Joseph DEVALSKA: Birth: 5 MAR 1887. Death: 1888
Title: Certificate of Death
Text: Death Certificates
Title: Find A Grave
Title: Registration of Marriages
Title: Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930
Note: N26 Jacob Devalska/Devielski/Develski resided in Ashland, WI with first wife Anna Soder from whom my mother’s family is descended. He had children by a second wife, Sophie Colbo, who he married in 1903, after first wife Anna died in 1901. As of 1903 he listed his occupation as saloon keeper. - My mother Virginia and my aunt Minerva visited them in the late 1920's and they had a young baby at that time. - Jacob's grandaughter Evangelina Basquette says her mother Mary DeValska Turcotte accepted her father's new wife. She told me some of the family lived in the area of Mellen, Wisc. on Hwy 13.
Walter Develski (Jacob's Grandson through second wife Sophie) was about 4 years old when Jacob died and recalls that Jacob's casket was brought home. He says Jacob died of prostate cancer and his impressions from his father and other family is that Jacob was a mean and "crabby" guy, a hardass who worked his kids very hard and most of the family left home early. Also, as for his business, he says Jacob ran two "blind pigs" - he had a tavern/whorehouse in Stetsonville, WI and one in Medford, WI. He was a pretty wealthy guy which was evidenced by the fact he had a carriage and a driver. Jacob had a brother-in-law who was a bookkeeper for Jacob and is said to have stolen money and ran off with it.
Jacob came to the U.S. in 1869 and first settled in St. Joseph, MO where he had a brother (name unknown). He then moved to Duluth, MN and later Rib Lake, WI (where Walter, Sr. was born) and then later moved to Mellen, WI. He worked at a tannery in Mellen and had 2 houses there, which are now gone. It is believed he was made a US citizen in Duluth, MN. - He kept a family bible with family info which is believed to still be in the Develski family, possibly with the Karrow family.
Jacob's death certificate stated he was 86 years 4 months and 28 days old at the time of his death in 1937. By my calculations, and if that info was true, his birthdate would have been approx. July 26, 1851. __________
Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930:
groom's name: Jacob Devielski groom's birthplace: Radlof, Germany bride's name: Sophia Colbo bride's birthplace: Walrath Co, Wisconsin marriage date: 24 Mar 1903 marriage place: Little Black, Taylor, Wisconsin groom's father's name: Wm Devielski groom's mother's name: Mary Devielski bride's father's name: William Colbo bride's mother's name: Christine Colbo groom's race: White
indexing project (batch) number: M00345-5 system origin: Wisconsin-EASy source film number: 1275574 reference number: P 269 # 18 ___________
United States Census, 1920 for Jacob Develski: For occupation, shows he worked as a Yardman at the Sawmill
name: Jacob Develski residence: , Ashland, Wisconsin estimated birth year: 1865 age: 55 birthplace: Germany relationship to head of household: Self gender: Male race: White marital status: Married father's birthplace: Germany mother's birthplace: Germany film number: 1821975 digital folder number: 4390435 image number: 00985 sheet number: 19 _______________________________
Info from findagrave.com:
Jacob J. Develski Birth: 1851 Death: 1937 Burial: Mellen Union Cemetery, Mellen, Ashland County, Wisconsin, USA Created by: Paul Wilcox Record added: Jan 08, 2006 Find A Grave Memorial# 12935870
Note: Prostate cancer
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