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Barney and Margaret Devlin, Frank J. Devlin, Logan.

In 1880 B. Devling is in Webster County, Iowa, with parents Hugh 41 and Bridget 34.  He's 18, and has seven younger siblings.

Margaret Downey is also in Webster County in 1870 and 1880, with father Thomas and mother Ellen.  Ellen is not in the 1880 census, and FindAGrave has her dying 1873, buried in Fort Dodge, Webster County.17059632.

Likely Thomas Downey  is the one buried in Yuma County.  82117687, and the Mary DOWNEY Rolow in that six-grave cemetery is likely his daughter.

Bernard "Dowling" married Maggie Downey January 20, 1890, recorded in Denver, performed by H.J. McDevitt, Catholic priest.

Barney proved up 160 acres in 32, 4S 43W -between Beecher Island and Hale - in 1897.

In 1900 Lansing precinct Bernard Develing born Nov 1862 in Pennsylvania, and Margaret October 1861 Iowa have Mary Oct 1890, Francis Dec 1891, Imelda Jan 1894, Leo Oct 1895, Elizabeth June 1897, and Thomas Sep 1899, all six kids born in Colorado.

In 1910 Hale precinct Barney and Margretta Devling have Mary E. 19, Hugh F. 18, Melda C. 16, Bernard L. 13, Elizabeth A. 11, Thomas 9, Gertrude A. 7, and hired man James Johnson 37.

In 1920 Hale Bernard and Margaret have Mary 28, a milliner, Meleda 25, a school teacher, Leo B. 24, farmer, Elizabeth 22, Thomas M. 20, and Gertrude 17.

In 1930 Hale Bernard and Margaret have Melda, still teaching school, Elizabeth, and Thomas.

In 1940 Wray, Margaret, "Melva" and Elizabeth are on Emerson Street.  Melva is an English teacher in the county high school.

B.E. Devling proved up 80 acres in 21, 4S 43W in 1923.


1906 news from Idalia "Barney Devlin has his new house almost completed."


Bernard  1862-1957 and Margaret 1861-1953  # 62951874 are buried in Wray.


Frank proved up 320 acres in 32, 4S 43W and 5, 5S 43W in 1919.   

Maggie A. (Downey) Devlin proved up a quarter in 25, 4S 43W in 1892.



Bernard Leo Devling registered with a Hale address, farming by himself, single, born October 24, 1895 at Hale.

He's with his parents in the 1920 census, but married Mary Agnes O'Rourke October 6, 1920 - recorded in Denver. Performed by J.J. Donnelly, Catholic priest.

In 1930 B.Leo "Dealin"  is at Hale, married to Mary A. 35, with mark Leo 8, Margaret 6, Teresa A. 4, Charles E. 2, and Fred Wages , 16 a servant.

In 1940 B.Leo is 44, Mary A. 45, with L. Mark 18, Margaret M. 16, Teresa A. 14, Charles E. 12, Thomas P. 9, Bernard T. 7, Joseph P. 5, and Catherine A. 2.

The supplementary questions had James J. Rolow born to James F. Rolow born in Iowa and Dacia Rolow born in Missouri, and Mary A. Devlin born to Charles O'Rourke and Mary O'Rourke.

Bernard Leo died Jan 22, 1978 and is buried in Wray, per FindAGrave 62951573 - and so is Mary A. - April 11, 1895 -Aug 21, 1993


Thomas Mathew Devlin registered with a Hale address, born September 23, 1899, and was working for his father at Hale.

He's buried in Wray, per FindAGrave  62952017  - dying August 23, 1973.


In 1860 Webster County Iowa, Thomas Downing, 32, born in Ireland, and Ellen 25, also born in Ireland, have Mary 5, Illinois and Michael 1, Iowa.

In 1870 Webster County, Iowa, Thos Downey is 40, Ellen 33, Mary 15, Michael 11, Margaret 9, John 7, Thomas 5, Kate 3, and Johanna three months.

In 1880 Webster County "Thonas"  is 48, Mary 24, Michel 21, Margaret 19, John 16, Thomas 13, and Katherine 12.

In 1900 the Wray paper said that Thomas J. Downey "For heirs of Thomas Downey, deceased" filed to complete Thomas' land claim.  So old Tom died before 1901.

In 1920 Hale precinct Thomas J. Downey 52 and Nellie 43 have adopted daughters Rose O'Hearn 18 and Mary O'Hearn 15, both born in Colorado.

Thomas Downey in 1930 is in Hale precinct, born 1868 in Iowa, married to Nellie I. , 53, also born in Iowa.

Charles Eugene Devlin, 86, of Brush, formerly of the Idalia area, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center, Brush. Charles was born on February 13, 1928 in Hale, Colorado at the homestead to Bernard Leo and Mary Agnes (O’Rourke) Devlin. Charles was raised and educated in Idalia, Colorado, where he grew up on the farm, which was homesteaded by his grandfather Bernard  Eugene Devlin. On September 2, 1950, he married Barbara Ann Jewell at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Wray. After their marriage they farmed the homestead. As a farmer and rancher, Charles worked every aspect, which often included calving and herding cattle on horseback, even in blizzards, working the fields, and harvesting. Charles received the High Ten Award from Great Western Sugar Company for sugar beet production.
Charles was a member of Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic Church in Las Vegas, Nevada and was a longtime member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Wray before retiring from the farm and moving to Las Vegas in 1993. Barbara and “Gene” lived in Las Vegas until 2013 when they returned to Colorado and resided at Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center in Brush.
Charles was a faithful member of the Catholic Church.  He was a man who lived his faith by always being willing to help someone in need and only asked in return that they help another in need. He was very hard-working man, a trait that he instilled in his children. Above all was his outward love, devotion, and care of his family.
Charles is survived by his wife, Barbara; three daughters, Paula Bragg (Bob) of Ft. Morgan, Gina Vincent of Riverton, Wyoming, Anita Rigney (Lee) of Allen, Texas; eight sons, Larry Devlin (Kathryn ) of Houston, Texas, Joe Devlin (Janis) of Littleton, Greg Devlin (Joye) of Idalia, Perry Devlin (Mardee) of Foothill Ranch, California, John Devlin (Gloria) of Las Vegas, Tom Devlin of Lake Havasu City, Arizona and Brian Devlin of Las Vegas; two sisters, Teresa Blach of Yuma and Catherine Devlin (Tom) of Lawrence, Kansas; three brothers, Fr. Phillip Devlin of Lima, Peru, Terrance Devlin (Linda) of Phoenix, Arizona, and Paul Devlin (Mame) of Stillwater, Oklahoma; 35 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Tony Devlin, grandson, Matthew Devlin, sister, Margaret Jones and brother Mark Devlin.
Visitation was from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, Monday, June 16, 2014 followed by Recitation of the Rosary at 12:00 noon and Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 p.m. all at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Brush. Interment 5:00 p.m. Monday at Grandview Cemetery in Wray.

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