Margaret Jane DeVault

F, b. 27 August 1852, d. 1 February 1932
     Margaret Jane DeVault was born on 27 August 1852 at Tuscarawas Co., OH.1 She was the daughter of Daniel DeVault and Sarah Elizabeth Heskett. Margaret Jane DeVault married William Thomas Lanning, son of James Lanning and Ruth Temple, on 17 June 1871 at Guernsey Co., OH. Margaret Jane DeVault died on 1 February 1932 at Guernsey Co., OH, at age 79

Obituary -- (

The Coshocton Tribune
February 1, 1932

Mrs. Margaret Jane Lanning, aged 79, died at 3 o'clock this morning at her home one mile east of Guernsey following several years illness of cancer.

She was born near Newcomerstown on August 27, 1852, a daughter of Daniel and Sarah DeVault.

The deceased was a member of the Guernsey M. P. Church.
Her husband, William Thomas Lanning, died 29 years ago. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Eva Fosnaught, Canton, Mrs. Hattie Buchanan, Newcomerstown, Mrs. Martha Hicks , Detroit, Mich., and Mrs. Sadie Proctor, Cambridge; three sons, James Lanning, Newcomerstown; George Everett Lanning, Guernsey; C. G. Lanning, Cambridge; 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Guernsey M. P. Church, Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 , Rev. Clark will officiate, and burial will be made in Guernsey Cemetery.

She was buried in February 1932 at Jones Cemetery, Guernsey Co., OH, Findagrave #68126726.


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

Maria Catherina DeVault

F, b. 30 January 1810, d. 15 February 1895
     Maria Catherina DeVault was also known as "Mary". She was born on 30 January 1810 at Hanover, York Co., PA. She was the daughter of Jacob Davault and Rachel Dorothy Kitzmiller. Maria Catherina DeVault married Warrington Cary Hunt, son of Henson Hunt and Mary Pope, on 10 January 1833. Maria Catherina DeVault was Christian Church (Campbellite.) She died on 15 February 1895 at Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN, at age 85 Death and Obituary Notices Appearing in the Herald and Tribune, compiled by William A. Burns

Vol. XXVI. #43 Wed., Feb. 20, 1895
Hunt, Mary C.
Mrs.--- Hunt (my note: Mary C., widow of Warrington Hunt - WAB) died at the residence of her son-in-law, A.C. Broyles, Esq., on Friday night (15th) of last week. She was over eighty-five years of age. Funeral services were conducted at the house Saturday afternoon by Rev. J.C. Hickson, of the M E. Church, South., after which the remains were buried in the old cemetery.

Vol. XXVI. #45 Wed., March 6, 1895
Hunt, Mary C. nee DeVault
Mrs. Mary C. Hunt, nee DeVault, was born in York County, Pa., January 30, 1810. Her father, with a large family of children, moved to Tennessee in 1831. She was married to (an arrow points to this section and written in ink in the margins is: "He died 5 Dec. 1876 Chuckey Valley, TN, according to descendant. J. Troffer. She stated that Jacob DeVault was his father-in-law. Mrs. Troffer also stated that Cynthia A. Hunt who married Luther B. Henley Apr. 6, 1848 (page 34) (Vol. XXVII. #7 Wed., June 12, 1895 - GMO) and two brothers Thomas Hiter Hunt & Warrington Cary Hunt, were children of Henson & Mary (Pope) Hunt.") Warrington C. Hunt, in 1833, and soon afterwards joined the Christian Church. She died in Jonesboro, Tenn. at the home of her daughter, her only child, Mrs. A.C. Broyles, on the 15th February 1895, a little more than eighty-five years of age. Only two brothers and two sisters are still living.

She was buried in February 1895 at Old Jonesboro Cemetery, Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN.
Note: Letter from Lucy Nell Thomas to Newland Devault, August 21, 1952

"The branch of the DeVault family which sprang from the marriage of Mary DeVault to Warrington Hunt has always been close to my mother's. Louise Hunt, who married Andrew C. Broyles, lived for years in Jonesboro, Tenn, where we also lived. In later years they sold their home in Jonesboro and lived with their children, spending some time with each one. When Cousin Louise died and the children carried her body back to Jonesboro for burial in the Old Cemetery there, we entertained them for dinner in our home, my mother being the head of the household at that time, my father having died in 1912. Cousin Mary Hendricks, daughter of Geo Henry DeVault and Emily Berry, who lived in Bristol, Tenn. were with us on that day also. I think all the children of Louise and Andrew Broyles were in Jonesboro at that time."

Child of Maria Catherina DeVault and Warrington Cary Hunt

Marjorie Beth DeVault

F, b. 26 July 1902, d. 16 July 1948
     Note: Bayard Transcript - September 5, 1929:

Miss Marjorie DeVault left Friday for Mitchell where she has accepted the position of third grade teacher for the ensuing year.

Poems by Marjorie DeVault


Long it has been since I have seen a star,
Or stood at night and gazed at heavens afar;
Long it has been I have been forced to lie
And reach into my memories for pictures of the sky.

Long too, since I have braced the morning breeze
And looked on lanes and roads with rows of lovely trees.
The great outdoors I loved seems very far away
From these four walls where I a prisoner now lay;

A prisoner to pain and aching malady,
But these words I've penned wrong, I should more thankful be.
I have a great companion in a sister kind to me,
And I have many, many friends who keep me company.

All the great out of doors I would not change for these;
God knows I would not trade them for all the earth and seas.
But to you pain-free mortals who gaily walk the earth,
I beg you note the beauties of the out doors - know its worth'

Lest sometime in the future, perhaps you and not I
May need to search your memories for pictures of the sky.


