Rosemary Elizabeth DeVault

F, b. 7 February 1941, d. 18 June 2012
     Rosemary Elizabeth DeVault was born on 7 February 1941 at Beech Grove, Marion Co., IN. She was the daughter of Ralph Earl DeVault and Mary Elizabeth Miller. Rosemary Elizabeth DeVault was also known as Rosemary Elizabeth Koopman Rosemary was legally adopted by her step-father, William Koopman, and took his surname. She married Donald Keith Shelley, son of Richard Elmo Shelley and Levernia Louise Swift, on 30 June 1962 at Buck Creek Chapel, Indianaopolis, Marion Co., IN. Rosemary Elizabeth DeVault died on 18 June 2012 at Kokomo, Howard Co., IN, at age 71


Rosemary Elizabeth Shelley, 71, Kokomo, passed away on Monday, June 18, 2012, at St. Joseph Hospital. She was born February 17, 1941, in Beech Grove, to the late William and Mary Elizabeth (Miller) Koopman. On June 30, 1962, she married Donald K. Shelley, and he survives.
She graduated from the Indiana School for the Deaf and worked for Cantina in the cafeteria at Delco in the 80’s. She was a member of the Kokomo Deaf Club.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Keith Shelley, St. Paul, Indiana, and Leslie (Tammy) Shelley, Kokomo; one daughter, M. Elizabeth Rother, Lexington, Kentucky; five grandchildren, Lee Shelley, Allison Shelley, Derek (Stephanie) Shelley, Zenas Rother, and Katelyn Shelley; and three great-grandchildren, Alexis Shelley, Joseph Hahn, and Brennan Shelley.
A gathering of friends and family will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday at Leslie’s house. Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online messages of condolence may be made at

Roy Allen DeVault

M, b. 22 March 1923, d. 21 February 2000
     Roy Allen DeVault was born on 22 March 1923 at Moral, Shelby Co., IN. He was the son of William Walker DeVault and Estella Mae Pence. Roy Allen DeVault began military service WW II service, U.S. Army, Sixth Ranger Battalion. He married Frances F. DeBaun, daughter of Charles E. DeBaun and Minnie E. Schonfield, on 21 November 1951. Roy Allen DeVault died on 21 February 2000 at Beech Grove, Marion Co., IN, at age 76


Roy A. De Vault, 76, Shelbyville, died Feb. 21, at St. Francis Hospital, Beech Grove. Born March 22, 1923, he was the son of William Walker and Stella Mae (Pence) DeVault. He married Francis (DeBaun) DeVault on Nov. 21, 1951, and she preceded him in death on April 15, 1997. Mr. DeVault was raised at the Masonic Orphans Home, Franklin. He served in World War II with the U. S. Army 6th Ranger Battalion. He was plant manager for the J. L. Chase International Furniture Company, Rushville, in the 1960s and retired from Wellman Thermal Systems, Shelbyville, in the mid-1980s. He was a member of F.&A.M. Lodge 28, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Lewis Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Robert A. DeVault, Greenwood; one daughter, Mrs. Harold (June) Crowell (sic), Bargersville; two sisters, Betty Lamb, Shelbyville, and Melvina Binkley, Westport; and seven granddaughters. He was preceded in death by four sisters and six brothers.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Carmony-Ewing Harrison Street Funeral Home, with the Rev. CLiff Bunch officiating. Burial will be in Winchester Cemetery, Shelby County, with military graveside services conducted by local service organizations. Friends may visit from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with Masonic services conducted by F.@A.M. Lodge 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

He was buried in February 2000 at Winchester Cemetery, Winchester, Shelby Co., IN, Findagrave #19772956.

Ruby Frances DeVault

F, b. 20 October 1893, d. 10 September 1957
     Ruby Frances DeVault was born on 20 October 1893 at Morsey, Warren Co., MO. She was the daughter of Dr. William Bruce DeVault and Mary Frances Powell. Ruby Frances DeVault married Col. Paul O. Franson on 17 January 1914 at Montgomery, Montgomery Co., AL. Ruby Frances DeVault died on 10 September 1957 at Montgomery, Montgomery Co., AL, at age 63. Cause of death: in 1957 Cancer.

Children of Ruby Frances DeVault and Col. Paul O. Franson

Rufus I. DeVault

M, b. 7 March 1868, d. 28 October 1892
     Rufus I. DeVault was born on 7 March 1868 at Massengill Tract. He was the son of Isaac DeVault and Mary Elizabeth Hannah. Rufus I. DeVault died on 28 October 1892 at Mt. Airy, FL, at age 24. He was buried in 1892 at DeVault Cemetery, DeVault's Ford, Washington Co., TN.
Note: Did not marry.

