Biography of Robert R. Dever
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Robert Ross Dever, one of the influential citizens of Wellsville, was born in Beaver County, Pa., and is the son of Andrew and Margaret Dever. Andrew Dever, son of Isaac and Anna Dever, was born at Hanover, Pa., March 9, 1834, and was united in marriage with Margaret Dever, April 14, 1859. Margaret Dever, the daughter of David and Nancy (Harsha) Dever, was born at East Liverpool, Ohio, Sept. 11, 1840. They (Andrew and Margaret Dever) had six children, as follows: Mary Dever was married to Ezra Salesman, Dec. 31, 1885. They are residents of Cleveland, Ohio, and have five children, Harry, of Walkersville, Ontario; Fred, of Cleveland; Homer, of Philadelphia; Esther, of Columbus, and Ruth, of Cleveland. Willis Dever spent most of his life in Pennsylvania, being a farmer, and died at Beaver, Pa., March 19, 1921. Agnes Dever is a resident of Columbiana, and Homer D. Dever is general yardmaster for the Pennsylvania Company at Dover, Ohio. He was married to Isabel McLean of Wellsville, and removed to Dover about 21 years ago. He is a Republican, active in lodges, being a Mason, member of Kiwanis Club, of Motor Club, and various other organizations, also active in church work, being a member of the session of the Presbyterian Church of that city. Mr. and Mrs. Homer Dever have three children, Carl and Elbert, both graduates of Dover High School and employes of the Pennsylvania Company, Elbert having also served in the World War. Mariam is a graduate of Dover High School and of Kent Normal School, and is now an instructor in the Dover Public School, having taught three years in the Wellsville schools; also Myrtle (Dever) Pierson is a graduate of Wellsville High School, and also a graduate of College for Women, Western Reserve University of Cleveland, Ohio, class of 1901. She and her room mate, now Mrs. George Thorne, were selected from the college to go to the Philippine Islands, that same year, as teachers, being among the first teachers sent to the Islands. She spent four very successful years as an instructor, and while there met Prof. Chas. J. Pierson, a graduate of Stanford University, Cal., also a successful teacher. On their return to this country in 1905, they were married, and spent several years in California. Prof. Pierson is now an instructor in Maryland State College. They have two daughters, Bernice, now a student in College for Women, Western Reserve University and Claribel, at home.

Andrew Dever, who served during the Civil War with Company B, 88th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, died at Hanover, Pa., in 1878, and his wife died at Wellsville, Ohio, in 1918.

Robert R. Dever, the subject of this sketch, was born at Hookstown, Pa., and received his early education in the district schools of that state, later, attending Wellsville Public School. He came to Wellsville in 1888, and in 1890 entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company as messenger, and, advancing rapidly, was promoted to yardmaster in the Wellsville Yards in 1902, which position he still holds. On October 19, 1904, Mr. Dever was married to Olive Estelle Moore of Wellsville, daughter of William Henry Moore and Ella Forbes Moore, residents of Columbiana County. William Henry Moore, son of James C. and Margaret (Barton) Moore, was born Jan. 15, 1844, at Calcutta, Ohio, was educated in the district schools of Columbiana County, coming to Wellsville about 1870, and was married to Ella (Forbes) Moore, of Wellsville, Feb. 16, 1871. They first lived in Marshalltown, Iowa, coming back to Wellsville, Ohio, about 1874, and from that time Mr. Moore was an employe of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, a member of the United Presbyterian Church and a staunch Republican.

Ella (Forbes) Moore was the daughter of Dr. Joseph Forbes and Rebecca (Robbins) Forbes. She was born at East Liverpool, Ohio, where her father, Dr. Forbes, practiced medicine for many years and was also postmaster for a number of years. Mr. and Mrs. Moore had two daughters: Miss Anna Moore, for a number of years associated in business with the G. A. Amer Co., in Chester, W. Va. She is a graduate of Wellsville High School, and is now in the employ of The Perpetual Savings and Loan Co., of Wellsville. Mrs. Robert Dever, also a graduate of Wellsville High, is a member of the United Presbyterian Church and is very active in church work.

Robert Dever has always been a Republican, and while not aspiring to public office, has always been and is an ardent supporter of everything that tends to make a better community. He is a member of various organizations of the city, served four years as member of the Board of Education of the public schools, during which time the new Wellsville High School was erected, has been an elder in the United Presbyterian Church for a number of years. Mr. and Mrs. Dever have three children, Anna Duane, a graduate of Wellsville High School in 1923, also of Muskingum College. She is a talented musician, and at present is an instructor in the Wellsville public schools. Robert Lyle Dever, who will graduate with the class of 1926, is also musically inclined, is a member of the Wellsville Music Club, also of the I. O. O. F. male quartette, and is winning recognition as a tenor soloist. He is now employed in the M. M. office of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. James Forbes Dever, the youngest child, is still in school, and he also is studying both piano and cornet.

Mr. and Mrs. Dever and family reside on Aten Avenue, Wellsville, Ohio.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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