Could it be that we may over mourn for our beloved dead?
"Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done" in the Lord's Prayer is said.
Is it self pity that makes us think we've so much time for tears,
Makes us forget the blessings God's given us through the years?

When with these many blessing we often failed to pray;
Should we expect that He would have Mercy on us today?
When, only in desperation we view the path we trod,
When, only in desperation we think to pray "Dear God".

Let us lay aside our grief, the dead will rest in peace,
Let's help the sick and dying their sufferings release.
Let's try to serve the Master as he would have us do,
And honor our dead by the beautiful way that we live and follow through.

Note: Did not marry.

Marjorie Beth DeVault was born on 26 July 1902 at Bayard, Morrill Co., NE. She was the daughter of William Peter DeVault and Anna Elizabeth Campbell. Occupation: Elementary school teacher. Marjorie Beth DeVault died on 16 July 1948 at Bayard, Morrill Co., NE, at age 45.

Marjorie Mae DeVault

F, b. 7 August 1929, d. 31 March 2012
     Marjorie Mae DeVault was born on 7 August 1929 at Hutchinson, Reno Co., KS. She was the daughter of Leland Tasaway DeVault and Ona Mae Wiard. Marjorie Mae DeVault married Royce Duane Baerg, son of Fred W. Baerg and Etta Margret Luty, on 18 November 1949 at Inman, McPherson Co., KS. Marjorie Mae DeVault died on 31 March 2012 at Buhler, Reno Co., KS, at age 82



Marjorie Mae Baerg, 82, died March 31, 2012 at Buhler Sunshine Home. She was born August 7, 1929 in Hutchinson to Leland Tasaway and Ona Mae (Wiard) DeVault. Marjorie married Royce D. Baerg on November 18, 1949 in Inman. He died September 22, 2002. She was the registrar at Manhattan High School for 20 years and belonged to Beta Sigma Phi and Chapter Laucate of Alpha Lambda. She was a member of Buhler United Methodist Church. Marjorie graduated from Buhler High School then attended Adele Hale Business College in Hutchinson from 1947-1948. She lived in Junction City from 1954- 1968 then moved to Arkansas City, where she lived until 1974, moving to Manhattan, before returning to Buhler in 2009. Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Hashagen and husband Ron, Westmoreland, KS, and Diane Reinkemeyer and husband David, Houston, Tx; son, David Baerg and wife Lori, Lee's Summit, MO; five brothers, Don (who died April 3, 2012), Dean and wife Sharon, Garry and wife Dede, and Robert and wife Carolyn DeVault all of Hutchinson and John and wife Norma DeVault of Wichita; five grandchildren, Adam and Andrew Baerg, Eric Reinkemeyer and wife Jill, Sarah Reichling and husband Joel, and Greg Reinkemeyer; five great grandchildren, Anna, Abby and Ashley Reichling, Alyssa and Colton Reinkemeyer. Memorial service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Elliott Chapel with Pastor Rebecca Stark officiating. Inurnment will be at North Inman Cemetery. Friends may sign the book from 9- 9 Thursday and Friday at Elliott Mortuary. Memorials may be made to Buhler United Methodist Church in care of the mortuary. Marjorie's brother, Don DeVault's service will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at First Southern Baptist Church. Please visit to leave condolences for Marjorie's family.

Published in Kansas City Star on April 11, 2012.

She was buried in April 2012 at Inman North Cemetery, Inman, McPherson Co., KS, Findagrave #88335423.

Martha Emily DeVault

F, b. 12 October 1845, d. 7 June 1880
     Martha Emily DeVault was also known as "Emma". She was born on 12 October 1845 at the farm six miles from Greeneville, Greene Co., TN.1 She was the daughter of David DeVault and Mariah Cox. Martha Emily DeVault died on 7 June 1880 at age 34.
Note: Did not marry.


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

Martha L. DeVault

F, b. 25 May 1853, d. 11 April 1932
     Martha L. DeVault was born on 25 May 1853 at Sullivan Co., TN.1 She was the daughter of John David DeVault and Cynthia H. Wells. Martha L. DeVault married Joseph E. Beals, son of John Beals and Sarah A. (?), on 14 October 1875 at Washington Co., TN.1 Martha L. DeVault died on 11 April 1932 at Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN, at age 78. She was buried in April 1932 at Fairview United Methodist Church Cemetery, Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN.

Children of Martha L. DeVault and Joseph E. Beals


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

Martin Van Buren DeVault

M, b. 27 November 1842, d. 3 May 1922
     Martin Van Buren DeVault was born on 27 November 1842 at Piney Flats, Sullivan Co., TN.1,2 He was the son of John DeVault and Elizabeth Kitzmiller. Martin Van Buren DeVault began military service 29th Tennessee Infantry, CSA. He married Annis Sevier Roller, daughter of Martin Luther Roller and Elizabeth Pearce, on 11 January 1872. Martin Van Buren DeVault lived in 1900 at Boone's Creek, Washington Co., TN.2 He died on 3 May 1922 at Kingsport, Sullivan Co., TN, at age 79. He was buried in May 1922 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Kingsport, Sullivan Co., TN.

Children of Martin Van Buren DeVault and Annis Sevier Roller


  1. [S464] 1880 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA T9, Roll 1284; FHL #1255284.
  2. [S465] 1900 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1603; FHL #1241603.

