Lafayette Davenport was born in Alabama in 1833, son of George and Mary Wimbs Davenport, both of whom were natives of South Carolina. The paternal grandfather was a native of Virginia and was a colonel in the Revolutionary War. George was 19 when his family, who had been living in South Carolina, located in Jefferson County, Alabama. He lived there until his death in 1863, having been a successful planter and a prominent man. His wife was born in 1802 and died in Texas in 1873.
George and Mary Davenport were the parents of the following: William, a Confederate soldier; Elizabeth, wife of William Reese; Julia who died young; Pleasant B., who was killed at the Battle of Mission Ridge; Jane, wife of John Dell of Alabama; Frances, wife of H. J. Hancock of Arkansas; Lafayette; John, a Confederate soldier; Hugh of Texas; Milton who died in childhood; Missouri, wife of M. M. Gill of Texas; and two children who died in infancy.
Lafayette Davenport came to Marion County in 1872. He left his plantation home in Alabama to enlist in the Confederate Army. He was a 2nd Lieutenant in Company A, 5th Alabama Infantry, and later served in Company E, 7th Alabama Infantry. After the war, he came to Arkansas and purchased a farm on Crooked Creek. He and his wife were parents of five children: William Thomas who married Sadie Hudspeth; Lizzie, wife of Bert Lewis; Minerva E.; Ola; and Walter L.
William Thomas and his wife Sadie were the parents of Bert M., Joseph B., and Russell. William was a prosperous farmer who lived a few miles west of Yellville. He was killed by his 18-year-old son, Russell who was imprisoned but soon pardoned. He then moved to California, became a respected citizen, and chose the ministry as his life's work.
Reprinted with permission from History of Marion County edited by Earl Berry, copyright 1977.