Charlton Ross DeVault

M, b. 16 May 1910, d. 2 February 1980
     Charlton Ross DeVault was also known as "Chauncy". He was born on 16 May 1910 at Kendricks Creek, Sullivan Co., TN. He was the son of Orgie Milton DeVault and Georgia Sprinkle Meredith. Charlton Ross DeVault married Ida Margaret Masengill, daughter of Charles Henry Masengill and Sara Matilda Akard, in 1939. Charlton Ross DeVault died on 2 February 1980 at Knox Co., TN, at age 69

Obituary -- Kingsport Times-News, Kingsport, Tennessee; Sunday, 3 FEB 1980, page 22 (

Chauncey DeVault

BRISTOL, Va. -- Charlton Ross (Chauncey) DeVault, 69, of 712 Georgia Avenue, died Saturday Morning in Bristol Memorial Hospital.

He was born at Kendricks Creek. He was a member of the State Street United Methodist Church. He served as president of the Bristol Lion's Club and was acive on the Board of Directors of the Bristol's Boys Club for many years. He was a past member of the Tennessee Board of Education and served as chairman in 1957.

He received his high school education at Dobyns-Bennett High School. He earned his bachelor of Arts degree at Emory and Henry College and his masterof Education degree at Columbia Universiry in New York City.

He was a coach of high school athletics and a teacher at Honaker, Appalachia and Bristol, Va., high schools. He was a veteran of World War II. He owned the DeVault Sporting Goods Store. In 1947 he was elected president of the Applachian Baseball League and held that position until his death. His was the longest tenure of a minor league executive in professional baseball history. In 1969 he was crowned the king of baseball by the National Association convention in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Masengill DeVault, Bristol, two sons, Charlton Ross DeValt, Jr., Kingsport and Merle Masengill DeVault, San Francisco, Calif; one daughter, Meredith DeVault, Knoxville, Ten; one sister, Mrs. Howard Duncan, Kingsport; one half-sister, Mrs. Temple Painter, Pulaski, Va.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday from the State Street United Methodist Church. Blevins Funeral Home in Bristol, Va., is in charge.


DeVAULT -- Funeral services for Charlton Ross (Chauncey) DeVault will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the State Street United Methodist Church with Dr. Roger E. Hilton officiating. Interment will follow in the Glenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Gene Thompson, Casto Ramsey, Neil F. Young, Alonzo Sprinkle, Paul Mackey and John Leonard. The body will remain at the Blevins Funeral Home until 12:30 p.m. Monday when it will be taken to the church one hour before services.

He was buried in February 1980 at Glenwood Cemetery, Bristol, Sullivan Co., TN.

Christina May DeVault

F, b. 26 October 1903, d. 6 February 1992
     Christina May DeVault was born on 26 October 1903 at Twelve miles north of Jet, Alfalfa Co., OK. She was the daughter of Samuel Henry DeVault and Margaret Angeline Shutt. Christina May DeVault married Grover Cleveland McClain, son of Samuel McClain and Margaret Steele, on 24 April 1930 at Kingman Co., KS. Christina May DeVault died on 6 February 1992 at Kelowna, Central Okanagan Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, at age 88. She was buried in February 1992 at Lakeview Memorial Cardens Cemetery, Kelowna, BC, Canada.

Children of Christina May DeVault and Grover Cleveland McClain

Clara Ann DeVault1

F, b. 5 December 1918, d. 27 July 1992
     Clara Ann DeVault was born on 5 December 1918 at Illinois.1 She was the daughter of Julius Raymond DeVault and Hattie Mae James.1 Clara Ann DeVault married Richard Eugene Hooser, son of Edward Falsby Hooser and Lillie Mae Johnson, on 27 February 1939 at Covington, Fountain Co., IN. Clara Ann DeVault died on 27 July 1992 at age 73 Obituary (

Clara Ann DeVault Hooser, 73, rural Mansfield, formerly of Farmer City, died Monday, July 27, 1992.
She was the wife of Richard E. Hooser (1917-2003) who she married on Feb 27, 1939.

Survivors are husband, Richard E., son, Ronald E., Champaign; daughter, Helen Hooser, rural Mansfield; brothers: Robert and William DeVault, both of Farmer City; Frank DeVault, Normal; sisters: Dora O'Neal, Farmer City; and Dorothy Hubbs, Bloomington.

Services are Thursday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City; with burial in Maple Grove Cemetery. Memorials are to Farmer City Ambulance Service or donor's choice.

She was buried in July 1992 at Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, DeWitt Co., IL, Findagrave #42317771.

Child of Clara Ann DeVault and Richard Eugene Hooser


  1. [S4616] 1920 Federal Census, DeWitt County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Roll 302; FHL #1820302.

Clara Olivine DeVault

F, b. 14 November 1874, d. 11 March 1950
     Clara Olivine DeVault was also known as "Ollie". She was born on 14 November 1874 at Washington Co., TN. She was the daughter of Frederick William DeVault and Laura Adelaide Martin. Clara Olivine DeVault married Gabriel Filmore Sylvester, son of John Sylvester and Chloe Walker. Clara Olivine DeVault died on 11 March 1950 at Sulphur Springs, Washington Co., TN, at age 75. She was buried in March 1950 at Sulphur Springs, Washington Co., TN.

