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Hannah Alice Timms Devey
Original name: Hannah Alice Devey
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Birth: Apr. 24, 1861
Death: Sep. 4, 1937

Hannah Alice Avery Timms Devey was born on April 24, 1851 in Cookhill, Warwickshire, England. She was the daughter of William and Mary Ann Avery Timms. Hannah was five years old when she went to school at Astwood Bank in England. She was eight years old when she went to work in a needle factory at Astwood Bank, where she put labels on the packages of needles. She moved to Tipton where she went to school for six months. She could have had a good education, but her mother would not let her go to a "Free School" because her mother was too proud. Since her father was a carpenter, she moved a great deal. They moved to Birmingham and her next job was in a granite factory putting on the labels. She also put powder on the pans before they were burned.

Her family accepted the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was baptized into the Church in 1864. Hannah and her sister Alice went to Wolverhampton for the big celebration (monument to Queen Victoria). They stayed at the home of William and Ann Devey, who were also members of the Church. It was then she met John Devey.

Being a member of the same "unpopular church", gave them something in common. Hannah invited him to her place for Christmas. Their acquaintance soon grew from friendship to love. Hannah and John went together for a year and then decided to come to Zion. They were married on board the sailing vessel " Emerald lsle" by President Charles W. Penrose. Hannah was 17 and John was 19 years old. There were 876 Latter-day Saints on board the ship. Ocean travel in those days could be very hard but the voyage which they took was severe and treacherous. The sea was rough, the drinking water became scarce and poor. From the beginning, every thing went wrong. The water condensing machine broke down and they had to return to Cork, Ireland where they spent several days loading water in wooden barrels. A few weeks out on the ocean, the water turned black and stunk so bad they could hardly stand it. As a result, 37 people were buried at sea. The voyage took 8 weeks to make the journey, and Hannah was very seasick.

They arrived in New York on August 11, 1868. They left New York on August 14, 1868 for the West. They traveled on the Union Pacific Railroad until the last 300 miles for railroad had not been completed across the plains. They were in Captain Mumford's company which arrived in Salt Lake City on September 24, 1868.

Hannah and John remained in Salt Lake for one year. Their first child, a daughter who they named Fannie Ann, was born on August 19, 1869. Hannah always supported her husband. She helped make adobe bricks for the small house they had built in Salt Lake. When they moved to Alpine, Utah, she once again helped him build their home by making the adobe bricks while he went and got the lumber, sawed it and made the living for his family. Their home was heated, their food cooked and the room lighted from the open fireplace.

Hannah and John lived in Alpine for about 20 years. All the family were born in Alpine except Fanny Ann who was 4 months when they arrived in Alpine. Alfred John was born first, Albert William, died while an infant. Joseph Franklin, Amy Demaris, John Jr., Hannah Alice Avery and Walter Avery. In 1886 President Abram 0. Smoot asked John to come to Provo and take charge of the Provo Foundry and Machine Shop. Six years later John was offered a job at the sugar factory at Lehi.

Hannah ran the boarding house near the factory for six years and her girls helped Hannah. They spent
the remainder of their lives living in Lehi, Utah. Hannah's devotion was not only limited to her husband and family but her life was like a thread of gold woven with love and service into the hearts of her many friends. She had an abiding faith in the Gospel and contributed of her talent and service to
Relief Society for 40 years as a teacher and other church work all her life.

When Hannah's parting time was near she called her husband and children around her and left her message in the following words: " I want to tell you all that I love you and I ask the Lord to bless you all that you all will be true and faithful to the Gospel for I know it is true. I have had so many testimonies while I have been sick that I know it is true. I want you all to be good to Grandpa for he has been good to me and he is failing as he cannot remember so well and I want you all to be good to each other. I am ready to go now and want the Lord to take me as soon as He sees fit. I ask these blessings in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen." Hannah passed away on September 4, 1937 in Lehi, Utah.
Family links: 
  William Timms (1821 - 1904)
  Mary Ann Avery Timms (1821 - 1888)
  John Devey (1849 - 1937)*
  Fannie Ann Devey Strong (1869 - 1934)*
  Alfred John Devey (1871 - 1970)*
  Joseph Franklin Devey (1874 - 1954)*
  Amy Demaris Devey Kearney Smith (1876 - 1966)*
  John Devey (1878 - 1942)*
  Walter Avery Devey (1882 - 1962)*
  William John Avery Timms (1845 - 1927)*
  Alice Hannah Avery Timms Thiriot (1849 - 1939)*
  Maria Rubright Siple (1851 - 1919)**
  Damarius Ann Avery Timms Thiriot (1854 - 1936)*
  John William Avery Timms (1856 - 1916)*
  Ann Demaris Avery Timms (1859 - 1945)*
  Hannah Alice Timms Devey (1861 - 1937)
  Avery William John Timms (1861 - 1939)*
*Calculated relationship
Lehi City Cemetery
Utah County
Utah, USA
Plot: 35_12_2
Maintained by: Ann Pack Reese
Originally Created by: Utah State Historical So...
Record added: Feb 02, 2000
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Hannah Alice <i>Timms</i> Devey
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Hannah Alice <i>Timms</i> Devey
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