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Thomas Davenport

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Henbury, Cheshire, England
Death: Died in Prestbury, Cheshire, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: Prestbury, Cheshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Davenport and Katherine Davenport (Radcliffe)
Husband of Elizabeth Davenport
Father of John Davenport; Hugh Davenport; Peter Davenport; Roger Davenport; Katherine Leversage and 2 others
Brother of Katherine Davenport and Elizabeth Davenport

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About Thomas Davenport

  • Thomas Davenport
  • M, b. circa 1497
  • Father Thomas Davenport b. c 1460, d. a 1525
  • Mother Katherine Radcliffe b. c 1456
  • Thomas Davenport was born circa 1497 at of Henbury, Cheshire, England. He married Elizabeth Fitton, daughter of John Fitton and Ellen Brereton, on 25 May 1515 at Gawsworth, Cheshire, England. Thomas Davenport was buried circa 1546 at Prestbury, Cheshire, England.
  • Family Elizabeth Fitton b. c 1507
  • Child
    • Alice Davenport+ b. c 1526
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p2449.htm#i73596

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  • The visitation of Cheshire in the year 1580 (1882)
  • http://www.archive.org/details/visitationchesh00fellgoog
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/visitationchesh00fellgoog#page/n90/mode/1up
  • Pg.74
    • Davenport alias Damport of Henbury.
    • [Harl. 1424, fo. 48p. Harl. 1505, fo. 50.]
  • Hugh Damport of Henbury. = Jane d. to Randoll Manwaring of Carincham. ; ch: Thomas (m. . . . . Massy) Damport.
    • Thomas Damport of Henbury. = . . . . d. to . . . . Massy. ; ch: (Pg.75 Thomas (m. Katherine Radcliff) Damport.
      • http://www.archive.org/stream/visitationchesh00fellgoog#page/n91/mode/1up
      • Pg.75
      • Thomas Damport of Henbury. = Katherine d. to Alexander Radcliff of Woodsall [Wordsall]. ; ch: Tho's (m. Elizabeth ffitton) Damport.
        • Tho's Damport of Henbury. = Elizabeth d. to John ffitton [of Gosworth]. ; ch: John (m. . . . . Manwaring), Hugh (m. . . . . Warren), Ellen (m. Wm Beard), Katherine (m. Wm Leversege) Damport.
          • John Damport of Henbury. = . . . . d. & coheire to Sr Randoll Manwaring of Peever. ; ch: Randoll (m. Mary Boothe), John, Thomas, Richard, Wm., Elizab., Katherine, Anne Damport.
            • Randoll Damport of Henbury 1580. = Mary sister to Sʳ William Boothe ; ch: Wm (ætatis 15 annor'm 1580.), Thomas, John, Doroty Damport.
          • Hugh Damport of Prestbury mar. ye d. of Jn° Warren. ; ch: Hugh, William Damport.
          • Ellen vxoʳ Wm Beard.
          • Katherine vxʳ Wm Leversege of Wheelock.

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  • BEESTON, Sir George (c.1520-1601), of Beeston, Cheshire.
  • b. c.1520, 1st s. of John Beeston by Katherine, da. of Sir George Calverley of the Lea, Cheshire. m. (1) Alice (d.1591) da. of Thomas Davenport of Henbury, 2s. inc. Hugh 2da.; (2) a da. of George Ireland of the Hutt, Lancs., s.p.; (3) Mary, da. of James Chetwode, wid. of one Dorington, s.p. suc. fa. 1542. Kntd. 1588.1
  • From: http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1558-1603/member/beeston-sir-george-1520-1601

