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Davenport, John, 1776-1817
John Davenport (1776-1817)
0.5 linear feet (1 box)
The John Davenport papers
provide an overview of the shipping activities of John Davenport (1776-1817), a
Newburyport, Massachusetts, ship owner and shipping merchant.
Scope and Content Note
The John Davenport papers provide an overview of the shipping activities of John
Davenport (1776-1817), a Newburyport ship owner and shipping merchant. The paucity
of records in this collection does not truly reflect the thriving business which he
conducted with coastwise United States ports, the West Indies, and Europe. The
papers also contain deeds generated by John's stepmother's family, the
The ships' papers, arranged alphabetically by vessel, contain papers of ships
owned by John or on which he consigned cargo (see Appendix I for a listing). Of
interest is an inventory of Captain William Hunt's belongings on the brig Sally, made upon his death at sea in 1811. The shipping
papers include outfitting and cargo bills as well as accounts of miscellaneous
ships. The correspondence contains letters from merchants and John's partner, Joseph
P. Russell, and correspondence regarding general financial business.
The family papers contain Newburyport real estate deeds from the family of
John's stepmother, Catherine (Greenleaf) Davenport and a letter regarding the
shipping activities of his father, Anthony Davenport (1752-1836).
John Davenport was born in May 1776 to Anthony (1752-1836)
and Elizabeth Davenport in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Anthony was involved in
shipping and merchant activities, and his son followed in his footsteps. He became a
ship owner and shipping merchant, conducting a thriving business with coastwise
United States ports, the West Indies, and Europe. Davenport died in 1817 in
This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons,
or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Davenport, Anthony, 1752-1836
Hunt, William, d. 1811
Restrictions on Access
The mold damaged documents in box 1, folder 11, are restricted due to their
fragile condition. Photocopies of these items have been integrated into the main
body of the collection.
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in
writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex
The John Davenport papers are a reorganization of manuscripts culled from three boxes
of Davenport and Wood papers. The collection is from an unknown source. Removed was
one folder of papers belonging to Joseph R. Russell, Davenport's brother-in-law (see
Collection processed by Sylvia B. Kennick, January 1985. Updated by Catherine
Robertson, March 2015.
Jackson, Russell Leigh. "William Davenport of Newburyport and some of his
Descendants." Historical Collections of the Essex
Institute. Vol. 73, 1937. pp. 258-270.