News: Looking for females who are in the pure female lines (mother to daughter) from William and Sarah who are willing to do an mtDNA test. Such a person would be descended along an all female line from Mary DEVIN Biggers or Margaret DEVIN Reynolds. The hope is to identify the markers for Sarah SMITH Devin to help identify her parents. Contact the webmaster if interested.

Devin descendant, Stanley Wayne Devin, passed away at 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 4, 2014. He was the last living child of Ira & Oleta Devin.
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William Devin, Jr.[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Male c.1752 - 1810


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  • Suffix  Jr. 
    Nickname  Will 
    Born  c.1752 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  27 Apr 1810 
    Notes 
    • William, Jr. fought against England in the Revolutionary War (Dessa Hofstetter; "The Devin Family"; page 2; ...William and Sarah Devin's four oldest sons were in the Revolutionary War...). Dessa's booklet also quotes, on page 5, a letter from Robert Ira Devin to Alfred Harrison Devin, saying "My grandfather William Devin, Jr. was born in Pittsylvania County, Va. and was a soldier three years in the War of the Revolution. Two of his brothers, John and Robert, were with him in the army..."

      William Jr. participated in the battles of Monmouth, Brandywine, Germantown and others. While in the army, he had small-pox and almost lost his life. His face was left badly marked with pits.

      He and his wife, Martha, may have moved to Kentucky in 1785, but returned to Virginia in
      1789. William Jr. was a devout member of the Presbyterian Church. His wife described him to be medium size, compactly built about 5 feet 10 or 11 inch, blue eyes, light hair, and weighed about 160 pounds. He had a florid complexion. William Jr. died of cancer 28 April 1810.

      1787 Pittsylvania County, Virgina U.S.A. for William Devin, Jr.
      Personal Property Tax List: 0 white males 16-21
      0 blacks over 16
      0 blacks under 16
      2 horses, mules, etc.
      8 cattle

      Note: Either the above list is not complete or the previous paragraph is wrong
      about the family being in Kentucky between 1785 and 1789.
    • The following chain of evidence shows the relationship of William Devin, Jr. to his father, William Devin, Sr., both of Pittsylvania County Virginia:
      1. William Devin, Sr.'s will dated 25.Nov.1800 recorded in Pittsylvania County VA Deed & Will Book 11 pages 243-244 on 19.Apr.1802 specifically names "William Devin junr" as one of his children.

      2. Deed book 9 page 498499 This tract of land is "...the Land ajoining thereto and bounded as followeth, by William Devin jr lines on the
        South,..." in William Devin, Sr.'s will.
    Person ID  I0038  Devin Timber | Richard Swart Pedigree, David Devin Pedigree, William Devin Progeny
    Last Modified  1 Mar 2014 

    Father  William Devin, Sr.,   b. 1724,   d. Bef 19 Apr 1802, Pittsylvania County, Virginia U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Sarah Smith,   b. 20 Mar 1727/28,   d. Bef 22 Nov 1800 
    Married  1750 
    Family ID  F0006  Group Sheet

    Family  Martha Mitchell,   b. 1762,   d. abt.1830  [6
    Married  07 Sep 1780  Pittsylvania County, Virginia U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Children 
    >1. James Devin,   b. 15 May 1781, Pittsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1854, Henry County, Virginia U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Jane Devin,   b. 15 May 1781, Pittsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. John Devin,   b. 4 Jul 1783, Pittsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Sarah Devin,   b. 22 Apr 1785
     5. Mary Devin,   b. 21 Aug 1787
     6. Elizabeth Devin,   b. 15 Nov 1790, Pittsylvania County, Virginia U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location
    >7. Clayton Devin,   b. 11 Jul 1793, Pittsylvania County, Virginia U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1868, Polk County, Missouri U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Bethsheba Devin,   b. 30 Mar 1796, Pittsylvania County, Virginia U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location
    >9. William Robert Devin,   b. 3 Aug 1800, Pittsylvania County, Virginia U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1876, Polk County, Missouri U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location
    Speculation
    Is Irbin Finley Devin the Son of William & Martha?
    Is Irbin Finley Devin the Son of William & Martha?
    Discussion about whether Irbin Finley Devin is related to the Devin family out of Pittsylvania County Virginia.
    Last Modified  1 Mar 2014 
    Family ID  F0005  Group Sheet

  • Histories
    A Gift for Alexander Devin
    A Gift for Alexander Devin
    Alexander was given a powder horn by one of his brothers. It has been passed down through the generations.
    William Devin in the Revolutionary War
    William Devin in the Revolutionary War
    William Devin served three years in the American Revolutionary War. Read the facts in this article.

    Speculation
    A Most Traveled Family. NOT!
    A Most Traveled Family. NOT!
    A discussion about how individuals with the same or similar names in different places are not necessarily the same person.

    Albums
    William Devin, Jr. Documents
    William Devin, Jr. Documents (3)
    Lists documents related to William Devin, Jr. (c.1752-1810) of Pittsylvania County Virginia.

  • Sources 
    1. [S67496] Callaway From Devin Deed, Virginia. Pittsylvania County; County Clerk's Office., Deed Book 14 pages 273-274., page 273.
      "...being the Land where the said Will Devin now lives deeded unto him by his Father Will Devin Senr by Indenture bearing date the seventeenth Day of Feby 1794 as appears of Record..."

    2. [S67543] Last Will & Testement of William Devin, Sr., Virginia. Pittsylvania County; Clerk's Office, Deed & Will Book 11 pages 243-244., page 243.
      "...I give to my Children James Devin, Mary Biggar, William Devin junr, Robert Devin, and Joseph Devin twenty shillings..."

    3. [S67826] William Devin Bible.

    4. [S04009] The Devin Family (manuscript), Hofstetter, Dessa, (circa 1962), pages 2-4.

    5. [S04250] Hinkelman, Melvin, GEDCOM imported 4 Dec 2002.

    6. [S67826] William Devin Bible.
      William Diven and Martha Mitchell was joyned in weadlock the 7 Day of September 1780 by Lewis Gwilam Recter of Camden Parish. (signature) William M. Diven

    7. [S04010] Ancestors of Thomas Clayton Hughes, Hughes, Thomas Clayton, Generation No. 7 #73iii.
      iii. William Devin, born 1752 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia died 28 Apri 1810 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia; married Martha Mitchell 7 Sep 1780 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.