4x James Devine & Mary Ryer/Rice of New York City
What we know….
James Devine born in NYC (or possibly Ireland) about 1780-90 m: Mary Ryer/Rice (most likely Ryer) born about Dec 29 1789 in NYC likely before 1813. James probably died before 1840. Mary is in Cambridge 1840 w/ son-in-law John Cannon. Mary Devine is accepted as a Second Baptist Church member, Cambridge in 1841. Mary Devine dies Sept 15 1853 of Dysentery in Cambridge 63y8m17d. The record also states she was a widow, b. NY, no parents or maiden name are listed. She is buried in the family plot in Cambridge, MA. I feel that the most likely maiden name for Mary is Ryer vs Rice, because of her two known daughters, Catherine died first, and Cornelia was likely the informant on her record stating their mother’s name as Ryer. When Cornelia died, the maiden name of her mother was listed as Rice. It would seem that it is less likely to be accurate since anyone who would have answered this question would have been a later generation.
James & Mary had:
1. Cornelia Devine/Divine who according to her death in Somerville, MA was born Aug 30, 1813 in NY, daughter of James Devine & Mary Rice of New York. m: John Cannon and arrived in Cambridge before 1832, d: 1903 in Somerville, MA
2. Catherine Devine b. Oct 31 1815 or Nov1 1815 in New York, never married, accepted into the same church as her mother, the Second Baptist Church East Cambridge, MA in 1842. Catherine is shown living with the Cannons in 1855, but has not been found in 1850. 1860 she could be in George Goodard’s house in Boston ; 1865 Catherine is likely in Boston in Oliver Gragg’s household, she is a saleswoman, b. NY a45; 1870 she has not been found listed on the census, but in the 1868 Cambridge Directory she is listed as working in a thread store; - 1880 she is a clerk in a store living with her sister Cornelia b. 1815 NY in Cambridge, MA; 1900 she is in Somerville, MA, alone b. Nov 1815 NY a84;
Catherine d. Aug 17 1901 85y9m17d of Breast Cancer – lived & died at 52 Prescott St. Somerville b: NY NY; father listed James Divine; mother Mary Ryer Both born in NY, NY. She is buried in the Cannon plot in Cambridge Cemetery.
The following are hints as to who James Devine & Mary Ryer could possibly be:
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy
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