Tommie Mae DeVault

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

Child of Tommie Mae DeVault and Rev. Earl Gladstone Hunt

Valentine DeVault

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Children of Valentine DeVault and Edna Anne Hannah

Valentine DeVault

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

Children of Valentine DeVault and Florence Allison


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

Valentine DeVault

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

Child of Valentine DeVault and Anna Barbara May

Valerie Rene DeVault

F, b. 4 July 1960, d. 11 August 1979
     Valerie Rene DeVault was born on 4 July 1960 at Washington, DC. She was the daughter of Bobby Louis DeVault and Mary Louise Covington. Valerie Rene DeVault died on 11 August 1979 at Orange Co., FL, at age 19.
Note: NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - The Orlando Sentinel; Orlando, Florida; Sunday, August 12, 1979; Main Edition, Page 20 (

Body of Orlando woman found
The body of a 19-year-old woman was found Saturday morning outside an abandoned car in Union Park, Orange County deputy sheriffs reported.
Homicide investigators said that Valerie Renee Devault, Route 8, Box 417, died of multiple stab wounds.
Her fully clothed body was found about 9:45 a.m. on a short, dirt side street running south from Eastwood Drive, about 1 mile west of Rouse Road in Union Park.
Nearby was a late-model, maroon Ford LTD. The car was not registered to a woman, deputies said, and they refused to release the name of the car's owner.
A sheriff's spokesman said deputies were looking for the owner but did not yet consider him a suspect.
Orange County Medical Examiner Dr. Stanton Kesser said the woman was wearing "some kind of overalls," which had been torn in several places. He added, "There is reason to suspect sexual assault." However he said it could not be positively determined if the woman had been raped until an autopsy is performed.
Sheriff's spokesman Richard King said Saturday there was no apparent motive for the killing.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - The Orlando Sentinel; Orlando, Florida; Saturday, September 15, 1979; Main Edition, Page 78 (

3 juveniles among 13 indicted by Orange County grand jury By MARY R. HEFFRON Sentinel Star
Named in the indictments were:
. . .
Joseph Alan Marter, 21, 30 1/2 Primrose St., charged with first-degree murder of Valerie Renee Devault, 19, who was stabbed to death Aug. 11 off Eastwood Dr. in East Orange County.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - The Orlando Sentinel; Orlando, Florida; Saturday, February 2, 1980; Main Edition, Page 4 (

Metro Update
Orlando man found guilty in multiple-stabbing death
A 22-year-old Orlando man was found guilty of first-degree murder Friday in the August stabbing of Valerie Renee Devault, 19, of Orlando.
Joseph Alan Marter of 30 1/2 Primrose Drive will be held in Orange County jail until his sentencing Feb. 18 by Circuit Judge Frank Kaney. Marter could be sentenced to death in the electric chair.
Devault, who worked at the Club Mariner on the Naval Training Center base, was murdered after she left work at 1:30 a.m. Aug. 11. Her body was found the next morning near an abandoned car in Union Park. She died of multiple stab wounds.
Assistant State Attorney Belvin Perry said Marter gave police two accounts of what happened the night of the murder. In one statement, Marter told police he did not know Devault and had not been in her car.
Later, he told police he was in the area of Central Boulevard and Primrose Drive when Devault stopped in her car to ask Marter the directions to the University of Central Florida. He said he gave her directions and got a ride with her to the Cork 'N Cleaver restaurant on Colonel Drive where he got out.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - The Orlando Sentinel; Orlando, Florida; Tuesday, February 10, 1980; Other Editions, Page 100 (

Jury recommends death
The jury that found Joseph Alan Marter guilty of murdering Valerie Renee Devault, 19, of Orlando, recommended Monday that he be electrocuted for the slaying.
Marter, 22, 30 1/2 Primrose Dr., was convicted of stabbing Miss Devault to death Aug. 11, sometime after she left work at the Club Mariner on the Naval Training Center base at 1:30 a.m.
Circuit Judge Kaney, who is not bound by the jury's recommendation, ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - The Orlando Sentinel; Orlando, Florida; Tuesday, April 1, 1980; Other Editions, Page 121 (

'It would be the easy thing, the politic thing, to sentence this defendant to
death and let the Supreme Court take the heat for lowering it to life.'
-- Judge Frank N. Kaney

