Name: JOHN DEVINE
He was in the Revolutionary War and was severely wounded. "He entirely r ecovered and afterward died at the home of his lady love to whom he was e ngaged to be married, while on a visit to see her. The pantaloons he ha d on when wounded were preserved for many years by the family as an hei rloom that showed the bullet hole on each side that passed through his b ody." ("TDF"). However, while he was confined to his room he carved a p owder horn and gave it to his brother Alexander who was not old enough t o go to war. Alexander used it when he went off to preach. The horn was s till in the possession of William Devin in 1950 (he was the great-grand son of Alexander Devin).
Birth: BEF 1744 in Pittsylvania, Virginia
Death: 1789 OR 1790 in Mercer, Kentucky 1
John could have died sometime during the war, but we don't know when or i f he did. His father died in 1802 and he was not mentioned in his will. H e was the twin of James Devin.
Lincoln Co. Ky; Court Order Book #1, p.13
January 15, 1782
Present, Benjamin Logan, Hugh McGary, John Logan, Stephen Trigg and Jam es Estille, Justices.
Eleanor Potts, James Harbison, William Arnold, Elizabeth Loe, James Lit tle, Catherine White, Edron Anglin, Littlepage Proctor, William Roberso n,Thomas Farrier, Robert McCain, Richard Perry, Jacob Castleman, Benjam in Castleman, Abigail Johnson, Mary Collins, Mary Cates, Mary McCormack , Archibald Marlin, Thomas Hamilton, John Hamilton, John Robertson, Mic hael Shaver, Isaac Trotter, George Pirtle, William McWhirter, Jediah Jo hnson, Robert Campbell, Edward Hall, Jonas Menefee, John Casinger, John E astis, Edward Newton, ___JOHN DEVINE___, Danile Hole, William Wilcox, J ohn Pringle, Patrick Carmichael, Richard Sinnet, Philip Panther, and Ja mes Dooley, proved to the Court that they were not able to purchase lan d at the State price and have never possessed any in the country. Orde red that the Surveyor lay off to each a quantity not to exceed 400 acre s.
From "Mercer County, Kentucky Records Volume I" by Cook:
Court records, 1789-1790, page 472:
Administration on the estate of her late husband, JOHN DEVINE, dec'd, i s granted to MARGARET DEVINE, widow and relict, and she entered into bo nd of 200 pounds with John Brown her surety. John Kirkland, Charles Hu ngate, Joseph McCallister and John Hale, or any three of them, to appra ise the personal property of the decedent.
John and Margaret's son John Jr. (who m1: Anne Davis, m2: Patience Whi tley) moved his family to the Barren/Warren/Allen County area of Ky som etime between 1796 and 1800.
Father: WILLIAM DEVIN b: ABT 1723 in Dublin, Ireland
Mother: SARAH SMITH b: BEF 1724
MARGARET b: BEF 1746 in United States
- Samuel Divine b: BEF 1763 in Virginia
- Andrew Divine b: BEF 1765 in Virginia
- John Divine b: BEF 1766 in Virginia
- Margaret Divine b: ABT 1766 in Virginia
- Polley (Patty) Divine b: BET 1775 AND 1780 in Kentucky
- Sarah (Sally) Divine b: BEF 1778 in prob., Mercer, Kentucky
- GEORGE DIVINE b: ABT 1780 in prob., Mercer, Kentucky
- Title: Mercer County, Ky. Records, Vol. I, by Cook - see notes
Text: Mercer County, Ky. Records, Vol. I, by Cook - see notes