John Devine
(Abt 1802-)
Thomas Devine Sr.


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1. Martha Dobbins

Thomas Devine Sr. 1 2 3 4

  • Born: 22 Dec 1842, , Tipperary, Munster, IRL 1 2
  • Marriage (1): Martha Dobbins on 27 Feb 1865 in , Kalamazoo, MI 1
  • Died: 1 Nov 1915, Kansas City, Wyandotte, KS at age 72 1 4 5
  • Buried: 2 Nov 1915, Kansas City: Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wyandotte, KS 1 4

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Fact: He is the grandfather of famous Hollywood actor Andy Devine.

2. He immigrated in 1852. 6

3. Census in 1870 in Oshtemo Twp., Kalamazoo, MI. 2 Thomas 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. [Note: indexed in census as Thomas Devins, handwriting is poor.].

4. Moved: 1873, Saint Marys, Pottawatomie, KS. 3

5. Census in 1880 in Emmett Twp., Pottawatomie, KS. 7 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.

Living as nearby neighbors on the previous page is Patrick De Vine, farmer, 43, with wife Mary, 32; Mary H. 14; and Thomas, 2. Thomas , his parents and Mary's parents were born in Ireland. Mary was born in Wisconsin. The children were born in Kansas.
[It appears Patrick is the brother of Thomas. In the 1900 Census, we find Patrick remaining here after Thomas goes to Kansas City, KS.].

6. Kansas State census in 1895 in Kansas City, Wyandotte, KS. 8 Tho. Devine, 52, was living with Martha, 56; John, 28; and Martha, 15. Tho. and Martha were born in Ireland, John in Michigan, and Martha in Kansas.

7. Newspaper: St. Mary's Star, 27 May 1904, Saint Marys, Auglaize, OH. 9 Thos. Devine and family of Armourdale were up Wednesday attending the funeral of his brother.

8. Census in 1910 in Kansas City, Wyandotte, KS. 6 Thomas Devine, occupation "own income," 68, was married for 45 years to wife Martha, 71. She had birthed 6 children and all were alive in 1910. In their household was son-in-law Samuel C. Hays, merchant, 37, newly married this year to the Devine's daughter, Mattie. A., salesman, 30. Thomas and Martha and their parents were born in Ireland. Mattie was born in Kansas. Samuel was born in Iowas, his parents in Indiana. Thomas immigrated in 1852, and wife Martha in 1858. They were renting at 956 Homer Avenue.

9. Book: Arizona, The Youngest State, 1913. 3

Thomas Devine [Jr.] 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.

10. Obituary: St. Mary's Star on 11 Nov 1915 in Saint Marys, Pottawatomie, KS. 1 10 Thos. Devine Dead
Died at His Home in Kansas City, Nov. 1.
An Old Resident of Cross Creek

Thos. Devine was born in Tipperara, Ireland, Dec. 22, 1842 and came to this country with his parents when a small boy and settled in Kalamazoo, Mich., where he lived until he enlisted and served three years in the Civil War from which he had an honorable discharge, he later returned to Kalamazoo and married Martha Dobbins Feb. 27, 1865, where he resided for several years, and then moved to Cross Creek, where he lived for several years on a farm now owned by John Lindquest of Emmett. Later they moved to Kansas City, where he conducted a grocery store in which he was very successful. He retired on Dec., 1, 1902

Jan. 25 he was stricken with Paralysis and confined to his chair until the time of his death which occurred Nov. 1. His long suffering, patience and resignation to the Will of the Almighty not only won him merits, but centralized upon his family the deepest sentiments of sorrow. Besides his bereaved widow he leaves six children to mourn his loss, they are: Mrs. J. Dowling of Leavenworth; John of Kansas City; Thomas of Kingman, Ariz; Mrs. D. Hays; Mrs. F. Swanson and Mrs. S. C. Hays of Kansas City.

Tributes of respect were shown by the many beautiful floral offerings, which were sent from far and near. The funeral took place Wednesday morning with a Requim High Mass at St. Benedict Church celebrated by Rev. Father Patrick. The remains were laid to rest in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

The pall bearers were William McHale, Patrick Fogarty, H. A. Mulligan, Thos. Devine, John Cosgrove and Edward Flynn.

Mrs. J. G. Clark, Mrs. F. McLoughlin, Mrs. E. Dowling, and John Cosgrove of Emmett attended the funeral.

The deceased is widely known here and in this vicinity and all will be grieved to learn of his death.

Thomas married Martha Dobbins on 27 Feb 1865 in , Kalamazoo, MI.1 (Martha Dobbins was born in 1837 in , , , IRL,2 4 died in 1927 in Kansas City, Wyandotte, KS 4 and was buried on 20 Jan 1927 in Kansas City: Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wyandotte, KS 4.). The cause of her death was pneumonia.


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

2 1870 United States Census, Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Oshtemo Township, Series: M593 Roll: 680 Page: 262.

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

4 Mount Calvary Cemetery, Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas.

5 1920 United States Census, Kansas, Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Series: T625 Roll: 556 Page: 253.

6 1910 United States Census, Kansas, Wyandotte County, Kansas City Ward 5, Series: T624 Roll: 461 Page: 182.

7 1880 United States Census, Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Emmett Township, Series: T9 Roll: 393 Page: 374.

8, Kansas State Census (Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925.), Kansas, Wyandotte County, Kansas City Ward 6, Roll v155_168 Line 18 Family 821 Page 123.

9 St. Mary's Star (St. Marys, Pottawattamie County, Kansas), 27 May 1904, page 3.

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