Murderer given life sentence, despite jury's vote for death By MAY R. HEFFRON
Despite a jury's unanimous recommendation for execution, an Orange County circuit judge Monday sentenced a convicted murderer to life in prison.
Judge Frank N. Kaney sentenced Joseph Alan Marter, 22, for the August 1979 stabbing death of Valerie Renee Devault, 19.
Since his Feb. 1 conviction in the Devault case, Marter has been convicted of possession and use of a firearm by a convicted felon, kidnapping and rape in a separate case and sentenced to three consecutive life prison terms. Kaney ordered that this sentence be consecutive to Marter's other sentences.
In addition, deputy sheriffs have said Marter was involved in a March 7 escape attempt from the Orange County jail.
The Devault killing, Kaney said, "does not rise to Florida standards for the death penalty . . . To a layman, no capital crime would not be considered heinous," but a judge must compare different crimes and different defendants, he said. "Emotions of jurors can no longer sentence a man to die."
Assistant State Attorney Belvin Perry said he still thinks Marter deserves to go to the electric chair, but Kaney's ruling "took a lot of courage. It would have been quite easy for him to sentence the guy to death. . . given that a jury voted 12-0 to fry this guy."
Mrs. Louise Devault of Washington, D.C., the victim's mother, sat attentively in the courtroom through the sentencing and was only quietly critical afterward.
"I don't like it . . . I don't know what else we can do," Mrs. Devault said. "I don't know if it's fair or unfair, I just think he's done enough already so that he would be put out of circulation completely."
Before sentencing Marter, Kaney read a long list of aggravating and mitigating factors ... such as whether the crime was particularly heinous, whether the defendant had already been convicted of a capital felony, whether the victim was a law officer -- that, according to Florida law, must be considered in a capital case.
The only aggravating factor he found, Kaney said, was Marter's previous conviction for a robbery in North Carolina. He found no mitigating factors.
"Were this a ball game or a soccer match, it would be possible to say it was a close match but death wins 1-0," Kaney said. But he said the Florida Supreme Court has ruled that death sentences must be "not a counting process but a reasonable judgment.
"It would be the easy thing, the politic thing, to sentence this defendant to death and let the Supreme Court take the heat for lowering it to life," Kaney said.
Kaney could not consider the earlier kidnap and rape convictions since they came after the murder conviction.
In his arguments to the jury that voted to execute Marter, Perry had found two other aggravating factors: the crime was especially cruel or heinous -- testimony showed Miss Devault bled to death from a punctured lung, and she did not die immediately -- and that it was cold, calculated and atrocious.
Miss DeVault, who worked at the Naval Training Center's Club Mariner, was killed after she left work at 1:30 a.m. Aug. 11. Her body was found the next morning near an abandoned car in Union Park. She died of multiple stab wounds.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - The Orlando Sentinel; Orlando, Florida; Wednesday, April 2, 1980; Other Editions, Page 315 (

Life-termer appeals for execution By MARY R. HEFFRON Sentinel Star
A convicted murderer who was sentenced Monday to life in prison filed a motion in Orange County Circuit Court late Tuesday asking that he be executed.
The 1 1/2 page motion, handwritten in legal jargon, was filed by Joseph Alan Marter, 22, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for the August 1979 stabbing death Valerie Renee Devault, 19.
"Comes now the defendant, Joseph Alan Marter, and moves the court to change my sentence from life imprisonment to death in the electric chair," the motion begins.
It list no reason for the request, but relatives indicated that Marter, acting as his own attorney, filed the motion so the Florida Supreme Court would review his case.
Under an amendment to the Florida Constitution adopted by voters last month, persons sentenced to life can appeal only to a district court of appeal.
Circuit Judge Frank N. Kaney had overruled a 12-0 jury decision that Marter be executed when he sentenced the thin, bookish defendant to a life term.
"I don't blame him, the death penalty is a much better penalty from his standpoint," Kaney said Tuesday. "He gets locked up in his own cell on death row.
"With his sentence, he'll be in general population at the Florida State Prison at Raiford. He's going to have to go to work. He's not going to get automatic appeal. He's not going to get an automatic stay from the federal court."
"The state has no opposition to that," said Assistant State Attorney Belvin Perry of Marter's motion. "The state would encourage the judge to grant it."
In sentencing Marter, Kaney said the Devault killing "does not rise to the Florida standards for the death penalty." Kaney found one aggravating factor and no mitigating factors among a list required by law to be considered before execution.
But he cited a Florida Supreme Court ruling that said death sentences must be "not a counting process but a reasonable judgment."
Marter faces three other consecutive life prison terms from his conviction last week of possession and use of a firearm by a convicted felon, kidnapping and rape in a separate case.
No hearing date was set for the death penalty motion, which also asks for new counsel, a new trial, and that Marter be declared indigent. However, Kaney indicated it may be heard April 18 along with other motions Marter has filed.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - The Orlando Sentinel; Orlando, Florida; Friday, April 18, 1980; Main Edition, Page 30 (

A hearing scheduled for today in Orange County Circuit Court on a convicted murderer's motion for a new trial was delayed until May 2.
Circuit Judge Frank N. Kaney, who sentenced Joseph Alan Marter on March 31 to a life term, said he ordered the delay Wednesday because he thought it would interfere with an ongoing murder trial. A jury had unanimously recommended that Marter be executed.
Marter, 22, was convicted Feb. 1 of the Aug. 11 stabbing death of Valerie Renee Devault, 19. Her body was found in Union Park.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - The Orlando Sentinel; Orlando, Florida; Thursday, June 18, 1992; Main Edition, Page 23 (

Killer who wanted to die found hanged in prison
The Orlando man's apparent suicide is being probed by state prison officials and the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. By Bo Poertner of the Sentinel Staff
A convicted killer who once asked the courts to grant his execution was found hanged Wednesday morning in his cell at the state Tomoka Correctional Institution.
The death of Joseph Alan Marter, 34, of Orlando, is an apparent suicide but is being investigated by the state Department of Corrections and the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, said David Lehr, spokesman for the corrections center.
Marter was convicted in March 1980 of first-degree murder, sexual battery, kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was serving life plus 15 years, with 25 years mandatory.
He was convicted of killing Valery Renee Devault, 19, a waitress at the Orlando Naval Training Center.
Her body was found in August 1979 beside an abandoned car in Union Park. She had been stabbed and bled to death.
A jury recommended that Marter be executed in the electric chair. Circuit Judge Frank N. Kaney ruled that the killing did not meet the state's standard for the death penalty.
In a handwritten document that gave no reason for the request, Marter appealed to be executed.
Marter was found at 11:35 a.m. by his roommate, who was returning from a job assignment, Lehr said. Marter had a strip of cloth from a mattress cover around his neck and was hanging from a vent above the commode.