Children of Clara Olivine DeVault and Gabriel Filmore Sylvester

Claude DeVault

     Claude DeVault was the daughter of James Miller DeVault. Claude DeVault was buried at Glennwood Cemetery, Bristol, Sullivan Co., TN.

Clifford Olin DeVault

M, b. 21 September 1943, d. before 28 January 2011
     Clifford Olin DeVault was born on 21 September 1943. He was the son of Donald Clifford DeVault and Mary Eileen Wampler. Clifford Olin DeVault died before 28 January 2011.

Clyde Archer DeVault

M, b. 3 June 1901, d. 4 July 1980
     Clyde Archer DeVault was born on 3 June 1901 at Washington Co., TN. He was the son of James Lafton DeVault and Mary E. Cox. Clyde Archer DeVault married Zella Ruth Isenberg, daughter of Andrew Jackson Isenberg and Loula Ellen Hawk, on 5 June 1924. Clyde Archer DeVault died on 4 July 1980 at Colonial Hill Nursing Home at age 79

Obituary -- Johnson City Press, Johnson City, Tennessee; Saturday, 5 jul 1980, p.2 (


Clyde A. DeVault, 79, Gray community, died at Colonial Hill Nursing Home Friday.

He was the son of the late James and Mary Cox DeVault.

Mr. DeVault was a member of Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church and a charter member of Gray Ruritan Club. He was a retired employee of Tennessee Eastman Corp.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Zella Isenberg DeVault; two daughters, Mrs. Kathleen Salts and Mrs. Sally Shew, both of Gray, one son, Clyde R. DeVault, Gray, one brother, Justin DeVault, Johnson City, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Gray is in charge.

He was buried in July 1980 at Gray Community Cemetery, Gray, Washington Co., TN, Findagrave #101456627.

Children of Clyde Archer DeVault and Zella Ruth Isenberg

Clyde Eugene DeVault

M, b. 3 June 1930, d. 25 May 1976
     Clyde Eugene DeVault was born on 3 June 1930 at Oreana, Macon Co., IL. He was the son of Julius Raymond DeVault and Hattie Mae James. Clyde Eugene DeVault began military service on 15 May 1951 Korean War service, enlisted, released 2 APR 1953, stationed at Fairbanks, AK. He married Louise Ruth Seaman in 1961, Before her marriage to Gene, Louise was married to Unknown Killian. After Gene died, Louise married Unknown Gresham and, in 1982, she married Ernest Harrison, Jr.

Clyde Eugene DeVault died on 25 May 1976 at Bloomington, McLean Co., IL, at age 45 OBITUARY - The Decatur Herald; Decatur, Illinois; Thursday, May 27, 1976; Page 40 (via

Clyde Eugene DeVault, 45, of Bloomington, formerly of Farmer City, died 7 p.m. Tuesday in Mennonite Hospital, Bloomington.
Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Friday in Stensel's Funeral Home, Farmer City, with visitation 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City. Memorials: American Cancer Society.
Mr. DeVault was born in Oreana, son of Julius and Hattie DeVault. He married Louise Feaman [should be Louise R. Seaman] in 1961. He was employed by General Electric Co., Bloomington, was a member of Saint John's Lutheran Church and Machinists Local 1000.
Surviving are his wife; mother of Farmer City; sisters, Mrs. Dora ONeal of Farmer City; Mrs. Clara Hosser [should be Clara Ann Hooser] of Mansfield; Mrs. Dorothy Hubbs of Bloomington; brothers Henry, William and Robert, all of Farmer City; Frank of Normal.
One brother and one sister preceded him in death.

He was buried in May 1976 at Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, DeWitt Co., IL.
Note: NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - The Pantagraph; Bloomington, Illinois; Sunday, October 5, 1952; Page 8 (via

Farmer City Soldier Home on 30 Day Visit
FARMER CITY -- (PNS) -- Cpl. Clyde DeVault is spending a 30 day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Julius DeVault.
He will leave Oct. 17, for Fairbanks, Alaska, where he has been stationed for the past year.
His brother Robert, discharged last month after nine months in Japan and nine months in Korea, has returned home and will enter the trucking business here with Ora O'neal.

Clyde Leeroy DeVault

M, b. 18 August 1881, d. 28 April 1918
     Clyde Leeroy DeVault was born on 18 August 1881 at Bristol Independent City, VA. He was the son of Milton Tucker DeVault and Timmie Eugenia Cardwell. Occupation: musician (violinist), studied at Prague. Clyde Leeroy DeVault married Mabel Summers on 15 May 1915 at Point Comfort, Hampton (Independent City), VA, no children. Clyde Leeroy DeVault died on 28 April 1918 at Point Comfort, Hampton (Independent City), VA, at age 36.

Clyde R. DeVault

M, b. 29 May 1930, d. 11 April 2013
     Clyde R. DeVault was also known as "Sonny". He was born on 29 May 1930 at Washington Co., TN. He was the son of Clyde Archer DeVault and Zella Ruth Isenberg. Clyde R. DeVault began military service Korean War service. He died on 11 April 2013 at Gray, Washington Co., TN, at age 82. He was buried in April 2013 at Sulphur Springs Cemetery, Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN, Findagrave #157669994.

