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 William Devey

William Devey

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Death 15 Mar 1897 (aged 71)
Burial Alpine, Utah County, Utah, USA
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Memorial ID 8408963 · View Source
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William Devey was born on March 26, 1826 in Wolverhamton, Staffordshire, England, son of John Devey and Sarah Malkin. On June 21, 1845 he married Ann Kershaw. They were baptized into the LDS church in 1849 the year that their son John Devey was born. They named him John, after his grandfather, William's father. Ten children were born to William and Ann: John, Joseph, William, Sarah Ann, Esther, Martha, William Henry, Alfred, Hannah Alice, and Albert who died soon after birth. William, Alfred and Albert died in infancy. William and Ann had a great desire to come to America and join the Saints in Utah. His oldest son John and his wife Hannah had already left England for America in 1868, spending their
honeymoon on the ship. Financially, it was impossible for William and Ann to bring their whole family to Zion at the same time, so they decided that William should go first to get a home started for his family, then they would follow later. When he left England in 1872, not only did he leave his wife and children, except for John, but his mother, who he never saw again, as she died 2 years later on July 25, 1874. He came to Alpine, Utah where he joined his son John. William and John were able to work together, as he went to work with his son in his black-smith shop. William and John invented and made a new kind of hay baler. It was the first hay baler in the West. Six months after William's arrival in Alpine, Utah his son William Henry, then a boy of eleven years, left England with another boy Avery Timms. They were the same age, and he joined his father in Alpine. A year later, his wife Ann Kershaw and her two youngest daughters, Martha and Hannah Alice came to Salt Lake City and William and John were there to meet them. They were in Zion-together. All of their children were now in Zion except Ester, Sarah Ann and Joseph, who remained in England. When William's brother, Joseph, sent him money in October of1879, to pay his expenses back to England for a visit, William returned to the land of his birth. Before he left, he was set apart as a missionary for the church. One of the special joys for him while he was in England, was to visit with his two daughters Esther and Sarah Ann. It was the last time that they would see their father in this life. He also visited his son, Joseph, while he was there. After the death of his son wife, Joseph brought his only son Joseph, Jr. with him and they came to America to be with William's family. He arrived back in Alpine in April of 1880. William was a staunch believer in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On March 15, 1897 he died.


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  • Maintained by: Ann Pack Reese
  • Originally Created by: Lee Drew
  • Added: 20 Feb 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8408963
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Devey (5 Apr 1825–15 Mar 1897), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8408963, citing Alpine City Cemetery, Alpine, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Ann Pack Reese (contributor 47079110) .