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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Devin Family in Patriot Lineage Societies

This article lists descendants the Devin family and associated lines who have proved lineage to ancestors who served in the military or supported the struggle for independence from British rule.

William Devin, Sr., William Devin, Jr., and Robert Devin of Pittsylvania County Virginia are accepted as DAR, SAR, and CAR Ancestors. William Sr. is credited as a Grand Juror, taken the Oath of Allegiance, and furnishing supplies to the cause. William Devin, Jr. served in the Virginia Continental Line as a Sergeant for three years service in Capt. Henry Conway's company. Robert Devin, brother of William, Jr. served with him.

James Devin, oldest brother of William and Robert, served in the Pittsylvania County Militia and had enough service to be eligible for a pension. He should also be qualified as a lineage patriot, but no descendant is known at this time.

The following Devin and allied family ancestors have been accepted as DAR Ancestors: Note: This list does not constitute proof of lineage and cannot be used in place of application records or primary sources.

  • Robert Devin  Ancestor #A202530  3 years service
  • William Devin, Jr.  Ancestor #A032168  3 years service
  • William Devin, Sr.  Ancestor #A021924  Civil Service
  • Bryan Ward Nowlin Ancestor #A085036 - Civil Service

If you know of a DAR member or can fill in the blanks in the following table, please send it to

DAR MemberNational NumberARW Ancestor
Iola Gracy Smith106680James Patten
Alice Jane DEVIN Langford (1859-1957)195563 (joined 1923)William Devin, Sr.
Susie Shumate Masdey253067Bryan Ward Nowlin
Lucy Claiborne Hammond313929Bryan Ward Nowlin
Emalyn Nowlin338017Bryan Ward Nowlin
Edna Parthenia HOLMES338963William Devin, Sr.
Mary Kate Nowlin Young363853Bryan Ward Nowlin
Vera HUGHES Creech439336William Devin, Sr.
Maye Christine Nowlin Fortner444776Byran Ward Nowlin
Dessa DEVIN Hofstetter445341William Devin, Sr.
Charlotte THOMPSON Haskell480283William Devin, Sr.
Annie Fuller Robinson551201James Mitchell
Joyce Nell BECK Truitt782314William Devin, Sr.
Helen STEWART Sachet817804William Devin, Jr.
Patricia DAWES Devin848435Nathaniel Judson
Cookie Carlson902917William Devin, Jr.

Owner/SourceDavid D.

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