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From: "Joan Deaver" <>
Subject: [DaVar-Dever] Re: Deaver history-LONG RESPONSE
Date: Sun, 22 Mar 1998 09:01:41 -0500


Dear Jolene,
Thanks for writing. I'm forwarding to you what I have found so far. I'll
begin with Gilbert Deaver & go back to Richard & Grace. Please share your
family tree information with me as well.
Kind Regards,
Joan Marie Ritter Deaver
Ancestors of Gilbert Deaver

Generation No. 1

1. Gilbert Deaver, born Abt. 1650 in MD; died 1720 in Calvert Co., MD. He
was the son of 2. Richard Deaver and 3. Grace Fitzmorris. He married (1)
Elizabeth Peacock.

Notes for Gilbert Deaver:

"Gilbert...married and reared a family near the Susquehanna

river in Maryland."

Source: the previously cited 1935 history by W. C. Allen, p 373.

More About Gilbert Deaver:

Fact 1: Allen, W. C., THE ANNALS OF HAYWOOD CO., NC, 1935, p. 373.

Fact 2: Thiel: Lester Deaver Bk. says Richard had son Gilbert whose 1st son
was Richard

Fact 3: Wood Genealogy,
http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/w/o/o/Mary-and-Jack-C-Wood/

Fact 4: Wood: Natl. Soc. Col. Dames # 9300 for Gilbert.

Fact 5: Wood Genealogy for bd, bp, dd, dp, md, spouse's name.

Fact 6: 1720, Wood: Had 4 children,1 daughter not mentioned by name in
Gilbert's Will

Fact 7: Allen: No mention of a daughter for Gilbert & spouse.

More About Elizabeth Peacock:

Fact 1: Wood Genealogy,
http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/w/o/o/Mary-and-Jack-C-Wood/

Fact 2: Wood: Nat. Soc. Dames XVII #9300 for Elizabeth.

Fact 3: 1720, Wood: Calvert Co., MD-Gilbert's will mentions Elizabeth.

Fact 4: 1720, Wood: Gilbert's will for dd. Will probated 1720 Calvert Co.,
MD

Fact 5: Wood for name, bd, bp, dd, dp.

Children of Gilbert Deaver and Elizabeth Peacock are:

i. John Deaver, married Rebecca Talbot? Nov 5, 1776 in Balto., MD.

Notes for John Deaver:

A James Deaver is listed as a Sergeant in the Harford Co., MD Revolutionary
War Company 8 headed by Capt Greenberry Dorsey. Also in the same company are
Privates John Deaver, Thomas Deaver & Micajah Deaver.

Source: Preston, A. M., Walter W., Bel Air, MD, HISTORY OF HARFORD COUNTY,
MARYLAND FROM 1608 (THE YEAR OF SMITH'S EXPEDITION TO THE CLOSE OF THE WAR
OF 1812), 1901, Press of Sun Book Office, Baltimore, MD, p. 114.

[Brøderbund Family Archive #310, Ed. 1, Census Index: Colonial America,
1607-1789, Date of Import: Nov 17, 1997, Internal Ref. #1.310.1.474.110]

Individual: Devour, John

County/State: Baltimore Co., MD

Page #: 069

Year: 1776

Census type code: Oath Of Allegiance

In 1758, a John Deaver of Harford County, MD was the mason who built
Spesutia church in St. George's Parish, Harford Co., MD.

Source: Preston, Walter W., A. M., Bel Air, MD, HISTORY OF HARFORD COUNTY,
MARYLAND FROM 1608 (THE YEAR OF SMITH'S EXPEDITION TO THE CLOSE OF THE WAR
OF 1812), 1901, Press of Sun Book Office, Baltimore, MD, p. 157.

More About John Deaver:

Fact 1: Allen, W. C., THE ANNALS OF HAYWOOD CO., NC, 1935, p. 373.

ii. James Deaver, died Aft. 1800.

Notes for James Deaver:

A James Deaver is listed as a Sergeant in the Harford Co., MD Revolutionary
War Company 8 headed by Capt Greenberry Dorsey. Also in the same company are
Privates John Deaver, Thomas Deaver & Micajah Deaver.

Source: Preston, A. M., Walter W., Bel Air, MD, HISTORY OF HARFORD COUNTY,
MARYLAND FROM 1608 (THE YEAR OF SMITH'S EXPEDITION TO THE CLOSE OF THE WAR
OF 1812), 1901, Press of Sun Book Office, Baltimore, MD, p. 114.