Ruth LeMay DeVault

F, b. 21 April 1917, d. 11 June 2002
     Ruth LeMay DeVault was also known as "Mimi". She was born on 21 April 1917 at Martinsburg, Audrain Co., MO. She was the daughter of John Baker DeVault and Effie Dye Walker. Ruth LeMay DeVault married Orville Hockett Read, son of Roscoe Read and Elizabeth Hockett, on 19 June 1937 at Mexico, Audrain Co., MO. Ruth LeMay DeVault lived at La Jolla, San Diego Co., CA. She died on 11 June 2002 at La Jolla, San Diego Co., CA, at age 85

Ruth LeMay (DeVault) Read -- A Remarkable Lady
"The unexpected twin." Perhaps that would be the most accurate way to describe my grandmother,
Mimi's (Ruth's) first moments.
On April 31, 1917, in a small town by the name of Martinsburg, Missouri, a baby boy was brought into the world . . . . . . and a few minutes later his twin sister was, too. The stories she heard of the birth told of a second baby that was so unexpected they wrapped her in some blankets and put her in the warming oven. Soon after the birth, when the twins were eighteen months old, a near tragedy struck. Ruth and Francis took sick and were rushed by train to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. My grandmother isn't sure what the sickness was, but remembers her brother went into a coma and had to stay longer at the hospital. Luckily, both twins were spared.
Although she was the unexpected child, Ruth LeMay DeVault thought her childhood to be full and happy. Her father, John B. DeVault sold Studebakers for a living and provided a comfortable home for his wife, Effie Dye Walker, and their three children. Their house in Mexico, Missouri, was built with the rooms circling around a core room where the children loved to play. Young Ruth got along well with her younger brother, John, and her twin, Francis. In fact, one of her earliest childhood memories is of her riding a bike with John in the basket. Over the years, the children played games like checkers and dominos or with their many collies. One particular family vacation she remembers, was the time they went to visit Mr. DeVault's relatives in Kentucky, when she was about ten. My grandmother found it memorable because the family served their salad as a separate meal. The DeVault family had close ties to their Presbyterian Church. Mr. DeVault was a church elder and superintendent of Sunday School, while Ruth spent some of her time there playing the piano. Although they were strongly tied to the church, Ruth attended a public school until college. From first grade on, Ruth and about eight other school girls were an inseparable group. "Of course, I always liked the boys," she remembers. By sixth grade she had many boyfriends. One boy even brought her a birthday present of candy while riding his pony!
Sadly, because of the terrible depression that was hanging over the country, Ruth was the only one of her group of friends that was able to attend college. She attended a Christian girl's college in town. She remembers, laughing, that the students were not allowed to go into town without their gloves on. She also attended the University of Missouri, where she majored in humanities and piano/organ. Once out of college, she married Orville Hockett Read. They had met at a Demolay Organization dance when she was a sophomore. According to my grandmother, he was attractive because he was older (out of college when she met him) and willing to wait for her to go to college. They were to have a huge, traditional wedding in the Presbyterian church, but her mother took sick and it was cancelled. The sickness, sadly became quite serious and Mrs. DeVault died when Ruth was nineteen. The wedding did go on though, just smaller. The newlyweds took a short honeymoon, what most people would call a business trip to Duluth, Minnesota. Orville had some work to do there so Ruth accompanied him. After the trip, they returned to their home in Detroit, Michigan. Their first child was born in San Mateo, California. The bouncy girl was named Ruth Carol Read. Her brother (my father) John DeVault Read, followed a few years later in Newark, New Jersey. The children got along well and brought their parents great joy in their personalities and accomplishments. Sadly, in October of 1991, my grandfather passed away. It was a tough time for those that were close to the intelligent man, but the family coped. One of the largest trips my grandmother has taken as an adult was when she went along with my father when his choir toured Europe. John was high school age and they both found it to be a very good experience. Of the many places she has lived as an adult, her favorite is the small beach town of La Jolla, California, where she lives now. Ruth gained some recognition in La Jolla when she was elected associate vice president of the Coldwell Banker Real Estate branch in town. She is retired now, but is still doing her best to help the community. In her spare time, she helps manage the Darlington House, which raises money for a house for ladies of diminished means. You can also take a tour of the Salk Institute conducted by this wonderful lady. But the place you'll find Ruth most is watching over her son, his wife, and their new baby boy, John DeVault Read, Jr. When asked what part of her life she would like to live over, she immediately responded, her forties. Ruth LeMay (DeVault) Read's reason was simple: "They were fun!"
Written by Abigail Read, 7th grade, age 13.

Ruth D. Read of La Jolla died peacefully in her home. She was predeceased by her husband O.H.
(Bud) Read with whom she shared 54 years of a loving and mutually supportive marriage. She nurtured and is survived by her son John D. Read of San Diego, her daughter Missy Read Vanderbilt of Dallas, four grandchildren, and a treasured great-grandbaby. Ruth was a former President of the Social Service League of La Jolla, involved in several arts groups, and was a docent at the Salk Institute. She was an Associate Vice President of Coldwell Banker in La Jolla.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Endowment Fund of the Social Service League of La Jolla, PO Box 831, La Jolla, CA 92038.

