Katie D. Davenport, Bath, ca. 1882


This studio photograph of Katie D. Davenport, daughter of Charles Asbury Davenport and his wife Marietta, was taken by Augustus Hatch, a popular Bath photographer who operated a studio in the Church Block on Front Street for some twenty years. Katie (1865-1884) appears to have been photographed in the early 1880s, showing the softly curled bangs that became popular at the end of the 1870s. She may be dressed in mourning for her younger sister Lottie, who died in 1881.

Katie's grandfather was Charles Davenport, the Bath businessman for whom Davenport Memorial City Hall was named. She was one of eight siblings, none of whom lived to be twenty-one, demonstrating the high mortality rate for infants and children. Of the six who lived beyond their first year, all appear to have died of consumption, as did their mother Marietta. The five girls and their mother all died within seven years of each other. Consumption in the historical record usually corresponds to the disease known as tuberculosis today. Charles Asbury Davenport was the sole survivor of his family and died at the age of fifty-eight in 1898.

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