Mary A. DeVault

F, b. 15 January 1849, d. 1930
     Mary A. DeVault was born on 15 January 1849 at Washington Co., TN. She was the daughter of Samuel Kitzmiller DaVault and Nancy Kitzmiller. Mary A. DeVault married Peter Harrison Boring, son of Isaac Boring and Nancy Yoakley, on 1 February 1866 at Gray's Station, Washington Co., TN. Mary A. DeVault died in 1930 at Washington Co., TN. She was buried in 1930 at Gray Community Cemetery, Gray's Station, Washington Co., TN, Headstone legend:

   Wife of
  P. H. Boring
  1849 - 1930.

Children of Mary A. DeVault and Peter Harrison Boring

Mary Amanda DeVault

F, b. 4 April 1898, d. 21 December 1986
     Mary Amanda DeVault was born on 4 April 1898 at Leesburg, Washington Co., TN. She was the daughter of Frederick Russell DeVault and Blanche Etta Sill. Mary Amanda DeVault married Daniel Douglas Roseborough, son of James Roseborough and Ann Jefferies, on 28 December 1921 at Leesburg, Washington Co., TN. Mary Amanda DeVault died on 21 December 1986 at Jacksonville, Duval Co., FL, at age 88 OBITUARY

Mary DeVault Roseborough
Mary DeVault Roseborough, 88, passed away in Jacksonville, Fla. on December 22, 1986.
Ms. Roseborough was born in Leesburg, Tn. at the DeVault Tavern, she had lived in Mount Dora, Fla since 1923 and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Dora.
In addition to many relatives in East Tennessee, immediate survivors are 2 sons, Douglas D. Roseborough, Jacksonville, Fla; Fred Roseborough, Metairie, La; three daughters, Sara Smith, Fairfield Glade, Tn., Laura Ford, Amman-Jordon, Marian Smith, Fort Worth, Tx; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Rehbaum-Harden Funeral Home in Mount Dora was in charge. She was buried in December 1986 at Mt. Dora, Lake Co., FL.

Children of Mary Amanda DeVault and Daniel Douglas Roseborough

Mary Catherine DeVault

F, b. 7 February 1808, d. 12 November 1894
     Mary Catherine DeVault was born on 7 February 1808. She was the daughter of Valentine DeWald and Susannah Range. Mary Catherine DeVault married William Pouder Reeves, son of Edward Prothero Reeves and Mary Miller, on 11 August 1831 at Washington Co., TN.1 Mary Catherine DeVault died on 12 November 1894 at age 86.

Children of Mary Catherine DeVault and William Pouder Reeves


  1. [S97] Washington County, Tennessee Marriages.
  2. [S463] 1870 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 1568; FHL #553067.

Mary Catherine DeVault

F, b. 13 January 1847, d. 4 June 1892
     Mary Catherine DeVault was born on 13 January 1847 at the farm six miles from Greeneville, Greene Co., TN.1 She was the daughter of David DeVault and Mariah Cox. Mary Catherine DeVault married William Whittenburg Easterly, son of Jacob Easterly and Margaret Whittenburg, on 24 February 1886. Mary Catherine DeVault died on 4 June 1892 at Greene Co., TN, at age 45. She was buried in June 1892 at Whittenburg Methodist Episcopal Cemetery, Greene Co., TN.


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

Mary E. DeVault

F, b. 1 June 1881, d. 16 January 1936
     Note: did not marry. Mary E. DeVault was born on 1 June 1881 at Washington Co., TN. She was the daughter of Frederick William DeVault and Laura Adelaide Martin. Mary E. DeVault died on 16 January 1936 at Washington Co., TN, at age 54. She was buried in January 1936 at Buffalo Ridge Church Cemetery, Gray's Station, Washington Co., TN.

Mary Edith DeVault

F, b. 19 February 1908, d. 20 April 1992
     Mary Edith DeVault was born on 19 February 1908 at Woods Co., OK. She was the daughter of Samuel Henry DeVault and Margaret Angeline Shutt. Mary Edith DeVault married Daniel Leroy Schminkey on 13 November 1932 at Enid, Garfield Co., OK, no children. Mary Edith DeVault died on 20 April 1992 at Enid, Garfield Co., OK, at age 84. She was buried in April 1992 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Enid, Garfield Co., OK, Findagrave #24920815.

Mary Elfrida DeVault

F, b. March 1861, d. before 1933
     Note: D. A. R. Number: 80200 - descendant of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Shryock

Note from David Sullins DeVault

After the death of Mary's husband in New York she moved back to Bristol and lived on James Street. The Kendrick house was next door to my father's house on James Street.

Mary Elfrida DeVault was born in March 1861 at Elizabethton, Carter Co., TN. She was the daughter of George Henry DeVault and Emily Seraphina Berry. Mary Elfrida DeVault married Everett Stuart Kendrick, son of William James Kendrick and Malissa E. Honaker, on 25 January 1887. Mary Elfrida DeVault died before 1933.

Children of Mary Elfrida DeVault and Everett Stuart Kendrick

Mary Elizabeth DeVault

F, b. 9 August 1864, d. 24 May 1925
     Mary Elizabeth DeVault was born on 9 August 1864 at New Florence, Montgomery Co., MO. She was the daughter of Henry Davault and Caroline Euphemia Clark. Mary Elizabeth DeVault died on 24 May 1925 at Bayard, Morrill Co., NE, at age 60. She was buried in May 1925 at Bayard Cemetery, Bayard, Morrill Co., NE.

I, Mary E. DeVault, of Bayard, Morrill County, Nebraska, being of sound mind and memory and realizing the uncertainties of life, and wishing to make disposition of my property, do hereby make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT, in words and figures, as follows:

FIRST: I hereby will and direct my Executrix, hereinafter named to pay all of my just debts, funeral expenses and the charges on account of my last sickness, as soon after my death as she may conveniently do so.