Samuel Devault

M, b. 2 September 1888, d. 29 November 1964
     Samuel Devault was born on 2 September 1888 at Redbird, Gasconade Co., MO. He was the son of James Canny Davault and Jane Medley. Samuel Devault married Eve Fayetta Bolser on 15 April 1922 at Pratt, Pratt Co., KS. Samuel Devault lived on 6 April 1940 at Turkey Creek Twp., Barber Co., KS, farming, married, with adopted children Jack and Glenola.1 He died on 29 November 1964 at Rogers Memorial Hospital, Rogers, Benton Co., AR, at age 76. He was buried in December 1964 at Pratt Cemetery, Garfield, Benton Co., AR, Findagrave #5390021.

Child of Samuel Devault and Eve Fayetta Bolser


  1. [S2981] 1940 Federal Census, Barber County, Kansas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 1219.

Dr. Samuel H. DeVault

M, b. 1 July 1889, d. 22 June 1974
     Dr. Samuel H. DeVault was born on 1 July 1889 at Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN. He was the son of Frederick William DeVault and Laura Adelaide Martin. Dr. Samuel H. DeVault was educated at Carson-Newman College, University of Virginia, VA. He married Nell C. Milton on 5 September 1917. Occupation: Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Maryland between 1922 and 1951.
Note: July 1951 Newspaper Article

Dr. Samuel H. DeVault, former Washington county resident, will retire July 31, after 29 years service as head of the department of agricultural economics and marketing at the University of Maryland. He joind the university faculty in 1922 and established the department he headed. Born in Jonesboro, Dr. DeVault is a member of a pioneer Washington County family. His parents were Fred W. and Laura Martin DeVault. After graduation from Carson-Newman College in 1912, he served as principal of Conklin School for two years. He received his master's degree from the University of North Carolina in 1915 and his doctorate from Massachusetts State College, now the University of Massachusetts, in 1931. For three years, Dr. DeVault was a special agent in the Census Bureau's division of agriculture. Later, he was in charge of transportation research for the bureau of agricultural economics of the United States Department of Agriculture. He also worked as an agricultural economist with the U. S. Chamber of Commerce. Dr. DeVault is the author and co-author of more than 100 publications on ecomomic phases of agriculture. His biographical sketch appears in "Who's Who in America", "Who's Who in Commerce and Industry". and "American men of Science." He is a member of the American Farm Economics Association, Naional Association of Marketing Officials, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of University Professors, the Grange, Farm and the Pi Gamma Mu and Alpha Gamma Rho fraternities. During the war, Dr. DeVault was secretary of the state farm labor committee and a member of the agricultural advisory committee of the OPA in Maryland. At one time, he was chairman of the special advisory committee on the U. S. Census of Agriculture. He has been a member of various tax commissions appointed by the governors of Maryland. He has also served on the governor's market commission and the state nutrition committee. Dr. DeVault resides at Paint Branch Farms near Silver Springs, Maryland.

Dr. Samuel H. DeVault died on 22 June 1974 at age 84. He was buried in June 1974 at New York.

Samuel Henry DeVault

M, b. 28 May 1860, d. 31 December 1936
     Samuel Henry DeVault was born on 28 May 1860 at Darke Co., OH.1 He was the son of George C. DeVault and Prudence Davalt. Samuel Henry DeVault married Elizabeth Jane McDonnell, daughter of Edward Howard McDonnell and Alice Webster, in 1887. Samuel Henry DeVault married Margaret Angeline Shutt, daughter of Jefferson Shutt and Mary Ann Steele, on 30 August 1900 at Springhill, Warren Co., IA. Samuel Henry DeVault died on 31 December 1936 at Enid, Garfield Co., OK, at age 76. He was buried in January 1937 at Union Valley Cemetery (aka Ware Cemetery), Alfalfa Co., OK, Findagrave #23820126.
Note: Samuel relocated to Oklahoma at the time of the land rush in the 1890s.

Children of Samuel Henry DeVault and Elizabeth Jane McDonnell

Children of Samuel Henry DeVault and Margaret Angeline Shutt


  1. [S4293] 1870 Federal Census, Clark County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 769; FHL #552268.

Samuel Jacob DeVault

M, b. 26 May 1887, d. 26 May 1887
     Samuel Jacob DeVault died on 26 May 1887 at McDowell Co., NC. He was born on 26 May 1887 at McDowell Co., NC. He was the son of Hugh Alexander Tate DeVault and Mary Alice Brown.

Samuel Paul DeVault

M, b. 1885, d. 24 July 1926
     Note: did not marry. Samuel Paul DeVault was born in 1885 at Leesburg, Washington Co., TN. He was the son of Frederick Russell DeVault and Blanche Etta Sill. Samuel Paul DeVault died on 24 July 1926. He was buried in July 1926 at Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Leesburg, Washington Co., TN.

Rev. Samuel Pierce DeVault

M, b. 31 October 1872, d. 20 February 1958
     Rev. Samuel Pierce DeVault was born on 31 October 1872 at Boone's Creek, Washington Co., TN.1 He was the son of Martin Van Buren DeVault and Annis Sevier Roller. Rev. Samuel Pierce DeVault married Helen Mary Oldham, daughter of John Lewis Oldham and Letitia A. Dutton, on 22 August 1906 at Paola, Miami Co., KS. Occupation: Baptist minister for 60 years, holding pastorates in Virginia, Indiana, and middle Tennessee. Rev. Samuel Pierce DeVault lived at Nashville, Davidson Co., TN. He died on 20 February 1958 at Johnson City, Washington Co., TN, at age 85. He was buried in February 1958 at Monte Vista Burial Park, Johnson City, Washington Co., TN.

