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Thomas DeVane, Jr.

Also Known As: "Also called Thomas DeVane", "Sr."
Birthdate: (93)
Birthplace: New Hanover, North Carolina, United States
Death: Died in Sampson, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas DeVane, Sr. and Margaret DeVane
Husband of Mary DeVane
Father of Margaret King and Ens. Thomas Bell DeVane, III
Brother of Margaret Devane; Mary Corbet and John DeVane, Sr., Major, R. S.

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About Thomas DeVane, Jr.

Served as a Captain in the Revolutionary War.

There are two handwritten copies of Thomas Devane's will. One in NC Archives, most likely copied from the one in Will Book C pg. 67-68 New Hanover Co.NC. It was written 20 May 1765, stating that Thomas lived on Black River in New Hanover Co., NC. The Will was probated in July Court, 1774. The NC Historical Review Vol VII Num 1-4 Jan-Oct 1930 pg. 153, quoting from the Hall's Wilmington Gazette, Thurs. Mar.29,1798 vol.II "...Died on the 1st inst at his plantation on South River, Mr. Matthew Pridgeon, aged 105 years. Some time ago, Mr. John Sykes, aged 95; and Mr. Thomas Devane, aged 110. There are several persons now living on said River upwards of 100 years of age, and many from 70 to 90. {Note: His Will stated Black River which was probably correct]. Thomas Devane's Will names wife, Margarett and 2 sons: (1.) Thomas Devane, Jr.(1725-1816) who married Mary Larkin(s) had 2 children Margaret & Thomas,III and

(2.) John Devane, Sr.(1730-1805) who married Ann Larkin. 

They had 9 children: John, Jr.,(1755-1802), James, Sr.(1757-1840), Thomas(1758-1805, William, George, Tobitha (1764-1815 married Francis Davis, Ann, Margaret & Rebecca .

Both Thomas and John Devane served in the Revolutionary War.

The Will also names

2 daughters:
Mary Devane who married Thomas Corbett. 

They had 6 children, and Margaret Devane who married James Portivent and had 7 children.

After his untimely death, Margaret married William Jones. 

Thomas, Jr.(1725-1816) inherited the plantation on Black River,

John (1730-1805) inherited the land on Long Creek.

At some point , the spelling of Devane was changed to DeVane.

Originally, the spelling appears to have been Devaughan.

The pronunciation is nearly the same only the spelling is changed.

Family links:

 Margaret Devane (____ - 1786)*

 Thomas Devane (1725 - 1817)*
 John Devane (1730 - 1805)*
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Burial: Devane New Hanover County North Carolina, USA Plot: Black River

Created by: Linda DeVane Boyd Record added: Jan 30, 2012 Find A Grave Memorial# 84239305 Thomas Devane, Sr Added by: Linda DeVane Boyd

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July 2003

From: THE HUCKLEBERRY HISTORIAN Volume III, Number 4...Oscar M. Bizzell, editor, 15 December 1981

Tuscolossa County, AL - Thomas DeVane Bible Records

        The Huckleberry Historian, NC - December 15, 1981

Mr. & Mrs. William R. DeVane, Jr., Chadbourn, NC, have provided the entries from the bible. In a cover letter, they said: "The bible was turned over to the Department of Archives of Alabama, by Miss Alice King, along with other articles that belonged to William Rufus DeVane King. We believe the bible was given to Margaret DeVane King by her father Thomas DeVane (probably one to replace the one lost in the fire prior to her move to Alabama.) Entered on one page of the bible is the name and birth dates of slaves, whose names appear in Thomas DeVane's handwriting, some go as far back as 1767, whose names later appear in the will of Thomas DeVane, and were left to Margaret DeVane King. The majority of the entries concern the Kings and their families."

Thomas DeVane King, son of William King and Margaret King, born in Duplin County, NC, Sep. 22 A.D. 1779

Ann King (Ann Jones), daughter of Nathaniel & ___ Jones, was born in Wake County, Nc, Feb. 14th, A.D. 1788

(Insert by SCHS editor) Col. Thomas King of Sampson County married Nancy Jones of Wake County, NC, on Sep. 11, 1827 (listed in the Sep. 14, 1827 Raleigh Register)

William T. King, son of Thos. D. King & Ann King, born Tuscolossa Co., Alabama, March 27th, A.D. 1829

Evelyn Ann, daughter of Wm. T. King & Evelyn H. King, born 15th of June 1857 at Paris, France, Avenue Montalgue

Margaret Ellis, daughter of Wm. T. & Evelyn H. King, was born at New York, 19th of July 1858

Evelyn Hewitt King, daughter of Henry Watkins and Mary Ann Collier, was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on 28th July A.D. 1832

Married on the 24th of June A.D. 1856, at Tuscoloosa, Alabama, William Thomas King to Evelyn Hewett Collier

Mary Evelyn, daughter of William Thomas and Evelyn Hewett King, was born on the 7th Feb. A.D. 1860, at Kings Bend, Alabama River

Catherine Parish, 10 years old, was born October the 9th ___

Thomas DeVane King died Feb. 24th (between 12 and one o'clock in the morning) A.D. 1854, at Tuscolossa

Ann King died June 29 at 15 minutes past 10 o'clock in the forenoon A.D. 1855, at Tuscoloosa

Margaret Ellis King died at the Shelby Springs, Alabama, on the night of the 30th of June at 9 1/2 o'clock A.D. 1859

Evelyn Ann King, at Kings Bend, died at a few minutes of 12 o'clock P.M. on the 11th of Nov. 1859


Drew, son of Rachel, born March 23, 1810

Rachel, daughter of Judide, born December 10th, 1798

Nance, daughter of Satvia, born June 30th, 1793

Sikes, son of India, born on April 24th, 1803

Stephen, son of Judide, born September 28th, 1806

Handy, son of Neal, born December 10th, 1790

Gilbert, son of Rachel, born October 1st, 1784

Rof, son of Bill, born June 28th, 1791

App, son of Barbary, born February 11th, 1807

Aaron, son of Barbary, born April 29th, 1810

Mahala, daughter of Bill, born April 18th, 1793

George, son of Rachel, was born May 20th, 1787

Hercules, son of Clgg, born September 21st, 1773

Bell, daughter of Rachel, born February 2, 1767

Judide, daughter of Rachel, born November 16th, 1772

Cain, son of Jinny, born January 17th, 1770

Lorena, daughter of India, born June 10th, 1810

Lucy, daughter of Mahalia born ___

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Thomas DeVane, Jr.'s Timeline

New Hanover, North Carolina, United States
December 8, 1758
Age 33
New Hanover, NC, USA
July 15, 1762
Age 37
Black River, Bladen, North Carolina, United States
Age 93
Sampson, North Carolina, United States