Ralph Morton DeVault

M, b. 1908, d. 27 March 1936
     Ralph Morton DeVault was born in 1908 at Tennessee. He was the son of Orgie Milton DeVault and Georgia Sprinkle Meredith. Ralph Morton DeVault married Helen Cecil Parham on 4 January 1935 at Kingsport, Sullivan Co., TN, no children. Ralph Morton DeVault died on 27 March 1936 at Kingsport, Sullivan Co., TN. He was buried in 1936 at Oak Hill Memorial Park, Kingsport, Sullivan Co., TN, Findagrave #84972500.

Ralph Pulliam DeVault

M, b. 12 December 1879, d. 11 November 1968
     Ralph Pulliam DeVault was born on 12 December 1879 at Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC. He was the son of Charles Wesley DeVault and Laura L. Pulliam. Ralph Pulliam DeVault married Ruth C. Tenney, daughter of George C. Tenney and Elsie L. Shepard, on 26 June 1911 at Battle Creek, Calhoun Co., MI. Occupation: Motion picture engineer in April 1930.1 Ralph Pulliam DeVault lived on 12 April 1930 at Villa Park, DuPage Co., IL.1
Note: During the depression Ralph came to California and tried to invent something that people could buy "without too much money." He invented the potato peeler, patented as the "DeVault" potato peeler, which can still be bought today.

He died on 11 November 1968 at Malibu, Los Angeles Co., CA, at age 88.

Children of Ralph Pulliam DeVault and Ruth C. Tenney


  1. [S224] 1930 Federal Census, DuPage County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Rolls 511 & 512; FHL #2340246-7.

Raymond Otto DeVault

M, b. 15 June 1925, d. 27 October 1932
     Raymond Otto DeVault was born on 15 June 1925 at Piatt Co., IL. He was the son of Julius Raymond DeVault and Hattie Mae James. Raymond Otto DeVault died on 27 October 1932 at Willow Branch, Piatt Co., IL, at age 7. He was buried in October 1932 at Robison Cemetery, Piatt Co., IL, Findagrave #49462575.

Reece David DeVault1

M, b. 13 November 1875, d. 1 February 1929
     Reece David DeVault was born on 13 November 1875 at Sullivan Co., TN.1 He was the son of John David DeVault and Nancy Melvina Hartness. Reece David DeVault married Sarah F. Boyer, daughter of Charles Boyer and Judith (?), between 1920 and 1929, no children to this marriage. Reece David DeVault died on 1 February 1929 at Kingsport, Sullivan Co., TN, at age 53 Death Notice - The Kingsport Times, Kingsport, Sullivan Co, Tennessee, February 1, 1929:

Resident of Rock Springs Dies at Local Hospital Following Brief Illness
Reece Devault, aged 52 of Rock Springs, and an uncle of Milton Devault, manager of Holston Coal Co., died in a local hospital this morning at 10 o'clock, following a brief illness. Mr. Devault was widely known in the Rock Springs district, having lived there for a number of years.
He is survived by his wife, mother, Mrs. Melvina Devault, four brothers; J. C. Devault, of Rock Springs, J. G. Devault, of Emory, Va., W. W. Devault of London, Ind., and O. M. Devault of Fairland, Ind. O. M. Devault is the father of Milton, Morton and Charlton Devault of this city.
Funeral services will be conducted from the Rock Springs church at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon.

OBITUARY - The Kingsport Times, Kingsport, Sullivan Co., Tennessee, February 3, 1929

Services Will Be Held at Rock Springs Church this Morning at 10 o'clock
Funeral services for Reece Devault, age 52 who died in a local hospital Friday following a brief illness, will be conducted from the Rock Springs Church this morning at 10:00 o'clock. Interment will follow in the cemetery near Rock Springs.
Mr. Devault is an uncle of Milton Devault, manager of the Holston Coal Co., Chaunce, high school boy and Morton, a student at Emory and Henry College, all of this city.
He is survived by his wife, mother, Mrs. Melvina Devault, four brothers, J. C. Devault, of Rock Springs, J. G. Devault of Emory, Va., W. W. Devault of London, Ind., and O. M. Devault of Fairland, Ind. O. M. Devault is the father of Milton, Morton and Charlton Devault of this city.