Children of Rev. Samuel Pierce DeVault and Helen Mary Oldham


  1. [S464] 1880 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA T9, Roll 1284; FHL #1255284.

Sarah Devault

F, b. circa 1785, d. after 1850
     Sarah Devault was born circa 1785. She was the daughter of Andrew DeVault. Sarah Devault married Jacob Hoover, son of Jacob Huber and Elizabeth Hotsinpiller. Sarah Devault died after 1850 at Pike Co. (probably), OH, No children.

Sarah A. DeVault

F, b. 4 April 1858, d. 3 May 1871
     Sarah A. DeVault was born on 4 April 1858. She was the daughter of Samuel Kitzmiller DaVault and Nancy Kitzmiller. Sarah A. DeVault died on 3 May 1871 at age 13. She was buried in May 1871 at Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery, Washington Co., TN, Headstone legend:

Born April 4, 1858
Died May 3, 1871.

Sarah Elizabeth DeVault

F, b. circa 1847
     Sarah Elizabeth DeVault was born circa 1847 at Ohio.1 She was the daughter of Daniel DeVault and Sarah Elizabeth Heskett.


  1. [S4959] 1860 Federal Census, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 1043; FHL #805043.

Sarah Priscilla DeVault

F, b. 22 October 1842, d. 15 June 1923
     Sarah Priscilla DeVault was born on 22 October 1842 at the farm six miles from Greeneville, Greene Co., TN.1 She was the daughter of David DeVault and Mariah Cox. Sarah Priscilla DeVault married Samuel C. Fitch on 6 May 1867 at Fleming Co., KY, no children. Sarah Priscilla DeVault lived in 1880 at Paducah, McCracken Co., KY. She married John W. Hannah on 4 February 1883, no children. Sarah Priscilla DeVault died on 15 June 1923 at age 80.


  1. [S2744] 1860 Federal Census, Greene County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 1252; FHL #805252.

Serle David DeVault

M, b. 15 May 1901, d. August 1982
     Serle David DeVault was born on 15 May 1901 at Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN. He was the son of Joseph Gilbert DeVault and Nannie Elvira DePew. Serle David DeVault married Margaret Alice Blair on 14 February 1930. Serle David DeVault lived on 15 April 1930 at Canton, Stark Co., OH.1 Occupation: Salesman for ice cream company in April 1940 at Canton, Stark Co., OH. He died in August 1982 at Stark Co., OH, at age 81.


  1. [S1849] 1930 Federal Census, Stark County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Rolls 1869-73; FHL #2341603-07.

Sharon Prudence DeVault

F, b. 28 September 1945, d. 23 May 2006
     Sharon Prudence DeVault was born on 28 September 1945 at Enid, Garfield Co., OK. She was the daughter of George Jefferson DeVault and Sadie Greenman. Sharon Prudence DeVault married Bobby Dean Martin, son of Elmer Percy Martin and Lucie R. Friend, on 19 October 1968 at Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK. Sharon Prudence DeVault and Bobby Dean Martin were divorced before 21 May 1976. Sharon Prudence DeVault married Joseph Edward Hutton on 17 December 1980 at Pineville, McDonald Co., MO. Sharon Prudence DeVault died on 23 May 2006 at age 60. She was buried in May 2006 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Enid, Garfield Co., OK, Findagrave #140096885.

Sheila Drew DeVault

F, b. 28 March 1910, d. 7 August 1999
     Sheila Drew DeVault was born on 28 March 1910 at Tennessee. She was the daughter of Robert Drew DeVault and Osceola Walton. Sheila Drew DeVault married Archibald Greene Qualls, son of Jasper Lee Qualls and Cora Olive Hagaman, on 1 February 1930 at Johnson City, Washington Co., TN. Sheila Drew DeVault lived on 3 April 1940 at 416 Providence Road, Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., NC.1 She died on 7 August 1999 at Greensboro, Guilford Co., NC, at age 89.

Child of Sheila Drew DeVault and Archibald Greene Qualls


  1. [S4942] 1940 Federal Census, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 2942.

Shelby Bingham DeVault

M, b. 12 September 1957, d. 19 December 2000
     Shelby Bingham DeVault was born on 12 September 1957 at Washington, D.C.. He was the son of Dr. Walter David DeVault Jr. and Kathleen Farr Bingham. Shelby Bingham DeVault died on 19 December 2000 at Norwich, New London Co., CT, at age 43.

