Davenport Clan

Rumour: James Davenport & Eliza Boardman were actually brother & sister but were adopted as children…

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Rumour: James Davenport & Eliza Boardman were actually brother & sister but were adopted as children and brought up by different families. Surname Fray is a link. Have not yet been able to confirm this rumour so have traced back the Davenport & Boardman lines as though James and Eliza were 'natural' children. Update: following conversation with a granddaughter of James & Eliza (Vera Smallwood), it turns out that James may well have been a 'Fray' originally, but was brought up by 'adoptive' parents who changed his name to Davenport. James was unaware of this until he came to retire and the name change was traced. I'm now in the process of tracing the 'Fray' relatives of James and have found some Davenport/Fray connections. Employed as coal getter, then labourer then latterly a night watchman. fostered with eliza boardman (later his wife). Original name changed pre-wedding Committed suicide 'by coal gas self administered by the deceased using gas oven while the balance of his mind was disturbed'. Could not cope after death of his wife Eliza. He was profoundly deaf and only she could understand him. Source: Rebecca Hewitson
Given names Surname Sosa Birth Place Death Age Place Last change
James Davenport
James Fray
1882
1882
1882
May 23, 1882
138Hollinwood, Lancashire
Lancashire, England
Lancashire, England
3 Bower Square, Hollinwood, Radcliffe
0196060786 Park Grove, Radcliffe