Daniel DeVault

M, b. 1818, d. after June 1900
     Daniel DeVault was born in 1818 at Ohio per 1900 census, both parents born either Maryland (1880) or Pennsylvania (1900)

Three "Devolld" heads of household are listed in the 1820 census of Morgan County, Ohio, these being Daniel, Alfred, and John. Of these, Alfred and John both had sons under the age of 10. The next nearest Devault household was in Ross County, Ohio. The elderly Daniel "Devol" was still in Morgan County in 1840, with his wife but no other family members.1,2,3 He married Sarah Elizabeth Heskett. Daniel DeVault lived on 8 August 1850 at Monroe Twp., Guernsey Co., OH, Blacksmith.4 He married Eleanor Wills before 18 June 1860. Daniel DeVault lived on 18 June 1860 at Oxford Twp., Tuscarawas Co., OH, Blacksmith.1 He lived on 10 June 1870 at Oxford Twp., Tuscarawas Co., OH, farming.2 He lived on 19 June 1900 at Tuscarawas County Infirmary, Goshen Twp., Tuscarawas Co., OH.3 He died after June 1900.

Children of Daniel DeVault and Sarah Elizabeth Heskett

Child of Daniel DeVault and Eleanor Wills


  1. [S4959] 1860 Federal Census, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 1043; FHL #805043.
  2. [S4960] 1870 Federal Census, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 1273; FHL #552772.
  3. [S1462] 1900 Federal Census, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1327; FHL #1241327.
  4. [S6] 1850 Federal Census, Guernsey County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 684.

David DeVault

M, b. 27 August 1813, d. 19 April 1884
     Note: David DeVault (as he always spelled his name) was the fourth child of Frederick and Margaret Davault. He was born on the joint homestead of Frederick and Valentine Davault. When he was about five years old he moved with his parents to Leesburg. He lived at the DeVault Tavern until 1838, when he married Mariah (Marie) Cox. David was a prominant man and farmer. He and Maria owned a farm about six miles from Greenville on the Nolichucky River.

David gave each of his children a clock with wooden wheels and weights. It was an "Eli Terry," perhaps the first clock commercially made in the United States. Mrs. Maude (DeVault) Tucker has the clock that David gave her father, John A. DeVault. It has two weights that go up when the clock is wound.

David DeVault was born on 27 August 1813 at DeVault's Ford, Washington Co., TN.1 He was the son of Frederick DaVault and Margaret Range. David DeVault married Mariah Cox, daughter of John Cox and Priscilla McCray, on 22 February 1838 at Washington Co., TN. Occupation: Farmer at Greene Co., TN. David DeVault lived in 1860 at Greene Co., TN, Owned a farm six miles from Greenville on the Nolichucky River.1 He died on 19 April 1884 at age 70.

Children of David DeVault and Mariah Cox


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

David Deuel DeVault1

M, b. 2 February 1932, d. 24 May 2018
     David Deuel DeVault was also known as "Big D". He was born on 2 February 1932 at Sullivan Co. (probably), TN.1 He was the son of Jesse Cleveland DeVault Sr. and Mamie Deakins.1 David Deuel DeVault married Barbara Lorraine Paine on 3 September 1953 at Livermore Memorial Chapel, NAS Memphis, Memphis, Shelby Co., TN; ceremony by Rev. C. Charles Bachmann, Chaplain. David Deuel DeVault lived in 2001 at Rio Linda, Sacramento Co., CA. He died on 24 May 2018 at Roseville, Placer Co., CA, at age 86. He was buried in May 2018 at Sunset Lawn Chapel of the Chimes Memorial Park, Sacramento, Sacramento Co., CA, Findagrave #190050032.


  1. [S2016] 1940 Federal Census, Sullivan County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 3938.

David Milton DeVault

M, b. 31 August 1905, d. 4 February 1978
     David Milton DeVault was born on 31 August 1905 at Tennessee. He was the son of Orgie Milton DeVault and Georgia Sprinkle Meredith. David Milton DeVault married Florence Katherine Baum, daughter of Frederick William Baum and Elizabeth Annie Lever, on 12 June 1934 at Johnson City, Washington Co., TN. David Milton DeVault died on 4 February 1978 at Sullivan Co., TN, at age 72. He was buried in February 1978 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Kingsport, Sullivan Co., TN.

Children of David Milton DeVault and Florence Katherine Baum

David Sullins DeVault

M, b. 19 December 1876, d. 7 July 1963
     David Sullins DeVault was born on 19 December 1876 at Bristol Independent City, VA. He was the son of Milton Tucker DeVault and Timmie Eugenia Cardwell. David Sullins DeVault married Esther Miller Waldron, daughter of Frank Waldron and Louisa Miller, on 23 June 1916 at Amsterdam, Montgomery Co., NY. Occupation: Interior decorator for furniture company, per WWI draft registration in 1918. David Sullins DeVault died on 7 July 1963 at Amsterdam, Montgomery Co., NY, at age 86 Notes for DAVID SULLINS DEVAULT:
David is listed in "Who Was Who in American Art," compiled from the original thirty-four volumes of American Art Annual: Who's Who in Art, Biographies of American Artists Active from 1898-1947. Edited by Peter Hastings Falk. Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1985. [WhAmArt 1] : DeVault, David Sullins [Des.,C,P,I] Amsterdam, NY b. 19 D 1876, Bristol, VA. Studied: Baltimore Sch A; NY Sch. A; William M. Chase; Robert Henri; F.V. DuMond; abroad. Work: murals, many U.S. cities.

