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Lorenzo Dow Davenport

A Highly Respected Citizen of Pendleton Township Passes Over the Dark River 

Lorenzo Dow DAVENPORT, postmaster at Belle Rive, died at his home 
in that village shortly after 6 o'clock yesterday afternoon, of congestion of the 
stomach, after a brief illness. Deceased was one of the most influential and best 
known citizens of Pendleton township, and leaves a host of warm personal 
friends to mourn his death. Mr. DAVENPORT was born in Indiana November 
14, 1838, consequently aged 59 years, 5 months and 6 days. 

He was of English descent and his father, Edmund DAVENPORT, who was 
born in Virginia, came west when a young man and settled in Indiana and afterward 
came to this county where he engaged in farming and where he died in 1848. 
The  mother of the deceased, Mary DAVENPORT, was born in Kentucky and 
reared a large family of children. 

Mr. DAVENPORT was chiefly educated in the schools of Jefferson county. In his early 
life he worked on a farm and afterwards learned the blacksmith's trade which he 
followed for twenty-five years. In 1882 he formed a partnership with William HUNTER 
and engaged in lumbering and agricultural implement business which was jointly 
conducted for several years when Mr. HUNTER sold his interest to Mr. DAVENPORT and 
moved to northern Illinois. 

He was twice married. His first wife, Mary C. ESTES, died 
October 27, 1873, leaving five children. Mr. DAVENPORT'S second marriage 
was to Miss Louise S. BUNNELL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse BUNNELL. 
There were six children in the second marriage. In addition to his prominence in 
business and social matters he was an old soldier and took an active interest in 
Grand Army affairs and everything relating to those who served their country on 
Southern battlefields. 

The funeral was held at 11:30 this morning with interment at Belle Rive. 
The obsequies were conducted by Rev. W. A. BROWDER, assisted by 
Rev. J. C. KINNISON. The following officers and members of the Masonic 
lodge of this city left on the L & N train this morning to attend the funeral: Dr. 
Walter WATSON, S.H. WATSON, Joe V. BAUGH, D.H. WISE, Thos. 

April 21, 1898 Mt. Vernon Register News 
Submitted By: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera
Jan 22, 1998 

Lorenzo D. Davenport Lorenzo D. Davenport, more familiarly known as Rube Davenport, was born in Posey county, Indiana November 14, 1839 and died after less than one weeks illness at his home in Belle Rive, Jefferson county, Illinois. He was united in marriage August 5, 1860, with Mary C. Estes. To this union six children were born Emma L. died in infancy, Minnie E, the widow of C. C. Kniffln, Nellie T, the wife of S. T. Laird, Maggie, Josie the wife of Chas Rogers, Kate the wife of Quince Wilbanks, Jr. After the death of his first wife he was married to Miss Louisa Bunnel, Dec. 24, 1874. To this union six children were born: Jessie, Otis, Evalou, Fannie, Flossie and Bessie. Jessie and Fannie died in infancy; Leaving five children of the first marriage, four married and one single, and four of the last, all single, with their mother to survive their loss. Mr. Davenport was a soldier in the last war, a member of the G A. R. and a prominent Mason. His brethern of Bell Rive Lodge No. 696, having such confidence and respect for him, honored him many times by electing him Worshipful Master. He was prominent in polities, being a staunch republican, and has been elected by his party as supervisor of Pendelton township, and other minor offices. He was appointed postmaster under Harrison's administration and again under McKinley's, being postmaster at his death. He was always found on the side of morlity and temperance, a man that was respected by his neighbors and acquaintances. His funeral was preached by Rev. W. A. Browder, assisted by Rev. J. C. Kinnison in the M. E. Church in Bell Rive, April 21, 1898, to a very large audience of relatives and friends. He was then buried under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge of Bell Rive, assisted by Masons from Mt. Vernon, Opdyke and Dahlgren lodges, and his body laid to rest in the cemetery north of Belle Rive. Date: April 21, 1898 Source: Mt. Vernon area Newspaper/found on the back of an old picture. Submitted by: Kathryn Coatney

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