Name: Sarah Davenport
Reference Number: 4078
Thomas Gunn, Jr. married either two, three, or four times. He first married Susannah Burnett in Virginia, circa 1760. The marriage likely occurred in or near Brunswick Co., VA. Her identity is based upon family tradition, and I have seen no proof as to Susannahís surname, but family tradition states that her father was Richard Burnett. Her son, Rev. James Gunn's Family Bible, states that Susannah Gunn died Dec. 27, 1796. The listing is right next to the listing for Jamesí father. It would only be natural for James to list his parents' deaths.
In my view this listing refers to his mother, Susannah Burnett Gunn, and thus the later marriages to Sarah Davenport and Ann Worsham were for a different Thomas Gunn. Other researchers disagree, but the evidence for the other two marriages is scant, in my view. Additionally, Starling Gunn, in his Revolutionary War pension application, stated that he gave his mother [Susannah Burnett Gunn] his discharge papers after the surrender of Cornwallis at the Battle of Yorktown. That surrender took place on October 19, 1781. Thomas Gunn, Jr.ís supposed second and third marriages took place in December, 1778 and January, 1782 respectively. Starling Gunn's mother was Susannah Burnett Gunn, so if this is accurate, then the marriage to Sarah Davenport was clearly for another Thomas Gunn.
Thomas Gunn, Jr. possibly next married Sarah Davenport (very questionable) in Amelia Co., VA, December 1, 1778.20 Security was John Tucker. I have listed this marriage to recognize that several researchers believe it to be for our Thomas Gunn, Jr., but based upon the foregoing evidence, it does not appear to be so. This marriage, however, has helped descendants join the DAR. The following record appeared in deed records of Amelia Co., VA: "To all whom these presents shall come, Sarah Davenport of the County of Amelia, sendeth greetings, whereas a marriage is shortly intended to be solemnized between the said Sarah and Thomas Gunn of the County aforesaid . . . Sarah Davenport and Thomas Gunn, both of Amelia County, planning to marry, in love and affection that said Gunn has for Sarah's children, Sarah Davenport and Samuel Davenport, and five shilling, gift of three negroes from the estate of George Davenport, dec'd, father of children, Sarah and Samuel. . . ." Curiously, Thomas Gunn signed with only one "n" in Gunn, further evidence that marriage may have been for a different Thomas Gunn. The document was dated Dec. 1, 1778 and was proven in court on April 25, 1782. If our Thomas Gunn, Jr. actually next married Ann Worsham, then Sarah would have died circa 1778-1782, possibly in childbirth. On April 27, 1782, the Executors of George Davenport, Dec'd, assignees of Thomas Gunn, filed a "Claim against the Public on Account of Horses and Other Property Impressed or Taken for Public Service" in the Amelia County, VA Court. They filed same for, "2 Beeves, 470 pounds of meat, Sep. 1781, for Continental use, five pounds, 17 shillings and 6 pence." It appears as though George Davenport, not Thomas Gunn, actually provided this service to the Patriot Cause. However, Thomas Gunn was also reimbursed for 21 and 1/2 bushels of wheat for five pounds, 7 shillings and six pence. Sarah Davenport was most likely born in Virginia. Sarah was the widow of George Davenport, whose will was proven on September 2, 1773 in Amelia Co., VA (Will Book 2, pages 104-105, 116). George Davenport and Sarah had nine children together.
Source: Thomas Gunn, Jr. (ca. 1738 VA - 1800 NC), James B. Kerner ( 2007).
Thomas Gunn III b: 1738 in Amelia County, Virginia
17 DEC 1778
in Amelia County, Virginia 1
- John A. Gunn Sr.
- Sarah Gunn b: 09 APR 1782 in Amelia County, Virginia
- Details: Gunn and Burruss Family Tree