Biography of James H. Devoys
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Devoys, James H., was born in Ireland in 1841. He is a son of Mathew and Ellen Grady, both natives of Ireland, the Devoys being of Spanish descent; the father of Mr. Devoy came to New York city in 1847, then went to Canada, and from there to Connecticut, from there to Schaghticoke where he now lives, aged eighty five. His wife died in 1847 in Quebec. Mr. Devoy was educated in Colchester, Conn., and first worked in a rubber factory in Connecticut and farmed in Canada. He came to Pittstown, July 4, 1862, and has lived here since. He first worked in an axe factory for several years, and then for five years was in the grocery business in Troy, and in 1873 returned to Johnsonville and engaged in the produce business and hotel business, and built the Devoy house in 1873. October 29, 1865, he married Margaret Campfield of Troy, N. Y. She died December 29, 1893.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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