Cause of death: diabetes mellitis. He was buried in February 1929 at Rock Springs Cemetery, Rock Springs, Sullivan Co., TN.


  1. [S1256] 1880 Federal Census, Sullivan County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 1281; FHL #1255281.

Richard Eugene DeVault

M, b. 30 December 1939, d. 10 September 1995
     Richard Eugene DeVault was born on 30 December 1939 at Little River, Rice Co., KS.1 He was the son of Elmer Keith DeVault and Edna Louise Hylton. Richard Eugene DeVault married Linda Louise Cole on 12 November 1961 at Burley, Cassia Co., ID; Linda remarried to Gordon Grundman on 14 APR 1985. Richard Eugene DeVault and Linda Louise Cole were divorced before April 1985. Richard Eugene DeVault died on 10 September 1995 at Lewis & Clark Co., MT, at age 55

Obituary -- The Independent-Record, Helena, Montana; Wednesday, 20 SEP 1995, p.7 (Newspapers.com):

Richard DeVault

Richard Eugene DeVault, 55, of 520 Logan No. 116, died Sept. 10, 1995, in West Yellowstone.

He was a friend to many at Sunset Capital Apartments and Montana House.

Survivors include his mother Edna DeVault of San Diego, Calif; his brother Larry K. DeVault of Eau Claire, Wis; two daughters, Shawna Openhimer and Tessie Berry, both of El Cajone (sic), Calif.

A memorial service will be held today at 1 p.m. at the Montana House.


  1. [S5301] 1940 Federal Census, Rice County, Kansas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 1255.

Richard Irvin DeVault

M, b. 30 October 1945, d. 27 January 2005
     Richard Irvin DeVault was born on 30 October 1945 at Hutchinson, Reno Co., KS. He was the son of Leland Tasaway DeVault and Ona Mae Wiard. Richard Irvin DeVault began military service Vietnam War, MSgt., U.S. Air Force. He died on 27 January 2005 at Ft. Worth, Tarrant Co., TX, at age 59. He was buried in 2005 at Dallas - Ft. Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX.

Richard Johnson DeVault

M, b. 7 July 1849, d. 24 April 1891
     Richard Johnson DeVault was also known as "Dick". He was born on 7 July 1849 at DeVault's Ford, Washington Co., TN.1 He was the son of Isaac DeVault and Mary Elizabeth Hannah. Richard Johnson DeVault married Martha Emmons, daughter of William T. Emmons and Hannah M. West. Richard Johnson DeVault died on 24 April 1891 at Mt. Airy, Surry Co., NC, at age 41.

Child of Richard Johnson DeVault and Martha Emmons


  1. [S467] 1850 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 898.

Riley DeVault

M, b. 26 January 1904, d. 26 January 1904
     Riley DeVault died on 26 January 1904 at Twelve miles north of Jet, Alfalfa Co., OK. He was born on 26 January 1904 at Twelve miles north of Jet, Alfalfa Co., OK. He was the son of Samuel Henry DeVault and Margaret Angeline Shutt. Riley DeVault was buried in January 1904 at Union Valley Cemetery (aka Ware Cemetery), Alfalfa Co., OK.

Robert Burns DeVault

M, b. 7 July 1871, d. 27 December 1896
     Robert Burns DeVault was born on 7 July 1871. He was the son of John DaVault and Mary C. Carmack. Robert Burns DeVault died on 27 December 1896 at age 25.

