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The Stamford Historical Society Presents

Portrait of a Family: Stamford through the Legacy of the Davenports

John Davenport
John Davenport
John Davenport
John Davenport
John Davenport
John Davenport
William Davenport
Amzi Benedict Davenport
Mary Vere Davenport
married Charles Henry Crandall

Charles Henry Crandall, for more images, click here

Charles Henry Crandall 1858–1923

Charles Crandall’s earlier poetry featured popular rural themes: the glories of nature and man’s part in it. With the advent of the Spanish-American and World War I his focus changed to patriotism. As described in the Dictionary of American Biography, “That theme stirred him most – the thrill of seeing one’s flag unfurled, the superior bravery of the American military, the divine mission of America as guardian of her neighbors to the south, and as model for the governments of Europe.” The four sons of Crandall served in the World War, and though one was killed, Crandall remained a “boundless” patriot. His 1918 books Liberty Illumined and Songs for the Boys in Khaki” were widely read; the Daughters of the American Revolution and Liberty War Bond campaigns solicited it, and even Theodore Roosevelt “sympathized cordially” with his verse.

In March, 1923, less than five years after the publication of his war songs, Charles H. Crandall, aged 64 and in ill health, penned a thank-you note to his housekeeper, went to his barn, and killed himself with a pistol. His funeral was held at his later home on Cedar Heights Road.

On display in the exhibit:

Family tree drawn by Roland Dimon Crandall, 1892–1970

Lent by Mary Ann Crandall

Family tree drawn by Roland Dimon Crandall

Pilgrim’s Progress
John Bunyon

Incribed to Mary Vere Davenport

“Her Wedding Token from Charles H.
Crandall (Her chosen gift from her chosen man)”

Lent by Mary Ann Crandall

Photo collage from the article Crandall: The Farmer-Poet Guide to Nature Magazine Vol. VII, July, 1914. No. 2.

The Stamford Historical Society


Stamford’s Colonial Period 1641-1783
The Later 18th Century and Stamford’s American Revolution
The Coming of the Railroad, Immigrants and Industrialization

John Davenport: The American Career of an International Puritan
(Francis J. Bremer)

Davenports gather to launch exhibit at Historical Society

Elizabeth Davenport Spence 1907-1998
(The Benefactress)

John Davenport 1597-1669/70
(The Founder)
John Davenport 1669-1730/31
Abraham Davenport 1715-1789
James Davenport 1716-1755
John Davenport 1752-1830
James Davenport 1758-1797
Theodore Davenport 1792-1884
Theodore Davenport Jr. 1834-1913
John Davenport 1840-1910
Abraham Davenport 1767-1837
Amzi Benedict Davenport 1817-1894
Benjamin Butler Davenport 1871-1958
Noah Welles 1718-1776
Galen Carter 1832-1893
Samuel Fessenden 1847-1908
Charles Henry Crandall 1858-1923
Charles Davenport Lockwood 1877-1949

Davenport Coat of Arms
Davenport Homestead

The Dark Day