[Brøderbund Family Archive #311, Ed. 1, Census Index: U.S. Selected
Counties, 1790, Date of Import: Nov 15, 1997, Internal Ref.
#1.311.1.784.114]

Individual: Dever, James

County/State: Harford Co., MD

Page #: 75

Year: 1790

Age ranges in household: 01-04-02-00-00

[Brøderbund Family Archive #312, Ed. 1, Census Index: U.S. Selected
Counties, 1800, Date of Import: Nov 15, 1997, Internal Ref.
#1.312.1.823.186]

Individual: Deavour, James

County/State: Harford Co., MD

Page #: 140

Year: 1800

The following miscellaneous information is provided about the individual:
10100-, OF R., 1010000

More About James Deaver:

Fact 1: 1790, Harford Co., MD census p.140.

Fact 2: 1800, Harford Co., MD census p. 75.

Fact 3: Allen, W.C., THE ANNALS OF HAYWOOD CO., NC, 1935, p. 373.

Fact 4: Wood Genealogy,
http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/w/o/o/Mary-and-Jack-C-Wood/

Fact 5: Jan 19, 1795, Buncmbe Co.,NC Deed Bk.3, p.115, Grntee 500
Acs.Severton Crk. from NC.Recd.1876

iii. Richard Deaver, born Abt. 1700.

Notes for Richard Deaver:

[Brøderbund Family Archive #310, Ed. 1, Census Index: Colonial America,
1607-1789, Date of Import: Nov 17, 1997, Internal Ref. #1.310.1.473.199]

Individual: Dever, Richard

County/State: Baltimore Co., MD

Page #: 059

Year: 1739

Census type code: Residence List

More About Richard Deaver:

Fact 1: Allen, W. C., THE ANNALS OF HAYWOOD CO., NC, 1935, p. 373.

Fact 2: 1739, Balto. Co., MD census, p. 59.

Fact 3: Thiel: Lester Deaver's Bk.-Richard had son Gilbert whose 1st son was
Richard.

Fact 4: Wood Genealogy,
http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/w/o/o/Mary-and-Jack-C-Wood/

iv. William Dever, born 1716-1720 in MD; died Aft. 1805 in NC; married
Susannah Burchfield Dec 16, 1754 in St. Geo. Par., Harford, MD.

Notes for William Dever:

"HEADS OF FAMILIES, US. FIRST CENSUS, 1790, Virginia, GenPubCo, 1873.
Virginia, 1783, Amherst Co. p. 47. William Deavour, 10 Souls. Last record
found in Virginia."

Additional documentation:

Aug. 11, 1795, Buncombe Co., NC Deed Bk. S2-2, p. 269, William Dever [sic],
Sr. Grantee 400 acres, Pigeon River, Grantor Joseph Dobson. Source: Wooley,
James E., BUNCOMBE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA INDEX TO DEEDS, 1783-1850,
Copyright 1983, Southern Historical Press, Inc., %The Rev. S. Emmett Lucas,
Jr., P. O. Box 738, Easley, SC 29640, p. 135.

Feb. 6, 1796, Deed Bk. 3, p. 95, William Dever [sic] Grantor 300 acres,
Richland Creek to Jessie Anderson, Ibid., p. 13.

Oct. 2, 1797, Deed Bk. 4, p. 197, William Deaver Grantor 200 acres, Richland
Creek, to John Smith. Ibid., p. 459.

Dec. 13, 1798, Buncombe Co., NC Deed Bk. 4, p. 446, William Dever [sic], Sr.
Grantee 50 acres Pigeon River, Grantor State of NC #545., Ibid., p. 136.

Aug. 31, 1798, Buncombe Co., NC Deed Bk. 4, p. 447, William Dever [sic], Sr.
Grantee 100 acres, Reems Creek, Ibid., p. 136.

Oct. 4, 1800, Deed Bk. S1-6, p. 84, William Dever[sic], Sr. Grantor 100
acres, Reems Creek to Robert Brank.

Oct. 4, 1800, Deed Bk. S2-6, p. 85 William Dever [sic], Sr. Grantor 100
acres, Reems Creek to Robert Brank. Source: Ibid., p. 50.

Mar 13, 1805, Deed Bk. 10, p. 74, William Dever [sic] Grantor of Assignment
to Thos. Byrd., Ibid., p. 70.

"William married and reared a family...in Maryland at the old home place
near the banks of the Susquehanna. He had six sons..."

Source: the W. C. Allen history, p 373.--This information from Allen's book
about William rearing his family "in Maryland..." is confusing since William
Deaver (or Dever) was found in Buncombe County, NC records as early as 1795.