Robert Drew DeVault

M, b. 9 May 1869, d. 2 March 1947
     Robert Drew DeVault was born on 9 May 1869 at DeVault's Ford, Washington Co., TN. He was the son of Valentine DeVault and Edna Anne Hannah. Robert Drew DeVault was educated between 1885 and 1886 at Milligan College, Milligan College, Carter Co., TN. He married Osceola Walton, daughter of Elijah Powell Walton and Arrispa Gaines Jewell, on 4 June 1904 at Salem, Roanoke Co., VA. Robert Drew DeVault married Kathryn France after April 1930. Robert Drew DeVault lived at Johnson City, Washington Co., TN, Operated a dry goods store in Johnson City during the 1920s and 1930s. He died on 2 March 1947 at Johnson City, Washington Co., TN, at age 77

Newspaper article by Patty Smithdeal Fulton -- Johnson City Press, Johnson City, Tennessee, 20 MAR 2011:

If these walls could talk: History of East Unaka home

Robert DeVault, member of a prominent pioneer family in the area, built the house at 501 East Unaka Ave. [Johnson City, Tennessee] that his wife, Osceola Walton DeVault, designed.

It was her dream home, a spacious square brick built like a fortress of quality materials. Unaka Avenue was a quiet, tree-lined street and the DeVault home was surrounded by formal gardens, which gradually blended into an expanse of land through which a creek meandered, providing water for the family cow in the fenced pasture just below the vegetable garden.

This was the ideal setting for the young couple to begin the large family both desired. The original plans featured a nursery at the back of the house, adjoining the master bedroom. However, with the passage of time, it was apparent the DeVaults were unable to have children. Adoption laws as we know them did not exist in the 1920s. Mrs. DeVault made it known throughout the community that she wanted to help with the placement of orphaned children.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Summers’ son was adopted from the nursery at 501 East Unaka. The handsome young daredevil was a pilot during World War II who was killed while fighting the Germans. The entire town mourned the death of Joe-Joe Summers.

And there were others, many unknown, but one was a bright young red-haired lady who was an excellent bridge player, mother of several children, and a good wife to her husband, a banker of extraordinary character. Hope Lewis was in the prime of life when she died.

Dr. Hugh Swingle, a prominent local physician whose family lived down the street on the next corner, told me his sister came from the DeVault nursery. His mother became attracted to the infant during one of her visits with Mrs. DeVault and decided to take the baby home for the weekend. She never took her back.

And there was Joyce, the baby girl who was passed over time and time again because she was so ugly. Pretty babies came and pretty babies went and Joyce stayed. When Mrs. DeVault became ill and died on Christmas Eve 1928, at age 45, Joyce was 7 years old. The following year, when the crash of 1929 shattered the economy of the nation, Robert DeVault faced the Great Depression with indebtedness, loneliness, a big house to care for and little Joyce. Fortunately, in time, Robert met, wooed and married Kathryn France, an attractive lady who spoke the smooth, soft language of her native South Carolina. She had the invisible stamina and determination that is so characteristic of many southern ladies — attributes that are elusive because they are handled with such grace.

For their honeymoon, Bob DeVault brought Kathryn to her new home in Johnson City where she set out to clean the dirty house by washing the more than 50 windows and the lace curtains which she stretched, piece by piece, increasingly aware that there were two pieces of curtain to each window. Each piece was carefully soaked, washed, rinsed and attached to adjustable wooden frames by slipping sharp needle-like nails through the delicate lace border of the curtain, pulling until the curtain was taunt and straight. Left to dry in the sun, more than 100 pieces were retrieved from the curtain stretcher and hung at the windows. Kathryn waxed miles of hardwood floors, polished oak woodwork, washed plastered walls and worked herself into a state of exhaustion.

Robert raised cash by selling the land where the family had planted a vegetable garden to Harry Dosser, an owner of Dosser’s Department Store. The red brick Dosser house was soon constructed next door to the DeVault home.

Kathryn had secretarial skills and took a job in the admitting office of the Mountain Home Veterans Affairs Hospital. She told me of Robert’s depression, his failing health, and the embarrassment, which she felt contributed to his depression, because his wife was working to support him. In those days a man was judged by the standard of living he provided for his family and the wife seldom worked outside the hom

In order to increase the family income, Kathryn added a bath on the landing at the top of the back stairway and made an apartment across the back of the house where the nursery had been located. Although the apartment rented readily (Carl and Kathryn Jones lived there when they moved to Johnson City as newlyweds), it became apparent the family would have to make additional changes. Kathryn persuaded Robert to sell the big house, which they could no longer afford to maintain.

