Nellie Butler (formerly Nellie B. Davenport) searching for her sister

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Nellie Butler (formerly Nellie B. Davenport) searching for her sister


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Nellie Butler searching for her sister, Diana Davenport. Butler also placed an ad for her in 1892, under name of "Dinah Davenport."


Weekly Clarion (Jackson, MS)


May 26, 1875


Chicago, IL
Vicksburg, MS
Clinton County, MS
Jackson County, MS (near Clinton, MS)
Halifax County, VA


Memphis, TN


Jesse Nasta


Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress


Nellie Butler placed an advertisement for the same sister in 1892. See: The Appeal (St. Paul and Minneapolis; Chicago), June 4, 1892



THIS is to certify that I, NELLIE B. DAVENPORT left Vicksburg about 18 years ago, and left my sister Diana Davenport, then about fifty-five years, at Vicksburg. She belonged to Richard Davenport, as also myself. She had two girls, one named Mary, and the other Flora. I left Mary at a farm in Clinton county, Mississippi, and with a brother, Coleman, who belonged to Dr. Wills, who lived in Jackson county, about five miles from Clinton, in the State of Mississippi. We came at first from Virginia, Halifax county, between Lynchburg and Richmond, on the James River. We belonged to the estate in that place, of Sam. Hubbard. My first child was James, Jessie was the second, Sallie the third, and Mack the fourth. We have lived in Chicago ever since the close of the war. We were sold by Davenport to a Mr. Hopkins, down in Louisiana, then he carried us to Memphis and sold us to a Mr. Martin, who sold us again to Gen'l Pillow. Should any information be had of the whereabouts of my sister, I would be thankful; and in such a case write to NELLIE BUTLER, No. 88 Fourth Ave., Chicago, Ill.
May 26, 1875-1t.


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“Nellie Butler (formerly Nellie B. Davenport) searching for her sister,” Information Wanted Ad, Weekly Clarion (Jackson, MS), May 26, 1875, Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery, accessed October 17, 2017,

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