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Source:
Portrait & Biographical Records
of Marion & Hardin Counties, Ohio
Containing Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Prominent
and Representative Citizens of the Counties
 Together with Biographies and Portraits of all the Presidents
of the United States
Chicago:
Chapman Publishing Co.
1895

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  JAMES W. DEVORE, M. D., was for years one of the well known medical practitioners of Marion County.  At the time of his death he owned seen hundred acres of valuable land, and in his home farm there were four hundred acres alone.  His widow is now living there, surrounded by comforts which his care provided.  For upwards of forty years he continued in active practice in this locality, and though he commenced life in poor circumstances he amassed a fortune through earnest and persistent effort.  He was a member of the Masonic order, a friend to education and to all public improvements.  In 1869 he was elected on the Democratic ticket to the State Legislature, and served for four years.  He also held township offices, and was Treasurer for one term.  He was called to his last reward May 25, 1890, and was buried in Claridon Cemetery.
     The paternal grandfather of the Doctor was Porter DeVore, who was of French descent.  His son, Cornelius, father of our subject, was born in Pennsylvania, and on reaching man's estate married Mary Porter, who born him six children.  Sarah, who died in 1884, was the wife of George Hosinger; Jacob departed this life in 1874; Samuel is a resident of Galion; Daniel died in childhood; and Nancy  died in 1892.
     Dr. Devore was born in Knox County, Ohio, near the village of Mt. Vernon, May 25, 1827, and was reared on a farm.  When he was a lad of ten years his parents removed to Morrow County, Ohio, where he grew to manhood.  When fifteen years of age he began learning the potter's trade, at which he was employed for a year.  He then continued his studies for about two years, after which he took up medicine under the instruction of Drs. McWright and Geller, at Mt. Gilead.  Going to Cincinnati, the young man took a two years course at the Eclectic Medical College, from which institution he graduated in 1850.  Not long afterward he settled in this township, where he practiced the remainder of his life and met with success in every way.  He settled on and improved a tract of wild land, which is now one of the finest farms in the county.
     April 10, 1850, Dr. Devore married Alice M., daughter of Lewis and Elizabeth (Kimball) Martin.  Mrs. Devore was born in the Keystone State, Oct. 27, 831.  Her eldest child, Minnie J., was married, Nov. 18, 1874, to Melvin Aye, and has two children: Lillie, born Nov. 17, 1876, and Gertrude L., July 10, 883.  Mr. Aye owns a farm, but resides in Marion.  Julia, a second daughter, died in 1856.  Floy L. is matron in the Girls' Industrial Home School of Delaware, Ohio.  Martha E. and Minerva V. live at home; and Mary E., the youngest, married, Oct. 24, 1894, to George E. Hailey, an attorney-at-law of Chicago.  The family have long been numbered among the most honored and respected ones of the township, where they have hosts of friends.
order, a friend to education and to all public improvements.  In 1869 he was elected on the Democratic ticket to the State Legislature, and served for four years.  He also held township offices, and was Treasurer for one term.  He was called to his last reward May 25, 1890, and was buried in Claridon Cemetery.
Source: Portrait & Biographical Records of Marion & Hardin Counties, Ohio - 1895 - Page 314

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