Biography of Daniel L. DeVee
Monroe County, MI Biographies

DANIEL L. DeVEE, an active farmer of London, Mich., was born in Rhinebeck, N. Y., Jan. 25, 1817. He lived with his parents, John and Rebecca (Shaffer) DeVee, until his 15th year, when he went to Newark, N. J., to learn the shoemaker's trade. When he had completed his trade he sailed on the vessel "Parker," under Capt. William Austin, of New Bedford: after this he sailed under Capt. Smith, and was gone two years. Returning in the fall of 1841, he located on a farm in London, Mich., where he remained three years, atd in 1849 moved to Dundee and opened a boot and shoe house. In the spring of 1852 be started for California, driving a team all the way, reaching there about the first of September. He remained there until the spring of 1853, then returned to Michigan. In 1855 he went to Frenclitown, Monroe county, and worked the farm his father was carrying on for him. He remained there until 1866, when he settled in London on the farm of 120 acres where he has since resided. In October, 1841, he married Mary H. Smith, who was born in Scotland, June 6, 1823. Ten children have been born to them, all of whom are living. Mr. DeVee has held the office of justice of the peace for one term in Dundee, and for one term at London. He was also nominated in 1884 for the legislature in the Second District, and in 1886 as sheriff in Monroe county, upon the Prohibition ticket.

History of Monroe County, Michigan
Talcott E. Wing, Editor
Munsell & Company, Publishers
New York 1890.

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