The Devenish Family

Elizabeth Frances (Devenish) Waller

known as "Fairy"

Birth: 7 May 1887, in Dangan, Kilmore, county Roscommon, Ireland
Frances Elizabeth was born on Seventh May 1887 in Dangan, county Roscommon, the daughter of Robert Devenish, gentleman of Dangan and Catherine Maria Devenish formerly Russell.

Father: Robert Devenish

Mother: Katherine Maria (Russell) Devenish

Married: William Jocelyn de Warrenne Waller on 12 January 1911, in St Peters, Dublin, Ireland
William Jocelyn Waller is recorded as a bachelor, of full age, the son of George Arthur Waller, gentleman. William is a gentleman farmer, resident at Prior Park, Nenagh. Elizabeth Frances Devenish is recorded as a spinster, of full age, the daughter of Robert Devenish, gentleman. She is resident at Molyneux Asylum and 4 Church Avenue, Rathmines, Dublin. The marriage was witnessed by G. Arthur Waller, Robt Devenish and S. H. Waller.

Notes: In her marriage record, Elizabeth is recorded as resident at "Molyneux Asylum and 4 Church Avenue, Rathmines, Dublin" Molyneux Asylum was a home for blind females in Leeson Park, Dublin. It is unclear in what capacity Elizabeth was a resident there.

Children: Death: 7 February 1982

Census & Addresses:
1901: Mercer's Endowed School, Castleknock, county Dublin
1911: Molyneux Asylum and 4 Church Avenue, Rathmines, Dublin   (Ireland civil records Marriages 1911 Dublin #15)
1911: Priorpark, Cloghprior, county Tipperary
1927: Prior Park, Nenagh, county Tipperary   (Ireland civil records Deaths 1927 Jamestown #356)

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John Devenish

Birth: 18 November 1883, at Ardlougher, Aughrim, county Roscommon, Ireland
John was born on Eighteenth November 1883, in Ardlougher, the son of Robert Devenish, gentleman farmer of Ardlougher and Catherine Devenish, formerly Russell. The informant is Elizabeth Frances Devenish of Ardlougher, present at birth.

Father: Robert Devenish

Mother: Katherine Maria (Russell) Devenish

Married: Amy Elizabeth Lewis on 5 July 1910, in St Michael, Boksburg, Transvaal, Union of South Africa.
John Devenish is recorded as a bachelor, aged 26, born in Aughrim, co. Roscommon, Ireland. He is resident at 4 Joubert Street, Boksburg. Amy Elizabeth Lewis is recorded as a spinster, aged 28, born in King Williams Town, Cape Colony. She is resident at 4 Joubert Street, Boksburg. The marriage was witnessed by J. H. ??? and B. L. Keegan.

Amy was born in 1881/2, in King Williams Town, Cape Colony, the daughter of F. W. Lewis.

Children: Occupation: Music

Notes: known as "Jack"

Death: 1917, in Transvaal, South Africa

Addresses:
1910: 4 Joubert Street, Boksburg, Transvaal   (St Michael and All Angels, Boksburg, parish registers Marriages 1910 #3)
1913: La Rochelle, Johannesburg, Transvaal   (Parish registers of Rosettenville St Mary Baptisms 1913 #378)

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Kathleen Mabel (Devenish) Moser

Birth: 9 March 1913

Baptism: 20 April 1913, at St Mary, Rosettenville, Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa
Kathleen Mabel was baptised the daughter of John and Amy Elizabeth Devenish of La Rochelle. John's occupation is listed as music. The sponsors are George Henry Lewis and Mabel Lewis.

Father: John Devenish

Mother: Amy Elizabeth (Lewis) Devenish

Married: Daniel Hermann Moser on 6 July 1940, in St Augustine, Orange Grove, Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa.
Daniel Hermann Moser is recorded as a bachelor, aged 27, born in Southern Rhodesia. He is a fitter and turner, resident at 608 Castle Mansions, Eloff St., Johannesburg. Kathleen Mabel Devenish is recorded as a spinster, aged 27, born in Transvaal. She is a clerk, resident at 8th Avenue, Orange Grove, Johannesburg. The marriage was witnessed by A. J. Lewis and G. ?? Dawson.

Daniel was born in 1912/3, in Southern Rhodesia.

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Robert Devenish

Rush Hill
Rush Hill, Aughrim, county Roscommon
of Rush Hill, Ardlougher, Aughrim, county Roscommon and Clonteem, on the Roscommon side of the Shannon, near Drumsna, county Leitrim

Birth: 8 October 1859, in county Roscommon, Ireland

Father: John Devenish

Mother: Elizabeth Frances (Jones) Devenish

Married: Katherine Maria Russell on 9 November 1882, in Alderney, Channel Islands, by special license. Robert and Katherine eloped.

Children: Occupation: Clerk of Petty Sessions (the clerk of petty sessions was a legal advisor to a district magistrate). In the birth record of his sons John in 1883 and Robert in 1885, Robert is described as a gentleman farmer.

Death: 29 January 1927, in Drumsna, county Leitrim, Ireland, aged 67
Robert Devenish died on Twenty-ninth January 1927, at Drumsna. He is recorded as married, 67 years old and an ex-clerk Petty Sessions. The cause of death is haemorrhage from stomach and liver, and cardiac failure. The informant is E. F. Waller of Prior Park Wenagh, daughter of deceased, present at death.