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  • Sir George Beeston
  • .... etc.
  • George Beeston was also a soldier and his active career is told largely on his memorial tomb situated on the north side of the sanctuary in Bunbury Church. A translation of the Latin epitaph is given by Rylands and Beazley in The Monuments of Bunbury Church, (1918), as follows:
    • "Here lies buried George Beeston, knight, a promoter of valour and truth; having been brought up from his youth in the arts of war [he was) chosen one of his company of pensioners by the invincible King Henry the Eighth, when he besieged Boulogne [1544]; he merited [the same] under Edward the Sixth in the battle against the Scots at Musselburgh [1547]. Afterwards under the same King, under Mary, and under Elizabeth, in the naval engagements as captain or vice-captain of the fleet, by whom, after that most mighty Spanish fleet of 1588, had been vanquished, he was honoured with the order of knighthood; and now, his years pressing heavily on him, when he had admirably approved his integrity to princes, and his bravery to his adversaries, acceptable to God, and dear to good men, and long expecting Christ, in the year 1601 and in the [refer below] of his age, he fell asleep in Him, so that he may rise again in Him with joy.
    • And together with him rests a most beloved wife, Alice, daughter of [Thomas] Davenport of Henbury, esquire, a matron most holy, chaste, and liberal to the poor, who, when she had lived in matrimony 66 years, and had borne to her husband three sons, John, Hugh, and Hugh, and as many daughters, Ann, Jane, and Dorothy, passed into the heavenly country in the year 1591 and in the [refer below] year of her age, with Christ for ever to live.
    • The dutifulness of their son Hugh Beeston, esquire, the younger, Receiver General of all the revenues of the Crown as well as in the county palatine of Chester as in the counties of North Wales, set up this monument to parents most excellent and beloved."
  • Under the semi-circular tomb arch and above Sir George Beeston's effigy in armour a further inscription, when translated, reads:
    • "Hugh Beeston, knight, son of George Beeston, knight, mindful of mortality, and in certain hope of rising again in Christ, placed this monument to his parents, himself, and .... etc.
  • Tantalizingly there are spaces on the epitaph for the ages of Sir George and Lady Alice which have been "filled-in" by eminent historians without quoting their information sources. There is some confusion, therefore, about Sir George Beeston's actual age when he was buried, at Bunbury, on 13 October 1601. Thomas Dingley, a visiting antiquary about 1684, attributed ages of 99 and 86 to Sir George and Lady Alice respectively on the dates of their burials. George Ormerod in The History of Cheshire states unequivocally, their ages as 102 and 86 respectively, and these ages have been quoted, almost without exception, ever since. Consequently, it must be concluded that George Ormerod, Cheshire's must eminent historian, did not examine Sir George Beeston's tomb.
  • A more recent author, however, J.C.Henderson, writing in 1981, on the History of Parliament, states that George Beeston was a pensioner between 1547 to at least 1589, Ranger of Delamere Forest in 1562, M.P. for Cheshire in 1589, and according to his father's inquisition post mortem he was 22 in 1542, thus implying Sir George was born c.1520. Clearly Henderson's dates are not incompatible with the career facts stated on the epitaph, but there is some difficulty reconciling Sir George's first marriage to Alice Davenport of Henbury. As stated unambiguously on their epitaph Sir George and Lady Alice Beeston had been married for 66 years in 1591.
  • Accordingly, if Henderson is to believed, it would mean that Sir George was married in 1525 when he was about 5 years old. If the age of Lady Alice, quoted by both Dingley and Ormerod, is correct, then Alice Davenport was 19 years old on her wedding day and would have resulted in a most unlikely "child plus adult marriage" - not impossible but improbable. If, however, both Dingley and Ormerod were altogether incorrect about their ages and a "child plus child" marriage took place then Henderson's contention gains some support by the birth of Sir George's second son, Hugh Beeston, reputedly born c.1545 when Lady Alice could have been in her twenties, rather than in her forties as implied by both Dingley and Ormerod. In the sixteenth-century child-marriages were not that uncommon and were performed for political and acquisitive reasons, and also because of short life-expectancies. Such an event took place in Bunbury on 25 June 1552, when John Dutton, aged 12 years or thereabouts, was child-married to Eleanor Calveley, daughter of Sir Hugh Calveley - "since which marriage, we two have for the much part cohabited together and used and taken each other as man and wife."
  • The mystery of Sir George Beeston's age must, therefore, remain a mystery.
  • As we learn from the larger monumental inscription Sir George had three sons and three daughters by his wife Alice. Lady Alice Beeston was the daughter of Thomas Davenport of Henbury, Esq., and married George Beeston in 1525. She died aged 86, and was buried in Bunbury on 9th April 1591. Lady Alice, therefore, enjoyed her title for about three years. Sir George married a second time to Margaret?, daughter of George Ireland from the Hutte of co. Lancaster. [On the present-day Ford site, Halewood.] A third marriage was to Mary, daughter of James Chittwood (Chetwode) of Walcherton, the widow of ? Dorrington of Stafford.
  • .... etc.
  • John Elsworth
  • Churchwarden
  • Dated 23 May 2000
  • From: http://www.bunbury.org.uk/johnpapers/sirgeorgebeeston3frame.htm

