The following information can be found in “A genealogy of the descendants of James Steele and his wife Mary, late of Clinton district, Monogalia county, Virginia (now West Virginia)”
Abraham Devault (my fourth great grandfather) was born in old Virginia, April 14th, 1791. He was a son of Jacob and Mary (Michaels) Devault who came from the old Dominion in 1793 and settled on what is known as Kelso Ridge, near the mouth of White Day Creek in Clinton Dist., Monongalia Co., W. Va.
After moving to Kelso Ridge with his parents when he was but two years of age, Abraham resided there all the rest of his life and died there on April 29th, 1863. His remains lie buried in the family plot on the old home place.
Abraham attended the first subscription schools established in his district and learned the carpenter’s trade but followed farming as his essential occupation throughout life.
He served in the war of 1812 as a private in Capt. James Morgan’s Co. In politics he was an old time Whig and he took keen interest in the politics of his day, his own views favoring high protectiori.
Public spirited and liberal in his support of worthy enterprises, generous and accommodating as a neighbor, Abraham Devault possessed in a high degree the admiration and respect of all who came into business or social relations with him.
He served as road constable in his district for thirty years and was elected a delegate from Monongalia County to the Western Convention which was held at Wheeling May 13th, 1861. This convention was called to discuss the advisability of withdrawing Western Virginia from the old Virginia Dominion and making W. Va. a separate state.
On March 4th, 1819, Abraham DeVault and Miss Mary Steele were joined in marriage, the ceremony taking place at the home of the bride’s parents on Tom’s Run, with the Rev. Ashabel G. Fairchild as officiating minister.
Mary Steele was born April 27th. 1797, in Clinton Dist., Monongalia Co., W. Va. She was the eldest daughter of John and Margaret (Robison) Steel, pioneer residents of that district.
Following- their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Devault settled on his father’s home place on Kelso Ridge and made that their home during the remainder of their lives. Marjaret survived her husband 26 years when she died June 2nd, 1889. They are buried side by side in the family plot on the old home place.
Their union was productive in the birth of eleven children, two of whom
died in infancy.
Children of Abraham and Mary (Steel) Devault:
Sarah Ann, Born May 13th, 1820, on Kelso Ridge, Monongalia Co., W. Va. Married Alpheus Holland, Nov. 30th, 1843, at her home on Kelso Ridge. Died Feh. 20th, 1905. Buried at Holland Cemetery, near Hopewell Church.
Analiza E. Born June 25th, 1822, on Kelso Ridge, Monongalia Co., W. Va. Married William Wilson, April 16th, 1843, at her Iiome on Kelso Ridge. Died Aug. 24th, 1851. Buried at Devault Family Cemetery, Kelso Ridge.
Margaret Ann, Born March 22, 1824, on Kelso Ridge, Monongalia Co. Married Barnctt Stuart, Aug. 31st, 1848. at her home on Kelso Ridge. Died Aug. 29th, 1851. Buried at Devault Cemetery, Kelso Ridge.
Oliver Perry, Born Feb. 22n(I. 1826, on Kelso Ridge, Monongalia Co. Married Mary Powell, Dec. 27th, 1849, at her home near Smithtown. (She was a sister of J. Powell of Family No. 33 in this book.) Died Nov. 19th, 1875. Biuicd at Devault Cemetery, Kelso Ridge.
Edgar Jackson, Born March 10th. 1829, on Kelso Ridge, Monongalia Co. Married Helen Haun, Nov. 4tli, 1852, at Smithtown, W. Va. (She was born Jan. 15th, 1830. Died June 16th, 1909.) Died Aug. 5th, 1890. Both are buried in Pisgah Churchyard, Mon. Co.
Ashabel Green DeVault, (my third great grandfather) was born Jan. 22nd, 1832, on Kelso Ridge, Monongalia Co. Married Margaret Johnston, Oct. 18th, 1854, at the Devault home place. (For her genealogy, see Family No. 8Q in this book.) Married Liza Jane Howell, Jan. 12th, 1893, in Mason Co., W. Va.
Died Nov. 16th. 1900. Buried at Mt. Hebron, Jackson Co., W. Va. He was a Corporal in Co. C. 14th W. Va. Inf., Civil War.
Theophelus, Born May 24th, 1834, on Kelso Ridge, Monongalia Co., W. Va. Married Helen Mav Ferrel. Sept. 3rd, 1857, near Opekiska, W. Va. Died May 26th, 1890. Buried at Pisgah Church, Monongalia Co., W. Va.
Charles Pinkney, Born Aug. 12th, 1836, on Kelso Ridge, Monongalia Co. Married Louisa Fast, Dec. 18th, 1856, near Smithtown, Monongalia Co. Died March 5th, 1905. Buried at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Monongalia Co.
Thornton H. Born Sept. 19th. 1839, on Kelso Ridge, Monongalia Co. Married Malissa J. Satterfield, Feb. 24th, 1861, near Hoult, W. Va. (She was born March 13th, 1844. Died Oct. 10th, 1864.) Married Nancy A. Prickett, Feb. 22nd, 1866, near Hoult, W. Va. (She was born 1841. Now living at Smithtown, W. Va.) Died Jan. 8th, 1912. Buried at Pisgah Church, Monongalia Co., W. Va.
A copy of Abraham’s Will:
Death Record for Abraham DeVault:
Submitted by Cindie Harper, Morgantown WV