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In Response To: DEVAN ()


I'm guessing you've seen Paul H's information on the Devan family, elsewhere on the site, or linked to it.

'Google' produced a couple of potentially useful sources for your search. It seems like if you had the names of all of the daughters, some could be ruled out, for example, using the MD Marriages information on Ancestry.

The Simpson Clan

Volume 1 Issue 8 March 1986
Simpsons of The Upper Haw River Area, North Carolina
Part IX Peter of Cannon County Tennessee
Part X Peter of Gibson County, Indiana
Miscellaneous Notes


Ryan family of Surry Co., North Carolina
Simpsonville Township, Rockingham Co., North Carolina
Gibson Co., Indiana
Simpson, Perkins and Sherrill Families

These, you may be able to get copies of from MD State Archives, or MD Historical Society.

Donna Valley Russell, "Who is Richard Simpson of Frederick County?,"
Western Maryland Genealogy, 14 (Jan. 1998): 3.

Russell, Donna Valley, "Richard Simpson of Frederick County," WMG 14 (1998) 2-9, 50-55.

1790: rootsweb transcription:
Richard Simpsons Sr. has 4 white males 16+; 1 white male under 16; 1 white female under 16, “3 white females including head,” 5 “others,” no slaves. Frederick MD

1820 Census: Frederick MD
1. District 8: William Devan, 4 males under 14, 1 male 14-26; 1 male, 45+; 1 female under 14; 1 female 14-26; 1 female 26-45.All FPOC

1830:Frederick MD:
1. District 2: William Devan, 10-24, 4 FPOC in household
2. District 8: William Devan, 55-100, 9 FPOC in household

Other Devan FPOC, 1830, none that are reasonably close in spelling or sound.

I figure you already have the census info for Richard Devan, MO, if not, let us know. Still, seems useful to note other MD-born Devan born around same time as Richard, with possibly recurring children's names

1850 Census: Daniel Devan, Jefferson, Frederick MD
48 years old, b. 1802, MD, post office worker, in hsehld Benjamin Swan 52. Seems Daniel is married to Elizabeth Swan, and their children are: Lydia, 10; Benj, 8; Eliz, 6; Sarah, 4; Daniel, 2. All in hsehld b. MD. Final member of the hse is ?tho Coleman, 12, mulatto. All in hseld, mulatto, except child Lydia and Benjamin Sr.

1850 Census, a MD-born Eden Devan, mulatto, 1813, is living in Gettysburg, Adams, PA, with Eliza, 1835; Mary, 1819.

1850: MD-born Nelson Devan, 1811, in Cumberland, Adams, PA, with Phoebe, 1835; Sophia, 1815

1850: MD-born William Devan, 1810, living in Sandy Creek, Mercer, PA

On Lydia, circa 1789, MD; the only surviving Lydias, mulatto, born MD between 1785-1795, in 1850 census:
Lydia Delany, WDC, Wd 7, b. 1780
Lydia Jackson, Berrys, Montgomery, MD, b. 1780
Lydia Lynch, Cincinnati W-1, Hamilton OH, 1790

Among 'black,' quite a few more, but only 1 in Frederick: District 8, Frederick MD:

Lydia Luby, b. 1791, married to James Luby, 61, B, laborer, born MD.

In 1850, there are quite a few black/mulatto Simpsons/Simpson in Frederick, but perhaps relevant that the household on the page just above Lydia Luby is:
Richard Simpson, 21, married to Lydia J. Simpson, son Greenbery C,6. Joseph W. Simpson, 3; John T (F?) Simpsons, 1; All mulatto, all born MD, some seem to have S at end of surname, others not.

(Jacob Luby,white; David Luby,white; George Luby, 1 male FPOC, 55-100, in 1840 census, Frederick)

Civil War Pension Index
Dennis Devan, filed Missouri and Maine, by Catherine Devan

I see an Amarinta Maize marrying an Andrew Russell, in Cape Girardeau, MO, 2 Oct 1839, no race indicated. Perhaps not coincidence?

The Frederick NEWS, July 3, 1900: "Richard Devan, a switchman in the employ of the United Railways, was struck by a car and seriously injured at Ellicott City." (Under "News of the State")

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