David painted a murel that now hangs in the main foyer of the Wilbur H. Lynch High School, Amsterdam, Montgomery County, New York. (David S. Devault, 2 historic maps of area, oil on canvas 8' x 19'6" each, 1934 and 1938, PWAP and WPA/FAP.)

OBITUARY - Schenectady Gazette (NY), July 8, 1963

D.S. DeVault, Amsterdam Artist, Dies at Age of 86
AMSTERDAM - David S. DeVault, 86, of Northampton road, an artist, mural painter and interior decorator, died yeaterday following a long illness.
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HE WAS AT ONE TIME employed by the Elgin Simmons Co., where he did furniture designing, interior decorating and painted for customized furniture. His art has also been featured in several leading national and international magazines.
Joining the W. J. Sloane Co., of New York city, he did custom designing, his work including the Ferguson Castle at Long Island.
Mr. DeVault, who is listed in Who's Who in America, came to this city in 1935 and was engaged in free lance art, designing and decorating. He did several murals including those in the Nicholas Restaurant in Schenectady and for Amsterdam high school. Ill health forced his retirement in 1945.
Born in Bristol, Va., he was graduated from New York School of Art and later continued his art education in Europe. He was a member of the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church.
His wife, Mrs. Esther Waldron DeVault, died on April 14, this year.
Surviving are one son, David S. DeVault Jr., Holly; one daughter, Mrs. Duane Snyder, Amsterdam; several grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the pike funeral home, Rev. M. C. T. Andrea will officiate and burial will be at Green Hill cemetery. The funeral home will be open tonight after 7 o'clock.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - Daily Gazette, Schenectady (NY), Monday, October 4, 2010 (By Bob Cudmore)

Focus on Mohawk Valley History
Amsterdam's muralist is remembered
An accomplished artist married to a local native moved to Amsterdam in 1935, and his art work is still viewed by hundreds of young people every day.
David S. DeVault painted freelance murals after coming to Amsterdam, including the map of the Mohawk Valley in the main hall of today’s Lynch middle school, more properly Wilbur H. Lynch Literacy Academy. When DeVault painted that mural, the building was the high school.
He also painted murals at Nicklaus German Restaurant at State Street and Erie Boulevard in Schenectady. Today there are paintings with a German theme signed by Jay Gogolin but no murals at that location, currently the Bangkok Thai Bistro.
Born in Bristol, Va., in 1876, DeVault was a 1907 graduate of the School of Fine and Applied Arts in New York City. After graduation, he went to Europe and studied interior decoration, painting and furniture design. Returning to New York City, he was scenic designer at the Hippodrome Theater and did decorative work at the Ritz Carlton and McAlpine hotels.
He then worked for Elgin A. Simonds, a furniture manufacturer in Syracuse. In 1915, he married Amsterdam native Esther Waldron, who went to Syracuse University. In 1923 they moved south where DeVault was the first artist on the payroll of Tennessee Furniture Co. His art work and designs appeared in magazines such as House Beautiful and Vogue.
The DeVaults moved to Amsterdam in 1935, and David DeVault continued his artistic endeavors. A son, also named David DeVault, served as a sergeant in World War II. In 1943, Esther Waldron DeVault started a nursery school at their home at 20 Northampton Road. Peter Betz, who suggested this story, attended that nursery school. The elder David DeVault retired in 1945 because of ill health.
In September 1950, another son, Lt. Milton DeVault, was killed in action in the Korean War. Lt. DeVault died only 22 days after arriving in Korea to serve as a commander with the 72nd Heavy Tank Battalion. A West Point graduate, and his wife Gayle had married in Olympia, Wash., shortly before he embarked for the war. His body was not returned to Amsterdam for funeral services until 1951.
Esther Waldron DeVault died in April 1963. She had served as a Republican election inspector at the old West Spring Street School for 25 years. The artist David DeVault died later that year. At the time of their deaths, their surviving son was living in Holly, N.Y. Their daughter Joan had married Duane Snyder and was living in Amsterdam.

He was buried in July 1963 at Green Hill Cemetery, Amsterdam, Montgomery Co., NY.

Children of David Sullins DeVault and Esther Miller Waldron

David Sullins DeVault Jr.

M, b. 11 October 1918, d. November 1980
     David Sullins DeVault Jr. was born on 11 October 1918 at Syracuse, Onondaga Co., NY. He was the son of David Sullins DeVault and Esther Miller Waldron. David Sullins DeVault Jr. began military service WW II, USMC, Corporal, 22 Service Squadron. He married Kathryn Anable, daughter of Erwin Anable and Kathryn (?), on 27 June 1946. David Sullins DeVault Jr. died in November 1980 at Orleans Co. (probably), NY, at age 62 dates per SSDI, last residence Holley. He was buried in 1980 at Sandy Creek Cemetery, Murray, Orleans Co., NY.