SECOND: I give, devise and bequeath Two Thirds (2/3) of all of my real and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever to my sister Emma I. Harpole.

THIRD: All the rest and residue of my estate, real and personal, I give, devise and bequeath, as follows: One Third (1/3) thereof to my sister Emma I. Harpole, this being in addition to the amount given her in the "Second" paragraph hereof; Two (2/3) Thirds thereof to be divided among my remaining heirs, share and share alike, the said Emma I. Harpole, being hereinbefore provided for, shall not share in the same.

FOURTH: I declare that no gift or bequest herein made shall lapse on account of the prior death of the person to receive the same, and further declare that in such event, such gift or bequest shall pass to the personal representatives of such person in the same manner as if my will had taken effect immediately before such persons death.

FIFTH: I hereby make, constitute and appoint my sister Emma I. Harpole, sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament and request that no other bond be required of her as such Executrix, save and except her own personal obligation:
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed my name at Bayard, Morrill County, Nebraska, this 15th day of March, A. D. 1923

Mary E. DeVault

We, whose names are hereunto subscribed do hereby certify that Mary E. DeVault, of Bayard, Morrill County, Nebraska, the Testatrix subscribed her name to this instrument in our presence, and in the joint presence of each of us, and declared at the same time, in our joint presence and hearing, that this instrument was her Last Will and Testament, and we, at her request, and in her presence, and in the joint presence of each other, subscribed our names as attesting witnesses.

Elizabeth J. McKelvey of Bayard, Nebraska,
William T. McKelvey of Bayard, Nebraska.


In the passing of Miss Elizabeth DeVault which occured at the home of her sister, Mrs. Chas. Harpole on Sunday May 24, Bayard looses one of its most esteamed citizens, who, during her life in this city, has proven to be a woman of lofty motives, kindly disposition, who by both, won the respect and love of all who knew her. Coming to Bayard when the social and religious life of the community was in the making, she took her place in both and carried her part well. In her church work she was particularly absorbed and her labors to direct her classes in Sunday school along the line of better living endeared her to those with whom she labored and from her efforts a lasting impression will doubtless remain of her religious training throughout the years to come.

Mary Elizabeth DeVault was born at New Florence, Mo., August 9, 1864. Departed this life Sunday afternoon, May 24, 1925, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Harpole. She moved with her parents to Bayard, Neb., in April 1901. Her father died October 1908, after which she and her mother made their home together until her mother's health failed to the home of their daughter and sister where she has resided until the time of her death. Her mother passed away April 27, 1923.

She united with the M. E. church in early childhood and has always loved to help in activities of her church. She was an active worker in the Sunday school and taught until her health failed and she had to give up her class, but her little "Sunshine Girls" as she always called them, never ceased visiting her and sending her flowers.

While she was almost a constant sufferer, she was always so patient and thoughtful of everyone and so appreciated ever act of kindness.

She said "I am ready and want to go, but am willing to wait until God calls me."

She leaves one brother, W. P. DeVault and one sister, Mrs C. H. Harpole.

Brief, but impressive funeral sermon was preached by Rev. R. W. Pruitt and a quartett composed of Mesdames Schwartzentruber and Wisner and Leach and Moore sang three of the deceased favorite songs. Her former class, the, "Little Sunshine Girls," were present in a body and placed their token of love on the casket in the form of beautiful flowers after which the body was laid to rest in the Bayard cemetery -- Bayard Transcript.

Note From Bible of Emma Isabelle (DeVault) Harpole:

Mary Elizabeth DeVault died Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., May 24th, 1925, age 60 yrs., 9 mon. & 14 days. She was operated upon for cancer May 23rd, 1924 and died of cancer & neuritis. Mary was in bed 7 months and was a constant sufferer.

Mary Elizabeth DeVault

F, b. 1 January 1910
     Mary Elizabeth DeVault was born on 1 January 1910 at DeVault's Ford, Washington Co., TN. She was the daughter of William Weldon DeVault and Adelaide Gresham. Mary Elizabeth DeVault lived in 1968 at DeVault's Ford, Washington Co., TN, With her mother at DeVault's Ford.

Mary Grace DeVault

F, b. 7 July 1883, d. 1971
     Mary Grace DeVault was born on 7 July 1883 at Olney, Lincoln Co., MO. She was the daughter of Dr. William Bruce DeVault and Mary Frances Powell. Mary Grace DeVault was educated; Attended school at Wilmore, Kentucky, with the Guerrant family before her marriage. She married Oliver Basel Harris on 18 September 1912 at St. Louis, MO. Mary Grace DeVault died in 1971.

Children of Mary Grace DeVault and Oliver Basel Harris

Mary Jane DeVault

F, b. 9 April 1840, d. 14 February 1897
     Mary Jane DeVault was born on 9 April 1840 at Piney Flats, Sullivan Co., TN. She was the daughter of John DeVault and Elizabeth Kitzmiller. Mary Jane DeVault married Henry Kitzmiller Hodges, son of James Hodges and Mary Kitzmiller, on 26 September 1860.1 Mary Jane DeVault died on 14 February 1897 at Washington Co., TN, at age 56.2 She was buried in February 1897 at Allison-Boring-Hodges Cemetery, Old Crump Farm, Washington Co., TN.

Children of Mary Jane DeVault and Henry Kitzmiller Hodges


  1. [S467] 1850 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 898.
  2. [S28] Charles M. Bennett, Washington County Cemetery Records., 88.
  3. [S464] 1880 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA T9, Roll 1284; FHL #1255284.