The Couch family bought the house and Kathryn designed a modest white frame duplex she and Robert built on the lot beside the Dosser home, the land where the cow had grazed. Robert, Kathryn and Joyce lived in the two-bedroom unit; the one-bedroom apartment provided incom

Robert died in 1947. Joyce, the little girl nobody wanted, became a nurse, married and moved to another state.

In 1959, my husband, Dr.Lyman Fulton, admitted Kathryn to Memorial Hospital to evaluate some persistent digestive problems. After studying various test results, Lyman called Joyce DeVault Kropff to tell her Kathryn had pancreatic cancer. The ugly little girl nobody wanted to adopt traveled to Johnson City and assumed the role of nurse and daughter. Joyce stayed at the bedside of 66-year-old Kathryn throughout her illness and was with her when she died. Two and one half years later, in 1962, Joyce died of cancer. She was 41.

At the top of a gentle hill at Monte Vista Cemetery, there is a sturdy maple tree with large extended limbs, spreading shade over four graves. Standing at the grave of Oceola DeVault, there is a life-size marble statue of a woman wearing a softly draped gown, holding a child in her arms. The inscription reads, “She did what she could for God’s little ones.” Joyce lies beside her.

He was buried in March 1947 at Monte Vista Memorial Park, Johnson City, Washington Co., TN, Findagrave #108904477.

Children of Robert Drew DeVault and Osceola Walton

Robert Franklin DeVault

M, b. 8 November 1863, d. 31 July 1946
     Robert Franklin DeVault was born on 8 November 1863 at Glen Alpine, Burke Co., NC. He was the son of Jacob A. DeVault and Mary Ann Alexander. Occupation: carpenter, coffin maker, and general farm laborer at Burke Co., NC. Robert Franklin DeVault died on 31 July 1946 at Burke Co., NC, at age 82. He was buried in August 1946 at Glen Alpine Methodist Church Cemetery, Glen Alpine, Burke Co., NC.
Note: Did not marry.

Robert Lee DeVault

M, b. 29 December 1927, d. 20 September 2011
     Robert Lee DeVault was also known as "Bob". He was born on 29 December 1927 at Oreana, Macon Co., IL. He was the son of Julius Raymond DeVault and Hattie Mae James. Robert Lee DeVault began military service Korean War, U.S. Army. He married Shirley Ann Jackson on 29 May 1953 at Havana, Mason Co., IL. Robert Lee DeVault lived in 1987 at Farmer City, DeWitt Co., IL. He died on 20 September 2011 at Le Roy, McLean Co., IL, at age 83 Obituary (Findagrave.com):

FARMER CITY — Robert Lee "Bob" DeVault Sr., 83, Farmer City, passed away at 7:27 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 20, 2011) at LeRoy Manor, LeRoy.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, with the Rev. Andy Baker officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Bob was born Dec. 29, 1927, at Oreana, a son of Julius Raymond and Hattie May James DeVault. He married Shirley Ann Jackson on May 29, 1953, in Havana.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley A. DeVault, Farmer City; son, Robert L. (Debbie) DeVault Jr., Ogden; two daughters, Donna (Dana) Evans, Farmer City, and Carol A. (Eric) Kersey, Fisher; grandchildren, Brittany Louise Chrysler Evans, Brett A. Kersey, Quinten (Cynthia) DeVault and Sarah DeVault; great-grandchildren, Lexi Williams, Jason Jackson and Jashawna Jackson; and brother, Frank (Irene) DeVault, Bloomington.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and four sisters.

Bob had worked at the DeWitt County Co-op in Clinton for many years. He was an Army veteran of the Korean conflict. He was a life member of Joe Williams American Legion Post 55 and life member of Fred G. O'Malley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6190, both of Farmer City.

He was buried in September 2011 at Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, DeWitt Co., IL, Findagrave #76900014.

