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Devereux Family Papers

Identifier: SpC MS 0139

Scope and Contents

The collection contains papers of various members of the Devereux family of Penobscot, Maine, as well as materials from other residents of Penobscot and Castine, Maine. The papers of Reuben Devereux include an account book, 1868-1873, and various documents listing school accounts. Diaries of his wife Ursula Devereux from 1879-1884 and 1897-1898 are also found in the collection. A few papers from Reuben and Ursula's sons Charles and Mark Devereux are also found here; most notable are letters to Mark Devereux, 1862-1864, from his brother Charles while Charles was serving in the 16th Maine Infantry in Maryland and Virginia. Documents associated with various other individuals are also found in the collection; their relationship to the Devereux family is unclear. Of particular interest is an account book, 1831-1855, of Alfred Hutchings of Penobscot listing amounts owed to Hutchings for goods sold and for services he provided. Also found in the collection are letters from Hollis M. Leach of Penobscot written in 1862 and 1863 to his father and sister describing his service in the 28th Maine Infantry in New York, Florida and Louisiana; and a composition book, 1899, of Frank U. Grindle of Castine.


  • Creation: 1831-1934


Access Restrictions

This collection is kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage area. One week's notice is required for retrieval. Selected digital content is available in the Selected Digital Content Series [and/or] directly through Digital Commons (

Use Restrictions

Rights assessment remains the responsibility of the researcher. No known restrictions on publication. For information about the process and fees for obtaining higher resolution scans or another file format, contact Special Collections.

Biographical Note

Reuben Devereux (1813-1877) was the son of Ralph and Elizabeth Winslow Devereux. A farmer in Penobscot, Maine, he married Ursula H. Lawrence in 1837 and they had five children: Augustus R. (circa 1838-), Sarah E. (circa 1842-), Charles A. (circa 1844-), Mark C. (1851-1937) and Hattie J. (1862-1933) Devereux.

Biographical Note

Alfred Hutchings (1804-1869) was a farmer in Penobscot, Maine. Hollis M. Leach (1839-) was the son of Charles and Mary Bridges Leach and was also a resident of Penobscot. He enlisted in Company I of the 28th Maine Infantry Regiment in 1862.


1 box (17 folders)

Language of Materials



Papers of various members of the Devereux family of Penobscot, Maine, as well as materials from other residents of Penobscot and Castine, Maine.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited by the family in 1971.

Existence and Location of Originals

Originals of photocopied diaries and letters in the Wilson Museum, Castine, Maine.

Guide to the Devereux Family Papers
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States