Dean Elmo DeVault

M, b. 30 July 1919, d. 19 August 1999
     Dean Elmo DeVault was born on 30 July 1919 at Tazewell Co. (probably), IL. He was the son of Charles Harrison DeVault and Ida May Tuttle. Dean Elmo DeVault began military service WW II, U. S. Navy. He married Anna Louise Kennedy in 1942 at Glades Co., FL. Dean Elmo DeVault died on 19 August 1999 at Dallas Co. (probably), TX, at age 80 dates per SSDI, last residence DeSoto.

Don Charles DeVault

M, b. 10 December 1915, d. 26 November 1990
     Note: Don was listed in editions 12 through 18 (1971 - 1993) of American Men & Women of Science. A biographical directory of today's leaders in physical, biological, and related sciences. New York: R.R. Bowker. He was also listed in Who's Who in the Frontier Science and Technology. First edition, 1984- 1985. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1984.


"Chemical effects of delayed conversion electron emission,--by Don Charles DeVault." (1940)
DeVault, Don. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Univ. of California, May 1940.

"The Raman Spectrum of Boron Trifluoride Gas" (1938) Yost, Don M., DeVault, Don, Anderson, Thomas F., Lassettre, Edwin N.
The Raman spectrum of BF3 was photographed using a purified preparation obtained from the thermal decomposition of C6H5N2BF4. Of the lines observed, that with the frequency 888 cm^—1 is certainly...

"Energetics of photosynthetic glow peaks" DeVault, Don, Arnold, William
By postulating temperature-dependent equilibria between two or more electron carriers acting as traps for electrons or holes, it is possible to modify the Randall-Wilkins theory of thermoluminescence...

"Quantum-Mechanical Tunnelling in Biological Systems" (IUPAB Biophysics) by Don DeVault (27 Jul 1984)

"Secrecy and war research in universities" (Pamphlet - Society for Social Responsibility in Science) by Don Charles DeVault (1966.)

Don Charles DeVault was born on 10 December 1915 at Calhoun Co. (probably), MI. He was the son of Ralph Pulliam DeVault and Ruth C. Tenney. Don Charles DeVault married Jeanette Irwin Baird, daughter of Rev. James Wallace Baird and Maude Rebecca Edgerton, no children. Don Charles DeVault died on 26 November 1990 at Champaign, Champaign Co., IL, at age 74 OBITUARY - Photosynthesis Research 28: 95-98, 1991.

Dr Don Charles DeVault, visiting Professor of Biophysics, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Illinois, passed away suddenly last November 26, 1990, due to cardiopulmonary failure. Don discovered quantum mechanical tunnelling processes in biology for which he was honored on the occasion of his retirement in two special issues of Photosynthesis Research during 1989. Both his research and his personal interest in social issues were intense, and he made important contributions in both areas.
Don called Professor A.A. Noyes his 'father in science.' He worked in Noyes' laboratory at the California Institute of Technology during the height of the Depression. Noyes opened up his own office at night so that Don, not able to afford housing, would have a place to sleep while he completed his B.S. in Chemistry. Don's achievements as a Ph.D. student under W.F. Libby (Nobel prize winner for ~4C dating) in the early days of radioisotope research led to a friendship with Martin Kamen during the late 1930s at the University of California, Berkeley. The association resulted in a paper entitled
'Photosynthesis with Radio-Carbon' (Ruben et al. 1939). This early introduction to photosynthesis research would ultimately lead Don back 25 years later to studies of primary photochemical processes for which he is best remembered. During the interim period, he pursued his interests in electronics and social causes. He spent much of WWII as a conscientious objector in prison and in a Civilian Public Service Camp from which he actually published two articles on methods of teaching electronic structure of the atom (DeVault 1944a and b). After the war, he spent a short time at the University of Chicago, but most of his efforts focused on using Gandhian methods of nonviolence to fight racial discrimination long before this became a popular thing to do. Don and his CORE (Congress for Racial Equality) colleagues were successful at integrating Tuley Park in South Chicago on one occasion by refusing to retaliate despite beatings and in Don's case, a broken jaw. Subsequently, for ten years until 1958, he taught at the University (then College) of the Pacific and spent part of the time serving as Chairman of the Physics Department. Frustrated with administrative duties, Don headed East to develop a Xenon flash/detector device to guide the blind with a small Philadelphia company called Bionic Instruments, Inc. During this period, he championed Seneca Indian causes and protested germ warfare work by the army.
With the advent of lasers, Don joined Britton Chance at the Johnson Research Foundation, University of Pennsylvania, in 1963. He used his electronics expertise and background in kinetics to develop one of the first time-resolved laser spectrometers built to measure fast light-induced chemical reactions. Since many of the required electronic circuits were not available at the time, he designed the requisite amplifiers, lamp boost circuits, timing systems, and an A.C. coupling device himself from first principles. Chance's interest in the laser system arose out of his own work on light-driven cytochrome oxidation with John Olson, a graduate student at the time. Chance also discovered, with Mitsuo Nishimura, low temperature cytochrome oxidation in the photosynthetic bacterium, Chromatium vinosum, and observed, with Walter Bonner, low temperature cytochrome oxidation in green leaves. This environment set the stage for the laser studies. In a series of classic papers (Chance and DeVault 1964, DeVault and Chance 1966, DeVault et al. 1967), Don showed that the rate of cytochrome oxidation in C. vinosum decreased as the temperature was lowered to 120 K but thereafter remained constant with a half-time of 2.3 ms down to liquid helium temperature. This was the salient information (the lack of apparent activation energy at low temperature) that led to Don's interpretation of the result in terms of quantum mechanical tunnelling. Details of these times were discussed by Don himself (DeVault 1989) and Bill Parson (1989). Parson, by the way, with Don's guidance used the laser equipment to determine that P870 and not a cytt, chrome was oxidized in the primary photochemical step of photosynthesis. This answered a major question