[Brøderbund Family Archive #312, Ed. 1, Census Index: U.S. Selected
Counties, 1800, Date of Import: Nov 15, 1997, Internal Ref. #1.312.1.848.8]

Individual: Dever, William

County/State: Buncombe Co., NC

Page #: 167

Year: 1800

Age ranges in household: 00001-0001100

More About William Dever:

Fact 1: 1800, Buncombe Co., NC census, p 167.

Fact 2: Wood: St. Geo. Par. Reg., Harford, MD has record of marriage.

Fact 3: Apr 6, 1772, Wood: Amherst Co. VA deeds, p. 286 sold 188 ac. to
Thos. Hawkins

Fact 4: Oct 1795, NC Deed rec. D-603, Bk.3, p. 39, 164 ac. Rims[sic] Crk. to
Wm. Jr.

Fact 5: Aug 11, 1795, Bunc.Co.NC Deed Bk.S2-2,p.269,400 Acs.Pigeon R. from
Jos. Dobson

Fact 6: Aug 24, 1797, Wood: Buncombe Co., NC Deed Bk. 3, p. 300, 50 ac., on
Pigeon River to Richard

Fact 7: Jan 7, 1800, Bunc.Co.NC Deed Bk S1-6 p.128,50 Acs.Pigeon R. to
Richard Dever[sic]

Fact 8: Jan 7, 1800, Bunc.Co.NC Deed Bk S2-6 p.128,50 Acs. Pigeon R. to
Richard Dever[sic]

Fact 9: Allen for Gilbert>William>William

Fact 10: Allen for mp ("at the old home place near the banks of the
Susquehanna.")

Fact 11: Wood for bd, bp, md,mp, dd, dp & spouse name.

Fact 12: Wood: " There's some question about William's father being
Gilbert."

Fact 13: Deaver, J. Frank: He represented Western NC Counties in
Legislature.

More About Susannah Burchfield:

Fact 1: Wood Genealogy,
http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/w/o/o/Mary-and-Jack-C-Wood/

Fact 2: Wood:N.S.Col.Dames XVII #9300 Ilva W. Deaver Cathey (Mrs.Robt.Lee,
Jr.) for name

Fact 3: 1783, Wood: Deed signed by each spouse in Amherst Co., VA.

Fact 4: Wood for name, bd & location, dd, md & location.

Fact 5: Apr 6, 1772, Wood: Amherst Co. VA Deed p. 286. They sold 188 ac. on
Little Cove, Rucker's Run

Fact 6: 1783, Wood: Amherst Co., VA Deed signed by Susanna & husb. Richard.

Fact 7: 1797, Wood: Buncombe Co., NC Deeds to Richard.

Generation No. 2

2. Richard Deaver, born Abt. 1627 in Scotland; died Feb 5, 1700/01 in
Baltimore, MD, USA. He married 3. Grace Fitzmorris 1648-1656.

3. Grace Fitzmorris, born 1619-1628 in Scotland; died Apr 16, 1702 in St.
James Par., MD, USA.

Notes for Richard Deaver:

"The Deavers are of French descent, or, to be more nearly exact, of Norman
French lineage. The name with its several ways of being spelled; De Ver; De
Vere; Dever, Deaver, Van de Ver, and Van de Vere, is found in many of the
old records in France, England, Belgium, and Holland, and in several of the

states of the American Union, particularly in Georgia, Tennessee, Maryland,

Montana, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Texas, Arizona, Indians, New

Mexico and perhaps a half dozen other states, certainly in North Carolina.
There are now (1935) nine families of Deavers living in Pigeon Township,
Haywood County, North Carolina. There are also many families living in
Buncombe, Madison, Macon, and other counties of Western North Carolina."

"Early records of the Deaver line that may be taken as strictly authentic

are few, but are interesting."

The following Deaver family legend has been handed down through the
generations: "Two brothers, named Van Deaver, were born and reared in
Holland, afterwards going to England, where they spent a short time, and
came to America some time before the Revolutionary War. Upon their arrival
in America, they dropped the prefix Van, and one brother spelled his name
Deaver, while the other, who went to another part of the country, spelled it
Dever. A portion of the family settled in Maryland and North Carolina, and
the remainder settled in Ohio.'"

