there April 13, 1843. He was the
fifth in a family of seven children, all of whom with
one exception are living. That one was a favorite
brother who surrendered his life in his country's
cause during the late war. The father, Elijah J.
Davenport, also a native of New York State, was born
in 1816, and is stiil (sic) living, being a resident
of this county. During the active years of his life he
was engaged in mercantile pursuits, and was quite
prominent in his native county, serving as Sheriff, a
post for which he was peculiarly well fitted, being of
strong and courageous disposition and resolute spirit.
He had many a tussle with the rough element of Putnam
and adjoining counties.
Mrs. Phebe A. (Haight) Davenport,
the mother of our subject, was a native of the same
State as her husband and son, and the daughter of
George Haight. The Davenport family removed to
Illinois, where they lived seven years, and in the
fall of 1858 came to this county, settling on a tract
of land ten miles southeast of Pawnee City, near the
town of DuBois. The boyhood days of our subject were
spent in Illinois and Nebraska, in each of which he
attended the district school, and when not engaged at
his books assisted his parents around the homestead.
His business career began in the grocery business
there with the firm of Shellhorn Bros., general
merchants, and he was engaged in trade until 1885,
spending in the meantime one year in Kansas. He became
interested in the insurance business in 1885, as the
agent of some of the best companies in the East.
The year 1864 marked a very
interesting epoch in the life of our subject, namely,
his marriage with Miss Mary J. Shellhorn, which was
celebrated at the home of the bride in Richardson
County. They are now the parents of nine children,
namely: Charles R., Edward J., Lizzie P., William A.,
Mamie M., Eva A., J. Guy, Bessie I. and Hallie. Mr.
Davenport, politically, votes the straight Republican
ticket, and socially, belongs to Lodge No. 9, I. O. O.
F., also the Encampment of the same order, the Modern
Woodmen and the G. A. R.
The outbreak of the Civil War found
our subject one of those most ready to respond to the
call for troops, he becoming in 1862 a member of
Company G, 2d Nebraska Cavalry, the duty of which
consisted in guarding the frontier from the
depredations of the Indians. He fought the savages at
White Stone Hill, near Devil's Lake and other places,
and his brother Charles, who was a member of the same
regiment, was shot by an Indian. Mr. D. served
throughout his full time, and received his honorable
discharge in 1864.
B. BROOKS, Clerk of the District Court, and having his
headquarters in Pawnee City, impresses the average
citizen as a man of more than ordinary ability, and
one who takes pride in the conscientious performance
of his duties. His native State is Ohio, and he was
born in Highland County, near the town of Hillsboro,
the county seat, June 1, 1841. Of the six children
comprising the family of his parents only two are now
living, his sister being a resident of Fayette County,
Ansel and Ann (Smith) Brooks were
natives respectively of Vermont and North Carolina.
The maternal grandfather of our subject was Moses
Smith, who settled in the Scioto Valley white the
Indians still lingered in that region. Ansel Brooks
was born in 1816, in Vermont, and his wife, Ann, in
1814. The former officiated as a minister of the
Methodist Episcopal Church from 1838 to 1881. He is
still living, and a resident of Good Hope, Fayette
Co., Ohio. The mother is deceased.
The subject of this sketch spent his
boyhood in Highland and Ross Counties, Ohio, attending
first the district school and thin becoming a student
of South Salem Academy, where he attended about one
year. Later he occupied himself as it teacher for
several winters following. He turned his steps
westward in 1870, and sojourned for a time at
Marshalltown, Iowa, in the employ of the Iowa Central
Railroad Company, in the construction of their
telegraph line from Albia to Northwood. In 1872 he
migrated to Iola, Kan., and was engaged some time at
the drug business. Later we find him in Troy, Kan.,
and in 1880 he came to Nebraska, and entered the
employ of J. M. Spates, of Pawnee City, as clerk in a
During these years Mr. Brooks had