My Davenport ancestors

The following history on the Davenport line includes segments from these books:
 "Medieval English Ancestors of Robert Abell" , "Kin of Mellcene Thurman Smith"

Davenport is situated about five miles northeast of Sandbach, in a sequestered part of the hundred. The hall is a low building of various materials, still used as a residence of a gentleman's family and doubtless retaining in its walls many relics of the ancient mansion which occupied its site. It stands on high ground above a range of rich meadows, through which the Dane flows rapidly. It is in the most pleasing scenery of the hundred and must have held no ordinary charm for the ancient chiefs of Davenport, the forest hills of Macclesfield, the scene of their favorite sports and feudal power. The manorial history of the township of Davenport involves a subject of rare occurrence even in this country--the descent of a family in one uninterrupted male line from the time of the Norman Conquest until today, possessing the feudal powers with which it was at first invested and preserving in its own archives, in a series of original documents, the proofs of its ancient importance and its unbroken line.

01. Orme de Davenport , the ancestor of the Davenports, assumed the local name Davenport, and the manorial history of the present time gives the date assigned to Orme de Davenport as 20 of William I, which would be 1086. This is proved by four pedigrees in the British Museum.  He was a witness to a charter of enfranchisement by Gilbert de Venables during the reign of either King William II or King Henry I.

02. Richard de Davenport shown as son of Orme in Ormerod's pedigree [3:68], which was based on deeds, Pleas and Recognizance Rolls, inquisitions post mortem and other evidence.  He married Amibilia Venables, daughter of the 2nd Gilbert Venables and sister of Hugh Venables, rector of Eccleston in 1188, whose acknowledged minority gives the only means of calculating the time of Orme de Davenport.  He was appointed supreme forester of the earl's forests of Leek and Macclesfield, Cheshire, sometime between 1153 and 1181.  (Note: Omerod's History of Chester inserted Thomas de Davenport as next generation followed by another Richard de Davenport.)

03. Vivian de Davenport , son of Richard was probably born before 1190, but certainly before 1205.  He was living in 1254 but died in 1260.  He was Richard's successor as Lord of Davenport and Marton in Cheshire, England.  He had a grant of the magisterial serjeancy of the forests of the hundred of Macclesfield and Leeds from Randle Blunderville, Earl of Chester.  The powers of this office were the highest the Earl could bestow, as it placed in several cases at this disposal of the serjeant the lives of his subjects without delay and without appeal.  Vivian married Beatrix De Hulme, daughter of Bertrand de Hulme.  He held rents of the constable of Chester, Edmund de Lacy.  This showed a connection to the Lacy family, the Barons of halton and Earls of Lincoln.  He also witnessed a number of charters with leading members of the county society.  He witnessed over forty charters.

04. Roger de Davenport , son of Vivian and Beatrix was probably an adult in the period 1245 to 1249.  He married Mary Salemon, daughter of Robert Salemon of Wythington.   He held the serjeancy of Macclesfield.  He exchanged lands in Marton for lands in Bramhall and Hillcroft, and became influential in the northern part of the Hundred of Macclesfield, so that he was able to make extensive grants to other members of his own family.  He died between 1291 and 1297.

05. Henry Davenport, son of Roger and Mary had lands in Macclesfield, Cheshire in 1294.

06. Mary Davenport, daughter of Henry married William Mainwaring.  I descend from son William Mainwaring who married Elizabeth Leycester.


Surnames that married into my Davenport family






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