomas Davenport, who settled at Dorchester in 1640.He was prepared for College at the Cambridge High School, and graduated from Harvard in 1867. Going abroad after graduation he attended for two semesters the University of Tiibingen, Germany, and upon his return became a medical student at Harvard, receiving the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Medicine from that University in 1871, and also the Doctor's degree in Medicine from Columbia the same year for work done at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Upon the completion of his professional studies he settled in Boston in the practice of medicine, with the specialty of a sanitarian and toxicologist and of an analytical and consulting chemist, examining chemically and microscopically foods, drinks, drugs, poisons, and other substances relating to health or to domestic uses. He is also an expert in court causes and the detection of forgeries and other falsifications and has figured in such cause: cé/ébres as the Molineux Trial, involving questioned handwritings, documents, and inks. Dr. Davenport was Coroner for Suffolk county prior to the establishment of the oflice of Medical Examiner. From 1879 to 1886 he occupied the Chair of Chemistry at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, was Chemist to the Massachusetts State Board of Health from 1882 to 1892, to the State Dairy Bureau from 1892 to 1900, and Dairy Inspector for the City of Boston from 1882 to 1885. He is Chairman of the Board of Health at Watertown, where he has resided since 1890, and also of its Park and Water Boards.
Besides the Massachusetts Medical Society, which he represented as delegate for the decennial revision of the United States Pharmacopoeia in 1880, 1890 and 1900, he holds membership in the leading city and state medical bodies, the American Public Health Association and the Massachusetts Association of Boards of Health, the American, London, Paris and Berlin Chemical Societies, the British Society of Public Analysis and the Society of Chemical Industry, the American and British Pharmaceutical Associations, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Dr. Davenport is a charter-member and Corresponding Secretary of the Historical Society of Watertown, Chairman of its chapter of Sons of the American Revolution, a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Boston Society of Natural History, and the Phi Beta Kappa of Harvard. His reports in relation to sanitary affairs have been published in the annual reports of the Massachusetts State Board of Health and the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. Besides being a prominent genealogist and historian, he was also professor of chemistry at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy (1879 - 86); served as Analyst for the Massachusetts State Board of Health, Lunacy, & Charity (1882 - 92) and as Coroner for Suffolk County (1875 -77), and was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1893; published in The American Druggist, Harvard Register ("Recent Progress in Pharmaceutical Preparations"), and The Analyst (Royal Society of Chemistry, Great Britain), among many others; and was a noted authority on butter. In Forty Centuries of Ink (David N Carvalho, 2007), he is credited as having modified a formula for ink in 1900 that was subsequently used as the official ink of record in the state of Massachusetts, and, in 1901 (with the addition of "unnamed blue coloring material"), adopted by the US Treasury Department.
He married on July 23, 1873 Annie Emaline Coolidge daughter of John M Coolidge, JR. and Martha Jane Sturtevant. She was a cousin to President Calvin Coolridge. John Coolridge Sr married Martha Stone Bond. Bennett and Annie children: Grace Coolidge, John Coolidge, Anna Coolidge and Benita Coolidge Davenport.

Charles Davenport was son of Joseph Davenport and Susannah Beard Davenport. Below Photo Charles Davenport photo from Davenport & Bridges


From Scientific American, 28 August 1845
“Some of the most elegant cars ... run with a steadiness hardly equaled by a steamboat in still water, are manufactured by Davenport & Bridges, at their establishment in Cambridgeport, Mass. The manufacturers have recently introduced a variety of excellent improvements in the construction of trucks, springs, and connections, which are calculated to avoid atmospheric resistance, secure safety and convenience, and contribute ease and comfort to passengers, while flying at the rate of 30 or 40 miles per hour.”