Solon Clyde DeVault

M, b. 23 July 1888, d. 24 May 1954
     Solon Clyde DeVault was born on 23 July 1888 at McDowell Co., NC. He was the son of Hugh Alexander Tate DeVault and Mary Alice Brown. Solon Clyde DeVault married Julia Agnes Hagen on 16 July 1917, no children. Solon Clyde DeVault died on 24 May 1954 at Great Bend, Barton Co., KS, at age 65 OBITUARY - Great Bend Daily Tribune (Great Bend, Kansas); Tuesday, May 25, 1954; page 5 column 4; (
Solon Clyde DeVault
Little River -- Solon Clyde DeVault, 65, died at 2:45 p.m. Monday at the Hoffman Memorial Hospital here shortly after a heart attack
DeVault had been Santa Fe station agent here 28 years. He was born in Cowe County, North Carolina, July 23, 1888. He was a member of the Episcopal Church and Masonic Lodge.
Survivors are the widow; four sisters, Nannie DeVault, Stoneath, Va., Mrs. Lola Swane, Supply, N.C., and Mrs. Vivian Garrison and Mrs. Ettie Cobb, both of Morganton, N.C; and a brother, Leland, Hutchinson.

Cause of death: heart attack. He was buried in May 1954 at Bean Cemetery, Little River, Rice Co., KS.

Stella Mae DeVault

F, b. 28 April 1886, d. 13 December 1941
     Stella Mae DeVault was born on 28 April 1886 at Greene Co., TN.1 She was the daughter of John Augustus DeVault and Mary Eleanor McClellan. Stella Mae DeVault died on 13 December 1941 at age 55. She was buried in December 1941 at River Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery, Greeneville, Greene Co., TN.
Note: Did not marry.


  1. [S1250] 1900 Federal Census, Greene County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1573; FHL #1241573.

Susan DeVault

     Susan DeVault was born. She was the daughter of Valentine DeVault and Florence Allison.

Susannah C. DeVault

F, b. 13 February 1824, d. 1 February 1899
     Susannah C. DeVault was also known as "Susan".
Note: Having lost her mother at the age of 2, when her older sister Maria Catherina was married in 1833, Susan and her sister Rachel went to live with Maria and her husband Warrington Hunt. They were raised by the Hunts and stayed with them until they were married.

She was born on 13 February 1824 at Hanover, York Co., PA. She was the daughter of Jacob Davault and Rachel Dorothy Kitzmiller. Susannah C. DeVault married Joseph Franklin Duncan, son of James Duncan and Sarah Hunt, on 13 October 1842 at Washington Co., TN. Susannah C. DeVault died on 1 February 1899 at Moweaqua, Shelby Co., IL, at age 74 OBITUARY:

Death of Susan DeValt Duncan, a Beloved Wife and Mother at Rest In Heaven
Susan DeValt beloved wife of Jos. Duncan, Sr., quitely passed away in death at the family home in this city Feb. 1st, 1899, at 1 o'clock p. m., after a lingering illness of, consumption in which she bore her sufferings patient and uncomplainingly. When asked by her friends how she felt, most always answered she felt better, a proof that she was cheerful and her mind lingered on the bright side of life in which no clearer manifestation of a true christian character could have been exemplified. When told of the death of others that had taken place during her last days, she would say it looked almost too bad for so many younger, more useful persons to be taken while she lingered on, thereby manifesting that she felt her allotted time was drawing to a close. She was a kind affectionate wife and mother who loved her husband, and children and she likewise being loved by them in return.
She was a good neighbor and true friend in the years we have personally known her. We could mention many beautiful incidents in connection with her life, but one of the most impressive recalled to our memory was several years ago when her three sons professed religion. And at an afternoon meeting in the old Baptist Church, Robert, James and Joseph all were baptized and united with the Church, she was so happy her heart was overflowing and being unable to control her feelings. She shouted God's Praises in real earnest until there was not a person in the audience who did not shed tears of joy with her. Her family, including her sister were at her bedside when the end came. The funeral took place Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Baptist Church was conducted by Rev. Jo. B. Rogers assisted by Rev's Paisley, Jos. Thomas, and J. J. Midkiff. The Pall Bears were, Robt. B. Wilson, H. A. Pratt, Robt. W. Hight, H. Grooms, Wallace Gregory and Samuel Cushing. The remains were laid to rest beside those of her two daughters in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery west of town.
Those who attended the funeral from abroad were: Wm. Hight, Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Hight, of Macon, H. Grooms of Decatur, Rev. J. J. Midkiff, of Stonington, J. W. Brown of Blue Mound and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Cushing of Assumption.

Susan C. DeValt Duncan, daughter of Jacob and Rachel DeValt was born near Hanover, Pa., Feb. 13th, 1824 and died at Moweaqua, Ill., Feb. 1st, 1899, age 74 years, 11 months and 12 days. She removed with the family to Tennessee when she was a child of about four years. She was married Oct 18th, 1812 to Joseph Duncan and moved to Jacksonville, Illinois in 1851. Living there about one year, they moved to Fayette, Green county, residing there until Feb. 10th, 1867 when they moved to the neighborhood of Moweaqua and later to the home in this city. Bro. and Sister Duncan lived as man and wife together for more than 56 years. To them were born eight children, Sarah A, Jennie, Robert, and a child dying in infancy have passed to the otherside, Mary, Martin, James and Joseph living. Besides the aged husband and four children, Sister Duncan leaves one brother and a sister, Mrs. Hunt, of Tulsa, Indian Territory, who was present during the last months of her illness. She and Bro. Duncan both joined the Baptist Church before they were married, and united with the Church here in 1867, and have been members in good standing ever since.

