Biography of Joseph DeVault
North Central Ohio Biographies

Joseph DeVault. Prominent among the pioneer citizens of Knox County is Joseph DeVault of Mt. Vernon, who is a veteran of the Civil War. He was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, March 2, 1845, the son of William and Bethsheba (Little) DeVault.

William DeVault, born June 6, 1818, was a native of Knox County, but in early life left Ohio and went to Missouri. He later located in Otto County, Neb., where he died. He was married (first) to Bethsheba Little, who died in Knox County. To them were born four children: 1. Sarah, married Samuel Kemmer. 2. Joseph, the subject of this sketch. 3. Nancy, married Uriah Hagen. 4. Mary Elizabeth. William DeVault was married (second) to Diana Babcock, who died shortly after their marriage. He was married (third) to Mrs. Mary Ann Farmer. They had two children: Elmer, who died at the age of 15 years; and Eva Ellen.

Joseph DeVault received his education in the district schools of Butler Township and spent his early life on his father's farm. He enlisted for service in the Civil War, Feb. 8, 1864, at Mt. Vernon, and was sent to Newark. He was later transferred to Columbus and from there to Chattanooga, Tenn., where he was in camp at Mission Ridge. The following spring his company started on the Atlanta campaign, and after their arrival at Buzzard Point, Ga., Mr. DeVault was taken seriously ill and sent to an army hospital at Chattanooga, Tenn. He was unable to return to his regiment during the remainder of the war, and was discharged May 23, 1865. Mr. DeVault returned to his farm in Butler Township where he remained until 1880 when he moved to Mt. Vernon and was engaged as a carpenter and builder until 1920. He has since lived retired at Mt. Vernon, having built his present home there in 1893.

On Dec. 6, 1865, Mr. DeVault married Miss Mary Elizabeth Miller, of Louisville, Ky. She died July 27, 1927, at the age of 83 years, and is buried in Mound View Cemetery. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. DeVault: 1. Charles W., lives at Mt. Vernon, had two sons, Albert J., and Edwin, the latter died at the age of 21 years. 2. Emma B., the widow of William B. Kinnard, lives with her father at Mt. Vernon. She has two sons, Clarence and Joseph L. 3. Mary M., married John B. Davis, lives at Croton, Ohio. They have three daughters, Marguerite, Eleanor, and Frances. 4. Sadie May, married George Albert Sunkle, lives at Mt. Vernon.

Mr. DeVault belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Grand Army of the Republic.

Joe Hooker Post, No. 21, Grand Army of the Republic, originally had an enrollment of 554 members. There are 16 remaining in 1931, as follows: Thomas S. Pitkin, sergeant major; William H. Bricker, junior vice commander; Joseph L. DeVault, senior vice commander; Marshall Fairchild, officer of the guard; Smith Gearhart, color sergeant; C. B. Fish, Jacob Lybarger, Lucas G. Mavis, David McFarland, George D. Neal, James Place, John Rockwell, Wilmot Sperry, John F. Stone, and McMichael Young.

Mr. DeVault has been a member of The Church of Christ for the past 20 years.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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