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Re: Lawrence James DeVol
Posted by: Richard Gifford (ID *****7229) Date: November 19, 2005 at 07:38:45
In Reply to: Lawrence James DeVol by Robert Ernst of 108

I have read about him, he was a member of the Alvin Karpis/"Ma" Barker gang.

He is James Lawrence9(Helem8-7, Wing6, Stephen5, Jonathan4, Joseph3, Jonathan2, William1) Devol born Nov. 17, 1903 in Belpre, Washington Co., Ohio.

His parents were Helem Devol, Jr. b. Nov. 1854 in Pinchtown, Washington Co., OH, d. Sept. 26, 1917 in Tulsa. He married, as his second wife and her second husband, Emma Lou (Shanks) Keener in 1899.

In 1910 this family is in Tulsa, with Helem a proprietor of a confectionary. In 1920 they are in Black Dog, Osage, OK with Emma working as a practical nurse and "Lawrence James" as a house electrician. In 1930 they are in Tulsa, with "James L." and his brother Albert laborers, his brother Clarence an interior decorator.

Genealogically, Lawrence would be a distant cousin to Abraham Lincoln and a descendant of the Mayflower passenger George Soule. His reasonably close Devol cousins would include Frank DeVol, songwriter/bandleader who authored the theme for "The Brady Bunch," and George Devol, the 1800s card sharp and "King of the Riverboat Gamblers."
His ancestor Stephen5 Devol was a prominent shipbuilder and one of the "Ohio Company," a group of settlers who founded Marietta, OH ca1790, the first American settlement anywhere west of the Ohio river.

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