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Special Collections: Guide to the Devereux Family Papers

Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves

August 2009

Collection title: Devereux Family Papers
Collection number: MS 139
Dates of collection: 1831-1934 (inclusive)
Size of collection: 1 box (17 folders)
Provenance: Deposited by the family in 1971
Restrictions on access: This collection is kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice is required for retrieval.


Reuben Devereux (1813-1877) was the son of Ralph and Elizabeth Winslow Devereux. A farmer in Penobscot, Maine, he married Ursula H. Lawrence in 1837 and they had five children: Augustus R. (b. ca. 1838), Sarah E. (b. ca. 1842), Charles A. (b. ca. 1844), Mark C. (1851-1937) and Hattie J. (1862-1933) Devereux.

Alfred Hutchings (1804-1869) was a farmer in Penobscot, Maine. Hollis M. Leach (b. 1839), was the son of Charles and Mary Bridges Leach and was also a resident of Penobscot. He enlisted in Company I of the 28th Maine Infantry Regiment in 1862.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains papers of various members of the Devereux family of Penobscot, Maine, as well as materials from other residents of Penobscot and Castine, Maine. It is arranged with items belonging to Reuben and Ursula Devereux listed first, then those of their sons. The papers of other individuals represented in the collection follow in roughly chronological order.

The papers of Reuben Devereux include an account book, 1868-1873, and various documents listing school accounts. Diaries of his wife Ursula Devereux from 1879-1884 and 1897-1898 are also found in the collection. The diaries from 1879-1884 are photocopies of originals from the Wilson Museum in Castine. A few papers from Reuben and Ursula's sons Charles, Mark and George Devereux are also found here; most notable are letters to Mark Devereux, 1862-1864, from his brother Charles while Charles was serving in the 16th Maine Infantry in Maryland and Virginia.

Documents associated with various other individuals are also found in the collection; their relationship to the Devereux family is unclear. Of particular interest is an account book, 1831-1855, of Alfred Hutchings of Penobscot listing amounts owed to Hutchings for goods sold such as beef, hay and pork, and for services he provided such as hauling wood, delivering hay, etc. Also found in the collection are letters from Hollis M. Leach of Penobscot written in 1862 and 1863 to his father and sister describing his service in the 28th Maine Infantry in New York, Florida and Louisiana.

Contents of Box


1 Account book, Reuben Devereux, 1868-1873

2 School accounts pages to Reuben Devereux, 1869

3-5 Diaries of Ursula Lawrence Devereux, 1879-1884 (photocopies)

6 Diary of Ursula Lawrence Devereux, 1897-1898 (original)

7 Note from Charles A. Devereux, undated

8 Letters to Mark Devereux, 1862-1934 (originals)

9 Letters to Mark Devereux, 1871-1879, undated (photocopies)

10 Letter from George M. Devereux to grandmother, undated (photocopy)

11 Catalogue and circular of the State Normal School at Castine, Maine, 1895 (copy belonging to Lowena Devereux)

12 Account book of Alfred Hutchings, Penobscot, 1831-1855

13 Autograph album of poetry, 1846-1847: To Matilda

14 Mortgage deed, March 15, 1850: Elisha Clement to George H. Emerson

15 Letters from Hollis M. Leach, 1862-1863

16 Composition book of Frank U. Grindle, Castine, 1899

17 Letter, Sept. 17, '22, Brooklyn, N.Y.: Dear Father from Prue

Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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