She was buried in August 1979 at Woodland Cemetery, Winston-Salem, Forsyth Co., NC, Find A Grave Memorial# 97254269.

Van Rolen Devault1

M, b. 5 July 1907, d. 8 November 1995
     Van Rolen Devault was buried on 5 July 1907 at St. James, Phelps Co., MO. He was born on 5 July 1907 at St. James, Phelps Co., MO.1 He was the son of William Henry Davault and Margaret Elizabeth Kinkead.1 Van Rolen Devault married Mary Catherine Petrie, daughter of Newton I. Petrie and Mary Elsie Young. Van Rolen Devault died on 8 November 1995 at Ste. Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve Co., MO, at age 88

Obituary -- The Daily Journal, Flat River, Missouri; Friday, 10 NOV 1995, p.3 (

Van Rollan DeVault, 88, of Ste. Genevieve died November 8 at the River View Manor in Ste. Genevieve. He was born July 5, 1907 in St. James the son of the late William Henry and Margaret Kinkead DeVault. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Catherine Petrie -- January 14, 1989.

Mr. DeVault was employed for many years as a steel worker with the Fred Weber Construction Co.

He is survived by two sons; Gilbert DeVault and wife Nancy of Salem, Wis. and William DeVault and wife Janet of Belleville, Ohio; two daughters; Kitty Naeger of St. Louis and Margaret Hatcher of Farmington; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Robert Earl Petrie.

Visitation will be held Friday after 7 p.m. at the Cozean Funeral Home in Farmington. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Cozean Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Chester Self officiating. Burial will follow in the Three Rivers Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Three Rivers Cemetery Fund.

He was buried in November 1995 at Three Rivers Cemetery, Sainte Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve Co., MO, Findagrave #60993071.


  1. [S5171] 1920 Federal Census, Phelps County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Roll 941; FHL #1820941.

Verlin Weatherby DeVault

M, b. 16 December 1919, d. 8 October 1988
     Verlin Weatherby DeVault was also known as "Pud". He was born on 16 December 1919 at Tennessee.1 He was the son of Jesse Cleveland DeVault Sr. and Lillie G. Carroll. Verlin Weatherby DeVault married Betty Kathryn Johnson on 1 July 1944, MARRIAGE ANNOUNCEMENT - The Kingsport Times, Sullivan Co., Tennessee, July 9, 1944:

Devault-Johnson Wedding is Announced

Miss Betty Kathryn Johnson of Harlan, Ky., became the bride of Verlin Devault in a beautiful ceremony performed July 1 at 8 p.m. at the home of Mrs. D. H. Brown, Kingsport, with the Reverand M. H. Currie, assistant pastor of the Presbyterian Church , officiating. The double ring ceremony was used.

Preceding the ceremony Miss Wanda - Zimmerman presented a program of wedding music at the piano, including the Lohengrin wedding march, "I Love You Truly: "Because," "At Dawning," "I Love Your," "O Perfect Love," and " O Promise Me."

The house was decorated throughout with white gladioli and fern, and the vows were exchanged before the mantel banked with greenery, gladioli and tall crystal candelabra which held burning white tapers.

The bride wore a street length dress of eggshell white with blue accessories and carried a bouquet of pink roses and blue delphinium.

Miss Oneda Brown was maid of honor and William Frye served as the groom's best man.

Immediately following the ceremony an informal reception was held at the home of Mrs. Brown. The dining table was centered with a tiered wedding cake, which was tapped with a miniture bride and groom, which was cut and served to the guests.

The couple left for a short wedding trip, and since returning are at home at 410 West Sullivan Street.

Out of town guests for the wedding were Miss Dorothy Jean Johnson, sister of the bride, Mrs. John Lackey, Mr. and Mrs. John Landrum, Miss Mary Rachel Hoskins and Miss Mary Lou Burnside all of Harlan, Mrs. Chauncey Devault of Blountville and Miss Evelyn Brown of Bristol, Tennessee.

Mrs. Devault is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Lackey of Harlan, Ky., and Mr. Devault is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Devault of Fordtown, Tennessee.

