Descendants of 'unknown' DEVINE (to contribute information, please email

First Generation

1. 'unknown' DEVINE was born in abt 1760s in probably Co. Kerry. He died in probably Co. Kerry.

We are assuming that 'unknown' above was born in Co. Kerry because his two sons (that we know of) were born in Kerry, although we do not know exactly where. There is a possibility the Devines may have come from the Dingle area, due to a connection with the Husseys, another family being researched. Family lore has it that our Hussey family, a member of which married a granddaughter of 'unknown', emigrated to London from Dingle in the 19th century, but all the evidence points to the Husseys having come from Casteisland, Co. Kerry. The Devines and Husseys are the only branches of my husband's family tree, that we know of, that originate in Co. Kerry, so could the Dingle connection, if one does exist, have come from the Devine rather than the Hussey family?

The Devine surname is most common in Ulster, North Leinster and Connaught. The name is derived from the Irish "Ó Daimhín" which was the name of a sept in Co. Fermanagh. Some Devines in the southern part of the country have their origins in the Irish "Ó Dubháin" family  whose name comes from the Irish word "dubh" meaning dark or black. Other surnames derived from Ó Dubháin include Devane, Dwane, Duane and Downes. From my own research, the Devine surname does not appear to have been too common in Kerry in the 19th century, with only two occupiers by the name of Devine listed for the whole of the county in Griffith's Valuation (1847-1864); one was a James Devine from Killarney and the other was an Owen Devine from the townland of Balynorig East in the parish of Kilmoyley (north of Tralee). However, a search for Devines in Co. Kerry on the message boards of in October 2006 yielded 52 postings, one quarter of which had a reference to the Dingle peninsula.

'unknown' married 'UNKNOWN'. 'UNKNOWN' died.

They had the following children.

  2 M i
John DEVINE was born about 1790 in Co. Kerry. He died on 30 Aug 1859 in Kensington Workhouse, London.

According to the 1851 census of England, John was a widower and shoemaker. He is listed with members of the household of his brother Michael, indicating that he may have been living at the time with Michael and his family (at 2 Market Court in Kensington). Michael died in June 1851 and it seems that sometime between then and John's own death in 1877 John had to move into Kensington Workhouse where he died, aged 70. According to his death certificate he was a "working shoemaker" and the cause of death was what looks like "chronic dyspepsia". That John was probably living with his brother and later living in a workhouse possibly indicates that there were no children from the marriage or any children had died young.
John married 'UNKNOWN'. 'UNKNOWN' died before 1852.
+ 3 M ii Michael DEVINE was born about 1797. He died on 28 Jun 1851.

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