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  • Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire for the year .. (1855)
  • http://www.archive.org/details/transactionsofhi70hist
  • https://archive.org/stream/transactionsofhi70hist#page/75/mode/1up
  • 1 Translation :
  • Here lies buried George Beeston, knight, a promoter of valour and truth ; having been brought up from his youth in the arts of war, [he was] chosen one of his company of pensioners by the invincible king Henry VIIl., when he besieged Boulogne; he merited [the same] under Edward VI., in the battle against the Scots at Musselburgh. Afterwards, under the same king, under Mary, and under Elizabeth, in the naval engagements, as captain or vice-captain of the fleet, by whom, after that most mighty Spanish fleet of 1588 had been vanquished, he was honoured with the order of knighthood ; and now, his years pressing heavily on him, when he had admirably approved his integrity to princes, and his bravery to his adversaries, acceptable to God, and dear to good men, and long expecting Christ, in the year 1601 and in the 99th of his age, he fell asleep in Him, so that he may rise again in Him with joy. And together with him rests a most beloved wife, Alice, daughter of [Thomas] Davenport of Henbury, esquire, a matron most holy, chaste, and liberal towards the poor, who, when she had lived in matrimony 66 years, and had borne to her husband three sons, John, Hugh, and Hugh, and as many daughters, Ann, Jane, and Dorothy, passed into the heavenly country in the year 1591, and in the 86th year of her age, with Christ for ever to live. The dutifulness of their son Hugh Beeston, esquire, the younger. Receiver General of all the revenues of the Crown as well in the county palatine of Chester as in the counties of North Wales, set up this monument to parents most excellent and beloved.
    • Whose memory [is preserved] in blessings.
    • Sacred to their Memory.

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  • St Boniface's Church stands prominently in the village of Bunbury, Cheshire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building.[1] The church dates mainly from the 14th century. Its features include the Ridley chapel, the alabaster chest tomb of Sir Hugh Calveley and the tomb of Sir George Beeston. Richards considers it is architecturally one of the most important examples of its period in Cheshire.[2] Alec Clifton-Taylor includes it in his list of 'best' English parish churches.[3] It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Chester and the deanery of Malpas. Its benefice is combined with that of St Jude, Tilstone Fearnall.[4]
  • .... etc.
  • Monuments
  • Sir Hugh Calveley (d.1394)
  • Sir George Beeston (d.1601)
  • In the north wall of the sanctuary is the tomb of Sir George Beeston who was the commander of Dreadnought when it fought against the Spanish Armada. At this time he was aged 88, and he died at the age of 102.[10] The Latin inscription is as follows, translated into English:[11]
    • "Here lies buried George Beeston, knight, a promoter of valour and truth; having been brought up from his youth in the arts of war he was chosen one of his company of pensioners by the invincible King Henry the Eighth, when he besieged Boulogne [1544]; he merited [the same] under Edward the Sixth in the battle against the Scots at Musselburgh [1547]. Afterwards under the same King, under Mary, and under Elizabeth, in the naval engagements as captain or vice-captain of the fleet, by whom, after that most mighty Spanish fleet of 1588, had been vanquished, he was honoured with the order of knighthood; and now, his years pressing heavily on him, when he had admirably approved his integrity to princes, and his bravery to his adversaries, acceptable to God, and dear to good men, and long expecting Christ, in the year 1601 and in the ... of his age, he fell asleep in Him, so that he may rise again in Him with joy. And together with him rests a most beloved wife, Alice, daughter of [Thomas] Davenport of Henbury, esquire, a matron most holy, chaste, and liberal to the poor, who, when she had lived in matrimony 66 years, and had borne to her husband three sons, John, Hugh, and Hugh, and as many daughters, Ann, Jane, and Dorothy, passed into the heavenly country in the year 1591 and in the [refer below] year of her age, with Christ for ever to live. The dutifulness of their son Hugh Beeston, esquire, the younger, Receiver General of all the revenues of the Crown as well as in the county palatine of Chester as in the counties of North Wales, set up this monument to parents most excellent and beloved."
  • His daughter Dorothy .... etc.
  • From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Boniface%27s_Church,_Bunbury

