Second Generation

2. John H2 Devilbiss (Luther M1)(886) was born in Maryland August 31, 1847. John died January 28, 1913 Panora, Cass Twp, Guthrie Co, IA, at 65 years of age. Buried in the Brethern Cemetery, town of Guthrie, Guthrie Co, Iowa in lot 14.

He married twice. He married Mollie Rogers September 11, 1874. This date of Sep 11 1874 is recorded in other research as the date of John and Sarah's marriage. In the 1900 census the number of years married were 13 and also Claud, recorded in the 1900 census as being 16, is recorded in the church records as the son of John and his first wife. So I have recorded John and Mollie's marriage date as Sep 11, 1874.

Mary was born 1857. Mary died January 4, 1886 in Guthrie Co, Iowa, at 28 years of age. He married Sarah Catherine Godown Iowa, 1886. Mollie was born in Darke Co. Ohio February 23, 1854. Cemetery records has her birth year as 1853 Mollie(887) was the daughter of John Ray Godown and Mary Foreman.

Mollie died January 10, 1926 in Guthrie Co, Iowa, at 71 years of age. Burried in Brethern Cemetery, Guthrie Twp, Guthrie Co, Iowa. in lot 14. Coon River Brethren Church Members DEVILBISS, SARAH, wife of John, dau. of John R. & Polly GODOWN. Bp. in the spring of 1882.

Something does not add up here. In the 1900 census we see John and Sarah being married for 13 years. Also in these same church records we see Claud (age 16 in the 1900 census) noted as the son of John and his first wife. My guess is that 1882 should be 1887. In the 1900 census Linn Twp Dallas Co, Iowa page 122, John (age 52) is living with his wife Sarah (age 46), sons Claud (age 16), Mirgil (age 10), Virgil (age 10), Harry (age 9), Leo (age 5), daughters Elsie (age 12) and Girty (age 8). They have been married for 13 years and have 7 children all alive at the time of the census.

In the 1910 census Jackson Twp Dallas Co, Iowa page 119, John (age 62) is living with his wife Sarah (age 56), sons Mirgil (age 20), Leo (age 17), daughter Girty (age 18) and grandson Mearl (age 2).. They have been married for 23 years and have 7 children all alive at the time of the census. Both John and Sarah have indicated they have both been married once before.

I have to make the assumption here that Claud is not Sarah's child since he is 16 at the time. Also see the church records below and Bessie and Claud are noted as Daughter and son of John and his first wife. John has the occupation of farmer and he rents his farm. John and parents were born in Maryland. John is also living right next door to Sarah's brother Levi Godown.

Coon River Brethren Church Members This listing compiled from early records of the Coon River Church before 1913 DEVILBISS, JOHN, son of Luther & Ara. Bp. July 4, 1888. Died Jan. 28, 1913, aged 65y 4m 27d. Buried in Brethren Cem., Panora, IA DEVILBISS, SARAH, wife of John, dau. of John R. & Polly GODOWN. Bp. in the spring of 1882. DEVILBISS, BESSIE, dau. of John & his first wife. Bp. Jan. 30, 1898. Granted a letter Dec. 28, 1912. DEVILBISS, CLAUD, son of John & his first wife. Bp. Dec. 25, 1910. DEVILBISS, IDA MAY, wife of Claud. Bp. Dec. 25, 1910. DEVILBISS, MIRGIL, son of John & Sarah. Bp. Nov. 12, 1911. DEVILBISS, VIRGIL, twin brother to Mirgil. Bp. March 17, 1912. DEVILBISS, ALTA, wife of Virgil. Bp. March 17, 1912. DEVILBISS, HARRY, son of John & Sarah. Bp. Dec. 24, 1911. DEVILBISS, LEO, son of John & Sarah. Bp. March 17, 1912.

In the cemetery records for Guthrie County, Brethern, there is a wife of J.H. Devilbiss, Mollie (d.Jan 4, 1886 at age 29) burried in lot 14.

Also in the records above, Bessie and Claud are noted being the child of John and his first wife. So looks as if John was married a second time.

John H Devilbiss and Mollie Rogers had the following children:

child 7 i. Bessie3 Devilbiss was born about 1880.

child + 8 ii. Claude Devilbiss was born October 1883.

John H Devilbiss and Sarah Catherine Godown had the following children:

child 9 iii. Elsie B Devilbiss(888) was born January 23, 1888. Bessie died January 1977 in Creston, Union Co, IA, at 88 years of age. She married unknown Kindred. Unknown was born about 1889. (Additional notes for unknown Kindred(889))

child 10 iv. Mirgil Devilbiss was born Iowa July 1889.

child 11 v. Virgil Devilbiss was born Iowa July 1889. He married Alta unknown. Alta was born about 1889.

child 12 vi. Harry Devilbiss was born Iowa November 1890.

child 13 vii. Girty A Devilbiss(890) was born Iowa April 1892.

child 14 viii. Leo G Devilbiss(891) was born Iowa August 12, 1894. Leo died October 1965 Iowa, at 71 years of age. Baptised at Coon River Brethren Church on March 17 1912 in Panora Iowa.

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