Mary Jane DeVault

F, b. 1 January 1844, d. 27 November 1937
     Mary Jane DeVault was born on 1 January 1844 at Leesburg, Washington Co., TN. She was the daughter of John DaVault and Amanda Jane Russell. Mary Jane DeVault married Dr. Edward Owings Guerrant M.D., D.D., son of Henry Guerrant and Mary Owings, on 12 May 1868 at the home of the bride, "Sunnyside", Leesburg, Washington Co., TN. Mary Jane DeVault lived at the Lexington area, Fayette Co., KY. She died on 27 November 1937 at Clark Co., KY, at age 93. She was buried in 1937 at Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Fayette Co., KY.

Children of Mary Jane DeVault and Dr. Edward Owings Guerrant M.D., D.D.

Mary Louise DeVault

F, b. 26 June 1861, d. 8 July 1932
     Mary Louise DeVault was also known as "Mollie". She was born on 26 June 1861 at Sullivan Co., TN.1 She was the daughter of John David DeVault and Cynthia H. Wells. Mary Louise DeVault married Charles Burgess Thomas, son of Joel Burgess Thomas and Angeline Susan Burson, circa 1890 at Sullivan or Washington Co., TN.2 Mary Louise DeVault died on 8 July 1932 at Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN, at age 71. She was buried in July 1932 at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN.

Children of Mary Louise DeVault and Charles Burgess Thomas


  1. [S1256] 1880 Federal Census, Sullivan County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 1281; FHL #1255281.
  2. [S465] 1900 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1603; FHL #1241603.

Mary Mabel DeVault

F, b. 22 April 1903, d. January 1986
     Mary Mabel DeVault was born on 22 April 1903 at Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN. She was the daughter of Joseph Gilbert DeVault and Nannie Elvira DePew. Mary Mabel DeVault died in January 1986 at Washington Co., VA, at age 82.
Note: Did not marry.

Mary Russell DeVault

F, b. 2 March 1914, d. 11 December 2006
     Mary Russell DeVault was born on 2 March 1914 at Bristol, Sullivan Co., TN. She was the daughter of Edward Guerrant DeVault and Martha Isabelle Fain. Mary Russell DeVault married James Nolden Butcher, son of James Butcher and Leona Farless, on 7 December 1935 at Johnson City, Washington Co., TN. Mary Russell DeVault died on 11 December 2006 at Washington Co., TN, at age 92 OBITUARY

Mary Butcher - JOHNSON CITY
Mary Russell DeVault Butcher, age 92, died Monday, December 11, 2006 at her home in Johnson City.
Mrs. Butcher had also resided in Bristol, TN and Leesburg, TN.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward & Martha Fain DeVault and her husband of fifty years, James Nolden Butcher. She was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Churches in Bristol and Leesburg. Mrs. Butcher's interest in the history of Washington County ranged from her activity in the State of Franklin DAR to opening her home, the DeVault Tavern, to tour groups and historical organizations including the Governor's School.
Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Casto Ramsey of Abingdon, VA ; two children, Martha B. Crowe, of the home and Jim Butcher of Bristol, TN; four granddaughters, Elizabeth and Maggie Crowe, both of Johnson City, Cassie Peters, Mechanicsville, VA and Jamie Butcher, Princeton, NJ; and one great grandson, Thomas Noah Peters, Mechanicsville, VA.
The family will receive friends from 12:30-2:00 pm Thursday, December 14, 2006 at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Leesburg with Dr. David Wadsworth officiating.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers are encouraged to make donations to the memorial fund of their choice.
Condolences may be sent to the Butcher family online at
Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, 753-3821. She was buried in December 2006 at Fairview Cemetery, Leesburg, Washington Co., TN.

Mary Tennessee DeVault

F, b. 12 June 1890, d. 27 October 1906
     Mary Tennessee DeVault was born on 12 June 1890 at McDowell Co., NC. She was the daughter of Hugh Alexander Tate DeVault and Mary Alice Brown. Mary Tennessee DeVault died on 27 October 1906 at age 16. She was buried in 1906 at Glen Alpine Cemetery, Glen Alpine, Burke Co., NC.

Matilda DeVault

F, b. 19 December 1814, d. 1 July 1896
     Matilda DeVault was also known as "Mattie". She was born on 19 December 1814 at DeVault's Ford, Washington Co., TN.1,2 She was the daughter of Valentine DeWald and Susannah Range. Matilda DeVault married Peter Miller Reeves, son of Edward Prothero Reeves and Mary Miller, on 10 March 1836 at Washington Co., TN. Matilda DeVault died on 1 July 1896 at Washington Co., TN, at age 81 dates from headstone. She was buried in July 1896 at Carr-Reeves Cemetery, Johnson Ciity, Washington Co., TN.

Children of Matilda DeVault and Peter Miller Reeves


  1. [S467] 1850 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 898.
  2. [S1251] 1860 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 1277; FHL #805277.

Maude Carolyn DeVault

F, b. 21 July 1895, d. January 1975
     Note: The following story was published in the book Historic Haunted America by Michael Norman and Beth Scott. The introductory paragraph states that the story is "absolutely true."

Maude DeVault, Schoolmarm

Redington was once the liveliest outpost of civilization in Nebraska's western border country. Its reputation was acquired, in part, by tales of a ghost that frequented the scene of a gruesome murder.

On the night of September 30, 1883, Charles Adams was brutally killed. His head was chopped off. There were no clues to the identity of the assailant, but the motive was apparently robbery. A large sum of money was missing from Adams's cabin, along with a diamond shirt stud and other valuables. The search for the murderer was futile and, after the initial excitement had worn off, interest waned.