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  • Edward Chichester, 1st Viscount Chichester (1568 – 8 July 1648) of Eggesford in Devon, was Governor of Carrickfergus and Lord High Admiral of Lough Neagh, in Ireland.
  • .... etc.
  • Edward Chichester married twice:
  • Firstly in 1605 to Anne Copleston (1588–1616), the sole daughter and heiress of John Copleston Esq., (died 1606) of Eggesford by his wife Dorothy Biston (died 29 July 1601).[4] They had the following .... etc.
  • On the wall to the right above the monument is a black stone tablet inscribed as a memorial to Anne Copleston's parents:
    • "Here lyeth buried ye bodies of John Copleston Esq., & Dorothie his wife daughter to Sr. George Biston of Biston Castel in Chelshere, knight. They had issue Anne their sole daught. & heire who is now maryed to Edwarde Chichester Esq., one of ye sonnes of Sr. John Chichester of Rawleigh, knight, in whose memory the said Edwarde Chichester their son in law hath erected this monument in ye yere 1614. She departed ye 29 of July in ye yere 1601 he departed ye 11 of ... in ye yere 1606, living together 30 yeres in much peace w.th God & lovinge societie e.ch w.th other".
  • Sir George Beeston (c. 1520 – 1601) of Beeston House near Bunbury, Crewe, Cheshire, acquired Beeston Castle from the Crown shortly before his death. He was a naval captain who commanded HMS Dreadnought against the Spanish Armada in 1588, and was knighted at sea on board the Ark Royal by Lord Howard of Effingham the Lord High Admiral. He served as MP for Cheshire in 1589. His wife, and Dorothy's mother, was Alice Davenport (died 1591), daughter of Thomas Davenport Esq., of Henbury. Sir George's effigy and elaborate monument exists against the north wall of the sanctuary in St Boniface's Church, Bunbury.[15]
  • From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Chichester,_1st_Viscount_Chichester

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  • BEESTON, Hugh (c.1545-1608), of Beeston, Cheshire and Stafford, Staffs.
  • b. c.1545, 2nd but 1st surv. s. of Sir George Beeston† of Beeston and his 1st w. Alice, da. of Thomas Davenport of Henbury, Cheshire; bro. of Sir Hugh*. m. (1) Thomasine, da. of John Copleston of Eggesford, Devon, 2s. d.v.p.; (2) 7 May 1579, Margaret (bur. 21 Jan. 1595), da. of Thomas Ireland of The Hutt, Halewood, Lancs., wid. of John Aston of Aston, Cheshire, s.p.; (3) Margaret (bur. Apr. 1612), da. of James Chetwode of Worleston, Cheshire, wid. of Richard Dorington (d.1597), mercer, of Stafford, s.p.; 1 illegit. s. suc. fa. 1601, aged 56+.1 d. 3 May 1608.2
  • .... etc.
  • From: http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1604-1629/member/beeston-hugh-1545-1608

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  • BEESTON, Sir Hugh (c.1547-1627), of Plas Cadwgan, Denb.; later of Beeston, Cheshire
  • b. c.1547, 3rd but 2nd surv. s. of Sir George Beeston† (d.1601) of Beeston and his 1st w. Alice, da. of Thomas Davenport of Henbury, Cheshire; bro. of Hugh*.1 educ. Oxf. BA 1563; L. Inn 1565.2 m. by 1583, Margaret (bur. 25 Mar. 1615), da. of Laurence Downes of Shrigley, Cheshire, wid. of Philip Worth of Tytherington, Cheshire, 2s. d.v.p. 1da. kntd. 7 May 1603; suc. bro. 1608. d. 24 Feb. 1627.3
  • .... etc.
  • From: http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1604-1629/member/beeston-sir-hugh-1547-1627