Verlin Weatherby DeVault died on 8 October 1988 at Sullivan Co., TN, at age 68 OBITUARY:

Verlin DeVault
Blountville - Verlin (Pud) DeVault, 68, Route 7, Blountville, died Saturday (Oct. 8, 1988) at Indian Path Hospital after a short illness.
A native and lifelong resident of Sullivan County, he retired in 1982 from the Mead Corp. after 43 years service in production control. He was a member of Wheeler United Methodist Church and Moose Lodge No. 972.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jesse C. DeVault; two brothers, Paul and Elon DeVault; and one sister, Zelda Breeding.
Survving are his wife, Ms. Betty DeVault; four sons, Rev. Larry DeVault, Mount Carmel, William (Bill) DeVault, Kingsport, James (Nolan) DeVault, Bristol and Rick DeVault, Charlotte, N.C; one daughter, Barbara Baldwin, Kingsport; six grandchildren; his mother, Mrs Mamie DeVault, Kingsport; two brothers, J. C. DeVault, Kingsport and David DeVault, Sacramento, Calif; one sister, Mrs. Marie Fink, Rock Springs; several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at East Lawn Funeral Home where services will be conducted at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Hank Henry and Dr. Wayne Cummings officiating.
Friends may call anytime at the residence.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Wheeler United Methodist Church.
Entombment will be in East Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to Wheeler United Methodist Church.

He was buried in October 1988 at East Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Kingsport, Sullivan Co., TN, Findagrave #87435072.


  1. [S3855] 1930 Federal Census, Sullivan County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 1181; FHL #2342015.

Viola Regina DeVault

F, b. 16 May 1901, d. 14 April 1986
     Viola Regina DeVault was born on 16 May 1901 at Shelbyville, Shelby Co., IN. She was the daughter of William Walker DeVault and Estella Mae Pence.
Note: Eleven months before Viola's birth, William W. Devault was living with his widowed mother in Tennessee, farming. Given this documented fact, combined with the 1903 marriage date for William and Estella, Viola was most unlikely to have been William's biological daughter. DLB 2017. Viola Regina DeVault married Cornelius Carl Wilkins, son of John W. Wilkins and Mary Jane Curry, on 29 August 1925. License date. Ceremony by Oliver C. Hunt

Online genealogies indicate a marriage location of Dayton, Ohio, however the license was issued in Wayne County, Indiana. A marriage ceremony in Montgomery County, Ohio based on an Indiana marriage license seems farfetched -- the ceremony was more likely in Richmond, Indiana. DLB 2017. Viola Regina DeVault died on 14 April 1986 at Marion Co., IN, at age 84 Obituary (

Viola was the eldest child of William Walker & Stella Mae (Pence) DeVault.

She attended Franklin College where she prepared to be an elementary teacher. She taught her first year at the one-room Green Bay School in Moral Township. She next taught third grade at New Bethel School.

She married Nelis Carl Wilkins, on August 29, 1925.

They were the parents of four children: Doris Mae, Robert Ray, Mary Jane, and Nancy Ann.

She was buried in April 1986 at Orchard Hill Cemetery, Wanamaker, Marion Co., IN, Find A Grave Memorial# 62636170.

Children of Viola Regina DeVault and Cornelius Carl Wilkins

Violet Maria DeVault

F, b. May 1850, d. 18 April 1923
     Violet Maria DeVault was born in May 1850 at Ohio.1 She was the daughter of Daniel DeVault and Sarah Elizabeth Heskett. Violet Maria DeVault married Frank Wilson in 1877. Violet Maria DeVault died on 18 April 1923 at age 72. She was buried in April 1923 at Earlham Cemetery, Richmond, Wayne Co., IN, Findagrave #73898266.


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

Virginia DeVault

F, b. 22 June 1915, d. 3 February 2000
     Virginia DeVault was born on 22 June 1915 at Tennessee. She was the daughter of Orgie Milton DeVault and Georgia Sprinkle Meredith. Virginia DeVault married Howard H. Duncan. Virginia DeVault lived in 1980 at Kingsport, Sullivan Co., TN. She died on 3 February 2000 at Davidson Co., TN, at age 84.

Virginia Maude DeVault

F, b. 31 July 1884, d. 2 July 1979
     Virginia Maude DeVault was also known as "Vertie". She was born on 31 July 1884 at Washington Co., TN. She was the daughter of Frederick William DeVault and Laura Adelaide Martin. Virginia Maude DeVault married Robert Lee Galloway, son of Nathan Galloway and Penelope Allison, on 2 October 1907. Virginia Maude DeVault died on 2 July 1979 at Boone's Creek, Washington Co., TN, at age 94. She was buried in July 1979 at Boone's Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Boone's Creek, Washington Co., TN.

Children of Virginia Maude DeVault and Robert Lee Galloway

Vivian Connie Inez DeVault

F, b. 17 January 1905, d. 14 September 1958
     Vivian Connie Inez DeVault was born on 17 January 1905 at Burke Co., NC. She was the daughter of Hugh Alexander Tate DeVault and Mary Alice Brown. Vivian Connie Inez DeVault married James W. Boling on 25 September 1926. Vivian Connie Inez DeVault died on 14 September 1958 at age 53. She was buried in September 1958 at Glen Alpine Methodist Church Cemetery, Glen Alpine, Burke Co., NC.