Rev. Robert Martin DeVault

M, b. 1 November 1886, d. 16 December 1928
     Note: Robert Martin DeVault was converted at nine years of age; joined the Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church; and ordained as preacher there. Graduated Carson-Newman College, 1910; Newton Theological Institution, Boston, 1914. He was ordained in the old Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church while his father, Frederick W. DeVault, was a minister of that church (1905-1910). He was a fine violinist.

In 1914 Robert married his college sweetheart, Bess Moulton, daughter of Amos Rogan Moulton II and Clara Levica Hurlbert, Fall Branch, Tennessee. The wedding ceremony was performed at the Moulton home, 12 noon, by Dr. J. J. Burnett, president of Carson-Newman College. Following a honeymoon by horse and buggy, they lived in Greeneville, where he was pastor of First Baptist Church. Other pastorates: French Broad near Dandridge, Butler and surrounding churches (1921 to 1928). Raised funds for paying debts of Watauga Academy and Baptist High School, Butler. All five of their children graduated there: Robert, Dorothy, Doris, Leonard, Edwin.

After Robert's death in 1928, Bess taught piano at Watauga Academy and was principal-teacher of grammar school, Butler. She was a woman of strong Christian faith, integrity, wisdon and courage; a loving, sacrificial mother who worked hard to provide a college education for her five children. In 1941 she moved back to her childhood home in Fall Branch. Bess and Robert Martin DeVault were buried at Gray.

Rev. Robert Martin DeVault was born on 1 November 1886 at Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN. He was the son of Frederick William DeVault and Laura Adelaide Martin. Rev. Robert Martin DeVault was educated at Carson-Newman College and Newton Theological Institution, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA. He married Bess Telete Moulten, daughter of Amos Rogan Moulten and Clara Levica Hurlbert, on 22 October 1914 at the home of the bride, Fall Branch, Washington Co., TN, ceremony by Dr. J. J. Burnett, President of Carson-Newman College. Occupation: Baptist minister. Rev. Robert Martin DeVault died on 16 December 1928 at Johnson City, Washington Co., TN, at age 42. He was buried in December 1928 at Buffalo Ridge Church Cemetery, Gray's Station, Washington Co., TN.

Children of Rev. Robert Martin DeVault and Bess Telete Moulten

Robert Moulton DeVault

M, b. 1 August 1915, d. October 1985
     Robert Moulton DeVault was born on 1 August 1915. He was the son of Rev. Robert Martin DeVault and Bess Telete Moulten. Robert Moulton DeVault was graduated; Furman University and University of Tennessee. He began military service U. S. Army Air Corps. Occupation: He retired in 1984, completing fifty years as a teacher and coach at Watauga Academy, Elizabethton, Kingsport, Winston-Salem. Received the Roy N. Anderson Award for outstanding contributions to education. He died in October 1985 at Winston-Salem, Forsythe Co., NC, at age 70.

Robert R. DeVault

M, b. 19 November 1878, d. 5 November 1886
     Note: Robert "Bobby" died at eight years and at his request his three day old brother was named Robert.

Robert R. DeVault was born on 19 November 1878 at Washington Co., TN. He was the son of Frederick William DeVault and Laura Adelaide Martin. Robert R. DeVault died on 5 November 1886 at Washington Co., TN, at age 7. He was buried in November 1886 at Buffalo Ridge Church Cemetery, Gray's Station, Washington Co., TN, Headstone legend:

Son of
Fred & Laura DeVault
Born Nov. 19, 1878
Died Nov. 5, 1886
"Heed my ... all ... in heaven."

Robert Tenney DeVault

M, b. 7 October 1920, d. 13 February 1992
     Robert Tenney DeVault was born on 7 October 1920 at Calhoun Co. (probably), MI. He was the son of Ralph Pulliam DeVault and Ruth C. Tenney. Robert Tenney DeVault married Norma K. Calkins, daughter of Arthur Vernon Calkins and Hilma Christine Malmgren, in 1942 at South Pasadena, Los Angelse Co., CA. Robert Tenney DeVault died on 13 February 1992 at Felton, Santa Cruz Co., CA, at age 71.

