My great-grandfather was born in Fayette Co. Pa. in 1841.His father was a Thomas Devan b. ca. 1787.I have been attempting to find evidence that Thomas may have been related to the Timothy Devan and Patick Devan who were living in Fayette Co.
Recently I have viewed microfilm of Tax Records for Fayette Co. dating from 1816 - 1850.I find a Patrick , Thomas and a reference to Timothy Devan's heirs on these records in Union Twp.and one additional reference to Thomas in Connellsville.
Census information from Fayette Co. beginning in 1820 seem to reveal that there were two Patricks in Fayette Co. Does that make sense to anyone?
The 1820 Union Twp. census shows a Patrick Devan 26-45 years old.
The 1830 Union Twp. census shows two Patricks.One is 40-50 years of age placing his birth between 1780-1790.The other Patrick is 30-40 years of age placing his birth between 1790-1800.
The 1840 census shows one Patrick age 40-50 who would appear to be the younger Patrick from the 1830 census.
The 1850 census shows a Patrick born in Ireland in 1775.
Were there two Patricks and are they related to each other and Timothy Devan?