Child of Vivian Connie Inez DeVault and James W. Boling

Walter David DeVault

M, b. 26 May 1874, d. 26 December 1952
     Walter David DeVault was born on 26 May 1874 at Stone House, Boone's Creek, Washington Co., TN.1 He was the son of Martin Van Buren DeVault and Annis Sevier Roller. Walter David DeVault was educated; Brown and Harvard Universities. He married Eleanor Kitzmiller Osborne, daughter of William Henry Osborne and Mary Kitzmiller, on 6 June 1928. Walter David DeVault lived on 11 April 1930 at 1804 White Avenue, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, Occupation: General practice lawyer.2 He died on 26 December 1952 at Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, at age 78 Asthma. He was buried in December 1952 at Highland Memorial Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.

Child of Walter David DeVault and Eleanor Kitzmiller Osborne


  1. [S464] 1880 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA T9, Roll 1284; FHL #1255284.
  2. [S3834] 1930 Federal Census, Knox County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 2258; FHL #2341992.

Dr. Walter David DeVault Jr.

M, b. 23 May 1930, d. 10 July 1989
     Dr. Walter David DeVault Jr. was born on 23 May 1930 at Tennessee.1 He was the son of Walter David DeVault and Eleanor Kitzmiller Osborne. Dr. Walter David DeVault Jr. married Kathleen Farr Bingham, daughter of Charles Tiffany Bingham and Kathleen Watson Howell, on 16 June 1955. Occupation: Medical Doctor, Urologist. Dr. Walter David DeVault Jr. died on 10 July 1989 at Salisbury, Wicomico Co., MD, at age 59.1

Child of Dr. Walter David DeVault Jr. and Kathleen Farr Bingham


  1. [S89] Social Security Death Index, online

Walter Nelson DeVault

M, b. 21 February 1902, d. 30 November 1984
     Walter Nelson DeVault was born on 21 February 1902 at Twelve miles north of Jet, Alfalfa Co., OK. He was the son of Samuel Henry DeVault and Margaret Angeline Shutt. Walter Nelson DeVault married Nellie May Blackwell, daughter of Jerry William Blackwell and Ann Mae Lawrence, on 11 May 1926. Walter Nelson DeVault lived on 28 April 1940 at Cisco Precinct, Grand Co., UT, Section hand, railroad.1 He died on 30 November 1984 at Multnomah Co., OR, at age 82. He was buried in December 1984 at Upper Valley Cemetery, Parkdale, Hood River Co., OR, Findagrave #51992246.

Child of Walter Nelson DeVault and Nellie May Blackwell


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

Wanda Arlene DeVault

F, b. 9 February 1924
     Wanda Arlene DeVault was born on 9 February 1924 at Tennessee. She was the daughter of Karl Vernon DeVault and Lena Avis Shoun. Wanda Arlene DeVault married Nathan Neely Fleming III.

Weldon Walton DeVault

M, b. 28 January 1913, d. 25 April 1990
     Weldon Walton DeVault was born on 28 January 1913 at Johnson City, Washington Co., TN. He was the son of Robert Drew DeVault and Osceola Walton. Weldon Walton DeVault married Margaret Elizabeth Hyder on 20 January 1935, no children. Weldon Walton DeVault and Margaret Elizabeth Hyder were divorced in 1967. Weldon Walton DeVault died on 25 April 1990 at Miami-Dade Co., FL, at age 77.

William Bruce DeVault

M, b. 1903, d. 20 February 1904
     William Bruce DeVault was born in 1903 at New Florence, Montgomery Co., MO. He was the son of William Thomas DeVault and M. (?) William Bruce DeVault died on 20 February 1904 at New Florence, Montgomery Co., MO. He was buried in February 1904 at New Florence Cemetery, New Florence, Montgomery Co., MO.

Dr. William Bruce DeVault

M, b. 27 April 1847, d. 12 September 1898
     Dr. William Bruce DeVault was born on 27 April 1847 at Leesburg, Washington Co., TN. He was the son of John DaVault and Amanda Jane Russell. Dr. William Bruce DeVault was graduated at King College, Bristol, Sullivan Co., TN; William Bruce DeVault was a member of the first graduating class of the new college. He married Julia Graves Guerrant on 17 June 1873. Dr. William Bruce DeVault married Mary Frances Powell, daughter of Thomas Jefferson Powell and Mary Margaret DaVault, on 28 December 1875. Dr. William Bruce DeVault died on 12 September 1898 at New Florence, Montgomery Co., MO, at age 51. He was buried in September 1898 at New Florence Cemetery, New Florence, Montgomery Co., MO.

Children of Dr. William Bruce DeVault and Mary Frances Powell

William Burt DeVault

M, b. 12 December 1886, d. 17 May 1951
     William Burt DeVault was born on 12 December 1886 at Morganton, Burke Co., NC. He was the son of William Washington DeVault and Kate Kincaid. William Burt DeVault married Floye E. Andrews, daughter of Daniel Webster Andrews and Mary Atwilder Christian, before 5 June 1917, no children. William Burt DeVault died on 17 May 1951 at Durham Co., NC, at age 64.

William Dallas DeVault

M, b. 7 March 1918, d. 24 August 1982
     Note: Cecile (Howell) DeVault reported to Marvel (Hillman) DeVault that her son William DeVault was born with smallpox.

