MARTHA ANN DEVLIN

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THE STORY AS I KNOW IT

Martha Ann Devlin was born 3/3/1830 to Charles and Hannah Devlin, from the Missimer Bible Records published by John B. Perry, philadelphia PA 1851.  Re the 1830 Census, page 148, roll M19-12, the Devlin family lived in New Castle County Delaware  There were 3 older boys in the household at that time.

Martha Ann married William Missimer Nov. 29, 1849 re Missimer Bible Records.  The 1850 Census, Mill Creek Hundred, New Castle County Delaware Page 693, dated Aug 8, 1850 had them living together as man and wife.  He was listed as a wheelwright.  Her mother Hannah Devlin age 64 and brother, David Devlin carpenter age 23, lived with them also. The family continued in Mill Creek, at Mermaid until after 1860 and before 1870 when they had moved to Franklin, Chester County PA.  There they stayed.  Hannah Devlin lived with the Missimer family until her death Jan 8, 1866 at 91 years old.

Martha Ann and William Missier had the following children, Re the Missimer Bible Records, and confirmed with the census records:
George W. Missimer, born July 27, 1850
Thomas Y Missimer, born March 31, 1854
David B. Missimer, born Sept 6, 1856
William Missimier, born  March 24, 1862, died May 20, 1864
Martha Mary, born Jan 22, 1859 nichname Mattie, wed Thomas Hughes Pennock 1880
Hannah E. born March 6, 1865, may have wed a Mr. Haines
Ida N. Missimer, born June 18, 1869, wed Elisha Brown  

William Missimer started as a Wheelwright.  He taught his oldest son, George the trade.  By 1880 he was a Wagonmaker with George working for him.  We can assume he was successful in his business, for after he died, May 11, 1883, Martha Ann continued to live in her own paid for home until after 1900 and perhaps to her death.   The 1900 Chester Ct PA census, page 18, she is still in Franklin and next door to daughter Ida and Ida's husband Elisha Brown. They rented their farm - perhaps from Martha Ann

Martha Ann Devlin Missimer died Oct. 4, 1909 re the Bible records.  Both William and Martha are buried in New London Presbyterian Church Cemetery.  What is really nice is their tombstone tells their story.  There is a photo of it at  Find A Grave Memorial# 38583263
It is a large stone and reads "William Missimer son of
                                    Cassimer and Mary Gregg Missimer
                                        June 11, 1825 - May 11, 1883
                                     Martha Ann Missimer daughter of
                                          Charels and Hannah Devlin
                                      March 9, 1830 - October 4, 1908
On the reverse side is an inscription "In memory of their Daughter Elizabeth Haines". 

                                        Near by is a smaller stone that reads " Son  Willie Missimer March 24, 1862, May 20 1864".

                                        The New London Presbyterian Church was constructed in 1844.  It is still a lovely active church on Rt. 896 near chruch Road.


RESEARCH QUESTIONS

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        1. Where is the Missimer Bible?
        2. Exactly where in Mill Creek did the Missimer family live
        3. Find the photo of the Missimer home in Franklin, PA

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