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John Devey
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Birth: Jan. 28, 1849, England
Death: Oct. 17, 1937
Castle Rock
Summit County
Utah, USA

John Devey was born in Wolverhampton, Stafford, England, January 28, 1849, the son of William and Ann Kershaw Devey, and was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the year of 1859 by Elder George Fowler. He fulfilled six Home Missions in Utah and Alpine Stakes of Zion. He married Hannah Alice Avery Timms on board the sailing vessel "Emerald Isle" by Elder Charles W. Penrose, on June 20th, 1868

John first went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad at Devils Gate in Weber Canyon. They saw the first train come to Salt Lake City and the driving of the Golden Spike. John walked 59 miles to Provo to find a job and found one at Alpine. While Hannah was alone the Indians came and insisted on having all the bread and sugar she had. One was drunk and he hugged and danced with her and then drew a knife and took the bacon off the shelf. They lived here just 6 months.

In November 1869 they moved to Alpine with Hannah's sisters Alice and Annie Timms, John was a self educated man. He didn't have the privilege of going to school but bought books and studied at night. Shorthand was one of his accomplishments. He was always interested in the latest inventions and news of the world. First he had a saw-mill and sawed all heavy timber and other lumber for the first homes in Alpine. The Utah Stake Tabernacle was furnished with most of its lumber. He also made lath and shingles. He had a molasses mill which he operated for years in the neighborhood of Samuel Brown's old home.

John and his father William made the first hay baler in the West.
John and Hannah Devey lived in Alpine for about 20 years. All the family was born in Alpine except Fanny Ann Strong who was 4 months when they arrived in Alpine. In 1886 President A.O. Smoot asked John to go to Provo and take charge of the Provo Foundry and machine Shop. It was here that they made 6 stoves for residences. One stove was put in the St. Louis exposition and won a gold medal for their skill of iron and metal craftsmanship. Another was entered in the State Fair and received honor. The first steam heating system of the Old Utah Stake Tabernacle in Provo was installed by Mr. John Devey and served flawlessly for 25 years.

John and Hannah attended the dedication of the Salt Lake Temple, April 6, 1893. They also went up to the ball that the Angel Moroni is standing on twice. John read in the papers about "Horseless Carriages" that were made in the East. He decided to have one too, so in 1898 his son Frank helped him at the Lehi Sugar Factory running the lathe to make parts. John and Hannah's next desire was to have a good home, so they bought the property on First East and Main Street in Lehi and built a lovely home. This was in 1908 and they lived there until their companionship was completed in this life.

Frank, son of John and Hannah, was the first to think of a device to help in topping beets. Alfred of Alpine and Walter of American Fork all helped to perfect this Beet Topper. Now it called for a digger. . This Devey Beet Harvester was a great success - It topped and dug 2 acres in one day with one man and four horses or could be used with a tractor. June 20, 1937 marked the beginning of their 70th wedding anniversary. Quiet, unassuming, John was affable and kind. He kept the bright side always out by whistling and singing the songs of Zion. They were never provoked to use slang or profanity. They passed away practically together. Hannah on the 3rd of September 1937 and John on the 15th of October 1937, just 6 weeks apart, 86 and 88 years respectively.

They left posterity of 8 children, 3 of whom preceded them, 53 grandchildren, 167 great grandchildren and 81 great, great grandchildren. Twelve grandchildren and 13 great, great grandchildren have preceded them to the other side.

 
 
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 Parents:
  William Devey (1825 - 1897)
  Ann Kershaw Devey (1828 - 1906)
 
 Spouse:
  Hannah Alice Timms Devey (1861 - 1937)
 
 Children:
  Fannie Ann Devey Strong (1869 - 1934)*
  Alfred John Devey (1871 - 1970)*
  Albert William Devey (1873 - 1873)*
  Joseph Franklin Devey (1874 - 1954)*
  Amy Demaris Devey Kearney Smith (1876 - 1966)*
  John Devey (1878 - 1942)*
  Hannah Alice Devey Skinner (1880 - 1966)*
  Hannah Alice Devey Skinner (1880 - 1966)*
  Walter Avery Devey (1882 - 1962)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Devey (1849 - 1937)
  Martha Devey Adams (1859 - 1907)*
  William Henry Devey (1861 - 1916)*
  Alfred Devey (1864 - 1865)*
  Hannah Alice Avery Devey Healey (1868 - 1946)*
  Albert Henry Devey (1871 - 1871)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Lehi City Cemetery
Lehi
Utah County
Utah, USA
Plot: 35_12_3
 
Maintained by: Ann Pack Reese
Originally Created by: Utah State Historical So...
Record added: Feb 02, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 90629
John Devey
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John Devey
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John Devey
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