The community, located about ten miles southwest of Bridgeport on today's State Highway 88, was growing. By 1886 a post office was established and stores and sod houses were being built by the new settlers. The Adams murder took on a new twist, however, when locals said they saw a ghost visiting the little cabin where Adams had lived and died. On the anniversary of his murder, Adams was spied riding a white horse, carrying his head in his hands like the immortal Ichabod Crane. For years the headless horseman returned, frightening everyone who saw him.

The legend grew throughout the region until 1913, when the Redington School's new teacher, an adventuresome young beauty named Maude DeVault, said she'd surely like to meet this phantom horseman. Pranksters heard about Miss DeVault's wish and saw the opportunity for a practical joke. They decided that teacher and ghost should meet.

One young man consented to pose as the ghost, and draped himself and his horse with sheets. He was to conceal himself directly behind the dilapidated Adams Cabin, a mile south of Redington, and at the given signal he was to ride out into the road and gallop away.

At precisely nine o'clock on the night of September 30, 1913, the thirtieth anniversary of Adams's death, the village ghost hunters arrived in front of the cabin to wait and watch. Their patience was soon rewarded; the ghost galloped boldly toward them. The citizens panicked, nearly trampling one another as they tried to flee. That is, everyone but Miss DeVault. She stepped forward, seized the horse by the reins, and demanded and explanation of the rider's periodic visits, punctuating her request with a couple of shots from her trusty revolver.

The frightened horse bolted, crashed into a wire fence and lost its trappings. Spectators peered into the gloom and saw several white sheets float to the ground. The "ghost" had been killed! Women shrieked and fainted and men groaned.

The "ghost's" sister, a formidable figure of nearly 280 pounds, was so stricken with fear that she sprinted toward Redington to spread the news. An automobile sent in pursuit overtook her only with difficulty. Brought back to the scene, the sister discovered it was her brother and not a ghost who rode horseback that night. And her brother was alive and unhurt. She collapsed, and a physician had to be called.

When the episode was finally explained to everyone later that night, Miss DeVault said she had expected plotters to arrange a joke on the schoolmarm and had loaded her revolver with blank cartridges. She earned the respect of everyone.

The Redington post office was abandoned in 1962 and the "haunted Adams Cabin" itself burned in 1974. A church, a rural school, and a cluster of families are all that remain. Yet Redington's distinctions have probably never been matched. This little pioneer community had a legendary ghost, a real live spook, a ghost buster, and a 280-pound lady sprinter - all at the same time. It was probably enough to make the spirit of Charles Adams flee to Omaha.

Bayard Transcript - October 10, 1929

Mrs. C. E. Moberg entertained five girls at a delicious 6 o'clock dinner Friday evening in honor of her daughter, Marjorie Beth, the occasion being her seventh birthday. Games were played and Marjorie Beth received some lovely remembrances from her friends. The guests were June Deal, Erline Vanatta, Bernice Prince, Margaret Fricke and Jean Prideaux.
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Letter from Maude DeVault to her brother, Lynn DeVault

March 28, 1955

Dear Lynn:

I've been told one should never start a letter with an apology, but when I find a letter from you dated August 30, which I'm quite sure I haven't answered and one dated Febr. 2, which I know I haven't, I feel that something like an apology is due. In one of them you mentioned that the years of youth are long, long years, but I'm finding that the years of middle age are short, short years. Time is slipping away from me so fast that soon I will have reached the age of senility and I don't like it at all. So many things I've wanted and intended to do in my life and looking back I find I've realized very few of them.

I scarcely know where to start for if I try to find an answer to all the things you've asked about in these letters, I'll be writing till midnight. First I'll try and tell you a bit about Ada Montgomery Pearson. I'm very sure if you had met her on the street you would have recognized her for I think she's just about the same as the day you all laughed at her in class. She married a Ralph Pearson, whose sister married one of the Einsel boys. And of course you remember Orval Einsel, the sissy one, and I believe he turned out to be a bad one, more or less a criminal. Well any way Ada has two sons, one I think lives in Washington D.C. and one in Chicago. If you remember Ada went to Lincoln to school and belonged to one of the very good sororities (hard to believe, but true). They lived here while her children were small and then moved to Lincoln, and I believe her boys are both university graduates. Her husband died some years ago and she came back to Bayard to live with her mother, the father having died some years before. Mrs. Montgomery died several years ago and Ada is still here, very well to do I think for the Montgomerys never spent any of their money. However Ada works, runs the linotype at the Transcript office, baby sits and various other sorts of small jobs. She combs her hair straight back and coiled in a big knot at the back, and some how I feel that she must dive down in some of her mother's old trunks occasionally and come up with what she calls a new dress. Of course it goes without saying that she's a thoroughly good person, but one that would drive me mad if I had to be around her. She belongs to the church we do and once in a while I get on some committee with her. She uses very good English, but the very flowery type. She's who, instead of saying "I don't know," would say "One doesn't know, does one?" But to make a long story short I would say that Ada had changed very little in forty years.

Yes, Bobby Burns was definitely a horseman. He was a bachelor and as I remember it, he and George Young sort of teamed up together. I haven't any idea what became of him, but George Young married, had a couple of children and the daughter recently married Rufus Knapp who is Dick Knapp's oldest son. I always have remembered hearing Mrs. Dick Knapp tell someone many years ago at a Fourth of July celebration that Dick gave the kids fifteen cents apiece to spend and how mad she was at Dick for so doing.

