Capt Martin Thomas Davenport, Sr

Capt Martin Thomas Davenport, Sr

Culpeper County, Virginia, USA
Death 10 Oct 1815 (aged 73)
Burke County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Avery County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 66219074 · View Source
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Captain Martin Davenport supported the cause of the American Revolution and served in the North Carolina Militia. He received payment for sundries furnished to the Militias of North and South Carolina, and Virginia. He served on the Catawba frontier. He was well liked, trusted and valued as being a fast courier who knew ways to get through. He was knowledgeable about the area, his tours of duty being in the John's and Yadkin River Valleys, and was a respected scout and guide. He served under both Colonel Benjamin Cleveland and Major Joseph McDowell. He was apparently badly wounded in one of the skirmishes, but later recovered. It is not known whether he was present at the Battle of Kings Mountain, but he was active in the war against the British. By 1790 he moved his family to an area west of the Blue Ridge on the Toe River. He was a scout, surveyor, hunter and guide. He owned 978 acres in Burke County, North Carolina and was active in helping settle the frontier.

He was the son of Thomas Davenport.

He married (1) Hannah Baker May 1, 1762 in Culpeper County, Virginia, and she died July 12, 1782 of smallpox. They were blessed with four children: William(1770), Thomas(1773), Jonas(1774) and Robert(1776).

He married (2) Martha J. Browning December 24, 1782 in Burke County, North Carolina. They were blessed with seven children: Elizabeth "Betsy"(1783), Hannah(1784), Abner(1785), Martin Thomas Jr.(1789), Mary "Polly"(1792), David M.(1794), and Nancy Martha(1797). Martha J. died 15 Sep 1850 in Jane, McDonald County, Missouri.

He is buried in Bright's Cemetery historic site along with Captain Robert Sevier. The cemetery property is owned and protected by Unimin Corporation (a mining company who mines for quartz and feldspar in the Spruce Pine area). Unimin allows the Overmountain Victory Trail Association to mark sections of Bright's/Yellow Mountain Trace, Bright's Cemetery and Davenport Spring. Access to the cemetery is limited.

Biographical information was obtained from information I learned from Elaine Steere and Ruth Browning. I am thankful for their efforts and sharing.

Submitted by Greg Cohrs, a 5th Great Grandson of Martin Davenport

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Martin Thomas Davenport, Sr (23 Jun 1742–10 Oct 1815), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66219074, citing Bright's Cemetery, Avery County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Greg Cohrs (contributor 46962670) .