John Devine
(Abt 1802-)
Thomas Devine Sr.
Martha Dobbins
Thomas Devine Jr.


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1. Ida May Hays

2. Amy F. Ward

Thomas Devine Jr. 1 3 4 5 6 7

  • Born: 14 Apr 1869, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI 1 4 5 6 7
  • Marriage (1): Ida May Hays
  • Marriage (2): Amy F. Ward on 28 Jun 1899 in Flagstaff: Church of the Nativity, Coconino, AZ 1 2
  • Died: 14 Aug 1926, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA at age 57 6 7 8
  • Buried: Los Angeles: Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA 7 9 10

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Cemetery: His tombstone photo is online at: in Los Angeles: Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA. 9 His tombstone reads:
Thomas Devine
1869 (cross symbol) 1926.

2. Evidence: Article about Andy Devine, famous actor and son of Thomas Devine, Kingman, Mohave, AZ. 11 Because this article is copyrighted, we refer you to read it here, well worth the time:

3. Census in 1870 in Oshtemo Twp., Kalamazoo, MI. 4 Thomas Devins [indexed in census wrong but handwriting is Devine], laborer, 27, was living with wife Martha, 32; Mary, 4; John, 3; and Thomas, 1. The parents were born in Ireland, the children in Michigan.

4. Moved: 1873, Saint Marys, Pottawatomie, KS. 5

5. Census in 1880 in Emmett Twp., Pottawatomie, KS. 12 Thomas De Vine, 37, farmer, was living with wife Martha, 41; Mary, 14; John, 13; Thomas, 11; Elizabeth, 9; Catherine, 4; and Martha, 4 months when the census was recorded in June, 1880. The parents and their parents were born in Ireland. All children were born in Michigan, except Catherine and Martha in Kansas.

6. Newspaper: St. Mary's Star, 20 Jul 1899, Saint Marys, Pottawatomie, KS. 2 A Brilliant Wedding

At the Church of Nativity at 10:30 a.m. on June 28th, 1899, Mr. Thomas Devine and Miss Amie Ward were united in marriage. Rev. F. Dilly performed the marriage ceremony. A large number of friends gathered at the church to witness the nuptials, and the ceremony was a most beautiful one. The bride is one of Flagstaff's most charming and popular ladies. Her many suitable qualities have gained for her the love of all who know her. The groom is an employee of the Arizona Lumber and Timber company, and is very popular with all.

They launch upon the great voyage of life with the best wishes of all friends hoping that their future will be one of continued happiness and prosperity. This newly wedded couple gave a reception last night at the residence of Mr. E. T. McGonigle and wife, where some sixty of their friends congratulated them and spent the evening listening to music and in social conversation. The guests were made at home by Mr. E. T. McGonigle and his estimable wife. Ice cream and cake was served and all had a good time. The Symphony Orchestra which has no superior in Arizona was present and rendered several pieces of excellent music. Their music at the marriage ceremony was par excellent. They will go to house-keeping in the residence formerly occupied by Mr. Cassett, and will receive their friends on and after July 15th.

We clip the above account of the wedding of Thomas Devine from the Flagstaff, Arizona, Gem. Mr. Devine is an old resident of this vicinity and has relatives on Cross Creek. We extend to the happy couple our best wishes and congratulations.

7. Census in 1900 in Flagstaff, Coconino, AZ. 1 Thomas Devine, engineer, 31, born Mar 1869, was with his wife Amy, 27, Apr 1873, newly married less than a year. She is listed as having birthed 0 children, but they are listed with a son: Thomas W., born Mar 1900, 2 months old, born in Arizona, his father in Michigan, and mother in Illinois. It therfore appears the child's parents are Thomas and Amy, Thomas Sr. is born in Michigan and she and her mother in Illinois. Her father was from Washington, DC. Thomas' parents were from Ireland.

8. Moved: 16 Nov 1906, Kingman, Mohave, AZ. 11 After he lost his leg in a train accident, Tom Devine moved to Kingman with his family.

9. Census in 1910 in Kingman, Mohave, AZ. 13 Thomas Irvine [handwriting on census page is hard to read so it was indexed as Irvine instead of Devine], keeper hotel, 41, was living with wife Amy, 37. They were married 11 years and she had birthed 2 children, both alive in 1910: Thomas, 10; and Andrew, 4. Thomas was born in Michigan, and his parents in Ireland. Amy and her mother were born in Illinois, her father in Connecticut. The children were born in Arizona.

10. Book: Arizona, The Youngest State, 1913. 5

Thomas Devine is the owner of the Beale Hotel in Kingman and conducts the enterprise in an able and farsighted way. He was born in Michigan in 1869 and is a son of Thomas and Martha (Dobbin) Devine, who left that state for Kansas in 1873, settling in St. Marys. The father was in early life a farmer but afterward turned his attention to the hotel and grocery business, operating enterprises of that character in Kansas City, Kansas until his retirement.

