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Daniel Devolld's likely father
Posted by: Mike Hall (ID *****7940) Date: December 19, 2004 at 12:58:53
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As for the parents of Daniel Devolld, who married Grace Richardson, it has always been reported that his father was Jeremiah Devol.

It seems MUCH more likely that his father was a Daniel Devall Sr. of Washington, and then Greene County, Pennsylvania.

Here are several things that point to this.

When you look at the census birth references of Daniel's known children, you can see that the move from Pennsylvania to Ohio took place between 1797 or so and 1801, as his daughter Rachel was born in Pennsylvania in 1797/1798 and his daughter Elizabeth was born in Ohio in 1801.

The question then is where did Daniel live in Pennsylvania?

This is found in "History of Noble County, Ohio Published by L.H. Watkins & Co. of Chicago 1887":

"Shortly after the Indian war Daniel Devolld and family emigrated from Washington County, Pa., to Belmont County, Ohio. In 1814 the family, consisting of wife and six children - John, Isabella, Nancy, Betsey, Richard and Rachael, came to what is now Noble County, and settled in Center Township."

If this move was made around 1800 as it seems, Daniel should be in the 1790 and 1800 census for Washington County, Pennsylvania. There is a "Daniel Deval" and a "Danl Devall" listed in the 1790 census for Washington County, Pennsylvania. These two are listed as "Daniel Devall Sr." and Daniel Devall Jr." in the Tax Lists for Franklin Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania for 1793. This Franklin Township later became part of Greene County, Pennsylvania.

This would make our ancestor Daniel (born in 1757) a junior.

As for the 1800 census, as mentioned Franklin Township became part of Greene County and if you look in that census you find a "Daniel Devall listed as having 2 sons and 3 daughters. This fits perfectly with his known children that were born before 1800. They were John, Isabella, Nancy, Richard and Rachel.

Also, in this 1800 census Daniel is listed as being in the correct age group if he was born in 1757 and his wife Grace would fit correctly as the elder female.

There is a Will in the courthouse in Greene County, Pennsylvania for a "Daniel Devall Senior" that was written in 1797 and registered in 1800.

In this Will the senior Daniel mentions: "my son Daniel".

Interestingly, this seems to be the time when our Daniel left Pennsylvania.

Also worth noting is that there is a "Daniel Devall" listed in the 1800 census Pennsylvania census, but I couldn't find him in 1810, This would also fit with him having left Pennsylvania in the correct time frame.

As for the name change of "Devall" to "Devolld", I am curious about that.

The father of our Grace Richardson, that married Daniel Devolld, in his Will refers to his daughter "Grace Devall".

Since on the internet it is overwhelmingly thought that Daniel's father was Jeremiah Devol, I posted a question as to what documents may support this. Only one very nice lady responded with a referral to the BIG Devol book.

One other thing to mention is that there are two "Daniel Devall"s in the Tax Lists for Cumberland Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania for 1786. One is listed as a "Single Freeman". Cumberland Township also went on to become part of Greene County, Pennsylvania.

I would love to hear from anyone with their thoughts on this.

Have a nice Christmas.

Mike Hall

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