Old Devereaux, Ga

Monday 2/2/99
from: David Stembridge

In East Hancock Co., there is a town that has declined in population through the years. There once were several Hotels, 3 Doctors, a Cotton Mill, and many other businesses. Devereaux still has an active church community, and lively farming community. My Father, Roger Stembridge is an active member of Devereaux United Methodist Church. I attended there in late January with my son Dylan. Even with the declining population, this is still a community of God!

Devereaux, Ga (former town square)

Old Cotton Mill

Old Abandoned business in the town center area

Gas Pump overgrown with weeds

One of the many older unique-styled abandoned homes in Devereaux

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60 Responses to Old Devereaux, Ga

  1. Chris Smith says:

    I am a descendant of Jane Devereaux who married Arthur Danielly. Arthur can be found in the 1820 Hancock Co, GA census enumerated 3 families down from Samuel M. Devereaux.

    All records I can find say that Jane’s father was a Samuel A. Devereaux who married a Rachel Barron.

    I have found a few trees and webpages that suggest Samuel A. Devereaux was a son of the brother of Samuel M. Devereaxu, a John W. Devereaux. I have been unable to verify this information with source records.

    However, I also find it interesting that Samuel M. Devereaux had a son Samuel as well. This is from Samuel M.’s will.

    Given the geographic and temporal proximity to Samuel M. Devereaux, I feel it is quite likely that Samuel A. Devereaux is related to him, but exactly how still feels like a mystery.

    I have e-mailed Morris Devereaux requesting assistance on this question, but if there is anyone else on this page who might have some info, I would be happy to communicate.

    Thank you.

  2. Claire Devereaux says:

    I may have posted here before but I am still looking for information on Rachel Devereux. She was married to Samuel A. Devereux (not Samuel M.). I am a descendent of Rachel and Samuel A. and their son Richard S. Devereux. Rachel is thought to be a Creek Indian and/or mullato. She was born in Georgia but then moved to Creek Indian Lands in TN or perhaps the lands there were renamed as TN. She is thought to have grown up as a Barron and I connect to the Barron family through DNA as well as to both Rachel and Samuel and so there must have been a connection of some sort. Rachel was born in 1778. Any information would be greatly appreciated. I believe that Samuel M. was a cousin of my Samuel A. Thank you for any info you may have. Claire Devereaux

  3. DNB says:

    For Claire Devereaux: I, too, am descended from Rachel Barron. I was told as a young girl that I was about 1/32 Seminole. I don’t know history well enough to know the connection between the Seminoles and the Creeks; nonetheless, I am searching for my elusive Native ancestry. My DNA shows no Native, but I am 2% African. Knowing that my father was from the south, that does not surprise me. I am curious to know how many of Rachel’s descendants show no Native DNA but have African DNA.

  4. Claire Devereaux says:

    DNB – My DNA is 3% African and shows no Native. I also expected to show Native. On other DNA sites, using my Ancestry DNA results I do show a small amount of Native. Not sure which sites as I have entered my DNA on many sites.

  5. Austin Elizabeth Leone says:

    Hello family! I also descended from rachel and samuel. I have no information to add on her or background – it looks like she is from early county in Georgia and their records burned in a fire ages ago, sadly. I wanted to share that i have no native DNA left in me, but my grandmother and cousin do, from Rachel. We also have some African DNA and some south asian. We have traced it all back to this part of the family. Would love to know more so please feel free to look me up if any of you find anything! I’m on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

  6. John says:

    Hello all, I also descend from Rachel’s daughter Jane Devereaux and Arthur Danielly. Family members I have tested all show small percentages of African and no Native American. I have also noticed that many of my other more distant relatives that also come from this line also almost all have some minimal level of African ancestry.
    The little oral family history I have heard of mentioned that we had a small amount of Indian ancestry, so the story of Rachel must have carried down through the years. Perhaps she was an African child or a mixed Indian/African child that lived with the Indians? I would love to hear from anyone that knows more.

  7. My father, Charlie Bundrige, was from Devereaux..I remember him going to visit his grandmother Hattie Grable – he moved to Macon, Ga. We visited Warren Chaple, and Sandyrun Chaple..these churches are still there….

  8. Jenny says:

    My toddler niece is also a direct descendant to Rachel and Samuel Devereaux. I have learned about as much as you all – although also I’ve read that Rachel and her daughters Jane Danielly (my nieces ancestor) and Mahala Devereaux all weee listed on the register of the Yellow River Baptist Church in Oak Grove Florida. I also found Rachel as an older woman in a census in Escambia county Florida, but Samuel was not with her then. I’m curious if she was full creek, or a mixture of African/creek. Or really anything about her!

  9. Jenny S. says:

    I have researched this line as well, my
    niece is a direct descendent of Rachel and Samuel A. I also believe that Samuel A. and Samuel M. were cousins. When Rachel and Jane together later relocated to Florida and became members of the Yellow River Baptist church, they were listed as free “POC” in the church registry. Also, Rachels granddaughter (Jane’s daughter) was listed as mulatto in at least one census. My theory not backed up by anything is that Samuel may have been mulatto himself. White father, and what if he had a black or mulatto mother? His family is a well documented slave owning family, but he himself There’s barely anything about him, and definitely not one mention of his biological mother. Then he went and married someone who is thought to be a creek Indian. My opinion is that Rachel may have been what was called a black creek combination of African and creek Indian. Again just conjecture, but it may explain all the African dna in her descendants.

  10. Eden says:

    I lived in the house pictured, (across from the methodist church) in the mid 90s when we moved in it was still furnished…. my mom still has the photos and some other things that were left behind. Before us the Moate family lived there.

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