Bill and Marvel were married in Alliance, Nebraska. They drove to Alliance with her parents, her sister Erma and his mom. They were married in the vestibule of the First Presbyterian Church. Marvel wore a wine-colored dress that she bought in Scottsbluff. They had saved some money and bought a console radio in Alliance. After the ceremony they all went to see a movie and then went back to her parents' farm for dinner. Marvel says that they still had the radio when they moved to Reseda.

After Bill and Marvel were married, they lived at the Anderson House apartments in Bridgeport, Nebraska. Marvel was working at the Farm Bureau in Bridgeport. She quit her job at the Farm Bureau and followed her sister, Erma, to Washington D.C. for a higher paying job at the Census Bureau.

Jobs were still hard to come by. At one point, Cecile, Sam and Bill were all out of work, all living on Marvel's salary. Bill and Sam even drove to Denver looking for work.

Bill moved to Garden Grove, California to go to Vultee Aircraft Assembly School. He went with a friend and they stayed with the friend's relatives.

Bill got a job at Lockheed. Marvel (reluctantly, because she was having such a good time in Washington) quit her job in Washington D.C. and moved to California. Bill and Marvel moved to a small guest house located at 418 1/2 Harvard Road, Burbank, California. Tracy was born there. Bill's mom, Cecile, came to California to stay a few weeks and ended up staying ten months. The small house that was crowded for two, now with four, was impossible to live in. The family moved up the street to 714 Harvard Road. (Cecile returned to Nebraska when Tracy was about 10 months old.) Bill's uncle Sam came out to California when Tracy was about 18 months old. Sam, Marvel and Tracy returned to Nebraska for a visit. Tracy got stuck under the train seat before the train left the station.

The family was living on Pass Ave., Burbank, California (a house they owned) when Bill was drafted. (Tracy was about two years old.) Marvel and Tracy moved to Mountain View (living in an apartment). Bill was stationed at Fort Ord.

WWII was over, but Bill was sent to Japan to serve with the Army of Occupation. In December of 1945, Marvel was pregnant with their second child and moved back to her folks farm in Bayard, Nebraska. Tracy had his tonsils taken out. Robin was born in Alliance, Nebraska.

Bill was discharged from the service and traveled to Nebraska to join his family for Christmas, '46. The family moved back to California and stayed with Carl and Gerry Cutshaw and their family for awhile.

The family moved to converted army barracks on Amhurst Drive, Burbank, California. (The barracks were located on grounds of McCambridge Park.)

In 1950 the family purchased the house at 7338 Garden Grove Ave., Reseda, California. Their third child, Bradford, was born here. Marvel was still living in this house in January, 2000.

Bill worked for Bendix Corporation for many years. He also worked for Sun Electric and Brock Engineering for awhile. All were involved in making hydraulic components or test equipment for hydraulic systems used in the aircraft industry. Between these jobs he tried his hand at selling new cars (Pontiacs) and selling real estate.

Marvel went to work for the Los Angeles City School System and worked as an Office Manager for many years. She worked at a number of schools including Cantara Street School, and Wonderland School.

William Dallas DeVault was born on 7 March 1918 at Bayard, Morrill Co., NE. He was the son of Henry Graydon DeVault and Cecile Alta Howell. William Dallas DeVault married Marvel Kathryn Hillman, daughter of Robert Hillman and Anna Diehm, on 1 January 1939 at Alliance, Box Butte Co., NE. William Dallas DeVault began military service U.S. Army, enlisted, WW II. He died on 24 August 1982 at Mesa, Maricopa Co., AZ, at age 64. He was buried in August 1982 at Oakwood Memorial Gardens, Chatsworth, Los Angeles Co., CA.

Child of William Dallas DeVault and Marvel Kathryn Hillman

William David DeVault

M, b. 21 June 1904, d. 4 June 1920
     William David DeVault was born on 21 June 1904 at Shelby Co., IN. He was the son of William Walker DeVault and Estella Mae Pence. William David DeVault died on 4 June 1920 at age 15. He was buried in June 1920 at Acton Cemetery, Acton, Marion Co., IN.

William Edward Devault1

M, b. 9 September 1866, d. 29 April 1942
     William Edward Devault was born on 9 September 1866 at Recbird, Gasconade Co., MO.1 He was the son of John Davault and Matilda Jane Bowen.1 William Edward Devault married Inez Belle Braddish on 15 November 1893. William Edward Devault died on 29 April 1942 at age 75. He was buried in May 1942 at Wheaton Cemetery, Wheaton, DuPage Co., IL, Findagrave #30750400.


  1. [S1283] 1870 Federal Census, Maries County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 791; FHL #552290.

William Edward DeVault1

M, b. 28 June 1860, d. 17 June 1928
     William Edward DeVault was born on 28 June 1860 at Oxford Twp., Tuscarawas Co., OH, ten days after his parents were enumerated in the 1860 census.1 He was the son of Daniel DeVault and Eleanor Wills.1 William Edward DeVault died on 17 June 1928 at Edgewood, Marion Co., IN, at age 67.


  1. [S4960] 1870 Federal Census, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 1273; FHL #552772.

