Davenport, William H.
Born: 1823-06-07 Christian County, Kentucky
Died: 1863-01-17 Woodford County, Illinois
Flourished: Woodford County, Illinois
A son of William Davenport, William H. Davenport settled near Eureka, Illinois, in 1836. In 1851, he married Mary J. Willis, with whom he had three children. Davenport retained Abraham Lincoln to represent him in court at least twice in the 1850s. A farmer, he owned $16,000 worth of real estate in 1860.
The Past and Present of Woodford County, Illinois (Chicago: Wm. Le Baron, Jr., 1878), 597-98; Davenport v. Davenport et al., Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=137053; Davenport v. Sconce & DonCarlos, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=137241; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Woodford County, IL, 200; Gravestone, Olio Township Cemetery, Eureka, IL.