I'm helping a friend do her genealogy and we're stuck because these DeVans were slaves in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. Richard was born around 1801 (according to the 1870 census) and Mahala was born around 1815.
According to the census record, they had several children living with them, but Mahala would have had to be over 50 at the last child's birth, so I'm assuming they took in several children from the plantation and called them their own. Living with Richard and Mahala were: Hannah, Jonas, Joseph, William, Clara and Hester.
My friend's line goes through Joseph b.1855 who married Louvenia Neal b. 1857. Their known children were: E., Anna, Jonas Kingsman, William Homer, Ernest, Everett, Ethel and Edgar. They were all from Illinois, and from family story, were such a light skinned family that they could almost pass for white. When Ethel fell in love with a dark skinned man, she was shunned from the family and moved to Des Moines, Iowa. Some of her brothers followed her to Iowa, but most of the remaining family stayed in Illinois. When Ethel died somewhere between 1913-1915, her brothers left and went to a coal mining camp in Huerfano County, Colorado.
I'm trying to put all the pieces together, but I'm missing a lot.
If anyone knows anything about this family, I'd love to hear from you!
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