|The deVeber Family |
[deVebre, D’Vebre, d’Vebre, deWebber (1)]
(for full account go to www.deveber.com)
From oral history, the family is thought to have been Huguenot.Their country of origin is unknown but may have been Germany or Alsace-Lorraine. They are thought to have emigrated to Switzerland because ofpersecution of the Huguenots by the Catholic Church in France.before, or subsequent to, the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685,Based upon subsequent land holdings, silver, and other evidence, it is probable that the deVeber family had achieved significant means by the mid 18th century.
The earliest ancestor located thus far is Mary Ann D’Vebre(1710-1785+)(2) . Her last will and testament(3) bequeaths to her only son Gabriel D’Vebre I (1731-1810) “all of her lands and possessions and especially all of the monies , thereon due to me from Mr. Hernvschwand of Bienne in Switzerland of 800 half-joes” (4) .This information suggests strongly that she originated or lived in the Berne area of Switzerland and that she and her husband had land and/or financial holdings there. Nothing concrete is known of her husband other than an unsupported family story stating that “he was a Field-Marshall in the Swiss Army and was killed in a duel”.
Little is known of Gabriel D’Vebre I’s (1731-1810) early life.His first wife is claimed to have been Lady Mary Burke (Irish?) whom he appears to have married in England in 1750.We have been unable to confirm her name and origin..
There is a silver mug in the St. John, New Brunswick, Canada Museum(5), made in1750, which features a combination of the deVeber coat of arms (left side) and an unknown family’s arms, featuring a chevron and 3 trefoils, on the right,.This was presumably a wedding present made for Gabriel and his bride.
We know that Gabriel I and his wife had two children, Gabriel deVeber II (1751-1826) and Francis deVeber (1759-1791+). Gabriel D’Veber’s sons by his first wifeare recorded in American Revolutionary War regimental lists as having been born in England between 1750-1760.
Gabriel D’Vebre I is recorded as being in the British Army in New York State in 1759. His first wife died prior to 1766 and is reputed to be buried in Portland Maine. He remarried in 1766, had 13 more children, and lived in New Jersey until the full outbreak of the American Revolution 1788 .He served as a senior officer with several British Loyalist regiments and emigrated to New Brunswick in 1783 at the end of the war.
(1)Most personal signatures from 18th century documents use the spelling D’Vebre or d’Vebre or deWebber.By the early 19th century it had changed to deVeber or deWeber
(2)Dates are based upon her son’s birth in 1731 and the fact that she was alive in 1785 (date of will).
(3)Original will is located in the Provincial Archives at Fredericton N.B. University of New Brunswick, Canada.
(4)“joes” were currencyunits (probably equivalent in value to the English pound)..
(5)Cup belonging to Gabriel Deveber I, made by Samuel Courtauld Sr. England is housed the New Brunswick Museum, St.John, NB,Canada.
- Solomon Deweber (101 KB)
Solomon Deweber, born about 1827 in Virginia Township, Cass, Illinois, d. July 27, 1899.
- Mary Ann d'Vebre- Will dated Feb. 2, 1785 p.2 (1601 KB)
Mary Ann d'Vebre is the mother of Gabriel deVeber I.Original document held by the New Brunswick Provincial Archives (Canada), Accession M69-40, MS 35/4.
- Leverett George DeVeber (101 KB)
Photograph of Leveret George DeVeber (1849-1925) by photographer Joseph D. Marsters. 1866-1876, 19th century.Albumen print carte-de-visite10.4 x 5.9 cm1954.158DSource: McCord Museum
- Gabriel d'Vebre I (11 KB)
Miniature painting of Gabriel d'Vebre I (1731/5-1810) held by George A. deVeber, Toronto, Canada.
- Mary Ann d'Vebre - Will dated Feb. 2, 1785 p.1 (1695 KB)
Mary Ann d'Vebre is the mother of Gabriel deVeber I.Original document held by the New Brunswick Provincial Archives, Accession M69-40, MS 35/4.
- Maria deVeber (d. 1905) (17 KB)
Nee Maria/Martha Paddock. President of St. Paul's Needlework Society 1866-1904
- Gabriel deVeber V and Annie (5 KB)
Gabriel (1854-1934)and Annie Hewett (may also be called Nancy Hewlett) at Clairmont, the family estate at Gagetown, N.B., Canada.
- Unknown female 2 (929 KB)
I believe this may be a very young Martha (Maria) Elizabeth Paddock (1815-1905). If you can help identify her, please email. Thank you.
- William Herbert deVeber (21 KB)
W.H. deVeber (1862-1954) holding the farm team.
- Silver cup belonging to Gabriel deVeber I (35 KB)
Silver cup made by Samuel Courtauld Sr., England, 1750-1751. For more details, see the family website at http://www.deveber.com
- Unknown male (836 KB)
Unknown male, possibly a young Leverett G. deVeber (1849-1925). He has a similar beard. If you can confirm identification, please email. Thank you.
- William, Emily, Lois, Nettie Deweber (73 KB)
William Francis Deweber (1865-1942) and his family.
- Mount deVeber (98 KB)
Mountain, 83 EApproximately 140 km north-west of Jasper, Alberta, Canada, elevation 2573 m. This mountain was named after the late Honourable Leverett George de Veber, M.D. (1849-1925), a physician and surgeon who served the Royal North West Mounted Police for some years. He was elected the First President of the Southern Alberta Medical Association in 1909. He was part of Premier Rutherford's cabinet and was later appointed to the senate of Canada, 1906-1925.
- Unknown female 1 (414 KB)
This is an unknown female family member that I cannot identify. If you can help, please email. Thank you.
- Gabriel d'Vebre I (11 KB)
Miniature painting held by George A. deVeber, Toronto, Canada.
- Myrtle B. Deweber and Harry J. Deweber (68 KB)
Siblings Myrtle B. Deweber (1880-1980) and Harry J. Deweber (1887-1982)
- Our latest find!August 2005 (131 KB)
We are delighted to announce we have made some progress (with more to come) in finding Gabriel and a son, Joseph, in London, England.
- Headstone of John L. deWebber (Dewaber) d. 1849 (364 KB)
John L. deWebber, son of Francis deVeber and Lucretia Thurston, was born in Jamacia, Long Island, N.Y., married in 1806 and died in 1849. His headstone is located in Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Cass County, IL. Photo compliments of Mr and Mrs Wrather of Oklahoma, U.S.A.
- Herbert A deVeber 1893-1914 (355 KB)
Sophomore's Tent, 1912 Engineering Camp, University of New Brunswick, Canada. Herbert is 3rd from Left. Image compliments of Archives & Special Collections, Harriet Irving Library, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.
- 50th Wedding Anniversary (63 KB)
50th Wedding Anniversary of Floyd and Juanita Deweber. Left to Right: Eric, Floyd, Janita,Cathy Tilbury and Glenda Joly. Photo compliments of Eric Deweber (August 2004)
- Solomon and Emily Jane Deweber (77 KB)
Solomon Deweber, b. about 1827 and his wife, Emily Jane (nee Conover), b.March 1, 1827, d.January 28, 1920..
- Mary Elizabeth (nee White) DeVeber 1778/9-1844 (260 KB)
Mary Elizabeth White DeVeber, Wife of Nathaniel DeVeber.Oil on Canvas, 76.5 x 68.3 cm, painted by Albert Gallatin Hoit, American, 1809-1856.New Brunswick Museum, gift of William Herbert DeVeber, 1952 (Accession number 1952.89)New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, N.B., Canada