Malvina J. Syms was born in Tennessee in 1829. Her parents were both born in Kentucky. Malvina married Charles Davenport in Washington County on 29 April 1850. She and her husband Charles M. Davenport are listed on the Washington County 1850 census. His occupation was that of clerk and he was born in Pennsylvania on 14 July 1820. Charles served with rank of Private with the 3rd Arkansas Infantry, CSA. On the 1880 Arkansas Census, Washington County, Malvina is listed as a widow with the following children Dewitt C. age 25 and Josephine age 20. Charles M. Davenport died 25 September 1869 and is buried in Stearns Cemetery in Johnson, Arkansas.