Spruce Ave, Lot 1359 Burial: Mount Auburn Cemetery Cambridge Massachusetts, USA Below Photo Martha Jane Sturtevant, Annie and Herbert


  John M. Coolidge, Sr. (Deacon) and Wife Mary

View from side of first Coolidge home. Simon Coolidge Homestead, Grove Street. From this house, Joseph Coolidge went to his death on April 19, 1775. Herbert Coolidge was the last Coolidge born here. Birthplace of Annie E, Davenport (nee Coolidge), Grove Street. Annie Davenport was the wife of local Dr. Bennet Davenport (married 1873). They were charter members of the Historical Society of Watertown. She taught at the Coolidge School prior to her marriage. Annie was an original member of the Watertown Woman's Club and was their fifth president, 1905-1908. She was a founding member of the Watertown Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution and the third regent, 1900-1903. John Coolidge, Sr. by door with hat in hand. Mary Coolidge (nee Bond), his wife seated. Albert Davenport by fence. Hired hand and child at back door.

Home of John Coolidge, Sr., Grove Street. Built around 1845. Bought by Mount Auburn Cemetery and demolished. Reading left to right: Charles Davenport, seated; Emma J. Davenport (Mrs. Albert M.), standing; Annie E. Davenport (Mrs. Bennett F.); Grace Coolidge (Davenport), a child; John Coolidge Jr., seated; Pat White, the hired man at the gate; Mrs. John Coolidge Sr. (Mary Stone Bond), seated; Charles Davenport, standing behind Alice and Mary Davenport (two little girls seated on the lawn); Mattie Coolidge on horseback; Mary Ellen Coolidge (daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Coolidge Sr.) Grace Coolidge Davenport From DAR  

Lineage Book - National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Volume 48
Wife of Henry J Winslow, Descendant of Joseph Coolidge, Joseph Sturtevant, Benjamin Davenport and William Hager  Daughter of Bennett Davenport and Annie Emeline Coolidge his wife Granddaughter of Charles Davenport and Joan Fullerton Hager his wife John Coolidge Jr and Martha Jane Sturtevant his wife Gr granddaughter of Joseph Davenport and Susanna Beard his wife John Coolidge and Mary Stone Bond his wife Reward Sturtevant and Ann Lovina Hesketh his wife Joseph Fuller ton Hager and Sylvia Bingham his wife Gr gr granddaughter of Benjamin Davenport and Sarah Wilson his wife Joshua Coolidge and Jemima Norcross his wife Lot Sturtevant and Elizabeth Bessel his wife William Hager and Abigail Fullerton his wife Gr gr gr granddaughter of Joseph Coolidge and Eunice Stratton his wife Joseph Sturtevant and Mary Gibbs his wife Joseph Coolidge 1720 75 was a minute man from Water town at the battle of Lexington where he was killed Joseph Sturtevant 1734 1808 served as a minute man at various alarms 1777 8 He was born and died in Ware ham Lot Sturtevant 1759 1848 enlisted 1777 for three years under Capt Joshua Eddy and Col Gamaliel Bradford He was placed on the pension roll 1818 for three years actual service as private He was born in Wareham Mass died in Waterville Maine Also Nos 18431 21579 Benjamin Davenport 1743 1833 was a private in Colonel Gerrish's Massachusetts regiment 1778 He was born in Newton died in Needham Mass William Hager 1749 1830 served as a wagoner at the fortification of Dorchester Heights 1776 He was born in Waltham, Mass died in Boston. 

Massachusetts State Representative Henry Joshua Winslow son of Henry Hedden Winslow and Margaret Ella Givens

Information from Uncommon Ancestors and Genealogy and memoirs of Isaac Stearns and his descendants (1901), Genealogy of Edward Winslow of the Mayflower, and his descendants, from 1620 to 1865
On Feb. 4, 1874 Henry Hedden Winslow married Margaret Ella Fuller in New Bedford, Massachusetts. In 1876 they moved to Cambridge where their three children were born:
  1. Mary H. Winslow born Feb. 11, 1876
  2. Edith Baker Winslow (Stearns) born Aug. 10, 1878
  3. Henry Joshua Winslow  born June 27, 1880
Henry born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, May 5, 1847.  He was the son of Joshua Baker Winslow, a sea captain and Mary Dehart (Bruen), who made their home in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where their son was educated.
Margaret Ella Givens born in Nobleboro, Maine about Dec. 23, 1844 to Benjamin Hall Givens, a seaman, and his wife Mary Ann (Hussey).

