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Thomas Davenport Sr (abt. 1616 - 1685)

Thomas Davenport Sr
Born about in Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1642 in Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 69 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Profile last modified | Created 1 Aug 2009
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Thomas Davenport Sr migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Disputed Origins/Spouse

  • There is no clear evidence connecting this Thomas Davenport to a particular Davenport family from England. William Davenport and Dorothy Warren are a good possibility but a clear connection is needed, because there are multiple Davenport families who emigrated to the colonies at this time.
  • Mary Forth is often named as Thomas' wife. According to Boyd he married Mary Forth in 1626 at the church of St. Katherine Coleman, London, England. [1] If Mary Forth married at the age of 16 (very young for the time) and waited to have children until 1643 when Sarah is born she would be 33 and then 54 when John is born, extremely old for births in colonial America so Mary Forth is not the wife of Thomas Davenport.


See Thomas Davenport Sr (abt. 1616 - 1685) Expanded Biography for more information.


Thomas Davenport may have emigrated to Dorchester Massachusetts as early as 1636.[2] Thomas Davenport was admitted to the the church at Dorchester Massachusetts 20 November 1640.[3]


Thomas Davenport married Mary, but what is Mary's Maiden Name and when were they married?

  • According to Torrey he married Mary ?Newman by 1643 at Dorchester or Cambridge Massachusetts.[4] Surveying all the sources cited by Torrey, only Coltman suggests the maiden name of Newman without giving a source.[5] Newman is not likely to be Mary's Maiden name.
  • The "Davenport Ancestry in America" does not give a maiden name for Mary.[6] This is what we find in Dorchester records as well.
  • It is certain that Mary's Children are born from 1643-1684 which suggests that Mary was in her early twenties at the latest when she began having children, supporting Torrey's assertion that Thomas and Mary were likely married at Massachusetts Bay Colony just before their first child was born. If we accept Torrey's time of marriage, we should accept that her maiden name is unknown as stated by all but one of Torrey's sources which included the NEGHS and the Davenport Ancestry in America.


The "Davenport Ancestry in America" states that Thomas had Nine children[6] leaving out Anna, but Dorchester baptismal records show ten. The Great Migration Newsletter also says that Thomas and Mary had Ten children, and suggests that Anna was the wife of Samuel Jones and not Sarah.[3]

  1. Sarah Davenport b 1643
  2. Thomas Davenport Jr b 1645
  3. Mary Davenport b 1648
  4. Anna Davenport b 1650
  5. Charles Davenport b 1652
  6. Abigail Davenport b 1655
  7. Mehitable Davenport b 1657
  8. Jonathan Davenport b 1659
  9. Ebenezer Davenport b 1661
  10. John Davenport b 1664


Thomas Davenport Died 9 or 19 November 1685 at Dorchester Massachusetts Bay. [6][3][7] He left a will dated July 24, 1683 that mentions Mary "well beloved wife", Son John, Son [in law] Samuel Jones and his only child, sons Charles Davenport, Jonathan Davenport, Ebenezer Davenport and daughter Mary wife of Samuel Maxfield.[3][6] His other daughters are not mentioned and are believed to have died before marrying.

Research Notes

  1. The Birth/Christening verifies the father but not the mother, need another source to prove the mother, Dorothy Warren. Possible birth year of 1610 in England found for Thomas Davenport Sr in Roberts-1:119 (This "source" is too vague and needs more details)
  2. Did Thomas marry another Mary? A wider discussion of Thomas's life and marriage(s) can be found at: [8] [9]
  3. Note on the f-a-g memorial "I do not believe Thomas is buried at Mt Auburn, only that his name has been memorialized on this stone." (The Cenotaph is very hard to read- but many names and dates on it)[10]
  4. Related to several presidents (Boyd - Vol1, p119)
  5. Citation from the NEGHS confirms the following, including Thomas' Death date. This is all from the Old Dorchester Massachusetts town record, I have expanded abbreviations for legibility but have other wise preserved the punctuation of the original transcription:[7]
Made a freeman 18 May 1642;
Wife Mary died 4 October 1691;
He died either 9 or 19 November 1685;
Daughter Sarah born 28 October 1643;
Sons Thomas, John, Charles, Jonathan born 6 January 1658-9, Jonathan married Hannah Maner 1 December 1680;
Ebenezer born 26 February 1661;
son-in-law Samuel Jones [husband of Sarah], and daughter Mary, wife of Samuel Maxfiled;
will 24 July 1683, inventory 4 February 1685-6, 332 pounds 16s 8d son Charles Executer.
--A Preserved Davenport, died 4 February 1659; [Death of Anna?]
a Mehitable, daughter of Thomas, born 14 December 1656