Robert Valentine DeVault

M, b. 4 May 1906, d. after 1956
     Robert Valentine DeVault was born on 4 May 1906 at DeVault's Ford, Washington Co., TN. He was the son of William Weldon DeVault and Adelaide Gresham. Robert Valentine DeVault married Lila Gordon King Pinnix. Robert Valentine DeVault died after 1956.

Roller Dutton DeVault

M, b. 29 December 1908, d. 16 October 1958
     Roller Dutton DeVault was born on 29 December 1908 at Farnham, Richmond Co., VA. He was the son of Rev. Samuel Pierce DeVault and Helen Mary Oldham. Roller Dutton DeVault married Emma Alyne Smelcer, daughter of Alden Clark Smelcer and Elsie Bible, on 28 July 1939. Roller Dutton DeVault lived at La Mesa, San Diego Co., CA. He began military service U.S. Navy, retired 1956. He died on 16 October 1958 at La Mesa, San Diego Co., CA, at age 49. He was buried in October 1958 at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, Point Loma, San Diego Co., CA.

Rosemary Elizabeth DeVault

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


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

Roy Allen DeVault

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


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

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

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

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

Roy Manfred Devault1

M, b. 28 November 1923, d. 11 December 2008
     Roy Manfred Devault was born on 28 November 1923 at Bent Co. (probably), CO.1 He was the son of Fred J. Devault and Maude M. White.1 Roy Manfred Devault lived on 25 April 1940 at 3380 South Clarkson Street, Englewood, Arapahoe Co., CO, with his parents.2 He married Jean D. Frazier on 9 June 1946 at Portland, Multnomah Co., OR. Roy Manfred Devault lived on 10 April 1950 at 11224 NE Fremont Court, Portland, Multnomah Co., OR, cement finisher, heavy construction.3 He lived between 1998 and 1999 at Portland, Multnomah Co., OR, phone and address directory. He died on 11 December 2008 at Portland, Multnomah Co. (probably), OR, at age 85. He was buried in December 2008 at Rose City Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah Co., OR, Findagrave #219216187.


  1. [S5705] 1930 Federal Census, Bent County, Colorado. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 230; FHL #2339965.
  2. [S5706] 1940 Federal Census, Arapahoe County, Colorado. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 0455.
  3. [S5709] 1950 Federal Census, Multnomah County, Oregon. Microfilm Image, NARA NAID #43290879, Roll 4772.

Ruby Frances DeVault

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

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

Rufus I. DeVault

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

Ruth LeMay DeVault

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

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

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

Samuel Devault

M, b. 2 September 1888, d. 29 November 1964
     Samuel Devault was born on 2 September 1888 at Redbird, Gasconade Co., MO. He was the son of James Canny Davault and Jane Medley. Samuel Devault lived on 7 June 1900 at Bourbois Twp., Gasconade Co., MO, farm worker.1 He married Eve Fayetta Bolser on 15 April 1922 at Pratt, Pratt Co., KS. Samuel Devault lived on 6 April 1940 at Turkey Creek Twp., Barber Co., KS, farming, married, with adopted children Jack and Glenola.2 He died on 29 November 1964 at Rogers Memorial Hospital, Rogers, Benton Co., AR, at age 76. He was buried in December 1964 at Pratt Cemetery, Garfield, Benton Co., AR, Findagrave #5390021.

Child of Samuel Devault and Eve Fayetta Bolser


  1. [S5702] 1900 Federal Census, Gasconade County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 855; FHL #1240855.
  2. [S2981] 1940 Federal Census, Barber County, Kansas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 1219.

Dr. Samuel H. DeVault

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

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

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

Samuel Henry DeVault

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

Children of Samuel Henry DeVault and Elizabeth Jane McDonnell

Children of Samuel Henry DeVault and Margaret Angeline Shutt


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

Samuel Jacob DeVault

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

Samuel Paul DeVault

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

Rev. Samuel Pierce DeVault

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

Children of Rev. Samuel Pierce DeVault and Helen Mary Oldham


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