History of Shelby Co., Illinois, by Newton Bateman and Paul Selby, 1910, Page 869

Nathan Francis: In September 1865 Mr. Francis married in Macoupin Co. Mary C. Duncan, born near Jonesboro, Washington Co., TN, February 24, 1844, a daughter of Joseph and Susannah C. (DeVault) Duncan. Joseph Duncan was born February 27, 1817 near Jonesboro, Washington Co., TN, and moved to Illinois in the fall of 1851, settling in Jacksonville and later buying a farm near Fayette, Green Co., on which he resided only a few years. He then purchased a farm near Moweaqua in Shelby Co., where he lived until locating in the city where he became Senior Deacon of the Baptist Church. After the death of his wife, he made his home with his daughter Mrs. Nathan Francis until his own death occurred March 30, 1905, when over 88 years of age. In 1842 he was married to Susannah C. DeVault and this union lasted 57 years, her death occurring at the family home in Moweaqua, February 1, 1899, when she was nearly 75 years old. Joseph and Susannah C. (DeVault) Duncan had 8 children: Martyn, Sarah, Jennie, James, Robert, Joseph, Mary C. and a son who died in infancy.

She was buried in February 1899 at Westside Cemetery, Moweaqua, Shelby Co., IL.

Children of Susannah C. DeVault and Joseph Franklin Duncan

Thelma Lorrane DeVault

F, b. 29 March 1928, d. 10 May 1995
     Thelma Lorrane DeVault was born on 29 March 1928 at Nash, Grant Co., OK.1 She was the daughter of Walter Nelson DeVault and Nellie May Blackwell. Thelma Lorrane DeVault married Homer Frederick Watt, son of Frederick Stephen Watt and Jennie Mary Snider, on 31 December 1945 at Hood River Co., OR. Thelma Lorrane DeVault and Homer Frederick Watt were divorced. Thelma Lorrane DeVault married Stephen Patterson circa 31 March 1951 at Clark Co., WA. Thelma Lorrane DeVault married Gene L. Anderson, son of Torkel Anderson and Agnes Olson, on 23 December 1952 at Vancouver, Clark Co., WA. Thelma Lorrane DeVault died on 10 May 1995 at Tigard, Washington Co., OR, at age 67. She was buried in May 1995 at Upper Valley Cemetery, Parkdale, Hood River Co., OR, Findagrave #51761648.

Child of Thelma Lorrane DeVault and Homer Frederick Watt


  1. [S4370] 1940 Federal Census, Grand County, Utah. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 4213.

Thomas Montgomery DeVault

M, b. 25 November 1855, d. 19 January 1888
     Thomas Montgomery DeVault was born on 25 November 1855 at Sullivan Co., TN. He was the son of John David DeVault and Cynthia H. Wells. Thomas Montgomery DeVault married Lydia Ann Douglas, daughter of Elbert Douglas and Mary Bacon, on 12 October 1882 at Washington Co., TN. Thomas Montgomery DeVault died on 19 January 1888 at Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC, at age 32. Cause of death: spinal meningitis, contracted while caring for his brother George. Thomas died one week after George. He was buried in January 1888 at Riverside Cemetery, Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC.

Child of Thomas Montgomery DeVault and Lydia Ann Douglas

Timothy DeVault

M, b. 25 May 1950, d. 13 August 1955
     Timothy DeVault was born on 25 May 1950 at Los Angeles Co., CA. He was the son of George Wesley DeVault. Timothy DeVault died on 13 August 1955 at Los Angeles Co., CA, at age 5.

Tommie Mae DeVault

F, b. 23 July 1887, d. 22 November 1976
     Tommie Mae DeVault was born on 23 July 1887 at North Carolina. She was the daughter of Thomas Montgomery DeVault and Lydia Ann Douglas. Tommie Mae DeVault married Rev. Earl Gladstone Hunt, son of William H. Hunt and Mary A. Keefauver. Tommie Mae DeVault died on 22 November 1976 at Davidson Co., TN, at age 89.

Child of Tommie Mae DeVault and Rev. Earl Gladstone Hunt

Valentine DeVault

M, b. 16 February 1822, d. 9 January 1906
     Valentine DeVault was also known as "Volly". He was born on 16 February 1822 at DeVault's Ford, Washington Co., TN. He was the son of Valentine DeWald and Susannah Range. Valentine DeVault married Edna Anne Hannah, daughter of George Hannah and Elizabeth Stover, on 17 November 1857 at Greene Co., TN. Valentine DeVault died on 9 January 1906 at Washington Co., TN, at age 83. He was buried in January 1906 at DeVault Cemetery, DeVault's Ford, Washington Co., TN, Findagrave #132278047.
Note: From Tracy DeVault:

Valentine “Volly” DeVault, Jr. was born on February 16, 1822 on the DeVault’s Ford Plantation. In 1842, when his parents died, the DeVault’s Ford Plantation, then constituting about 1100 acres, was divided up among Valentine’s and Susan’s four sons. (Valentine’s and Susan’s daughters, all then married, received cash.) John, the eldest son, who at the time was also married and had three children, was to receive the land on which he was living, this land being in Sullivan County; Isaac got the Massengill tract of 385 acres; Jacob got the “Big Island” and adjacent lands on the far side of the Watauga River and Valentine Jr., the youngest son, got the home place and about 350 acres of surrounding lands.