  1. England, Boyd's marriage indexes, 1538-1850 Transcription, Findmypast [1]
  2. Ferris, Mary. Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines (Privately Printed, 1943)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Great Migration Newsletter Vol 18 2009 page 18, 24 viewed 10/2020
  4. Torrey, Clarence Almon. Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, 1985 Davenport, Thomas (-1685)(?Cousin of Christophe Gibson) and Mary ?Newman(-1691); by 1643; Dorchester/Cambridge? {McCormick-Hamilton 747; TAG 22:206; Blake-Glidden 84; Coltman Anc. 59; Blakeney-Sabin 77; Woodstock 4:449; Reg. 5:398, 33:26. 87:67; Dawes-Gates 1:271}
  5. Coltman Anc.: Sumner, Edith Bartlett, Ancestry and Descendants of James Hensman Coltman and Betsey Tobey (Los Angeles, 1957) 59 viewed at October 2020
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Hall, Dorothy D., Davenport Ancestry in America and Descendants of John Pope Davenport and Edward Wilcox Davenport, (Edward Wilcox Davenport Family Organization, 1962), p.3.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Old Dorchester, Recovery of some materials for history, general and particular, The New England Historical & Genealogical Register (NEHGS, Boston, Mass., 1851) Vol 5, Page 398.; Viewed 10/2020
  10. FIndAGrave database and images ( : accessed 14 October 2020), memorial page for Thomas Davenport (1615–9 Nov 1685), Find a Grave Memorial no. 110134813, citing Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Elana Kahn (contributor 47780346) .

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May I please have permission to attach a free space page on Thomas Davenport's profile, which expands on Thomas Davenport's biography?
posted by Bertram Sluys
Yes, please feel free to proceed.
posted by S (Hill) Willson
About to disconnect Thomas wife Mary Forth and replace her with Mary Unknown. Also about to disconnect William Davenport and Dorothy Warren as parents in final preparation for including Thomas in the Great Migration Project. Please respond if you have reservations about this.
posted by Bill Pease
If this is the same Thomas Davenport who married a Mary Forth in 1626, it is still possible that he married a different Mary closer to 1643. It seems unlikely they married in 1626 and had no children until 1643. Also see previous comment by Shiela.
posted by Gillby Weldon
Mary Forth would have been in her 50's when her last children were born. Probably not likely.
posted by Sheila Stahl
In light of the 20 Aug 2019 at 23:00 GMT S (Hill) Willson post, shown below, I have listed his alleged father, William, as "uncertain". Also, in light of his documented marriage in 1626, I have changed his birth date from "after 1615" to "before 1610"
posted by Gillby Weldon
There are no sources for his father here despite a research note that says his birth/christening verified his father. I looked at the link and there he was shown with a father, Thomas.

It seems that the parents should be disconnected and added to a Disputed Origins section if there are no quality sources for them.

posted by S (Hill) Willson
Davenport-140 and Davenport-3 appear to represent the same person because: Same name. Same Death date. Same death place. = Same person.
posted by Gillby Weldon
Davenport-1761 and Davenport-3 appear to represent the same person because: Same death date, same person.
posted by Gillby Weldon
Davenport-70 and Davenport-3 appear to represent the same person because: Appear to be the same.
posted by [Living Epperson]

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