David Devoe was born on Janurary 3, 1837 to Henry Ira Devoe (B. May 19, 1812,D. Apr 6, 1862) and Sarah V. Winne (B. Nov 6, 1814), D. Nov 13, 1891). He was the oldest of 10 children. He was baptized at the 2nd Reformed Dutch Church by Reverend H. E. Waring. The witnesses were his parents and the record confirms his mother's maiden name.
He attended the district school until sixteen years of age, followed by two terms at Fort Plain (N. Y.)Seminary.
He then followed farming up to the time of the beginning of the war of the Rebellion, with the exception of teaching school one winter. Subsequently he has taught school nineteen winter terms, and has been assessor six years; in politics he is a Democrat.
In 1866 he went on a whaling voyage, and serving ten months left the ship at the Island St. Catharina. Brazil, whence he went to Montevideo, spent ten months between there and Buenos Ayres and Paraguay, and returned thence to New Orleans, arriving at the latter place April 7, 1868, having been gone two years. 
Marriage & Children
|Place of Birth:||Berne|
|Names of Parents:||Henry I. (Devoe) and Sally V. Winnie|
|Term of Enlistment:||3 years|
|Enlistment Date:||7 May 1861|
|Enlistment Place:||Albany, New York |
|State Served:||New York|
|Promotion Date:||not stated|
|Muster Out Date:||28 May 1863|
|Muster Out Place:||Albany, NY|
|Additional Remarks: Enlisted as at the age of 22 to serve 2 years. "Discharged May 27th 1863 P.O. Address East Bern Albany Co N.Y."|
|Sources Used: Ancestry.com, American Civil War Soldiers; 1865 census Berne, Albany Co., NY; Howell, George Rogers, History of the County of Albany, NY from 1609-1886, W. W. Munsell & Co., 1886, page 817; Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York|
Under the first call for 75,000 men he enlisted on the second day after the call in the 18th N.Y.Vols., Colonel Jackson's Regiment. He was engaged in both Bull Run battles, both attacks on Fredericksburg, at South Mountain and Antietam. His father died in April, 1862, and he obtained a furlough to come home, thereby escaping the dangers and privations of the Peninsula campaign, and returned and served his term of enlistment, being corporal when he was discharged.
Additional Research Notes
- 2nd Reformed Dutch Church records, page 19, Bernehistory.org
- Landmarks of Albany County, NY, Edited by Amasa J. Parker, Albany, NY
- Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
- Annual Report of the Adjutant General or the State of New York
- Ancestry Military Databases
- Civil War Pension Records @ Fold3.com