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About James Davenport

James Davenport had 22 children and 3 wives. He was the son of Ebenezer Davenport and Dorcas Andrews. James was born in Dorchester, March 1, 1693.  Administration on his estate was granted June 13, 1759.

  • Marriage to Grace Tileston: (30 Sep 1715 — Age: 22)
  • Marriage to Sarah Franklin: (3 May 1722 — Age: 29) Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
  • Marriage to Mary Walker: (12 Nov 1731 — Age: 38)


James Davenport (1727) was appointed coroner for Suffolk County, Jan. 7, 174o-1, and was first sergeant of the Artillery Company in 1732.


Even before the famous signer of the Declaration of Independence owned this property, it had experienced a long and colorful life. The first Town Crier of Boston, William Courser, lived on this spot in 1660 and later, in 1737, James Davenport, the brother-in-law of Benjamin Franklin, called 10 Marshall Street home.

"Old Landmarks And Historic Personages of Boston" mentions the "King's Head" Inn. This establishment was at the northwest corner of Fleet and North streets. (This intersection is in Boston's North End; it's now the site of an annual "Fisherman's Feast," a tradition that started there in 1911.) The citation is hardly a paragraph, but if you have read it you know that the property was in existence since the beginning of the settlement at Boston, that it was burned in 1691 and then rebuilt, and was owned and operated by James Davenport.


... James had a few taverns in Boston, MA. James Davenport owned the Globe Tavern, A Bunch of Grapes, and Kings Head Inn in Boston. At the Essex Institute, in Salem, is a portion of the sign which formerly hung at the " Bunch of Grapes," on State street, Boston, a famous coaching station in the days of the Boston and Providence stages. It is made of clay, moulded and baked, and is said to have been brought from England." He was not the only owner it changed hands before.
On the occasion of the victory of Stark, at Bennington, there was a grand celebration at the " Bunch of Grapes," in Boston. Early in the evening there began to arrive great numbers of the principal men in the town, as well as strangers, who happened to be "within the gates of the city" at this time. " In the street were two brass field-pieces, with a detachment of Colonel Craft's regiment." On the balcony of the town house all of the drummers and fifers in one of the regiments then in the town were posted. At a given signal the artillery commenced a salute of thirteen guns. After this the enthusiastic party assembled in the house, drank a series of toasts, following every one of which there was a salute of three guns and a shower of rockets. "About nine o'clock two barrels of grog were brought out into the street for the people that had collected there. It was all conducted with the greatest propriety, and by ten o'clock every man was at his home." - Edward Field "The colonial tavern; a glimpse of New England town life in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries."

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James Davenport's Timeline

March 1, 1693
Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
October 10, 1716
October 19, 1717
January 2, 1719
March 8, 1722
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
August 26, 1724
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
March 7, 1725
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
December 18, 1727
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States