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RE: Ancestors of Stephen DEVOL B:1745
Posted by: Darrell Hooker Date: July 08, 2001 at 03:53:02
In Reply to: Ancestors of Stephen DEVOL B:1745 by Mary Bateman of 108


On 2 November 1999, I posted a message on the DEUEL site (#47), to which you replied (#57) on 13 February 2000. I am including that message in its entirety in this posting in the hopes that the record will be corrected. I am interested in the name of the author of the book you cited; "Devol Early Settlers in Rhode Island...." and its date of publication. As you undoubtedly know, William Devol/Devel is not the father of Joseph (who married Mary Soule), but is the grandfather of Joseph. In addition, I believe my research in the Spalding parish registers (see below) clearly shows that our ancestor, William Devol the immigrant, is not the same as the individual married to Isabel Anderson. Each time erroneous data appears anywhere in print it serves only to perpetuate myths which are difficult to rectify. Here is my original message:

The wife of William Devel/Devil/Devol, the immigrant, seems not to have been Isabel Anderson. It is my belief that William Devel of Spalding, Lincolnshire is not the same person as our ancestor. The information that Isabel was William's wife was supplied to the LDS Ancestral File by one Michel Call, who found the marriage of William Devel and Isabel Anderson (29 August 1639) in the records of Spalding which were extracted by LDS volunteers. Such extracted records only include baptism and marriages. When one refers to the original parish register (found on LDS Microfilm #1542018, item 2) the burial records include the following:

"6 September 1642, buried the stillborn child of William Deavill and Isabell his wife."
The above record is important because our William was in Massachusetts by 1640, and certainly at Braintree, MA where:

John the sonne of William Devel was borne the 24th day, fifth month, 1642. The baby John was buried within days.
(LDS Microfiche #6334416 - Records of Boston-Braintree)

For obvious reasons, Isabel was not likely to have had a full-term baby in Braintree in July (the fifth month, old style dating) and then return to Spalding to have a stillborn child five weeks later. I'm afraid Michel Call failed to research the Spalding register and was unaware of the conflicting births.

In that same register, the marriage of William Devill and Ann Beckerstead was recorded as 14 January 1637. They had a daughter baptized 12 December 1638 who died 27 December 1638. It is not known whether the two marriages were for the same William Devill but the parish register records the baptism of two Williams as follows:

13 May 1604, William son of Thomas Devell
4 June 1615, William son of Thomas Devell

The second William was buried 29 January 1626

For now the identity of William's wife remains a mystery although I believe there is at least one record in Massachusetts referring to her as Elizabeth.


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