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Re: The Port Henry, NY/VT Devins family - 1830 on
Posted by: Mary Ann Devins Date: September 11, 2001 at 09:14:58
In Reply to: Re: The Port Henry, NY/VT Devins family - 1830 on by Patrick Devins Chandler of 60

Hi's great to meet you. I can remember my mother talking about my father's cousin, Alice. I may even have some pictures of her...

My nephew has all of my family tree hard copies as I turned them over to him in the search...he's supposed to download some info to the meantime I'll try to give you some information off the top of my head...

Port Henry/Moriah/Mineville, NY -

Thomas Peter Devins - )
George Frederick Devins* - ) All brothers & sister
Mame (Mary) Devins (Burns; Brown) -)
Martin Devins - ) I believe he's buried in Bolton, VT in an obscure cemetery on a back dirt road in nowhereland...who knows how he ended up there...I've been there and seen the grave...

There were several others but I don't remember what their names were at the moment..I have them on hard copy...
*this was my grandfather...

Their father was James E. Devins who was born in 1843...he lived at one time in Underhill, VT (I seem to remember that as his birthplace - (also, on hard copy)
James E. Devins died in 1918 and is buried at St. Anthony's Cemetery in White River Jct., VT (a Catholic Cemetery)...

Ellen A. Lynch, his wife, died on May 22, appears at the age of 40 years(?)...the cemetery stones are deteriorating(sp?)...that would make her birth date around 1848...she, also, is buried in St. Anthony's cemetery in WRJ...

My mother told a story about a female in the Devins family who got up from the dinner table; was clearing the table; thought she had indigestion; and dropped dead of a heart attack on the spot at age 40...perhaps this was her? Anyway, it was the same family homestead of George Frederick and Kate (Mann) grandmother, Kate, died when she was around 60 years old and my grandfather, George was alone for the rest of his life...he lived into his 80's and died in 1956...

Another grave at the same site is John P. Devins who died 1/18/1896 at age 29 years 10 months and 4 days...a son?

George Devins had five children: (married to Kate Mann - 1893)
Anna - b. 1894 - died in old age - she was a Mercy Nunn
George - b. 1896 - died quite young of high blood pressure(early 40s)
Ellen - b. 1898 - who died in old age (married Albert Fischer)
Harold - b. 1900 - 1970 (this was my father)
Catherine - b. 1909 - 1965 (dropped dead of a heart attack)

Your grandmother, Alice, probably knew all of these people...I know she knew my father...

Harold Devins had four children: (married Eleanor Mary Campbell)
James M. - b. 11/23/1934; d. 2/19/1992 (dropped dead of heart attk)
Children: Lori Ann b. 1960; d. 2000 (Heart problems)
Michael b. 1961; d. still living in WRJ
Kristen b. 1966; d. still living in St.Albans,VT
George F.- b. 3/8/1938; d. still living in WRJ
Children: Karen b. 1962 d. still living in WRJ
Mark b. 1963 d. still living in WRJ
Jennifer b. 1967 d. still living in WRJ
John J. - b. 11/19/1943 d. still living in Florida
Children: Christopher b. 1970 d. still living in Florida
Patrick b. 1980 d. still living in Florida
Patricia b. 1977 d. In infancy )
Michelle b. 1977 d. In infancy ) Twins

Mary Ann Devins b. 1/25/1947 d. still living in WRJ (Me!!!)
Children Kathleen b. 1971 d. still living in Hartland,VT
Suzanne b. 1977 d. still living in WRJ
Michael b. 1980 d. still living in WRJ
Robin (M) b. 1982 d. still living in WRJ
Matthew b. 1987 d. still living in WRJ

I have a very large photograph of a gentleman who I think is James E. Devins...I found it in the old Devins homestead when we sold it and cleaned it out...It is in a very ornate frame and very old fashioned...perhaps from the late 1800s? It looks remarkably like my brother, George...

James E. Devins' father was John Devins and his mother was Nancy Haggerty...Nancy came from Ireland...still trying to trace John Devins' anscesters...there was a lady named Margaret Devins who lived in the Port Henry area at the time that our grandfathers were born...I think she was born in the same generation as James E. Devins...

A guesstimate: Our Devins Clan got off the boat and settled in northwestern VT...then they migrated to the Port Henry area...which is a stone's throw across Lake Champlain from western VT...Port Henry is right on the lake...perhaps Terrenz Devins had a brother(?)who stayed there while Terrenz migrated further West to the East Orange, NY area...where he stayed...and his son Abraham migrated westward still across the Lake to Toronto...???

I have much more info than this but will have to relay it later...please email me at if possible...otherwise, I'll look for an answer here...

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