Margaret Ella Givens
Henry H. Winslow

Mary H. Winslow
daughter of Margaret and Henry Winslow

Edith Baker Winslow Stearns &
Margaret "Peggy" Winslow Stearns

Obit of son Henry Davenport Winslow March 11 1999
Henry D. Winslow, 88, of Lexington, MA, formerly of Cambridge, MA, after a long illness died Monday (March 8, 1999). Beloved Husband of Katharine (Nichols) Winslow. Born in Cambridge, MA, he was the son of the late Henry J. and Grace D. Winslow. Besides his wife of 64 years, he is survived by his son, Henry N. Winslow and daughter-in-law, B.J. Winslow of Newtonville, MA; his daughter, Katharine W. Herzog and son-in-law, Dr. Alfred Herzog of Glastonbury; and two granddaughters, Katharine H. Dube of South Harpswell, ME; and Anne W. Herzog of Arlington, MA. He was the father of the late Philip N. Winslow of New York City. Memorial Services at the First Parish Church Cambridge Unitarian Universalist on April 10 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist, 3 Church St., Cambridge, MA 02138 or to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements by the Douglass Funeral Home Lexington, MA.

Information from Universities and Their Sons: History, Influence and Characteristics of American Universities, with Biographical Sketches and Portraits of Alumni and Recipients of Honorary Degrees, Volume 4, The College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, and Its Founders, Officers, Instructors, Benefactors and Alumni: A History, Volume 2, and Secretary's report, Issue 11 By Harvard College.
See THE DAVENPORT FAMILY Communicated by Bennett F Davenport MD of Boston New England Historical and Genealogical Society. Daughters of the American Revolution.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Reversal of Fortune made Coachman a Millionaire

When the magnate financier James Hobart Moore son of Nathaniel Ford Moore and Rachel Arvilla Beckwith departed this earth July 17, 1916 the public learned that the wealthy tycoon had a very tender affection for those who were in his service. Although Moore’s generosity was well known by a multitude of charitable donations, it was the deep pockets of gratitude to one coachman that make this millionaire magnet stand out.
William Beattie, coachman for James H Moore was more than happy to clean out his bank account when Moore’s credit was over strained. Moore took a hit when his Diamond Match Company crashed and drained all his funds–he became a pauper over night.
Beattie came to his rescue Moore tells the Christen Journal.  “I was in an awful fix,” said Moore  and “I was worth less than nothing when Beattie came to me. He went to the bank and withdrew all his savings, $2,000.”
Beattie said “Take it…I got it from you and you’re welcome to keep it as long as you want it.” Moore accepted the sum and never forgot this kind gesture which served him through the crisis.
When Moore made his next round of millions he paid Beattie–so richly that the coachman was worth over $100,000.
The Sabath Recorder Volume 82 noted: “In these days of cold commercialism it is refreshing to see this instance of a servant’s fidelity and an employer’s gratitude. We find it hard to tell which is worthier of praise, but taken together these two give us the ideal relation of employer and employee sealed by mutual respect and loyalty. If this spirit might be universal our industrial world we should be nearer the millennium”
St. Paul wrote of sanctifying this common but high relationship: “Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters . . . with good will doing service. . . . And ye, ‘masters, do the same things unto them” (Eph6: 5-8).—Christian Herald
In his will Moore had left this bequest: “To William Beattie $10,000.” Despite his windfall Beattie remained coachman for widow Moore. According to the newspaper articles published after Moore’s funeral Beattie invested in a Tennessee plantation.

james hobart moore house1
Brewster Records: The original Gig owned by James Hobart Moore housed at his summer mansion on Geneva Lake in southern Wisconsin. The Carriage Journal, fall 1995 references Moore’s many carriages and residence. Frey Carriage Company
article is a photograph of Mr. Moore driving what appears to be a Geneva Lake that could very well be this vehicle.


