The Devenish Family

Elizabeth Frances (Devenish) Waller

known as "Fairie"

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

Headstone of William Waller and Elizabeth (Devenish) Waller
Headstone of William Jocelyn de Warrenne Waller and Elizabeth Frances (Devenish) Waller in Cloghprior, county Tipperary
Buried: in Cloghprior cemetery, county Tipperary, Ireland
The headstone reads:
In | Memory of
WILLIAM JOCELYN | de WARRENNE WALLER
of Prior Park,
Aug. 25. 1877 - Dec. 19 1967
6th son of | G. A. and S. H. WALLER
and of his wife | ELIZABETH FRANCES (FAIRIE)
May 7. 1887 - Feb 7. 1982
daughter of | ROBERT DEVENISH | of Drumsna, Co. Leitrim
“Abide With Me”


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, Cloghprior, 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 findagrave.com
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 Clonteem, Kilmore, county Roscommon, Ireland
Thomas Samuel was born on Fourth September 1891 in Clonteem, County Roscommon, the son of Robert Devenish, gentleman of Clonteem and Kate Maria Devenish formerly Russell.

The birth was registered by statutory declaration on 28 January 1892.

Father: Robert Devenish

Mother: Katherine Maria (Russell) Devenish

Married: Blanche Isabelle Root on 18 November 1916, in Cincinnati, Hamilton county, Ohio, United States
Thomas Samuel Devenish is recorded as single, born in Ireland, the son of Robert Devenish and Katherine Russell. Blanche Root is recorded as single, aged 23, born in St Bernard, Ohio, the daughter of Harry E. Root and Ada Gorman.

Blanche was born on 4 November 1893, in St Bernard, Ohio, the daughter of Harry E. Root and Ada Gorman. She died on 1 February 1979 in Huntsville, Alabama, and was buried on 5 February in Oak Hill cemetery, Glendale, Hamilton county, Ohio.
The Cincinnati Enquirer 4 February 1979 p20
DEVENISH
Blanche (nee Root), beloved wife of Thomas S. Devenish, devoted mother of Robert Devenish, Mrs. Isabelle Gex and Mrs. Kathleen Jepsen, sister of Irvin Root, also ten grandchildren. Thursday February 1, 1979, at Huntsville, Alabama. Residence Wyoming, Ohio. Friends may call at the Vorhis Funeral Home, 310 Dunn Street, Lockland, Sunday 4 to 8 P.M. Services Monday, February 5 at 11 A.M.

Census:
1900: Locust Street, Reading, Hamilton county, Ohio
1910: 244 Sheehan Avenue, Hartwell, Hamilton county, Ohio
1920: Deems Avenue, Staten Island, Richmond, New York
1925: 68 Reilly Avenue, Wyoming, Ohio   (manifest of the Adriatic 7 September 1925)
1930: 68 Reily Road, Wyoming, Hamilton county, Ohio
1935: 68 Reily Road, Wyoming, Hamilton county, Ohio   (1940 census)
1940: 68 Reily Road, Wyoming, Hamilton county, Ohio

Occupation: Merchant, in Ireland; Labourer and Factory foreman for Proctor & Gamble. The 1920 census lists Thomas as a Foreman in Soap Works, and the 1940 census has Thomas as a supervisor in a soap factory.
 In 1912, a P&G employee who returned to Ireland persuaded Mr. Devenish to come to the United States and gave him a letter of introduction to James Gamble. In 1916, he helped start a P&G plant in Canada and came back to work in Ivorydale in 1922.

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.

Thomas is recorded entering the United States, at Port Huron, Michigan on 24 April 1916. He is noted to be single, aged 24 and he is a factory foreman. His last permanent residence was in Hamilton, Canada and his final destination is Cincinnati, Ohio. His nearest relative is his father, Robert, of Drumsna, county Leitrim, Ireland. Thomas was previously in the United States from 1912 until 1915, in Cincinnati, Ohio, last departing in July 1915. He intends to join his friend, Blanche Root, at 77 Sheehan, Cincinnati, Ohio. Thomas gives his height as 6 foot 3 inches, with fair complexion, red hair and blue eyes. He was born in Drumsna, Ireland, and landed in the U.S. on 7 June 1912, aboard the Mauretania.