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Donald Clifford DeVault

M, b. 17 January 1921, d. 23 February 1945
     Donald Clifford DeVault was born on 17 January 1921 at Tennessee. He was the son of Karl Vernon DeVault and Lena Avis Shoun. Donald Clifford DeVault married Mary Eileen Wampler circa 1939. Donald Clifford DeVault began military service WW II, U.S. Army, 413 Regiment, 104 Infantry Division, PFC, s/n 33890099. He died on 23 February 1945 at France at age 24. He was buried at Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium.

Child of Donald Clifford DeVault and Mary Eileen Wampler

Donald Lee DeVault

M, b. 16 December 1934, d. 3 April 2012
     Donald Lee DeVault was born on 16 December 1934 at Hutchinson, Reno Co., KS. He was the son of Leland Tasaway DeVault and Ona Mae Wiard. Donald Lee DeVault married Carole Jean Moore, daughter of Lester E. Moore and Wilma Fern Lewis, on 29 January 1960 at Albert, Barton Co., KS. Donald Lee DeVault died on 3 April 2012 at Buhler, Reno Co., KS, at age 77

Obituary -- (

Donald Lee DeVault, 77, died April 3, 2012, at Sunshine Meadows Nursing Home, Buhler, Kan. He was born Dec. 16, 1934, to Leland T. and Ona Mae Wiard DeVault in Hutchinson, Kan. He was a 1953 graduate from Buhler High School.

On Jan. 29, 1960, he married Carol Jean Moore in Albert, Kan. She died March 17, 1999.

He worked at Winchesters Foods for 29 years and retired from Doskocil and belonged to the American Legion Lysle Rishel Post #68. Survivors include: daughters, Lisa DeVault, Brenda Partridge and husband Bob; son, Scott DeVault and wife Kristi; grandchildren, Alyssa and Dylan Partridge, Marissa Cook, Jordan DeVault; brothers, Robert, Bobby Dean, John, Garry DeVault; special friend, Marie Thode, all of Hutchinson. He was preceded in death by parents; three brothers, Keith, Kenneth, and Richard DeVault; three sisters, Eileen Grifith, Alice Hollinger and Marjorie Baerg, who died March 31, 2012.

Funeral service for Donald will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012, at First Southern Baptist Church, 1201 E. 23rd, Hutchinson, Kan., with Pastor Ray Kempel presiding. Burial will follow at Penwell-Gabel Cemetery and Mausoleum, Hutchinson. Friends may sign the book from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 6, through Friday, April 13, at Elliott Mortuary with the family to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Elliott Mortuary Chapel, Hutchinson. Memorial contributions may be made to First Southern Baptist Church or American Legion Lysle Rishel Post #68, all in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501. Funeral service for his sister, Marjorie Baerg will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Elliott Mortuary Chapel.

He was buried in April 2012 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson, Reno Co., KS, Findagrave #88134106.

Donald Wayne DeVault

M, b. 23 April 1944, d. 10 August 2015
     Donald Wayne DeVault was born on 23 April 1944 at Mexico, Audrain Co., MO. He was the son of Francis Howard DeVault and Edna Irene Lierheimer. Occupation: farmer and substitute teacher at Centralia at Monroe Co., MO. Donald Wayne DeVault died on 10 August 2015 at Johnson City, Washington Co., TN, at age 71

Obituary -- (

Donald Wayne DeVault, 71 of Mexico, MO, died Monday, August 10, 2015 in Johnson City, TN as the result of an automobile accident.

Services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 18th at 10:00 a.m. at Bethel Presbyterian Church with burial to follow in Bethel Cemetery. Visitation is Monday evening from 5-7 at Arnold Funeral Home.

Don was born on April 23, 1944 the son of Francis and Edna (Lierheimer) DeVault. He grew up on the family farm in Mexico with his brother Charlie. Following high school he married Marjorie Gipson on June 28, 1964. He farmed full time and was also a mail carrier for Centralia.

He loved to travel and vacation. He enjoyed the farm and spending time with his family. Don was a good and faithful man with a warm smile and died doing what he loved.

