W.V. Chapter DAR Honors Revolutionary Patriot
The Wyoming Valley Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated a bronze marker on July 22 on the grave of Revolutionary Patriot Thomas Davenport, who is buried in the Davenport Cemetery in Plymouth. In addition to DAR members, the Frances Slocum Society Children of the America Revolution was represented, and many Davenport descendants were in attendance as the marker was unveiled and dedicated. Elizabeth Malloy, caretaker of the Davenport Cemetery and DAR member, presented a biographical sketch of Thomas Davenport and his family. A reception followed at the Plymouth Historical Society Museum. Thomas Davenport was born on June 4, 1749, near Smith’s Clove, N.Y. In 1775, he and his father signed the Association Test in Orange County N.Y., declaring their support for independence. General George Washington’s troops camped on the Davenport Family farm in New York. Originally, Thomas’ father, Oliver, moved the family to the Plymouth area in 1778 but along with other settlers, had to flee the Valley after the Wyoming Massacre in July of that year. Thomas Davenport was married to Charity Lamoreux, whose brother, Thomas, a veteran of the American Revolution, also settled in the area and owned a large farm in the current Jackson Twp. Thomas and Charity had 13 children together and moved back to Plymouth about 1789. One of their sons, Oliver, is buried near them in the Davenport Cemetery. Thomas Davenport died on May 4, 1812. His wife, Charity, died in 1848 and is buried by his side. Elizabeth Malloy, along with other volunteers and the Plymouth Historical Society, worked to preserve this forgotten, small family burial ground that is situated behind houses on Davenport Street, Plymouth. The Wyoming Valley Chapter DAR was organized in 1891 and has marked the graves of six Revolutionary War patriots or soldiers and placed markers or monuments at nine historic sites throughout Wyoming Valley and in other parts of Pennsylvania. Membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution is open to women 18 years of age and older who can prove lineal descent from a Revolutionary patriot or soldier. Visit www.dar.org or contact Amy Ellsworth at email@example.com for information. From left, are Wyoming Valley members Mary Beth Kondrad, Elizabeth Malloy, Cynthia Brenner, Heather Ruseskas, Sandra Lee, Amy Ellsworth, Linda Molitoris, Sandy Ercolani, Susan Berger, and Alice Keiner.