James H Moore left many more who where in his service $500 Let to Late Marshall Field. Will of James Hobart Moore Makes Numerous Interesting Bequests. He owned United States Steel, and also had a hand in the founding of the Nabisco corporation. Moore's brother and business partner was William Henry (Judge) Moore who married sister to James' wife Ada Small Moore. James H Moore married Lora Josephine Small, daughter of Edward Alanzo Small and Mary Caroline Roberts--d. of Benjamin Roberts & Clarissa Mitchell; George Roberts & Hannah Davis; Joseph Roberts & Ruth White; William White & Christian Simonton; John White & Lucy Wise; John Wise & Abigail Gardner; Joseph Wise & Mary Thompson; John Thompson & Alice Freeman.
Ada and Lora were members of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Society of Colonial Dames. Mother, Mary Caroline Roberts Small and sister Joanne Small Moore were also members. Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Book Volume 14 List Lora Small Moore (Member 3968) Ada Small Moore (Member 3969) Descendant of Corp. Edward Small, of Maine. Daughter of Edward Alonzo Small and Mary Caroline Roberts, his wife. Granddaughter of Edward Small and Rebecca Pratt, his wife. Gr.-granddaughter of Edward Small and Sarah Mitchell, his wife. Edward Small, (1751-1826), was detailed to work on 'the Fort at Falmouth, 1775. He served as corporal under Capt. John Wentworth and Col. Aaron Willard, at the alarms, 1777. He was born at Scarborough and died at Freeport.
Rachel Beckworth daughter of George Beckwith; Carolyn Ford daughter of Nathaniel Ford and Caroline Reese; Lucy Churchill daughter of Samuel Churchill and Elizabeth Curtis.
There is also Mayflower Ties: 
A business profile from 1921 noted that if the Moore brothers “had been the owners of Aladdin’s lamp, they could not have transformed defeat into victory more magically.” Hebert Casson in “Harvest of Gold,” The Romance of Steel and Iron in America,” noted the during fallow times the Moore boys never sweat the small stuff: “With cheerful indifference they had made and lost millions. Having promoted the Diamond Match Company, they went down with it when it foundered, losing four millions or more. In a single year, by floating the National Biscuit Company and the American Tin Plate Company, they paid their debts and had millions left.” In “Prominent and Progressive Americans,” a synopsis of their reputation and notoriety. “Do you know Moore Brothers?” a Chicago business man was asked. “Who does not” was his reply. “Their vast and successful operations are the wonder of the business world.” The tribute was none too high for a firm that, after being caught in one of the most overwhelming panics of modern times, within a year paid off, in full, debts of more than $4,000,000, and continued in business with a clean record, a big bank-account, and the unhesitating confidence of the community. However, the Judge had more than the Midas touch. He possessed a formidable, independent spirit, known as “Yankee Iniquity.” His instinct to succeed was bred in him from the sturdy stock of his Mayflower ancestors. Mrs William Henry Moore Massachusetts Mayflower Society Member Number 2753.

After James Moore's death Lora married Harry French Knight, a stockbroker. The Knight’s were prime financial backers of Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic.

Son of James Moore and Lora—Nathaniel Ford Moore (1884-1910) featured in the Book of Sport. Nathaniel was a champion golfer
Nathaniel Ford Moore1
Nathaniel Ford Moore Olympic Golf Team Gold Medalist in the 1904 Olympics. He was the husband of Helen Wells Fargo daughter of  William Congdell Fargo and Mary Stockwell Preston. (Record of Fargo Family)

  • The Book of Sport, Volume 2
  • Muskegon Chronicle (Muskegon, Michigan) June 21 1916
  • “Richest Coachman in World Chief Mourner for Millionaire.”Sacramento Union, Number 21, 21 July 1916 PDF