Buried: Old Aughrim cemetery, Aughrim, county Roscommon, Ireland

Census & Addresses:
1883: Ardlougher, Aughrim, county Roscommon   (Ireland civil records Births 1883 Aughrim #84)
1885: Ardlougher, Aughrim, county Roscommon   (Ireland civil records Births 1885 Aughrim #243)
1887: Dangan, Kilmore, county Roscommon   (Ireland civil records Births 1887 Jamestown #46)
1901: Cloonteem, Kilmore, county Roscommon
1911: Drumsna Town, Annaduff, county Leitrim

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Robert Devenish

Birth: 12 September 1885, at Ardlougher, Aughrim, county Roscommon, Ireland
Robert was born on Twelfth September 1885, in Ardlougher, the son of Robert Devenish, gentleman farmer of Ardlougher and Catherine Devenish, formerly Russell. The informant is Elizabeth F. Devenish of Ardlougher, present at birth.

Father: Robert Devenish

Mother: Katherine Maria (Russell) Devenish

Married (1st): Clemence May Jones on 4 August 1913, in St John Baptist, Harrismith, Orange Free State, South Africa.
Robert Devenish is recorded as a bachelor, of full age. He is a policeman, resident in Warden, Harrismith district. Clemence May Jones is recorded as a spinster, of full age, resident in Maritzburg. The marriage was witnessed by V. F. Hill and Alfred E. Mann.

Gravestone of Clemence May (Jones) Devenish
Gravestone of Clemence May (Jones) Devenish in Old Cemetery, Knysna, Cape, South Africa
photograph by Leoni Barnard posted at eGGSA
Clemence was born in 1866, in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, the daughter of William and Alice Jones. The 1891 census lists Clemence's occupation as a certificated nurse. She died on 3 April 1952, at Hill Street, Knysna, Cape, South Africa, aged 86. The cause of death is listed as auricular fibrillation and right sided hemiplegia following apoplexy. Clemence is buried in the Knysna Old Cemetery.
Census & Addresses:
1871: Liverpool, Lancashire
1881: St James Rd, Liverpool, Lancashire
1891: Holles Street, St Marylebone, London
1952: Hill Street, Knysna, Cape Province   (Cape Province civil deaths 1952 Knysna)

Gwendaline Bessie (Ryan) Devenish presents 1978 Charlesford Cup
Gwen Devenish presents the Charlesford Cup to the winners of the 1978 Cape Polocrosse Championships held at Charlesford Farm in July 1978.
Married (2nd): Gwendaline Bessie Ryan on 29 November 1952

Gwendaline was born on 22 January1917 in Keiskammahoek, Cape, the daughter of Hugh Joseph Ryan and Louise Alvilde Thesen. She was educated at Boschetto Agricultural College in Harrismith. Gwen founded a dairy farm at Charlesford, on the Phantom Pass near Knysna, and was a keen horsewoman - in one article she is called the doyenne of Cape polocrosse - and was a well known horse breeder.
Charlesford Farm
Charlesford Farm was founded prior to WW2 by Gwen Devenish as a 340ha dairy farm with Jersey cows and 75ha (22%) arable land. Gwen also bred racehorses and Derbyshire had gravel quarry rights on Charlesford Farm. She ran a horse livery yard and riding school from the farm and held regular polo crosse events at the Old Drift.

Gravestone of Gwendaline Bessie (Ryan) Devenish
Gravestone of Gwendaline Bessie (Ryan) Devenish in Knysna Cemetery, Knysna, Cape, South Africa
photograph by African Auntie posted at eGGSA
Gwendaline died on 8 August 2002, in Knysna, Western Cape, and is buried in Knysna cemetery.
Addresses:
1976: Charlesford, PO Box 88, Knysna, Cape

Burke's Landed Gentry Of Ireland, 1976 p1037
1 • Gwedaline Bessie (Charlesford, PO Box 88, Knysna, Cape, S. Africa), b 22 Jan 1917, educ Boscetto Agric Coll, m 29 Nov 1952, Col Robert Devenish, Dep Commnr, S African Police, son of Robert Devenish, of Rush Hill, co Roscommon. He d 8 June 1957.

Police uniform of Robert Devenish
Dress uniform of a South African Police Lieutenant-Colonel in 1922. It is attributed to Lt-Col R. Devenish, whose name appears on the container at lower right.
photograph in post by sabrigade at Gentleman's Military Interest Club
Occupation: Policeman.
Robert became a deputy commissioner in the South African police, with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Death: 8 June 1957

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Thomas Samuel Devenish

Birth: 4 September 1891, in Cloonteem, Kilmore, county Roscommon, Ireland

Father: Robert Devenish

Mother: Katherine Maria (Russell) Devenish

Married: Blanche Root on 18 November 1916, in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. Blanche was born on 4 November 1893, and died in February 1979 in Hamilton county, Ohio.

Occupation: Merchant

Death: 3 April 1989, aged 98

Notes: Thomas emigrated to the United States aboard the Mauretania arriving in New York on 7 June 1912. Thomas is recorded as born in Cloonteem, single, aged 20, a merchant from Drumsna. His nearest relative is given as his father, Robert Devenish, of Drumsna, county Leitrim. Thomas's destination is given as Cincinnati, Ohio, to join his cousin, James Gambler, of Redwood, Cincinnati. Thomas gives his height as 6 foot 3 inches, with fair complexion, red hair and grey eyes.

Census:
1901: Cloonteem, Kilmore, county Roscommon
1911: Drumsna Town, Annaduff, county Leitrim

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