William Everett DeVault

M, b. 28 October 1899, d. 13 February 1915
     William Everett DeVault was born on 28 October 1899 at Warren Co., IA. He was the son of James Monroe DeVault and Gertrude Letta Salyers. William Everett DeVault died on 13 February 1915 at Warren Co., IA, at age 15. He was buried in February 1915 at Norwalk Cemetery, Norwalk, Warren Co., IA, Findagrave #99441234.

William Gerald DeVault

M, b. 3 September 1898, d. 16 August 1900
     William Gerald DeVault was born on 3 September 1898 at Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN. He was the son of Joseph Gilbert DeVault and Nannie Elvira DePew. William Gerald DeVault died on 16 August 1900 at age 1.

William Joseph DeVault

M, b. 9 September 1941, d. 9 September 1941
     William Joseph DeVault died on 9 September 1941. He was born on 9 September 1941. He was the son of William Weldon DeVault and Mary Ava Snyder. William Joseph DeVault was buried in September 1941 at Monte Vista Memorial Park, Johnson City, Washington Co., TN, Findagrave #110436304.

William Lynn DeVault

M, b. 23 August 1897, d. July 1966
     William Lynn DeVault was born on 23 August 1897 at Bayard, Morrill Co., NE. He was the son of William Peter DeVault and Anna Elizabeth Campbell. William Lynn DeVault married Lee Watson on 16 April 1920 at Billings, Yellowstone Co., MT, Lee remarried to Henry Hudson Barton Lewis in 1932, relocated to Florida, and filed for divorce there in 1940. William Lynn DeVault and Lee Watson were divorced before 1931; Lee is listed as married on the 1930 census, Park County, WY, but was separated from William DeVault and living with her widowed sister and nephew. William Lynn DeVault married Leris Junita Hoggarth in May 1931. William Lynn DeVault lived at Livingston, Park Co., MT. He died in July 1966 at Livingston, Park Co., MT, at age 68.

William Paul DeVault

M, b. 31 March 1917, d. 30 September 1980
     William Paul DeVault was born on 31 March 1917 at Kingsport, Sullivan Co., TN.1 He was the son of Jesse Cleveland DeVault Sr. and Lillie G. Carroll. William Paul DeVault married Evelyn Brown. William Paul DeVault died on 30 September 1980 at Sullivan Co., TN, at age 63.


  1. [S3855] 1930 Federal Census, Sullivan County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 1181; FHL #2342015.

William Peter DeVault

M, b. 13 April 1863, d. 31 March 1929
     William Peter DeVault was born on 13 April 1863 at New Florence, Montgomery Co., MO. He was the son of Henry Davault and Caroline Euphemia Clark. William Peter DeVault was educated at Kirksville Business College, Kirksville, Adair Co., MO. He married Anna Elizabeth Campbell, daughter of Charles F. Campbell and Sarah Lamson, on 25 August 1888 at Sherman Co., NE. William Peter DeVault and Anna Elizabeth Campbell were divorced in 1920. William Peter DeVault married Cecil Donovan, daughter of Millard Donovan and Zella (?), on 14 April 1920. William Peter DeVault died on 31 March 1929 at Bayard, Morrill Co., NE, at age 65. He was buried in 1929 at Alliance Cemetery, Alliance, Box Butte Co., NE.

William Peter DeVault attended Kirksville Business College. Soon afterwards he went west and settled at Loup City, Nebraska where he became a teacher for several years. In 1877 he married Annie Elizabeth Campbell. They took up a homestead four miles from Bayard, Nebraska where he taught school and was later employed by a bank. Sometime before 1910 he became involved in real estate sales.

William Peter DeVault lived in and around Bayard for forty years. In 1920 he divorced Annie and married Cecil Donovan of Alliance, Nebraska. Marvel (Hillman) DeVault says that William and Cecil lived in the house next door to his first wife, Annie. Supposedly, Annie never left the house after that. (Marvel says this house was the first house on the right when coming from her parents' farm.)

William Peter DeVault worked for the Great Western Sugar Company. (This was known locally as the Sugar Beet Plant. When the plant closed it nearly killed Bayard.)

In 1935, about the time Marvel Hillman and Bill DeVault graduated from High school, Marvel says Bill and his mother, Cecile DeVault, were living in the basement of the DeVault house. This must have been Annie DeVault's house as both William Peter and his second wife, Cecil DeVault, were both dead.


Chimney Rock

On a far off western prairie
Stands a rock of great renown,
And its shape is like a chimney
And its base is rods around.

Years ago this old rock stood there
And the travelers one by one
Rested in its friendly shelter
From the hot and burning sun.

Nobly stands this rock of ages
While a river by its side
Flowing down the golden valley
Spreads its waters far and wide.

And between the rock and river
Runs a trail now dim and old
A trail implanted there by seekers
Seekers of fame and gold.

But ere they reached their destination
Ere they reached the golden lands
The redmen met them in this valley
Killing their little bands.

Could this rock relate its history
Many a tale indeed t'would tell
Tales of true and noble warriors
Who engaged in battle fell.

But instead it stands in silence
Uttering not a word or sound
Only a grim reminder
Of the danger that hovered round.

Tho this grand old rock was a witness
Of years of adventure and strife
Yet it stood as a benefactor
To the weary travelers life.

