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DAVENPORT (VETERAN UNION)
Baxter County, Arkansas
CAPTAIN US Army
Calhoun's Company Mountain & Cooper Company
Civil War Union
May 7, 1834-December 3, 1943
There are many conflicting items in regard to Zachariah Taylor Davenport and his burial. It may be that another individual is buried in this location.
Members from two different branches of the descendants of Zachariah Taylor Davenport have pointed out a grave in the Galatia Cemetery that they say is his grave. Family members decorate the grave almost every year, and there has been a small Confederate flag placed at the grave at different times. The same family members indicated that he was almost 110 years old when he died. Two of his daughters are buried within a few feet of the indicated grave, and it may be that two other daughters are buried in the same vicinity in graves that have lost their identity over the years.
An obituary for Zachariah Taylor Davenport indicated that he died December 3, 1943, at the home of a daughter two and a half miles southwest of Flippin, and that he was 109 years, 6 months, and 26 days old which would mean he was born May 7, 1834. The obituary indicates that he was a veteran of the Union Army in the Civil War and that he was buried in the Flippin Cemetery. The Davenport gentleman that is mentioned in the obituary is the same man that some family members indicate is buried at Galatia because the two surviving daughters that are listed in his obituary were daughters of the man that some say was buried at Galatia.
There is a grave marked Zachariah Davenport in the Flippin Cemetery. The grave is in the sixth row from the front of the cemetery and the second space from the south fence. The grave is marked with a metal Confederate Military Tombstone that obviously was placed no earlier than 1970. That gravestone has a date of birth of May 7, 1851, which if correct would mean that he was only 14 years old when the Civil War ended.
Zacariah Davenport was granted a Union Army pension, and his application showed that he was a member of CAPT. CALHOUN'S CO. MOUNTAIN & COOPER CO. MISSOURI MILITIA.
With the conflicting information, it is unclear whether Zachariah Taylor Davenport was born in 1834 or 1851, whether he was a member of the Union or Confederate Army, and whether he was buried in the Flippin Cemetery or the Galatia Cemetery.
The Mountain Echo
December 8, 1943
OLDEST RESIDENT OF MARION COUNTY DIES
On Friday, December 3rd, at the home of his niece, Mrs. Annie Young, two
and a half miles southwest of Flippin, Mr. Zachariah Taylor Davenport Passed
away at the age of 109 years, 6 months, and 26 days. He was a veteran of the
Civil War, having served three years and eight months with the Union Army. We
feel sure that he was the oldest resident of the county at the time of his
Funeral services were conducted at the Flippin Cemetery Friday afternoon by
Rev. Hugh Mays and burial was under direction of the Adams Funeral Home of
Mr. Davenport is survived by two daughter, Mrs. Lilly Woods of Cabool, MO and
Mrs. Maggie Cuningham of Newark; also by his brother, Mr. Bill Davenport of
Flippin and a sister, Mrs. Mollie McFarland of Gassville and other relatives.
Notwithstanding his great age, Mr. Davenport enjoyed fair health until
shortly before his death. He used two canes in walking, but all his mental
faculities were good and his hair was only iron gray. He came to this county
from Searcy County somthing like a year ago, and a short time ago he bought the
farm where he died from E. L. Huddleston, who stated that he walked around and
inspected the farm before buying it. Not many people live to the ripe old age
that Mr. Davenport attained.
(From the files of Max Parnell.)
|Contributed on 9/4/09 by maxparnell|
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