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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
Abraham Davenport
John Davenport
Theodore Davenport
Theodore Davenport Jr.
Elizabeth Davenport Spence

Elizabeth Davenport Spence (1907–1998)

Elizabeth Davenport, Russell Sage YearbookElizabeth Davenport, daughter of Theodore Davenport Jr. and Jane Woolston Rambo Davenport, was born in Stamford on December 14, 1907. Following graduation from Stamford High School she went to Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. After graduating in 1929 she pursued a career in New York City as a financial secretary. On December 17, 1949 she married John Emerson Spence of Princeton, New Jersey where they lived for a number of years.

From 1973 until her death on February 13, 1998 in Naples, Florida, Mrs. Spence gave the Stamford Historical Society a large collection of Davenport items including furniture, paintings, silver, textiles, books, photographs and archival materials relating to the history of the Davenport family.

The Stamford Historical Society deeply appreciates her great interest in Stamford history and her generous contributions which have made this exhibit possible.

Above photo from Russell Sage Yearbook 1929, which is on display in the exhibit.
Lent by Russell Sage College
Photo © Russell Sage College

Also on display in the exhibit:

Christening Gown, c. 1840

Christening Gown, c. 1840, worn by Elizabeth Davenport 1908This gown was worn by the donor at her christening in October 1908. It is completely handmade of fine woven cotton with lace trim and bands of lace insertion alternating with bands of fine tucking down the entire length of the garment. It is gathered at the waist and has long, wide ties at the back. Small puffed sleeves edged in lace complete this charming feminine garment.


Gifts of Mrs. Elizabeth Davenport Spence

Gold Bead Necklace

gold baby bead necklaceThis necklace was purported to be about 200 years old when shown in the Stamford Historical Society’s Loan Exhibition in 1911. Many of the beads are dented from generations of teething Davenport babies. Several beads have been replaced with gilded silver ones.

Two photo portraits of
Elizabeth Davenport Spenc

Lent by Mrs. Carol Beauregard

© Mrs. Carol Beauregard

Elizabeth Davenport Spence Elizabeth Davenport Spence

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