Let us hold it then in memory
As a famous rock of old
As a guide on the Oregon trail
To the fields of wealth untold.



Lived Near Bayard in Early 90's and Has Been Identified with Best Interests.

The news that W. P. DeVault had passed away came as a most decided shock to this community where he has been identified for the past forty years. While it was known for some time that his health was not all to be desired, the seriousness of his condition was unknown, and on March 31, at 1:15 a. m., he quietly fell asleep at his home in this city.

W. P. DeVault was born April 13, 1863, at New Florence, Mo., where he lived during his early childhood. After finishing his grade school course he entered the Kirksville Business college where he completed his business course, after which he came west and resided at Loup City, Neb., where he became a teacher for several years.

In the year 1887 he was united in marriage to Miss Anna E. Campbell and to this union were born six children, four girls and two boys.

After coming farther west in 1888, they homesteaded four miles from Bayard where they endured the hardships of pioneer life.

Mr. DeVault taught school in the rural districts and was employed in Bayard's first store and bank. He held many positions of trust and confidence during his forty years of residence in and around Bayard. He was a man of high ideals, clean habits, and exemplary character.

On April 13, 1920, he was married to Miss Cecil Donovan of Alliance, Neb., and lived in Bayard, holding a position with the Great Western Sugar company until the last two or three months when he was in poor health. He was confined to his room for only a short time before his departure of this life which came on March 31, 1929, at 1:15 a. m.

Those left to mourn the departure are a wife and six children: Mrs. Mildred Mishoff (Sic) of Denver, Colo; Henry of Iowa; Mrs. Maude Moberg of Bayard, Neb; Lynn of Billings, Mont; Marjorie and Dorothy DeVault of Bayard, Neb; one sister, Mrs. C. H. Harpole and two grandchildren, William Dallas DeVault and Marjorie Beth Moberg, and a great number of friends and acquaintances.

The funeral services were conducted at the family home with Rev. A. J. May, pastor of the Methodist church, in charge, the deceased having joined that church in 1911.

A male quartet of Messrs. A. H. Keys, John Ducker, Paul Lathrop and Bartell Moore, George Mason accompanying them on the violin, sang "Remember me, O Mighty One," "There's a Light in the Valley for Me" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere."

By request the pastor used the 14th chapter of John and the first six verses for the scripture and for the text John 14:1.

Interment was made in the Alliance cemetery, Messrs. A. M. Ginn, Ralph Bristol, Earl Heyl, L. A. Fricke, John Mueller and R. A. Wisner acting as pall bearers.

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From "Pioneering in the Shadow of Chimney Rock" by Leon Moomaw


W. P. DeVault arrived in the area in December 1888, taking a homestead north of the new village of Bayard. Their first house was built of black-root sod secured real near the place where they located the house. Dan Hults dug an 80 foot well for him but found no water.

Just exactly what caused Mr. DeVault to come West is not known. He may have been influenced by family relationships. Mrs. DeVault's brother, Elbert Campbell, had filed on a homestead earlier. Mrs. Sarah Campbell, Mrs. DeVault's mother, also had taken a homestead. Her brother, David Lamson, was a Seventh Day Adventist preacher who held services at the "Old Sod Church." Later, Mr. DeVault's father and mother, a brother and two sisters came West, so kinship surely did have some influence in their lives.

When living on the homestead, Mr. DeVault tells of an instance when 4500 steers which were being driven to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, made deep paths in black root sod as they crossed his place. In the early days, Mr. DeVault was asked the question, what was his first mode of travel? His reply was, "walking." Old timers verify the fact that he did walk a great deal, having no other means of travel.

W. P. DeVault was one of those men who had the ability to fill in wherever needed. He taught at least two terms of school. In one of the early elections, he defeated Thomas Winter for Justice of the Peace, but never qualified -- he often took part on programs at celebrations -- he was at one time the defendant's lawyer in a case brought before the Justice of the peace -- he was at another time, elected as County Commissioner of Morrill County. In later years, Mr. DeVault was associated with W. T. McKelvey in the Real Estate business. They were affiliated with The Payne Investment Company helping to dispose of a great deal of land in this section.

In the Early day, Mr. DeVault had used his homestead as the basis for a sheep ranch and kept a band of sheep for many years. Early records show that he was constantly improving the quality of his herd. He was quite successful in carrying his flock through the winter with a limited amount of feed, yet with little loss.

Mr. DeVault finally sold his homestead for $650 or just a little more than $4 per acre. By the time his children were of school age the family moved to town where they all attended school. In 1921 Maude, one of the DeVault girls, was married to Chris E. Moberg. Mr. Moberg began working for the Great Western Sugar Company at Eaton, Colorado, in 1913. He continued in their employ coming to the Bayard factory in 1920 and was retired in 1955, making a total service of 42 years for the company -- 35 years of which were in Bayard. Mrs. Moberg has been the faithful librarian at the City Library for many years.

Special mention should be made of the DeVault sisters, Lizzie and Emma. They took a very active part in all of the early day church and social functions, also working in numerous positions. Later, Miss Emma DeVault became the wife of Charles H. Harpole. Today a worthy representative is found in George R. Harpole.

Children of William Peter DeVault and Anna Elizabeth Campbell