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 Amanda Jane <I>Taylor</I> Devin

Amanda Jane Taylor Devin

Rushville, Schuyler County, Illinois, USA
Death 18 Feb 1909 (aged 81)
King County, Washington, USA
Burial Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA
Plot Block: 1 Section: Lot: 00010
Memorial ID 14554057 · View Source
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Amanda Jane Taylor married Michael Luther Devin on April 18, 1847 in Decatur and the couple had nine children, six who lived to adulthood. They moved to Fort Des Moines in 1847 and operated a general store north of the Raccoon River and west of the Des Moines River. In 1854, they homesteaded 160 acres south and west of Des Moines. They added to these acres over the years until the farm included 900 acres. Two acres of the farm was used for a school. Their sons would come home from Cornell University and teach the neighbor children in the school. Four of their sons graduated from Cornell University as civil engineers. George, David, Luther, and John. All distinguished themselves in their profession. George served in the Civil War at age 18 and is buried at the Los Angeles Veterans' Cemetery.

Michael and Amanda were very active in community affairs and in breeding choice cattle and Clydesdale horses. Their youngest son, James was the only heir to have grandchildren and remain on the farm to till the soil and raise the next generation of Devin's in Des Moines.

Amanda moved to Seattle after her husband died and lived with her daughter, Sarah Clarke. She died in Seattle but her body was returned to Des Moines to rest with her husband and children in the family plot.

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  • Created by: Beth Devin Marsau
  • Added: 9 Jun 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14554057
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Amanda Jane Taylor Devin (30 Jul 1827–18 Feb 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14554057, citing Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Beth Devin Marsau (contributor 46834078) .