My Devine Ancestors

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The Devine Family 

A number of Devine cousins have researched this family, and the following are details of five sources.


Betty E Duns - book

The family tree of Philip Devine c1761-1821 & Ann Doyle c1769-1822 and their children

Published by Betty in 1989 in Port Lincoln, South Australia

Note - In this book Betty states that Rosetta Pierson (sic) the wife of Edward Devine, son of Philip and Ann above, was the daughter of William Eggleton (arrived First Fleet ship Alexander, 1788) and Mary Dickenson (arrived First Fleet ship Lady Penryhn, 1788), this is incorrect, click here.


Jess Devine

Research by Jess was published as a Bicentennial Feature in 52 articles in the Warwick Dailey News from the middle of 1987 to February 1988. Most are about the early history of white settlement in Sydney. Known specific articles relating to the Devine family in this series are

Number 44 - 15 January 1988
Number 46 - 20 January 1988
Number 47 - 21 January 1988
No number - 27 January 1988   
Number 50 - 2 February 1988
Number 51 - 9 February 1988

There could be others


Louise Wilson - book

Southwark Luck - the story of Charles Homer Martin, Ann Forrester and their children

Published by Louise in 2012 in South Melbourne, Victoria

Particular references to the Devine family as a result of Elizabeth Ann Martin 1824-1920 marrying in 1844 to Philip Devine

pages 157 - 176 - The life story of Elizabeth and Philip and some details about their children.

pages 319-320 - Devine births, deaths and marriage details


Fellowship of First Fleeters website - Philip Devine

Ann Doyle

Extract from book - The Second Fleet by Michael Flynn, Sydney, 1993, page 251

Ann Doyle (c1770-1822)

Ann Doyle and Ann Poor were sentenced to death at the Maidstone, Kent Lent Assizes of 1787 for a burglary at East Greenwich in which a pair of sheets and a bundle of clothing and linen had been stolen. On 17 April 1787 they were reprieved to transportation for seven years on 4 April 1789 Doyle, aged 18, was embarked on the Lady Juliana which sailed from the Thames on 4 June.

On 1 August 1790, eight weeks after landing, Doyle was among 194 convicts, mostly women, sent to Norfolk Island on the Surprize, arriving a week later. She bore four children on the island: Sarah (1791), Rebecca (1794), Edward (1796) and Thomas (1798). A surviving baptismal record names the father of Thomas as the First Fleet Convict Philip Devine (alias Thomas Hilton Tennant) C1760-1821, tried Essex). He was probably also the father of the elder children (but no baptismal records survive to give an indication of their paternity). The couple separated some time after 1798 and before 1805, when Devine sailed for Sydney and joined the expedition to settle Port Dalrymple, Van Diemens Land. He took with him one of his sons (probable Edward), and had returned to New South Wales by 1806. Ann retained the custody of the three remaining children. She was living with a constable, William Parsons (Salamander 1791, tried Old Bailey) when they were among the settlers transferred from Norfolk Island to Van Diemens Land on the City of Edinburgh in September 1808. Three children went with them. The couple married at Hobart on 3 June 1812 and Ann died there on 6 August 1822; her burial at St Davids Cemetery, Hobart was registered on the 9th. Parsons was buried with her in June 1826.

Also see Australian Royalty website

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