"Antedating that legend by some seven hundred years, another version is
given, founded on what seems to be uncontradicted tradition and documentary

evidence, that William de Ver, an owner of a feoff in the province of Ver on
the Brittany coast in the north of France, at the head of sixty-seven men,
went with William the Conqueror in 1066 for the Norman conquest of England.
That was the beginning of the family in England. About one hundred and fifty
years later, at the signing of the Magna Carta in Runnimede, Robert de Vere
signed the immortal document in the name of King John."

"In the course of a few hundred years, the Norman French family of de Veres
had spread over England, Scotland, and Ireland, and the name had taken on
some of the modern styles of spelling. The name is found at this time (1935)

in many of the countries composing the British Empire in the spelling as it

is given in this country, Deaver or Dever."

"The first authentic account of the settlement in America of a family of

Deavers was the coming of Richard and Grace Dever, Grace's maiden name not

given, who sailed on the ship 'Lionheart,' coming directly from the south of

Scotland and landing in Ann Arundell [sic] County, Maryland, December
12,1657.

This couple made their home in that province and established the Maryland
branch of the family, which, in time, spread to many provinces and states of
the South and West."

Source: "1808-1935, The Annals of Haywood County, North Carolina,
Historical, Sociological, Biographical, and Genealogical," by W. C. Allen &
Wm. Medford, With a New Genealogical Index by Lois Smathers Neal, Raleigh,
SC, 1935. P 371-372. This information provided 11/12/97 by the Old Buncombe
Co. Gen. Soc., NC.

Source for Richard & Grace: The W. C. Allen history plus the documented
genealogy prepared 21 Oct 1996 by Jack Louis Thiel, Jr., Boulder, MT. Thiel
cites, "Documentation in possession of Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Mobley." " Will of
John, Richard & Mary Deaver Bk 1 p 270, 1731. Bk 1 pp 410, 461, 323 dates
1746, 1749 & 1739 of Richard, Mary & Benjamin. 3423 Pt 1, pp 276, 5, 263,
306 & 343 of St. Georges Par. Baltimore Co. MD for md, bd. and dd. 3336 pt 2
pp 302, 328, 329, 335 of St. James Par of A. A. MD for md and bd. Sundrie
[sic] deeds recorded in Baltimore, MD."

More About Richard Deaver:

Fact 1: Allen, W. C., THE ANNALS OF HAYWOOD CO., NC, 1935, p. 373.

Fact 2: Thiel, Jr., J. L., Genealogy Oct. 21, 1996: Pedigree Chart 8
Individual 118.

Fact 3: Thiel, "SOURCE: Documentation in possession of Mr. & Mrs. Harvey
Mobley."

Fact 4: Thiel, "SPOUSE: This is from the IGI." p. 2 of 2.

Fact 5: Thiel: Lester Deaver's Bk.-Richard had son Gilbert whose 1st son was
Richard.

Fact 6: Thiel: "OTHER SPELLING OF NAME: Dever, Deviour, Devor."

Fact 7: Thiel: "PLACE OF BIRTH HAS NOT BEEN PROVEN YET." p. 2.

Fact 8: Wood Genealogy,
http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/w/o/o/Mary-and-Jack-C-Wood/

Fact 9: Wood Genealogy for Richard's bd, bp,md, mp & dd.

Fact 10: Wood: They sailed ship "Lionhearted" from south of Scotland to Ann
Arundel MD

Fact 11: Wood: Rich.was landowner& Indian fighter per"17th Col. Ancestors"
B'ham Library.

Fact 12: Holcombe, MISEAL DEAVER & DESCENDANTS. Deaver was DeVere fr. N.
France.

Fact 13: Holcombe: De Veres had Title Earl of Oxford, 636 yrs., ie: Aubrey,
Robt. & John

Notes for Grace Fitzmorris:

More About Grace Fitzmorris:

Fact 1: Allen, W. C., THE ANNALS OF HAYWOOD CO., NC, 1935

Fact 2: Allen: They came directly to Ann Arundell MD, Dec.12,1657 from south
of Scotland

Fact 3: Allen: Deavers are Norman French from Prov. of Ver in Brittany,
Northern France.

Fact 4: Allen: Wm. De Ver accompanied Wm. the Conqueror in conquest of Eng.,
1066.

Fact 5: Allen: Robt. De Ver signed Magna Carta in name of King John.

Fact 6: Thiel, Jr., J. L. Genealogy, Oct. 21, 1996: Pedigree Chart 8,
Individual 119.

Fact 7: Wood Genealogy,
http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/w/o/o/Mary-and-Jack-C-Wood/

Fact 8: Wood for bd & bp.

