Friday, October 15, 2010

Caverly Family Portraits

Charles and Comfort Caverly Family and Cat
by Joseph H. Davis, ink and watercolor, 1836
Joseph H. Davis (1804-1845) was an itinerant painter in rural New Hampshire and Maine from 1832 througth the 1840s. His paintings are ink and watercolor on paper. He is called the “left-handed painter” because he signed at least one portrait with that name. In 2006 an 1836 watercolor by Joseph H. Davis of Asa and Susannah Caverly sold for $76,375 at a Skinner auction. The watercolor of Charles and Comfort Caverly sold for $127,000 in August 2006 at Northeast Auctions in Manchester, New Hampshire to art dealer David Wheatcroft.

The Charles Caverly and Comfort Boodey lineage:

Generation 1. William Caverly, married Mary Abbott, daughter of Walter Abbott and Sarah Steward, and widow of Thomas Guptill. She married a third time to Leonard Drown, 4 November 1707 in Boston, Massachusetts to her sister Elizabeth’s widowed husband.

Children:
1. Moses (see below)
2. Elizabeth Caverly, born about 1696 married Thomas Wilkinson

Generation 2. Moses Caverly married on 30 January 1714 in Portsmouth to Margaret Cotton, daughter of John Cotton and Sarah Hearle. He removed to Barrington in 1746.

Children:
1. William
2. Moses (see below)
3. John
4. Thomas
5. Hannah
6. Nathaniel

Generation 3. Moses Caverly, born 1719 in Portsmouth, died 17 March 1795 in Barrington, New Hampshire; married in 1741 to Hannah Johnson, died in 1802. He was a merchant, barber and hairdresser in Portsmouth until about 1754 when he removed to Barrington.

Children:
1. Charles, born 15 June 1741
2. Philip, born 17 March 1745 (see below)
3. John, born 25 June 1747, died young
4. Hannah, born 12 January 1749
5. John, born May 11, 1752
6. Abigail, born 11 June 1754
7. William, born 2 February 1757, died young
8. Charles, born 15 December 1760

Generation 4. Philip Caverly, son of Moses and ???, born 17 March 1745 at Portsmouth, died 1 April 1813; married to Bridget Pendergast, born 24 Feb 1745, and died 28 April 1818

Children:
1. Moses, born 3 April 1771
2. Samuel, born 23 June 1773
3. Stephen, born 18 May 1775, died 15 September 1778
4. John, born 7 November 1777
5. Polly, born 2 July 1779
6. Edmund, born 15 January 1781
7. Stephen, born 28 October 1782
8. Charles, born 27 September 1784 (see below)
9. Solomon, born 11 February 1778.

Generation 5. Charles Caverly, son of Philip Caverly and Bridget Pendergast, born 27 September 1784 in Strafford, died 6 June 1872; married Comfort Boodey, born 10 February 1791 in Strafford, and died 30 March 1876. Charles was a blacksmith in Strafford, New Hampshire and served in the legislature in 1845 and 1846.

Children:
1. Eliza J. born 1 November 1812, d. 3 March 1826
2. Joseph B., born 21 April 1815
3. Leonard W., born 7 November 1818
4. Charles H., born 26 May 1823
5. Cyrus G., born 25 November 18125
6. Isaac L., born 31 May 1835, died 31 January 1864 (in the portrait with his parents)

Sources:

Genealogy of the Caverly Family, by Robert Boodey Caverly, 1879, reprint by Higginson

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Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

4 comments:

  1. Heather -- that's a BEAUTIFUL watercolor. THANKS for sharing. Wish we had the same ancestry so I could claim the pic!

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  2. This is a gorgeous painting! I love the style. Reminds me a little bit of the Charles Wysocki puzzles I love to make. :)

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  3. interesting work you've done!


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  4. I actually enjoyed reading through this posting.Many thanks.

    Family Portraits

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