Strange to say just a few weeks before I got your last letter as I was opening a can of Crisco, I suddenly remembered Cottolene and wondered what became of such products. I would never have thought of the verse again, but it came back very vividly as I read it. And do you remember X-Cel-O, the breakfast food that I think was pretty much like the corn flakes of today. Once upon a time there was a silver coffee service to be given to the one who first found all the letters X-CEL-O in the boxes of breakfast food, there being one letter in each box. We had everything but the E for months and of course there was only one E to be had. Well, low and behold, we got the package with the E in it. Dad kept the service for awhile in one of the drawers of that monstrosity called a bookcase or something and every few days he'd take it out and polish it for hours. He finally sold it to the Soders for five dollars. If you remember the Soders ran a saloon and also had a very smart high stepping horse and red wheeled buggy which was almost as grand as Dolly Morrison's sway back. The Soders started to build a sidewalk from their house out to the street by filling empty whiskey bottles with sand and then burying them bottom up level with the ground, but the Soders left before it was fininshed and the Gilberts bought the place. The first thing they did was dig up the walk. But at any rate the beautiful coffee service left with the Soders and I guess we lost our appetite for X-Cel-O when we didn't get to keep the silver, and so it and Cottolene fade into the past. I best remember that during the time when Joe Hughes used to eat at our house once in a while, and something he said once about Cottolene gravy which very much embarrassed mother for the gravy was made with Cottolene. We didn't get around to talking about Joe. You know he lived someplace close to North Platte for a long time, a ranch I think. He was here about fifteen years ago. I didn't see him then, but Dorothy did. At one time Mrs. Ellis Judd, she and Ellis having separated, kept house for Joe. Have never heard any more about him since he was here.

I am really mad a myself for not clipping a picture of the former Ester Scott which appeared in the Omaha World Herald a few weeks ago. It was taken with her husband and several other people at the Stockmen's Convention. I don't see her very often any more, though we used to be very good friends. After teaching a few years she took nurse's training and used to be at our house quite often during the years when we were first married. But anyway the picture showed Ester to be about as broad as she is long, or a Chris says one of those people that it's just as easy to go over them as it is to go around them. But they have a lot of money for the Coulters never spent much of theirs either. Whether you ever knew it or not, Esther had you marked for her own and was not at all happy when you escaped. This she told me so I didn't just imagine it.

And now we come to Melissa Boyer. Melissa as you probably know married Tom McCann. For quite some years she was just Melissa, fat and coarse like her mother. When people here began to be beauty parlor conscious she decided she'd like to be a beauty operator. Tom said he wouldn't have much money to leave her, but he'd give her a good education so he sent her to Denver to a beauty school. You should have seen Melissa when she came back, dieted down to a perfect figure and while of course being Melissa she could never be beautiful, she had changed and all for the better. Then after Tom had given her all that good education she ups and has an affair with another man and finally leaves Tom and married the other fellow, and as far as I know she lives in California, a Mrs. Markland.

We very much enjoyed the clippings you sent and I have a feeling that there are times when you regret having parted with the Bearcat. I shouldn't be too surprised sometime to hear that it had changed hands again and was back in your garage. And if you remember will you tell me again just where you found the clipping about the Leaches. And by the way do you want these clippings back?

Thanks for your offer of the books, but I imagine we have most of the same books you have. We have all of Francis Parkinson Keys books and as we do not have extra storage space we can't take care of extra copies. This library already has a number of books that once belonged to you. Most of those you left at home. I tore the page out with your name and gave them to the library just a short time before I went to work there. Don't you have a veteran's hospital near you? So many times they are glad to get books. We have both "The Big Sky" and "The Way West" and I have read them both and thought them very fine. If you have not located "Old Jules" yet I should like to mail you our copy. It is old and battered but still read quite frequently, but I wouldn't mind it's being out for several weeks. I am so sure that you would enjoy it and you could return it when you were through with it. It is definitely not the same as "Cheyenne Autumn." That and "The Buffalo Hunters" are her two latest books, Old Jules was her first and much of the material for it she gathered from Old Jules himself before he died in the Alliance hospital. So if you are still wanting it, I would be very happy to loan it to you for a period. And while we are talking about books Chris wonders why you are wasting your time with ours when you should be writing books. He doesn't think A. B. Guthrie or Mari Sandoz has anything to offer that you haven't. I have delved into the past so many times in preparing papers and programs for different things that I belong to that people have told me I should do something about preserving those early day happenings for posterity. But the generation that I got most of my information from is a past generation and most of those people are up on he hill now, and so my source of information is buried with them.

We read such a nice letter that Dorothy had from Sue after the holidays and after Hunter had come and gone again. You will soon have your family together again for the summer. We managed to get through the holiday season and now we are able to say "Just one more Xmas for them over there."

Best wishes to Leris and Sue


Bayard Transcript - January 30, 1975

Maude Moberg
Graveside Rites
Tuesday Morning

Graveside funeral services for Maude C. Moberg were held at the Bayard Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28. Mrs. Moberg passed away Saturday, Jan 25 at a nursing home in Gering. She was 79 years of age.
The daughter of William and Elizabeth (Campbell) Davault, she was born July 21, 1895 at Bayard and made this her life-long home.
She was married to Carl E. Moberg on June 20, 1921 at Denver. Mr. Moberg preceded her in death several years ago.
Mrs. Moberg served as librarian in the Bayard City Library for 25 years until her retirement in the late 1960's.
Left to mourn her death are a daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Campbell of Colorado Springs, Colo., and a sister, Dorothy DeVault of Scottsbluff.
The Rev. Frank Hodson officiated at the graveside service Tuesday. Interment was made at the Bayard Cemetery. Plummer-Towne Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Maude Carolyn DeVault was born on 21 July 1895 at Bayard, Morrill Co., NE. She was the daughter of William Peter DeVault and Anna Elizabeth Campbell. Occupation: School Teacher and Saleslady in a drygoods store. Maude Carolyn DeVault married Carl Ephraim Moberg, son of Andrew Moberg and Gusta S. (?), after 1920 at Bayard, Morrill Co., NE. Maude Carolyn DeVault died in January 1975 at Gering, Scotts Bluff Co., NE, at age 79. She was buried in January 1975 at Bayard Cemetery, Bayard, Morrill Co., NE.