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  • A history and genealogy of the Davenport family, in England and America, from A. D. 1086 to 1850 .. (1851)
  • http://www.archive.org/details/historygenealogy51dave
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/historygenealogy51dave#page/19/mode/1up
  • Sir Thomas Davenport, of Davenport, knight, son of Roger, and grandson of Vivian de Davenport, married for his first wife, Agnes, daughter of Thomas de Macclesfield, in 1287. She was the mother of his issue. His second wife was Roesia, daughter of Ralph de Vernon, and widow of Sir William de Brereton.
  • In 1309, he grants a lease of the office of sergeancy for two years to his son Thomas, and his pledges for two years, at an annual rent of sixteen marks of silver.
  • This Thomas, second son of Sir Thomas, was male ancestor of the Davenports of Whetrough, Bromhall, Henbury, Coventiy, and Woodford (now of Capesthorne).*
  • Sir John Davenport, knight, eldest son and heir of Sir Thomas, married his father's step-daughter, Margery, daughter of Sir William Brereton, by Roesia Vernon ; to his second wife he had Agnes de Bradford.
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/historygenealogy51dave#page/36/mode/1up
  • Thomas Davenport of Wheltrough was the second son of Sir Thomas Davenport of Davenport, by Agnes de Macclesfield.
  • In 1309, his father grants him a lease of the office of sergeancy for two years, at an annual rent of sixteen marks of silver. He had lands from his father, in Withington, Tunstede and Marton. Married Elizabeth, daughter of , who survived her husband 12 Edw. III. (1355).
  • Their children were, 1st, Thomas, the continuer of the direct line in Wheltrough ; 2d, John, ancestor of the Davenports of Bromhall, fifth in the Henbury entail, 1366; 3d, Sir John (called also Jenkin, to distinguish him from his brother of Bromhall), kt. justice of Lancastershire, 1384, and purchaser of Henbury ; 4th, Alice, wife of Sir John de Hide of Urmetson.
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/historygenealogy51dave#page/37/mode/1up
  • Sir John (alias Sir Jenkin) Davenport, third son of Thomas of Wheltrough, and grandson of Sir Thomas Davenport of Davenport, married Elizabeth, daughter and co-heiress of Peter Legh of Betchton. Their children were, 1st, Thomas, ancestor of the Davenports of Henbury ; 2d, John, living 1366 ; 3d, Nicholas, ancestor of the Davenports of Woodford and Capesthorne, living 1371; 4th, Griffin Davenport.
  • Thomas Davenport of Henbury, eldest son of Sir Jenkin, married Margaret, daughter of Hugh Venables, living in 1371. From him the Henbury line of descent was as follows : Hugh, son and heir ; Thomas ; Thomas ; Thomas; John (Inq. post-mortem 1556); Randle (Inq. p. m. 1614) ; William (fifteen years old in 1580) ; John ; William, whose only child and heiress was Isabella, who became the wife of Sir Fulk Lucy, kt. member of Parliament for the county of Chester in 1664, and who thus came into possession of the Henbury estate*

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Thomas Davenport's Timeline

1497
1497
Henbury, Cheshire, England
1515
May 25, 1515
Age 18
Gawsworth, Cheshire, England
1516
1516
Age 19
Of Henbury, Cheshire, England
1518
1518
Age 21
Of Henbury, Cheshire, England
1520
1520
Age 23
Of Henbury, Cheshire, England
1522
1522
Age 25
Of Henbury, Cheshire, England
1526
1526
Age 29
Henbury, Cheshire, England
1528
1528
Age 31
Of Henbury, Cheshire, England
1530
1530
Age 33
Of Henbury, Cheshire, England
1546
1546
Age 49
Prestbury, Cheshire, United Kingdom