At the time of Valentine Jr.'s parents' death, the new brick house that was under construction, was only partially completed. The three unmarried sons finished the home and continued to live there. Jacob was the first to marry (1844) and he brought his wife to live in the Valentine home. Isaac was the second to marry (1848) and he also brought his wife to live in the Valentine home. The 1850 Census shows Isaac Davault, his wife and son Richard; Jacob Davault, his wife and son William and Valentine Jr., all living in the DeVault’s Ford house. Isaac built his home on the Massingill tract about 1852. Jacob is thought to have moved his family to his land across the Watauga River about the same time. It appears that Valentine Jr. lived alone in the large house until his marriage to Edna A. Hannah in 1857.

There is a story about how the DeVault and Hannah families first met. This version was told by Isaac DeVault’s grandson, Harry Faw.

“The Hannah family lived originally in Roanoke, Virginia, on a farm where the city is now located. They decided to sell out and move west. The story is told that they were traveling west in a big covered wagon when they came to DeVault’s Ford in the late afternoon, where they decided to pitch camp for the night before crossing the river. My Great-Grandparents [Valentine and Susan Davault] lived on high ground, back from the Ford, near where the large brick house now stands. My Great-Grandmother, Susan, sent word down to the Hannah wagon for the mother and the two little girls to come up to the house and sleep that night. The next morning my Great-Grandmother was teasing the little Hannah girls that she would let them marry her two sons, Valentine Jr. and Isaac. As it happened the Hannah family located in that neighborhood (1) rather than going west. Afterwards [years later] the two sons married the two Hannah sisters. Great-Grandmother Hannah lived to be about 100 years old.”

Harry Faw did not give the date the Hannah family crossed the river at DeVault’s Ford, but Hannah family history says they made the move in September of 1841. That would make Elizabeth about fourteen years old and Edna would have been about eleven years old. Valentine Jr.'s mother, Susan (Range) Davault, died the following year so she did not live to see her prophecy come true.

Newland DeVault visited the Valentine home in 1946, 1949 and 1969. On his 1969 visit, Adelaide “Addie” (Gresham) DeVault (2) related the following story. It takes place around 1860, a few years after the marriage of Valentine Jr. to Edna Hannah.

“This large home was not built for the convenience of the housewives as they are today, for they had slaves to do the work. The kitchen, as in most homes of that period, was not directly connected with the dining room. One had to go through several rooms from the kitchen to the dining room. Edna, Valentine Jr.’s wife, pleaded with her husband to cut a door through the dining room so she could go directly to the kitchen. He said, “No,” in no uncertain words. He had helped in the construction of the house after his father’s death in 1842 – it was his pride and joy and he refused saying that “he would rather have his heart cut out” than to make the change. Sometime later, when he was away from home for several days on a business trip, he came home and found the door cut through.” Newland speculated that, “It would be interesting to know what Valentine Jr. had to say when he came home and found the door cut through.”

The following biography of Valentine Jr. was printed in Goodspeed's History of Tennessee (Washington County), 1887:

"Valentine DeVault, farmer, was born February 16, 1822, in Washington County, on the Watauga River. He began as a farmer when twenty years old, and now owns a farm on 350 acres, where he lives, and an orange grove in Florida. November 17, 1857, he married Edna, a daughter of George and Elizabeth Hannah, natives of Roanoke County, Va. Their children are: John C. (deceased), George V., William W. and Robert D. Both are Methodists, and he is a Democrat. He has been a school commissioner six years. His parents were Valentine, Sr., and Susannah (Range) De Vault, natives of York County, Pa., and this county respectively, and were successful in their farm life. The father was an able business man, and a member of the Lutheran Church. Henry and Catharine M. (Graves) De Vault, natives of France (3) and Germany respectively, who after their marriage came to America, and settled in York, Penn., where they reared a large family. Some remained in Pennsylvania, some went to Indiana, and some to Tennessee, but all are now deceased. The mother was a daughter of Peter Range, one of the earliest settlers of this county."