He is a lifetime member of Bethel Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder. He is survived by his mother, Edna DeVault of Mexico, his loving wife of 51 years, Margie, his children Troy W. DeVault and wife Annette of Columbia, Cindy DeVault-Phillips and husband Sean of Mexico and Kimberly G. DeVault-Carroll of Mexico. In 1997 he became a first time grandfather with the birth of Jeraka I. Carroll followed by the birth of Taylor A. DeVault, Morgan J. DeVault, Natalie D. Phillips and his last granddaughter Ellen N. Phillips born in 2002. He is also survived by his brother Charlie DeVault and his wife Georgia of Mexico and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Francis H. DeVault.

Memorials may be made to the Bethel Presbyterian Church or Heifer International in care of Arnold Funeral Home.

He was buried on 18 August 2015 at Bethel Presbyterian Cemetery, Audrain Co., MO, Findagrave #150744189.

Dora Mae DeVault

F, b. 13 February 1917, d. 31 August 2005
     Dora Mae DeVault was born on 13 February 1917 at Lane, DeWitt Co., IL.1 She was the daughter of Julius Raymond DeVault and Hattie Mae James.1 Dora Mae DeVault married Vernal Lewis Corder before 1938. Dora Mae DeVault and Vernal Lewis Corder were divorced before May 1947. Dora Mae DeVault married Ora Lewis O'Neal, son of Daniel O'Neal and Effie Rees, on 28 May 1947 at Covington, Fountain Co., IN. Dora Mae DeVault died on 31 August 2005 at Farmer City, DeWitt Co., IL, at age 88 OBITUARY - The Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL), September 3, 2005

FARMER CITY -- Dora M. O'Neal, 88, of Farmer City passed away at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday (Aug, 31, 2005) at Jackson Heights Nursing Home, Farmer City.
Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City. Andrew Schrenk will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation.
Mrs. O'Neal was born Feb. 13, 1917, in Lane to Julius Raymond and Hattie Mae James DeVault. She married Ora O'Neal on May 28, 1947, in Covington, Ind. He passed away June 16, 1978.
Surviving are two sons, Robert O'Neal of Bloomington and Larry (Sarah) O'Neal of Farmer City; one stepson, Gene (Mary Francis) O'Neal of Farmer City; one daughter, Connie (LaVerne) Whitson of Diamond, Mo; two stepdaughters, Shirley (Bill) Baker of Champaign and Lucille Bland of Fort Lauderdale, Fla; eight grandchildren, Larry Allen O'Neal II, Wendy Mae Cribbs, Heather (Stacy) Wilson, Dawn (Shane) Schielein, Ashley Whitson, Jade Christine O'Neal, Jacquelyn Renea O'Neal and Clint Allen O'Neal; seven great-grandchildren, Timothy Wilson, Dylan O'Neal, Larry Allen O'Neal III, Kelcie O'Neal, Abagail Cribbs, Hunter Schielein, and Kane O'Neal; 10 stepgrandchildren; and two brothers, Robert L. (Shirley) DeVault of Farmer City and Franklin L. (Irene) DeVault of Normal.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, three sisters and one great-granddaughter.
Dora was a member of the First Christian Church, Farmer City. She made baked goods for restaurants, neighbors and friends. She also was a caregiver for the elderly.
God looked around His garden and found an empty place. He then looked down upon this earth, and saw your tired face. He put His arms around you, and lifted you to rest. God's garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best. He knew that you were suffering, He knew you were in pain. He knew that you would never get well on earth again. He saw that the road was getting rough and the hills are hard to climb, so He closed your weary eyelids and whispered, "Peace Be Thine." It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn't go alone, for part of us went with you the day God called you home.

She was buried in September 2005 at Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, DeWitt Co., IL, Findagrave #42782299.


  1. [S4616] 1920 Federal Census, DeWitt County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Roll 302; FHL #1820302.

Doris DeVault

F, b. 10 June 1917
     Note: Did not marry. Doris DeVault was born on 10 June 1917. She was the daughter of Rev. Robert Martin DeVault and Bess Telete Moulten. Occupation: Worked with the Woman's Missionary Union for 38 years at Farmington, AL.

Dorothe Lulu DeVault

F, b. 12 November 1893, d. 28 April 1947
     Dorothe Lulu DeVault was born on 12 November 1893 at King Co. (probably), WA. She was the daughter of John Jacob DeVault and Minnie D. Gaedecke. Dorothe Lulu DeVault married Louis Lee Goldsmith, son of Charles Goldsmith and Nettie Winters, circa 1914. Dorothe Lulu DeVault died on 28 April 1947 at Seattle, King Co., WA, at age 53.

Children of Dorothe Lulu DeVault and Louis Lee Goldsmith

Dorothy DeVault

F, b. 10 June 1917, d. 11 November 2011
     Dorothy DeVault was born on 10 June 1917. She was the daughter of Rev. Robert Martin DeVault and Bess Telete Moulten. Dorothy DeVault was graduated; Graduated Meredith College; WMU Training School. She married Dr. Thomas Braden Milligan on 16 October 1945. Dorothy DeVault died on 11 November 2011 at age 94.