Thomas Devine acquired his education in the public schools of Kansas and began his independent career in the employ of a railroad running out of Kansas City. He also learned the blacksmith's trade, at which he worked in that vicinity until 1892, when he came to Arizona and afterward followed his trade in Flagstaff for twelve years. He was connected with the Arizona Lumber and Timber Company in various positions for about ten years and during that time came into prominence in local affairs, winning election to the office of County Treasurer of Coconino County in 1902. He was re-elected, serving in all four years.

At the end of that time Mr. Devine removed to Kingman, where he purchased the hotel which he now owns. Under his able management this enterprise has prospered and expanded rapidly and is today a fine modern hostelry, equipped with all the accessories necessary to the comfort and convenience of its guests. In 1911 Mr. Devine was elected County Treasurer and re-elected in 1914.

Mr. Devine has been twice married. He first wedded Miss Ida Hays, who died in 1893, leaving a daughter. On the 28th of June, 1901 he was again married to Miss Amy Ward of Orion Illinois and they have two sons.

11. Residence: in 1915 in Kingman, Mohave, AZ. 14 Thomas is mentioned in his father Thomas's obituary.

12. Census in 1920 in Kingman, Mohave, AZ. 15 Tom Devine, 50, manager hotel, was living with wife Amy, 46; Thomas W., 19; Andrew V., 14. Thomas was born in Michigan, his parents in Ireland. Amy and her mother weres born in Illinois, her father in Connecticut. The children were born in Arizona. They are living at 339 Front St., obviously a hotel since the census lists the names of many roomers in addition to the family.

13. Newspaper: Mohave County Miner, 26 Mar 1926, Kingman, Mohave, AZ. 6 He sold his Beale Hotel effective March 25, 1926, but planned to stay in Kingman.

14. Newspaper: Mohave County Miner, 30 Jul 1926, Kingman, Mohave, AZ. 6 On July 25, 1926 he was taken to the hospital (Kingman) where he was placed on a strict diet. He had contacted ptomaine at Flagstaff,Az. during the 4th of July and had been confined at home since then.

15. Obituary: Mohave County Miner on 20 Aug 1926 in Kingman, Mohave, AZ. 6 7 Thomas Devine, Jr. (Andy's father) was born at Kalamazoo, Michigan, April 14, 1869. He passed away in Los Angeles , August 14, 1926. Death followed shortly upon an operation that had been performed with the hopes of saving his life. He had not been in the best of health for the past two years.

He was taken to a Kingman hospital where it was determined by his physician that his condition was critical and he was taken to a specialist on the coast. He survived the operation for four days before he died. Services were at St. Vincent's Church, Los Angeles, Ca. and burial was at Calvary Cemetery.

Thomas married Ida May Hays, daughter of John Hays and Melissa F. Jacobs. (Ida May Hays was born on 8 May 1870 in , Washington County, IA,3 died on 29 Jul 1892 in , Washington County, IA 3 and was buried in Washington: Elm Grove Cemetery, Washington, IA 16.)

Thomas next married Amy F. Ward, daughter of Frederick B. Ward and Julia Burr Engle, on 28 Jun 1899 in Flagstaff: Church of the Nativity, Coconino, AZ.1 2 (Amy F. Ward was born on 9 May 1873 in Western Twp., Henry County, IL,1 5 17 died on 19 Dec 1931 in Detroit, Wayne, MI 6 and was buried in Los Angeles: Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA 9.)


1 1900 United States Census, Arizona, Coconino County, Flagstaff, Series: T623 Roll: 45 Page: 199.

2 St. Mary's Star (St. Marys, Pottawattamie County, Kansas), 20 Jul 1899, page 5.

3 McMonigle, David L., Descendants of James McMonigle Sr. (
David L. McMonigle
800 Riverbend Ln
Middleville, MI 49333).

4 1870 United States Census, Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Oshtemo Township, Series: M593 Roll: 680 Page: 262.

5 Arizona, The Youngest State (1913.), Page 661, Thomas Devine.

6 Mohave Museum of History and Arts (Kingman, Mohave County, Arizona. See:, Email from Kay Ellermann, Librarian, 18 Jul 2008.

7 Mohave County Miner (Kingman, Mohave County, Arizona), 20 Aug 1926, Obituary of Thomas Devine Jr.

8 California Vital Records, 1905-1929 California Death Index, record of Thomas Devine.

9 Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, Online photo at

10 Find A Grave,

11 Mohave Museum of History and Arts (Kingman, Mohave County, Arizona. See:,

12 1880 United States Census, Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Emmett Township, Series: T9 Roll: 393 Page: 374.

13 1910 United States Census, Arizona, Mohave County, Kingman, Series: T624 Roll: 41 Page: 25.

14 St. Mary's Star (St. Marys, Pottawattamie County, Kansas), 11 Nov 1915 page 2. Obituary of Thomas Devine.

15 1920 United States Census, Arizona, Mohave County, Kingman, Series: T625 Roll: 47 Page: 228.

16 Find A Grave,

17 History of Henry County, Illinois: It's Taxpayers and Voters; Containing Also, a Biographical Directory, a Condensed History of the State; Map of the County; a Business Directory...etc (By H.F. Kett & Co, Open Content Alliance, Kett (H.F.) and Company, Chicago. Published by H. F. Kett, 1877. 589 pages), Page 386, biography of Ward, Fred. B.

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