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Eunice Fallass Davenport
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Birth: Apr. 14, 1806
Nelson
Madison County
New York, USA
Death: Mar. 24, 1878
Ionia County
Michigan, USA

Eunice was the daughter of William Fallass and Hannah Stone Fallass, who was the daughter of Eunice Fairbanks Stone. Eunice was thus named for her maternal grandmother.

Eunice married Nathaniel Davenport on May 16, 1833.

Seven years later they and their three children, Wallace (1835-1913), Hannah Jane (b. 1836) and Mary Caroline (b. 1838), left their home in Tompkin's County, N.Y., on Dec. 11, 1840, Wallace's fifth birthday, to move to Michigan, where Eunice's family lived. Nathaniel did not want to rear his family near a heavily drinking family member, so, already in their thirties and with three children ages five and under, they set out on this major life change--in the winter and Eunice five months pregnant. In addition to these three children, their children would eventually include Emory Harrison (1841-1855), Nathaniel Jr. (1843-1863), Betsy Melvina (1845-1863), Eunice Almeda (1847-1886) and Esther Loretta.

They drove horses and a covered wagon for the move to Michigan. En route they crossed into Canada and stopped to overnight at an inn. On the wall of the inn was a picture of a big British soldier choking a small Yankee on the ground. Nathaniel refused to stay there.

By the time they got to the Detroit River, the ferry was not running because the river was frozen over. The weather was cold and the ice was rough, so Nathaniel took an axe and began making a smooth road across the river. Soon there was a man on the other side working toward him. When they met, the man said he was looking at a man trying to get out of that country! Although the Davenports' one horse broke through the ice with one foot, they safely negotiated the frozen river and made it to Fallasburg, Mich., in January 1841. Eunice delivered her fourth child, Emory, three months later. They stayed with Eunice's brother Wesley Fallass until they could get a log cabin built.

They faced hard times at first. Once all they had to eat was cornmeal mush and milk. Then the cow went dry and they ate the mush without milk.

But Nathaniel was industrious and thrifty. He soon became able to build the first clapboard house in the township, and the house would continue solid for well over a century after Nathaniel's death, and would be home to Eunice's and Nathaniel's grandson Emerson Davenport and great-grandson Harold.

Nathaniel also built a timber-framed barn and at one time owned 240 acres of good land, except for 20 acres of sandy soil. He was one of the most prosperous men in the township and was able to give their son Wallace 80 acres when the latter came of age.

Nathaniel and Wesley Fallass built a mill in Fallasburg on the Flat River. They alternated operating it, each running it for two weeks at a time. Eventually Nathaniel sold his portion to Wesley.

Eunice's life was not an easy one, but she helped Nathaniel rear their children away from harmful influences and eventually enjoyed great material prosperity. 
 
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 Parents:
  William Fallass (1775 - 1854)
  Hannah Stone Fallass (1779 - 1860)
 
 Spouse:
  Nathaniel Davenport (1803 - 1881)
 
 Children:
  Wallace Davenport (1835 - 1913)*
  Emory Harrison Davenport (1841 - 1855)*
  Nathaniel Davenport (1843 - 1863)*
  Betsy Melvina Davenport (1845 - 1863)*
  Eunice Almeda Davenport (1847 - 1886)*
  Esther Loretta Davenport Cusick (1849 - 1929)*
 
 Siblings:
  William Fallass (1804 - 1863)*
  Eunice Fallass Davenport (1806 - 1878)
  John Wesley Fallass (1812 - 1896)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Marble Cemetery
Saranac
Ionia County
Michigan, USA
 
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Record added: Jun 19, 2011
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