Thomas is recorded again entering the United States, at Buffalo, New York in October 1918. Now he is noted to be married, aged 27 and he is a foreman. His last permanent residence was in Hamilton, Canada and his final destination is Port Ivory, New York . His nearest relative is his father, Robert Devenish, of Drumsna, county Leitrim, Ireland. Thomas was previously in the United States from 1912 until 1915, in Cincinnati, Ohio, last departing in 1915. His destination is the Proctor & Gamble Co., Port Ivory, Staten Island, N.Y. Thomas gives his height as 6 foot 3 inches, with fair complexion, auburn hair and blue eyes, and has a deformed middle finger on his left hand. He was born in Leitrim, Ireland.

Both Thomas and Blanche  are on the manifest of the Adriatic which sailed from Cobh (Queenstown), Ireland, on 30 August 1925, arriving in New York on 7 September. Thomas is aged 34, and it is recorded that he was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in the District Court of Cincinnati, Ohio on 30 March 1925. His home is 68 Reilly Avenue, Wyoming, Ohio.

Death: 3 April 1989, in Huntsville, Alabama, United States, aged 98
The Cincinnati Enquirer 6 April 1989 p45
      Thomas S. Devenish
  Thomas S. Devenish, a former Wyoming resident who nearly was involved in the Titanic sinking, died Monday in a Huntsville, Ala., hospital. He was 98.
  Mr. Devenish came to the Cincinnati area in 1912 from County Roscommon, Ireland, and worked for Proctor & Gamble Co. 46 years. He rose from laborer to factory managerial positions before retiring in 1957.
  In 1912, a P&G employee who returned to Ireland persuaded Mr. Devenish to come to the United States and gave him a letter of introduction to James Gamble.
  Mr. Devenish booked passage for the maiden voyage of the ill-fated Titanic, but the huge “unsinkable” ship filled its bookings in England and did not take on passengers in Ireland. Three weeks after it struck an iceberg and sank, Mr. Devenish took another ship to the United States.
  In 1916, he helped start a P&G plant in Canada and came back to work in Ivorydale in 1922. He served on Wyoming City Council in the early 1940s.
  He was a member of the Wyoming Civic Center, an active bowler for many years and a member of the Church of Ascension & Holy Trinity in Wyoming.
  “He loved to fish. He bought a trailer and would spend his winters in Big Pine Key, Fla.,” said a daughter, Isabelle Gex of Wyoming.
“He was a very outgoing Irishman and people remember him for being such a good sport and very upbeat.”
  He also is survived by another daughter, Kathleen Jepsen of Port Townsend, Wash.; a son, Robert Devenish of Huntsville; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
  Visitation will be 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. today at Vorhis Funeral Home, 11365 Springfield Pike, Springdale. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery north of Glendale. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

DEVENISH
Thomas S., age 98, longtime employee of Proctor & Gamble, April 3, 1989 in Huntsville, AL., survived by Robert Devenish of Huntsville, Al, Isabelle Dex of Wyoming, OH, Kathleen Jepsen of Port Townsend, WA, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.Visitation 7:30-0 P.M. Thursday, Vorhis Funeral Home, Springdale. Services 2 P.M. Friday at the funeral home.

Gravestone of Katherine Maria (Russell) Devenish, Thomas Samuel Devenish and Blanche Isabelle (Root) Devenish
Gravestone of Thomas Samuel Devenish. his wife Blanche Isabelle (Root) Devenish and his other Katherine Maria (Russell) Devenish, in Oak Hill cemetery, Glendale, Hamilton county, Ohio, United States
photograph by K. Jansen posted at findagrave.com
Buried: 7 April 1989 in Oak Hill cemetery, Glendale, Hamilton county, Ohio, United States

Census & Addresses:
1901: Cloonteem, Kilmore, county Roscommon
1911: Drumsna Town, Annaduff, county Leitrim
1920: Deems Avenue, Staten Island, Richmond, New York
1925: 68 Reilly Avenue, Wyoming, Ohio   (manifest of the Adriatic 7 September 1925)
1930: 68 Reily Road, Wyoming, Hamilton county, Ohio
1935: 68 Reily Road, Wyoming, Hamilton county, Ohio   (1940 census)
1940: 68 Reily Road, Wyoming, Hamilton county, Ohio


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