Child of Dorothy DeVault and Dr. Thomas Braden Milligan

Dorothy Bell DeVault

F, b. 26 July 1902, d. 2 February 2002
     Dorothy Bell DeVault was born on 26 July 1902 at Bayard, Morrill Co., NE. She was the daughter of William Peter DeVault and Anna Elizabeth Campbell. Dorothy Bell DeVault lived in 2000 at nursing home, Gering, Morrill Co., NE. She died on 2 February 2002 at Gering, Scotts Bluff Co., NE, at age 99.
Note: Did not marry.

Dorothy Louise DeVault

F, b. 6 January 1925, d. 4 October 2006
     Dorothy Louise DeVault was born on 6 January 1925 at Norwalk, Warren Co., IA. She was the daughter of Edward Monroe DeVault and Ethel Agnes Higens. Dorothy Louise DeVault married Elbert Paul Overlin, son of Gilbert Willard Overlin and Ethel Aleta Scott, on 25 November 1944 at Mitchellville, Polkl Co., IA. Dorothy Louise DeVault died on 4 October 2006 at Des Moines, Polk Co., IA, at age 81 Obituary (

Dorothy was born to Edward Monroe DeVault and Ethel Agnes Higens on January 6th, 1925, in Norwalk, Iowa. She had two siblings, a sister, Olive Ruth DeVault~Overlin, and Leonard Leroy DeVault. She was preceded in death by all listed. She married Elbert Paul Overlin in November 1944 and they had two sons. Kenneth was born in 1946 and Stephen was born in 1951, but died several days after birth. Dorothy lived and worked her entire life in the Mitchellville area. She was a kind and patient woman. She died of lymphoma after several years of illness. Her husband died in April 2000, after which she moved into town. She has six grandsons and many great-grandchildren living in and around the midwest.

She was buried in October 2006 at Mitchellville Cemetery, Mitchellville, Polk Co., IA, Findagrave #37484694.
Note: Auction Notice:


Located at 302 3rd St. NE in Mitchellville, IA.
               HOUSEHOLD GOODS
     Couch & matching love seat; Howard Miller Grandfather clock; Lazy Boy recliner; dining table w/extension & chairs; square hutch; Kirby vacuum; towels; linens; doilies; bedding; Waterfall BR suite w/bed & chest; sewing machine; 4 drawer chest; Quartz mantle clock; decanters; glass canary dishes; old albums; shelving; set of “Diamond” dishes; ceramic chickens & owl; pots & pans; snack sets; metal plant stand; kitchen table & chairs; Hammond organ; luggage; shadow boxes; Christmas misc; pitcher & bowl; kerosene lamps; Whirlpool deep freeze; Sharp camcorder; misc crocks;
     JD 108 lawn tractor w/ bagger; Rally 22" mower; service light; Schumacher 6/12 charger on whls; misc qts of oil; misc games & toys; toy JD A tractor w/ headless man; JD pull combine w/ “tarp” feed;
          REAL ESTATE - SELLS AT 12:30
     THE PROPERTY: Lovely 3 BR ranch home w/ finished basement, single car att garage; CA & furnace
new last summer (06); 1008 sq ft of living area, shower in bathroom
     TAXES: Prorated as to date of possession. Taxes are aprox. $2200/yr
TERMS: 10% down day of sale. Balance due in aprox. 30 days
     VIEWING: May be seen by appointment. Phone 515-480-2736 for an appointment. An Open House will
be held on Wed, June 6, 5-7 PM.
     NOTE: The heirs are motivated to sell but reserve the right to reject any and/or all bids
               Kenneth Overlin, Executor.

Children of Dorothy Louise DeVault and Elbert Paul Overlin

Dorothy Maxine DeVault

F, b. 3 November 1935, d. 3 February 1998
     Dorothy Maxine DeVault was born on 3 November 1935 at De Witt, DeWitt Co., IL. She was the daughter of Julius Raymond DeVault and Hattie Mae James. Dorothy Maxine DeVault died on 3 February 1998 at Normal, McLean Co., IL, at age 62.

Edna Joyce DeVault

F, b. 31 October 1921, d. 21 February 1962
     Edna Joyce DeVault was born on 31 October 1921 at Johnson City, Washington Co., TN. She was the daughter of Robert Drew DeVault and Osceola Walton. Edna Joyce DeVault married James Richard Kropff in 1940. Edna Joyce DeVault died on 21 February 1962 at age 40. She was buried in February 1962 at Monte Vista Memorial Park, Johnson City, Washington Co., TN, Findagrave #108904416.

Edward Guerrant DeVault

M, b. 1 December 1880, d. 25 March 1964
     Note: Upon the death of his parents, became the sole owner of the DeVault Tavern by buying out his sister Mary Roseborough's share.

Edward Guerrant DeVault was born on 1 December 1880 at Leesburg, Washington Co., TN. He was the son of Frederick Russell DeVault and Blanche Etta Sill. Edward Guerrant DeVault married Martha Isabelle Fain, daughter of Samuel Fain and Rachel Hicks, on 3 January 1906 at Bristol (Independent City), VA. Occupation: Train engineer -- worked for the Norfolk & Western Railroad for 53 years. Edward Guerrant DeVault died on 25 March 1964 at Bristol (Independent City), VA, at age 83. He was buried in March 1964 at Glenwood Cemetery, Bristol, Sullivan Co., TN.

Children of Edward Guerrant DeVault and Martha Isabelle Fain