THIS family history, a collection of names, dates, events, places, notes, facts, and so on, is the result of an attempt to chart our ancestral lineage, learn where they came from, how they lived and how they have influenced us, their descendants.
In October, 1991, with my friend Bonnie Legere, I visited family and friends in Allentown and Philadelphia, PA. With the help of Peg (McDevitt) Linneman, family members congregated at her house. During this get together, Aunt Peg brought out a large picture taken at the 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration of our ancestors, James and Mary (Crosby) McDevitt. Bonnie, a genealogy enthusiast, loved the picture and she wanted to know who everyone was. Aunt Peg agreed to send a list to us once we settled in Florida.
Thus began the search and research to know who the individuals were and their history. Later Aunt Peg sent a list of who's who on the picture, along with the original picture. Unfortunately, the not framed picture was slightly damaged in transit so I had the picture restored.
On the last leg of our journey to Florida, we stopped in Asheboro, NC to visit with Agnes (McDevitt) Krewson. While there, we talked with Virginia (Krewson) King and Irma (Krewson) Marley. They supplied data for that branch of the family.
After settling in Florida, I then made a little family tree list of family members I knew, my grand-parents, aunts and uncles, my parents, my brothers and sisters, nephews, nieces, some cousins, etc. By the first of the year, I had a McDevitt Family Tree containing 88 individuals. I was impressed.
We discovered, for the past several decades, the family had spread to all parts of the country. In January 1992, we mailed a McDevitt Family History Questionnaire to every family member we could get an address for. Then I published and mailed to every family on my mailing list, the first McDevitt Heritage Family-Gram. The idea of the newsletter was to advise family members that this project was underway and to get everyone involved. The response was tremendous. By Spring, 1992, the tree had grown to 249 names of individual family members.
My Uncle Dick McDevitt was also interested in learning about our ancestors. Dick and wife Alice had been to Quigley's Point, Donnegal County, Ireland in search of facts about the McDevitt's. We put our heads together and Dick provided information leading to other family members we knew very little about. After hours of research, family stories, analyzing and comparing, luckily, at least one individual from each family had gathered some historical facts about their immediate family.
A good contact was Joe A. Kelley, son of Susan McDevitt and Joe F. Kelley. Joe wrote to me, and I quote, "I am a McDevitt." Joe, now deceased, supplied the names, born dates, spouses and offspring of the children of James and Mary. With that information in hand, it made our research efforts much easier.
Next, I corresponded with Margaret "Peg" (Keegan) Neveil. "Peg" is the grand-daughter of Margaret "Maggie" McDevitt and James A. Dougherty and daughter of Margaret Mary Dougherty and John "Jack" Keegan. "Peg" did a fantastic amount of work. It took her six months to put together a tree chart of the descendants of her parents. Through her efforts, 206 individuals were added to the file.
Francis "Frank" Barrett learned of my endeavor and wrote to me. Frank is the grand-son of Catherine "Cassie" McDevitt and Hugh J. Muldoon. His parents were Mary Melania Muldoon and Mitchell A. Barrett. Frank had done genealogy research on that branch of the family. He shared his knowledge, his valuable collection of pictures and other important data with me. The tree was growing.
Patricia (Coleman) Dixon, whose great-grandparents were Margaret "Maggie" McDevitt and James A. Dougherty, saw a copy of a newsletter and contacted me. Patricia's grandfather, James A. Dougherty, Jr. was the Dougherty family historian. Patricia sent me the family charts and p