Thomas Devane, Sr

Thomas Devane, Sr

Birth
Death 1773 (aged 109–110)
New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA
Burial New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA
Plot Black River
Memorial ID 84239305 · View Source
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There are two handwritten copies of Thomas Devane's will. One in NC Archives, most likely copied from the one in Will Book C pg. 67-68 New Hanover Co.NC. It was written 20 May 1765, stating that Thomas lived on Black River in New Hanover Co., NC. The Will was probated in July Court, 1774.
The NC Historical Review Vol VII Num 1-4 Jan-Oct 1930 pg. 153, quoting from the Hall's Wilmington Gazette, Thurs. Mar.29,1798 vol.II "...Died on the 1st inst at his plantation on South River, Mr. Matthew Pridgeon, aged 105 years. Some time ago, Mr. John Sykes, aged 95; and Mr. Thomas Devane, aged 110. There are several persons now living on said River upwards of 100 years of age, and many from 70 to 90. {Note: His Will stated Black River which was probably correct].
Thomas Devane's Will names wife, Margarett and 2 sons: (1.) Thomas Devane, Jr.(1725-1816) who married Mary Larkin(s) had 2 children Margaret & Thomas,III and (2.) John Devane, Sr.(1730-1805) who married Ann Larkin. They had 9 children:John, Jr.,(1755-1802),James, Sr.(1757-1840), Thomas(1758-1805),William, George, Tobitha (1764-1815- married Francis Davis), Ann, Margaret & Rebecca .
Both Thomas and John Devane served in the Revolutionary War.
The Will also names 2 daughters: Mary Devane who married Thomas Corbett, they had 6 children, and Margaret Devane who married James Portivent and had 7 children. After his untimely death, Margaret Devane Poitevent married William Jones.
Thomas, Jr.(1725-1816) inherited the plantation on Black River, John (1730-1805) inherited the land on Long Creek.
In the records, several connections are found between Thomas DeVane/Devane and David Lee. Seemingly, they both married Sullivan sisters. See New Hanover Co., NC Deed Bk AB pg.480 for support of them being a Sullivan. They are living on Long Creek.
At some point , the spelling of Devane was changed to DeVane. Originally, the spelling appears to have been Devaughan. The pronunciation is nearly the same only the spelling is changed.
So much has been written about Thomas being a French Huguenot. In the book, Wm R. King and his kin by H.P. Johnston, he states that the Devanes took refuse in Scotland after leaving France and then on to the Barbados Islands and then into the American Colonies.The DeVane/Devane family was accepted by the Huguenot Society. I have never seen any primary sources for this claim. However, Thomas Devane's will which was written 20 May 1765 and probated July 1774 firmly establishes this family in New Hanover Co NC . His sons, Thomas, Jr. and John DeVane served in the American Revolution. Mary's husband, Thomas Corbitt also served.


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  • Created by: Linda DeVane Boyd
  • Added: 30 Jan 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 84239305
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Devane, Sr (1663–1773), Find a Grave Memorial no. 84239305, citing Devane, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Linda DeVane Boyd (contributor 47678956) .