The following are parts of two letters Newland DeVault received from David Sullins DeVault. (4)

Letter from 1951
“I appreciate your letters and the picture of Valentine’s old home. The memories of my childhood are very vivid. When I was a young lad, between the ages of eight and twelve [between 1884 and 1889] my father would hire a hack [from Bristol] and pack some trunks and his family in it and start during the early morning for the DeVault farm, arriving there in late afternoon. We usually spent a month there during the month of July. I remember Valentine II, whom I called “Volly” and also remember Uncle Jake. During those days the farms largest crop was watermelons and cantaloupes on the bottom lands near the river edge. Uncle “Volly” was a very large man, over six feet tall. He used to carry me on his shoulders. He taught me to swim. My memory is rather vague about the house, except that is was brick. The picture of the front door looks familiar. I remember there were two Negroes, "Uncle Tom" and "Aunt Rebecca," who were once slaves of Valentine Sr., both very old and loveable. Tom worked around the barn, and Rebecca in the kitchen ------ People traveling through would stop overnight on their way from Tennessee to North Carolina or opposite. The farm down the river, next to Valentine's was owned by George DeVault (5) -- we would often spend the day there. George sold his farm and later went to Florida.

Letter from 1953
"I remember Valentine Jr. -- he was a very large man, 6 feet 3 inches tall, well proportioned and full of fun, always in good humor. We often called him "Uncle Volly." When he laughed, which was often, he could be heard a mile. My father used to take his family to the farm during the summer. He loved to hunt and fish. During those days the Watauga was full of large-mouth bass. The fields abounded with quail and pheasants. The house was a two and a half [story], red brick structure. As I remember it had 14 rooms. The third floor had a hall from front to rear. I think there were four or six rooms in it that were used for travelers who stopped over night going or coming from North Carolina. I remember one night four men stopped at the house. They must have been well supplied with whiskey for they got drunk and started to fight. Valentine, William (6) and my father had to stop the fight and throw them out. I remember "Aunt Rebecca" a guinea Negro slave who was the cook. She had blue eyes. In her old age she visited all the folks and nearby relatives. She visited us in Bristol, where she saw electric lights -- there were two other negroes -- Zeke and Manual (7) , who attended the stables, field and melon patches."

The following is an excerpt from "On Horseback: A Tour of Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee," by Charles Dudley Warner, 1889:

"A ride of twenty miles next day carried us to Union (8). Before noon we forded the Watauga, a stream not so large as the Nolichucky, and were entertained at the big brick house of Mr. Devault, a prosperous and hospitable farmer. This is a rich country. We had met in the morning wagon-loads of watermelons and muskmelons, on the way to Jonesboro, and Mr. Devault set abundance of these refreshing fruits before us as we lounged on the porch before dinner.

It was here that we made the acquaintance of a colored woman, a withered, bent old pensioner of the house, whose industry (she excelled any modern patent apple-parer) was unabated, although she was by her own confession (a woman, we believe, never owns her age till she has passed this point) and the testimony of others a hundred years old. But age had not impaired the brightness of her eyes, nor the limberness of her tongue, nor her shrewd good sense. She talked freely about the want of decency and morality in the young colored folks of the present day. It wasn't so when she was a girl. Long, long time ago, she and her husband had been sold at sheriff's sale and separated, and she never had another husband. Not that she blamed her master so much he couldn't help it; he got in debt. And she expounded her philosophy about the rich, and the danger they are in. The great trouble is that when a person is rich, he can borrow money so easy, and he keeps drawin' it out of the bank and pilin' up the debt, like rails on top of one another, till it needs a ladder to get on to the pile, and then it all comes down in a heap, and the man has to begin on the bottom rail again. If she'd to live her life over again, she'd lay up money; never cared much about it till now. The thrifty, shrewd old woman still walked about a good deal, and kept her eye on the neighborhood. Going out that morning she had seen some fence up the road that needed mending, and she told Mr. Devault that she didn't like such shiftlessness; she didn't know as white folks was much better than colored folks. Slavery? Yes, slavery was pretty bad—she had seen five hundred niggers in handcuffs, all together in a field, sold to be sent South.

About six miles from here is a beech grove of historical interest, worth a visit if we could have spared the time. In it is the large beech (six and a half feet around six feet from the ground) on which Daniel Boone shot a bear, when he was a rover in this region. He himself cut an inscription on the tree recording his prowess, and it is still distinctly legible:


This tree is a place of pilgrimage, and names of people from all parts of the country are cut on it, until there is scarcely room for any more records of such devotion. The grove is ancient looking, the trees are gnarled and moss-grown. Hundreds of people go there, and the trees are carved all over with their immortal names."

When I, Tracy DeVault, visited the home in 2001, I saw the carved bed headboard. It was engraved with the following: “V 1877 D” – referring to the date the bed was made and the initials of Valentine DeVault, Jr.

Children of Valentine DeVault and Edna Anne Hannah

Valentine DeVault

M, b. 16 March 1835, d. 2 October 1892
     Valentine DeVault was born on 16 March 1835 at Piney Flats, Sullivan Co., TN.1 He was the son of John DeVault and Elizabeth Kitzmiller. Valentine DeVault married Florence Allison, daughter of John Allison and Susannah Hodges, on 4 January 1866. Valentine DeVault died on 2 October 1892 at Washington Co., TN, at age 57.

Children of Valentine DeVault and Florence Allison


  1. [S2773] 1870 Federal Census, Sullivan County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 1565; FHL #553064.

Valentine DeVault

M, b. 1769
     Valentine DeVault was born in 1769 at North Carolina. He married Anna Barbara May.

Child of Valentine DeVault and Anna Barbara May