The McDevitt sept in Ireland was founded by one David O'Doherty [d.1208], who was a chief of Cenel Eoghain. The name has been common in Donegal, and in adjoining areas of Tyrone and Derry in Northern Ireland. It is significant to note that the name remained localized in theis area alone, and is not widespread elsewhere in Ireland. To this day McDevitt remains a name of Donegal, with the name being found here in the 1890 index. as well as in Tyrone and Londonderry.
Note the townland name of Ballydevitt in the barony of Banogh, Co. Donegal, and another of the same name in Derry. Without the "Mc" prefix, spelled as Devitt, the name was found in Clare and Dublin in the 1890 index.
These locations are distinct from those found with the "Mc" prefix. In Milesian families the name is also listed as a Norman one, arriving in 1171 and settling in Cork. Limerick, and Galway.
Dr. James MacDevitt, [1832-1879], who was the Bishop of Raphoe and author of "The Donegal Highlands."
McDade, McDaid etc... is said to have come from MacDaibheid, meaning son of David. It is essentially considered a name of Ulster in Counties Donegal and Derry. The name can also be found as MacDavitt, MacDevitt and Davison.
According to one account the McDade family can be traced back to David O'Doherty [d.1208], chief of Cinel Eoghain.
Milesian families gives the name in Limerick and Galway in 1171, and of Norman origin spelled as McDade. Spelled as McDaid the same source gives the family in Limerick, Galway and Donegal, with the same origins.
The birth index show the family in Donegal, Londonderry, and Tyrone in more modern times.
Source: "The Book of Irish Families Great and Small" --@1992 -Michael C. O'Laughlin -The Irish Genealogical Foundation ISBN 0-940134-08-X
|Norah Devitt McGrail|
City Directory, 1890
Gopsill's Philadelphia City Directory for 1890.
Philadelphia: James Gopsill's Sons, 1891.
|Devitt Abraham L.||hardware||801 S 2d|
|Devitt Annie||boarding||1033 Buttonwood|
|Devitt Barbara E.||wid John||(h) 801 S 2d|
(Menke & Devitt)
|(h )1915 N 7th|
|Devitt Charles W.
(William Devitt & Son)
|(h) 1446 N 12th|
|Devitt Frank||machinist||(h) 1033 Buttonwood|
|Devitt Hannah||wid Philip||(h) 1857 Memphis|
|Devitt Henry B.||hardware||766 S 2d|
|Devitt Hugh||watchman||(h) 1741 Christian|
|Devitt Hugh||watchman||(h) 1706 Race|
|Devitt James||cooper||(h) 2419 Christian|
|Devitt James H.||gardener||(h) 4677 Wash'n, Myk|
|Devitt James J.||fireman||(h) 709 S 11th|
|Devitt John||laborer||(h) 2525 Tilton|
|Devitt John||weaver||(h) 2922 Boudinot|
|Devitt Joseph||machinist||(h) 1033 Buttonwood|
|Devitt Joseph||machinist||(h) 2719 Orkney|
|Devitt Joseph A.||driver||(h) 626 S 26th|
|Devitt Lenton P.||(h) 1106 Jackson|
|Devitt Paul J.||furng||(h) 1107 S 2d|
(William Devitt & Son)
|(h) 2130 N 12th|
|Devitt William||boxmkr||(h) 4677 Wash'n, Myk|
|Devitt William||dryer||(h) 4677 Wash'n, Myk|
|Devitt William & Son
(William & Charles W.)
|Menke & Devitt
(Henry Menke & Barnabas Devitt)
Griffith's Primary Valuation
Devitts in Inishmagrath Parish
Anne Devitt- Drumkeeran
Dominick Devitt- Derrinweer
Dominick Devitt- Knockacosan
James Devitt- Corchuill Lower
Martin Devitt- Knockacosan
Peter Devitt- Corchuill Lower
Terence Devitt- Derrinweer
Terence Devitt- Drumkeeran
Terence Devitt- Knockacosan
Terence, Devitt Jr.- Derrinweer
Terence, Devitt Jr.- Drumkeeran
NAME # OF FAMILIES
NAMES # OF FAMILIES
ASSORTED BIRTH RECORDS
(Co. Letrim LDS/FHC miscrofisched records)
|Ann Devitt||1860's||Martin Devitt and Bridget Ford.||Drumkeeran|
|Bridget Devitt||1860's||Patrick Devitt and Jane McMorrow||Drumkeeran|
|Bridget Devitt||1860's||William Devitt and Catherine McPartland||Drumkeeran|
|James Devitt||1860's||James Devitt and Ellen Woods||Drumkeeran|
|Mary Devitt||1860's||William Devitt and Catherine McPartlan||Drumkeeran|
|Mary Devitt||1860's||James Devitt and Ellen Woods||Drumkeeran|
|Michael Devitt||1860's||Martin Devitt and Bridget Ford||Drumkeeran|
|Terence Devitt||1860's||Michael Devitt and Fanny Campbell (or Magauran)||Drumkeeran|
|Thomas Devitt||1860's||Dominik Devitt and Mary McAniffe||Drumkeeran|
|Thomas Dennery||July 28, 1867||John Dennery and Ann Devitt||Drumkeeran|
|William Devitt||1860's||Martin Devitt and Bridget Ford||Drumkeeran|
The Union and Advertiser
Hugh Devitt died at 10:45 o'clock this morning
at his home, 154 South
Fitzhugh street, aged 62 years. He had been in failing health since
February last, suffering from liver enlargement. Several attacks of
illness confined him to his house temporarily. The last time he was
able to walk out was a week ago last Saturday.
"The deceased was born in County Leitrim, Ireland, and
came to America
in 1863, settling in Rochester the following year. Since that time he
had always resided in the Third ward. In 1869 he engaged in the
restaurant business at the corner of Exchange and Spring streets, where
he remained up to the time of his death. His business was successful
and he acquired an easy competence. He owned considerable real estate.
While Mr. Devitt never sought or accepted public office
of any kind, he
was always active, as a Democrat............Deceased was an intimate
friend of many prominent local Democrats.
Mr. Devitt was married three times. By his second wife
he had one
daughter, now 13 years of age, who survives. A brother and sister in
Ireland and a nephew and niece in this city also survive. The funeral
will take place Friday morning at the Immaculate Conception Church."
Prisoner #- ? Name-DEVITT John
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