|My paternal grandmother was Mary Dolores Devlin Oliver. Mary (Mame) was the daughter of Thomas Francis Devlin and Catherine Evans. Thomas and Catherine lived in the Oregon section of Pittson on Tompkins Street.
Mary married Robert Patrick Oliver of Laflin, son of James Oliver and Annie Durkin Oliver. Mary and Robert lived their entire married live in Laflin, raising 7 children.
|Mary Dolores (Mame) Devlin Oliver|
|Mary's father(my greatgrandfather) , Thomas F. Devlin, was the son of Thomas F. Devlin and Hannah Harkins. Thomas F. Devlin Sr. was born in Ottawa Canada December 24, 1831, the son of Irish Immigrants Thomas F. Devlin and Ellen Dugnon. The Devlins immigrated from County Kilkenny, Ireland. Devlins in Ireland were traditionally from the County Tyrone area. Perhaps the family lost its home in the north during the troubles at the end of the 18th century and moved south to Kilkenny.
Thomas Sr. and Jr. were hoisting engineers for the railroad run by the Pennsylvania Coal Company. My Dad tells the story of running in the afternoon with this brothers and sisters to see their grandfather Thomas Jr. go by on the train - their grandfather would wave to them as he went by.
Thomas Jr. was a very quiet man. His wife Catherine Evans died at an early age leaving him with 6 children:
Joseph, George, Alice (Langan) Teresa (Ruane), Mary (Oliver) and Esther (Horan).
Hannah Harkins Devlin was born in Summit Hill (Mauch Chunk), Carbon County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Patrick Harkins and Mary O'Boyle - both of whom were born in Ireland. Hannah had a brother James Harkins.
|OBITUARY OF THOMAS DEVLIN, SR.
Wilkes Barre Record, Monday, February 14, 1921, Page 21 “Pittston”
Death of Nonogenarian
Thomas Devlin, Sr., a highly respected citizen, passed away in the fullness of years at the family home in Port Blanchard on Saturday evening at 7:30 of general debility. Six months ago he was stricken with illness and since he had gradually failed. Mr. Devlin was born in Ottawa, Canada, Dec. 24, 1831, and at the time of his death he was in his ninetieth year. At an early age he came to Carbondale, where he received his education. Upon reaching manhood’s estate he came to Pittston and took up his residence at Port Blanchard. He married Miss Hannah Harkins on October 15, 1852. He was a kind and loving husband and father, gifted with a pleasing disposition, and was one of the foremost citizens in the community. He was employed by the Pennsylvania Coal Co. continuously for fifty-nine years and eleven years ago retired to private life. Mr. Devlin leaves a wife and the following children: James of Dushore, Thomas F., Jr.., George and Mrs. Joseph Pascoe of this city. A requiem high mass will be held at St. Mark’s R. C. Church, Inkerman, Tuesday morning, with internment in St. John’s Cemetery
HANNAH HARKINS DEVLIN
Wilkes Barre Record, Saturday, August 5, 1922, Page 23 “Pittston”
Death of 89 Years
Mrs. Hannah Devlin, one of Pittston’s pioneer residents, died yesterday afternoon at 2:30 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Pascoe, 68 Plank Street, at the age of 89 years. Up until the time of her death (she) was in fairly good health. She returned on Wednesday after an extended visit with her son James Devlin at Dushore. Yesterday she complained of a slight cold and the doctor said there was nothing alarming in her condition, and no more was thought about it. But around about dinner time a sudden (turn) for the worse set in and (she) passed away.
Mrs. Devlin was a native of Summit Hill, Carbon County. Her late husband, Thomas Devlin, died a year and a half ago. For many years the Devlin family resided at Port Blanchard where they first settled. Her late husband was a trustworthy engineer for the Pennsylvania Coal (Co.) until advanced age made him retire.
Mrs. Devlin was a devoted Catholic, a member of St. John’s R.C. Church. She was a kind neighbor and many friends mourn her death. The children who survive are James of Dushore, Thomas of Oregon, George of Plank Street and Mrs. Joseph Pascoe with whom she resided since the death of her husband. The time of funeral is not announced.
Wilkes Barre Record, Tuesday, August 8, 1922, Page 19 “Pittston”
Funeral of Mrs. Devlin
Many people were in attendance at the funeral of the late Mrs. Thomas Devlin, a pioneer resident of this place, which was held from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Pascoe, of Plank Street, yesterday morning at 9 o’clock. Hundreds of friends of the deceased were in attendance and many floral tokens were in evidence. At 9:30 o’clock a solemn high mass was sung over the remains in St. John’s R.C. Church by Rev. Dr. Winters, celebrant; Rev. T. C. Whyte, deacon, and Rev. H. F. Reap, subdeacon. Internment was in St. John’s Cemetery. The pall bearers were Thomas, George, Joseph and George Devlin, Boyd Hopkins (Harkins) and Michael Ford.