Child of Maude Carolyn DeVault and Carl Ephraim Moberg

Maude Marian DeVault

F, b. 22 September 1881, d. 15 January 1966
     Maude Marian DeVault was born on 22 September 1881 at Greene Co., TN.1 She was the daughter of John Augustus DeVault and Mary Eleanor McClellan. Maude Marian DeVault married John Nathan Tucker, no children to this marriage. Maude Marian DeVault died on 15 January 1966 at age 84. She was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery, Greeneville, Greene Co., TN.


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

Maxie Horton DeVault

F, b. 24 May 1915, d. 14 October 1920
     Maxie Horton DeVault was born on 24 May 1915 at Emory, Washington Co., VA. She was the daughter of Joseph Gilbert DeVault and Nannie Elvira DePew. Maxie Horton DeVault died on 14 October 1920 at Washington Co., VA, at age 5.

Melvina Lorraine DeVault

F, b. 3 August 1928, d. 21 August 2006
     Melvina Lorraine DeVault was born on 3 August 1928 at Acton, Marion Co., IN. She was the daughter of William Walker DeVault and Estella Mae Pence. Melvina Lorraine DeVault married Walter John Binkley. Melvina Lorraine DeVault died on 21 August 2006 at Greensburg, Decatur Co., IN, at age 78. She was buried in August 2006 at Westport Cemetery, Westport, Decatur Co., IN, Find A Grave Memorial# 52028311.

Michael Kitzmiller DeVault

M, b. November 1817, d. 1903
     Michael Kitzmiller DeVault was born in November 1817 at Manheim Twp., York Co., PA. He was the son of Jacob Davault and Rachel Dorothy Kitzmiller. Michael Kitzmiller DeVault married Mary Ann Bridwell circa 1847. Michael Kitzmiller DeVault died in 1903 at Pike Co., IL. He was buried in 1903 at Pittsfield West Cemetery, Pittsfield, Pike Co., IL, Findagrave #140284168.
Note: (from Tracy DeVault):

The following is an excerpt from a letter written by Franklin Hunt Broyles, M.D. in 1933. See notes under Franklin Hunt Broyles for the complete text of the letter.

" I visited Uncle Michael K. DeVault in Illinois more than fifty years ago but had not corresponded with any of them for fifty years but once in a while I would send Cousin Laura a birthday card, or a picture of some place of interest I visited but never heard from her. Just this last Christmas I sent her a Christmas card, and two or three weeks later I received a letter from her niece saying her Aunt Laura died three years ago. That her grandparents, her father and her uncle and aunt were all dead and that as far as she knew one brother was the only living relative she had on earth and that if I was a friend of the family or knew any thing about the DeVault family she would be glad to hear from me. I went back to her great, great, grandfather and gave her a quite complete history down to herself, so complete should she wish to join the D.A.Rs she can do so. Although I stopped with the birth and death of my own mother of that branch of our family. I will give this to her in another chapter. I have not heard from her since I sent her that letter, and she has no idea she and I are second cousins. It is too bad relatives get so scattered they loose all trace of each other, but I can I think understand how it is she knows not of her father's family. Uncle Michael DeVault was one of the best men I ever knew, and his wife was just as good as long as she was boss and every one bowed to her, but when they did not she was a regular she devil. Their oldest son Elbert married a young lady his mother had taken a dislike for and I heard her say she never wanted to see him again and that she never wanted to look in her face either in life or death. This marriage took place at the time I visited them, and it is my opinion he gave his family a wide bearth and told his children nothing about them, altho the rest of the famiy never said a word in my presence against the young lady Elbert married. The other two children never married. I know cousin Laura had an opportunity to marry a young man who has made a splendid success of his life, and her mother was willing that he and Laura marry, provided they would move right in and live with or very near her for he would would not be domineered over by her and Laura did not want to live with her for she knew no one could do so in peace, but at the same time she said she could never marry with out her mother's consent and if she did not marry this particular young man she would never marry any. That decided the young man to break the engagement and some years later married a jewel of a young woman. None of the children were at all like their mother in disposition but seeing the heart aches caused by her brother's disobedience caused her to sacrifice a happy married life with a home and children of her own.

Children of Michael Kitzmiller DeVault and Mary Ann Bridwell

Mildred Eileen DeVault

F, b. 23 February 1922, d. 31 January 2012
     Mildred Eileen DeVault was born on 23 February 1922 at Little River, Rice Co., KS. She was the daughter of Leland Tasaway DeVault and Elsie May Keever. Mildred Eileen DeVault married Ray Armitage Griffith, son of Ray Griffith and Mary Hoppings, on 16 April 1938 at Newton, Harvey Co., KS. Mildred Eileen DeVault died on 31 January 2012 at Hutchinson, Reno Co., KS, at age 89. She was buried in February 2012 at Lyons Municipal Cemetery, Lyons, Rice Co., KS.

Children of Mildred Eileen DeVault and Ray Armitage Griffith