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Re: DEVAULTS FROM OHIO
Posted by: Glenn Kinser (ID *****4510) Date: June 30, 2002 at 16:16:00
In Reply to: Re: DEVAULTS FROM OHIO by Patti Schneider of 610

I believe that Lemuel has a son Lemuel I DeVault. Glenn


                     NICHOLAS DEVAULT

Nicholas Devault was born around 1750-55 in Virginia and married Elizabeth, whose last name is believed to be Strader(Strauder/Strawder), born around 1759. They were married about 1777, but there is no precise information available. Nicholas may be the son of Pierre D'Veau, but he may also be German according to other accounts. He appears to have been a farmer and a miller and provided flour and grain for the Revolutionary War in which he also served.
       
       In 1771, a release of land is recorded on 2 March 1771 "between David Houseman and Mary his wife of County of Frederick to Nicholas Devalt of the same Place … consideration of Ninety Pounds … Tract of Land Lying and being on the Drains of Opeckon & part of a Tract of 460 Acres which the said David Houseman purchased of Wiliam Cochran & coveyed by Deeds of L & R the 3rd & 4th Aug. 1767 … Corner to Abraham Hollingsworth … Corner to Coll. Benjamin Grayson … Containing two hundred and thirty acres … " Wit: William Green, Recorded 5 March 1771. 2 This information would favor the earlier birth date of 1750 for Nicholas, as a "lease" of land usually preceded the "release" and he would have had to have been twenty-one in order to purchase the land.
       
Nicholas apparently was living in Frederick County(Winchester) as Hampshire County had been formed out of Frederick County in 1754.

In 1779, Nicholas Deewald of Hampshire County, Virginia (now West Virginia) bought 300 acres on New Creek that was recorded August 10, 1779 from Bryan Bruin of Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia. No witnesses were listed and the sale was a Lease and Release. Between 1763 and 1785, Bryan Bruin sold over 15,000 acres of land to settlers in this area of Virginia. Much of the land was in Green Spring Valley, Patterson Creek, South Branch (of the Potomac), Brooks Gap Run and the Little Cacapon River. New Creek runs into the North Branch of the Potomac River at Keyser, WV. There is also a town called New Creek nearby in Mineral County.

In 1782 Nicholas and his wife Elizabeth of Hampshire County sold a tract of land to Michael Pierce of Frederick County for 150 pounds. The "tract of land on the drains of Opeckon and part of a Tract of 460 Acres which was granted to William Cochran by Patent from under the hand and Seal of the Right Honorable Thomas Lord Fairfax Baron of Cameron Proprietor of Northern Neck the xxth day Sept. LXII … the said 40 Acres of Land was by William Cochran conveyed unto David Houseman by Deeds of L & R the 3rd and 4th Aug. 1767 … part of said 460 Acres being two hundred and Thirty acres was by said David Houseman and Mary his wife conveyed unto Nicholas Dewalt the 2nd March MDCCLXXI … Corner to Abram Hollingsworth … corner to Col. Benjamin Grason … containing two hundred and thirty acres… Wit: Ben (B) Long, Will Kinkead, John Sowers, George Harden, Rosman (X) Long, Peter Luke, 1 wit. Signed in German
Nicholas (D) Devault, Elizabeth (D) Devault, Recorded 5 Nov. 1782." 1 This sale appears to be the land that he purchased in 1771.

One of his neighbors during the time he lived on New Creek would have been Charles Bruin and his wife Margaret as they are listed as living on the same creek. They sold their property, consisting of 400 acres on New Creek in 1785(8/9/1785) to Thomas Dean.

The Virginia State Census of 1782 shows Nicholas Tevault as having six free whites living in the household. Two years later, in 1784, he lists nine free white household members, identifies that there is one residence on the property and three outbuildings. No slaves are listed for Nicholas or any of the other Tevault families.

Other Tevault/Tivault families listed are John Tivault, with eleven free whites in 1782. In 1784, there is a John Tivault Sr. with ten free whites, one dwelling and two outbuildings, and a John Tevault with eight free whites, one dwelling and three outbuildings. There is also an Andrew Tevault with one free white in 1782 and nine free whites, one dwelling and one outbuilding in 1784. John Sr., John and Andrew are all surveyed by the same census taker (Stephen Ruddell) in 1784, indicating that they lived in proximity to one another. Nicholas was surveyed by a separate individual for both years (William Vause). The Popejoys are also listed in these surveys, John in 1782 and both Terrence and John Popejoy in 1784.

Andrew Tevault, born 1746 in Frederick Co., Virginia married Elizabeth 1771, Frederick Co., VA, and they had a son John Tevault in 1776 and a son Andrew Devolt in 1789 according to records at Familysearch.org.

On December 16, 1799, Nicholas Tevault, who was now listed as living in Mercer County, Kentucky, sold 387 acres of land on New Creek to George King. Based on the birthplaces listed for their children, Nicholas and Elizabeth left Hampshire County Virginia between 1797 and the time that he actually sold the property in 1799. They arrived in Ohio in 1800 for the birth of Jasper Devault. In Early Ohio Tax Records, John< Nicholas and Thomas Devault are recorded as paying taxes in Fayette County in 1810 and John and Nicholas in 1812. It also states that the first court in Fayette County was held in the cabin of John Devault, which was located in the area where Bloomingsburg currently is sited. Nicholas died September 1832 in Ross County, Ohio.

       Nicholas and Elizabeth Devault had nine known children:

Thomas born approximately 1778 in Virginia, married Nancy Popejoy b~1781 on 11 February 1802 in Ross Co., Ohio. They had one child, Jonathon Devault born about 1828

Nicholas born ~1780/1 in Virginia married Frances (Fanny) Popejoy b~1786 on 4 March 1807 in Ross Co., Ohio. Nicholas died 15 October 1854 in Murraysville, Morgan Co., Ill. They had two children; Noah who married Hannah Robinson and had Benjamin Y. Devault and Jacob C. Devault; and George Washington Devault who married Rachel Chestnut and had Elizabeth Louisa Devault, Nancy Jane Devault, and Margaret Devault.

Elizabeth born ~1781 in Virginia married Lemuel Sears.

Mary born ~1782 in Virginia married William Hoddy b~1778 VA on 20 November 1800 in Ross Co., Ohio.

John born ~1786 Virginia.

Lemuel born 30 June 1792 in Virginia married Nancy Cory b 28 February 1798, daughter of Stephen Cory and Rhoda Wright on 18 August 1814 in Ross Co., Ohio. Nancy died 1824-25 Concord, Ross, Ohio. Lemuel died in Tippecanoe, Indiana. They had one child, Mary Davill.

Margaret born ~1794 Virginia married David Grim b~1790 VA on 15 October 1818 in Ross Co., Ohio.

Jonathon born ~1797 Virginia married Polly Cline b~1804 on 3 February 1825 in Ross Co., Ohio.

Jasper born ~1800 in Ross Co., Ohio married Nancy Ross b~1807 on 15 February 1828 in Ross Co., Ohio. There is information at the FamilySearch.org site that he was a cripple who died in 1826 on a cattle drive to Richmond and that he also married Sarah McKelvey.


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