Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
Solomon Courtright, the great grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was of English origin and a resident
of Now Jersey all his life, and a soldier in the Revolutionary army.
Martin Davenport was his grandfather on his father's side, of German descent, and also a resident of New Jersey.
His grandmother was Catbarine Conrtright. His father, Alanson Davenport, born in New Jersey in 1807, was by occupation
a farmer. His mother was Eliza (Meddaugh) Davenport, and born in 1806.
We have thus briefly sketched the genealogy of Mr. Davenport as giving evidence in itself of the sterling qualities
which our subject in nature possesses. George M. was the eldest in his father's family of eight children, and born
in Caroline, Tompkins Co., N. Y., March 3, 1828. He, to use a common expression, worked out a good part of his
time until twenty-one years of age, giving his wages to his father. Then he began to learn the carpenter and joiner's
trade came to Michigan, June 10, 1855, locating on the land where he now resides. He had previously married in
Ohio, where she then resided, Miss Hester Sutton. They have had one child, Eugene Davenport, born to them. A view
of the old log hut where he was born may be seen in the sketch of Mr. Davenport's residence, which appears upon
another page. Eugene now resides at home; was educated at the agricultural college at Lansing, where he pursued
his studies for four years and graduated. He has purchased a half-interest in his father's property, and together
they propose to put into practice the principles of bnsiness and scientific knowledge he has acquired. Their farm
is under a high state of cultivation, while the house is said to be one of the best, if not the best, in the township,
and was built by Mr. G. M. Davenport himself. The family is an unusually harmonious one, working together in all
things. None of them are members of any church, but have a wide reputation for liberality, and as citizens and
neighbors are kind and obliging. Mr. Davenport is one of those men who will overcome any and all obstacles to meet
his obligations; and by this and his business qualifications has established a reputation of undoubted credit,
which has assisted greatly in his material prosperity.
History of Allegan and Berry Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.