Fact 9: Holcombe, L. G., MISEAL DEAVER & HIS DESCENDANTS, for Grace's maiden
name.

Fact 10: Holcombe: "Grace was of the Peerage," p. 4.

Fact 11: Holcombe: De Vere means "nothing but the truth."

Fact 12: Deaver, J. Frank, Alabama, , Sept. 3, 1997

Fact 13: Deaver, J. Frank: They came in 1657 as indentured servants to a MD
planter.

Children of Richard Deaver and Grace Fitzmorris are:

i. Stephen Deaver, married Mary Smith? Jan 7, 1709/10.

More About Stephen Deaver:

Fact 1: Allen, W. C., THE ANNALS OF HAYWOOD CO., NC, 1935, p. 373.

Fact 2: Wood Genealogy,
http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/w/o/o/Mary-and-Jack-C-Wood/

Fact 3: Allen & Wood for name.

Fact 4: 1732-1850, Stephen Deaver (Dever) listed in Back R.Upper 100,
St.Thom.Parish Reg.Tax List

ii. Abraham Deaver, married Ann Lakin? Jun 25, 1778.

More About Abraham Deaver:

Fact 1: Allen, W. C., THE ANNALS OF HAYWOOD CO., NC, 1935, p. 373.

Fact 2: Wood Genealogy,
http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/w/o/o/Mary-and-Jack-C-Wood/

Fact 3: Allen & Wood for name.

iii. James Deaver.

More About James Deaver:

Fact 1: Allen, W. C., THE ANNALS OF HAYWOOD CO., NC, 1935, p. 373.

Fact 2: Wood Genealogy,
http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/w/o/o/Mary-and-Jack-C-Wood/

iv. William Deaver.

More About William Deaver:

Fact 1: Allen, W. C., THE ANNALS OF HAYWOOD CO., NC, 1935, p. 373.

Fact 2: Wood Genealogy,
http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/w/o/o/Mary-and-Jack-C-Wood/

Fact 3: Allen & Wood for name.

1 v. Gilbert Deaver, born Abt. 1650 in MD; died 1720 in Calvert Co., MD;
married Elizabeth Peacock.

vi. John Deaver, born 1657; died Jan 4, 1730/31; married Hannah Bell Jul 12,
1707 in MD.

More About John Deaver:

Fact 1: Allen, W. C., THE ANNALS OF HAYWOOD CO., NC, 1935, p. 373.

Fact 2: Baltimore Co., MD Deed records show he was a planter.

Fact 3: 1703-1705, Baltimore Co., MD Tax List Census. 1703 & 1705.

Fact 4: Wood Genealogy,
http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/w/o/o/Mary-and-Jack-C-Wood/

Fact 5: Mar 13, 1712/13, Deed for transfer of land at head of Bush R. to
Richard Deaver.

Fact 6: Mar 3, 1730/31, Deed for sale of 2 tracts of land to B. Jones.

Fact 7: Nov 2, 1731, Deed for transfer of 217 acres of land to Thos. Deaver.

Fact 8: Thiel, Jr., J. L. Genealogy, Oct. 21,1996: Ped. Chart 8, Fam.Grp.24,
Individ.117

Fact 9: 1731, Thiel: Balto., MD Will Bk.1, p. 270

Fact 10: Thiel: St.Geo. Par. Reg. pp. 20, 215, 221, 232, 266, 263, 323, 343:
bd, md & dd.

Fact 11: Thiel:Testators Prob. Lib.19, fol. 97: Proof John eldest son of
Richard in AA Co

Fact 12: Thiel: Cunningham, Mary, of St. Louis, corresp. Re: John eldest son
of Richard

Fact 13: Thiel: Also #CW #1 f. 438-440

More About Hannah Bell:

Fact 1: Thiel, Jr., J. L. Genealogy, Oct. 21, 1996, Pedigree Chart 8,
Individual107

Fact 2: Thiel Genealogy, Oct. 21, 1996, Fam. Grp. Rec. 248, p. 3 0f 3,
Indiv. 107

Fact 3: Thiel: "John's first wife has not been proven yet."

Fact 4: OTHER SPELLING OF NAME: Dever, Deivour, Devor.

vii. Michael Deaver, born 1657-1664.

Notes for Michael Deaver:

Source: the previously cited 1935 history by W. C. Allen, p 373.

More About Michael Deaver:

Fact 1: Allen, W. C., THE ANNALS OF HAYWOOD CO., NC, 1935, p. 373.

Fact 2: Wood Genealogy,
http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/w/o/o/Mary-and-Jack-C-Woo

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