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Henry Devonshire
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Birth: Mar. 27, 1860
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 18, 1904
Clarence Center
Calhoun County
Michigan, USA

Father: George Devenshire/Devonshire
Mother: Johanna Groff

Married: Celia Carpenter [1865-10/6/1887] d. Brookfield, Eaton Co Mi on 3/2/1882 Marshall Calhoun Co Mi. Father Lote Carpenter


1. Lettie Devenshire b.7/1885

Michigan Death Certificate

1900 Clarence Calhoun Co Mi
head Henry Devenshire M 42 New York
daughter Letta Devenshire F 15 Mi

1880 Marshall, Calhoun Co mi
self Chas. S. Hamilton M 42 Michigan
wife Rowena Hamilton F 40 New York
daughter Grace Hamilton F 10 Michigan
other Henry Devonshire M 21 New York
other Isabel Thomas F 17 Mi

groom's name: Henry Devenshire
groom's birth date: 1858
groom's birthplace:
groom's age: 24
bride's name: Celia Carpenter
bride's birth date: 1865
bride's birthplace:
bride's age: 17
marriage date: 02 Mar 1882
marriage place: Calhoun,Michigan
Albion, Mi 100 Years Ago - SEPTEMBER 1904
Morning Star, August 29, 2004, pg. 8

News Clipping

"Week ending September 29, 1904: [Headlines] "Murder Near Duck Lake. William Mitchell Shoots Henry Devonshire and kills him instantly. He gives himself up at Springport and is now in the County Jail in this city [Marshall]. Inquest to be held Thursday morning. Clarence Township, in the vicinity of Duck Lake, was the scene of a murder Sunday afternoon. Henry Devonshire losing his life at the hands of John Mitchell. Mr. Devonshire lived on a farm owned by Mrs. Mitchell. They have had some trouble over crop division. The farm was sold last week and Mitchell was anxious to get Devonshire off the place [Note: this was a very sensational story that was carried extensively in area newspapers for several months thereafter as the investigation and trial commenced]."

Info provided by Bushong Weiss.
Marshall (MI) Expounder
23 Sep 1904
Murder Near Duck Lake
William Mitchell Shoots Henry Devonshire and Kills Him Instantly
He Gives Himself Up at Springport
And is Now in the County Jail in this City, Inquest to be held Thursday morning.
---Clarence township, in the vicinity of Duck lake, was the scene of a murder Sunday afternoon, Henry Devonshire losing his life at the hands of John Mitchell. The story of the affair as told to the officers by Mr. Mitchell, who is the only living witness, is substantially as follows:
---Mr. Devonshire lives on a farm owned by Mrs. Mitchell. They have had some trouble and a report was circulated that Mrs. Mitchell was in debt to Devonshire for caring for stock last winter. Mitchell, who lives in Springport, went over to the farm Sunday afternoon, and found Devonshire in the barn. He called him out and asked him why he was telling that his wife owed him $50. Devonshire replied that she did owe him that amount. Hot words ensued and Mitchell called the other man a liar. Devonshire took out his pocket knife and struck at Mitchell. He warded off the blow, but got a cut on his left arm. Devonshire then made another lunge at him with the knife, whereupon Mitchell pulled a revolver and shot him three times, killing him dead. He then went to Springport and gave himself up to the officers. Sheriff Furner was notified and he instructed the Springport officers to bring Mitchell to Albion and turn him over to Deputy Sheriff Graham, which was done, Mr. Graham arriving here on the last car from the East Sunday night.
---Sheriff Furner and Coroner Church immediately started for the scene. Upon arriving there they found that Justice Gifford had drawn a jury for an inquest, and adjourned the same until Thursday morning at 10 o'clock. It was ascertained that the woman who was keeping house for Mr. Devonshire, and her father who were in the house, did not hear the shots fired, and did not know of the shooting until two or three hours after it happened. Drs. Church and Shurtleff made a post mortem examination and found that three shots had been fired. One made a flesh wound in the cheek, one entered the brain from the side of the head, and one entered the cheek and passed into the throat. They say that the flesh wound in the cheek showed that the shot was fired from behind.
---Mr. Devonshire is reported to have been of a quarrelsome disposition. He was arrested in July on complaint of Wm. Smalley who charged that Devonshire had threatened to shoot Wm. Smally and Arthur Smally July 13, 1904. The case came up before Justice Deuel and was dismissed on motion of Ass't Prosecutor Miller. J. M Hatch informs us that Mrs. Mitchell brought suit against Devonshire for her share of the crops raised and the case was tried in Justice Deuel's court. Devonshire at that time agreed to get off the place. it is very probably that the trouble between the two families started at that time.
---Sheriff Furner says that a knife was found in Devonshire's hand. His hand was open and the knife laid in it, but had no blood on it. Mitchell has engaged Wm. H. Porter to look after his interests.
---Mitchell was arraigned before Justice Powers this afternoon, and the examination adjourned until Saturday, Sept. 24.
---The following concerning the shooting at Duck lake, Sunday afternoon, is quoted from remarks alleged to have been made by Mitchell and others:
---"Devonshire lived on my farm at Duck lake and he had circulated the report that I owed him $50. I have been trying to get him off the farm for some time, but he wouldn't go. This afternoon I went over to see him to talk over matters. He flew into a rage, swore he would cut my heart out, drew a knife, stabbed me in the arm which I had thrown up to protect myself, and was jabbing at me desperately, when I pulled out my revolver and shot him in the head. I think I shot three times. He fell in a heap, dead. We were alone in the barn. Then I went at once to Springport and gave myself into the hands of the law. A doctor dressed the gash in my arm and Deputy Sheriff Clay is taking me to Marshall. That is all there is all there is to it. I did it in self defense. Yes, I have got a wife and family and my wife is nervous. If anything should happen to me, I guess they would soon have to take her to Kalamazoo. Now I have told you God's truth."
---Deputy Sheriff clay, of Springport, said: "I have known Mr. Mitchell for a number of years and during the time he has lived at Duck lake he has had a good reputation. He is respected generally by the people and bears the name of being a good man."
---It is understood from parties living at Duck lake that Devonshire was a bad man. He has the name of being a desperate fellow, and one who would probably not have hesitated to stab Mitchell to death, if he could have done so. When he swore, "I'll cut your heat out," those being the exact words Mitchell says he used, he was a man who might have been expected to literally carry out his threat.
---While he was in Albion Sunday night on the way to the county jail, Mitchell was naturally somewhat excited. His coat sleeve was slashed open where Devonshire had stabbed him, and his arm was swollen and bandaged.
---He said he was going to Marshall and would state when examined, the circumstances that attended the shooting. When he went over to see Devonshire in the afternoon, he carried his revolver loaded so as to be prepared, he said, to defend himself. He wasn't going to have any parley with such a dangerous man without being fully armed for the worst that might happen.
---"Any man would have done the same as I did," said Mr. Mitchell, while waiting with the officers for the car for Marshall. "You can see where he struck me on the arm and I wasn't got to let him cut me to pieces."
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  Celia Carpenter (____ - 1867)
Note: Celia's Headstone, death date, I believe should read 1887..
Note: Not in the cemetery records
Lee Center Cemetery
Lee Center
Calhoun County
Michigan, USA
Maintained by: Genealogy Bug Kate
Originally Created by: Bushong Weiss
Record added: Jan 23, 2013
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Henry Devonshire
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