James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Ruth Minshall who was born on 8 February 1909, married Thomas Joseph Davenport [Birkenhead 1927, 4th qt], who had been born on 26 June 1904 [W Derby]. Their first child, Tommy, was born in 1928.

On 16 August 1930, the family sailed from Liverpool to Buenos Aires and they lived in Argentina for two years. When they arrived back in Liverpool from La Plata on 15 July 1932, their proposed address in UK was 186 Bebington Road, Birkenhead, which was where Ruth's parents lived; Thomas was a miller and both their crossings were with the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company line. In 1939 they were living at 29 Mason Avenue, Birkenhead and Thomas's occupation was given as "Planterer. Building. Property Repair" [perhaps that should be 'plasterer']. There were no children listed with them but by then they also had a daughter (b 1934) and in 1941 they would have a second daughter.

Ruth and Thomas had to bear the tragedy of losing their only son in 1966. Both their daughters married; one couple spent a few years in Australia but returned to live in the UK.

Ruth Davenport died in 1988, aged 79 [Birkenhead, Mar 1988]. Thomas lived to be 93 [d Birkenhead, Sept 1997]. There are living descendants.

Thomas and Ruth's son, Thomas (Tommy) W S Davenport [b Birkenhead 1928, 4th qt], married Rita D Owens [Birkenhead 1951, 1st qt]. On 4 June 1954 they sailed from Liverpool to New York on the Britannic intending to settle in Canada. Thomas was a plumber and their last address in UK was 43 Devonshire Road, Birkenhead. When they arrived on 14 July 1955 for an indefinite stay in England they gave their previous and intended future country of residence to be USA; their address during their visit was going to be 28 Laird Street, Birkenhead. I was told that Tommy died in a car crash. The Greenville News, 19 Mar 1966 reported that William Thomas Davenport, 42, who operated a service station in Williamston, South Carolina, had died the day before in a car crash on Highway 25, ten miles south of Greenville. It appears that a car containing an elderly couple crossed into his path and collided with his vehicle head-on; they too were dead at the scene.   >>>>>