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Descendants of Thomas Gannon
4. LULU BELLE4 CRAVENS (ELNORA3 GANNON, HARRIS2, THOMAS1) was born
September 14, 1884 in Richwoods, Ill., and died January 25, 1920 in Palestine, Ill.. She
married NOAH MONROE DEVORE October 09, 1900 in Knox Co. Ind., son of WILLIAM DEVORE and ? ???. He was
born July 08, 1872 in Oaktown, Ind., and died May 05, 1947 in Palestine, Ill..
Notes for LULU BELLE CRAVENS:
Lulu's mother (Elnora Gannon Craves) had already filed for divorce from her father long
before Lulu was born. I can't find a final decree anywhere, however, so the divorce may
have never been finalized. Lulu's birth certificate, however, just has a dash drawn thru
where the father's name should be. Lulu claimed Jesse as her father, however, in her
marriage return. Lulu was listed as the third child born to Elanora, probably her older
sister who died young being one of her predecessor. Andrew Jackson Cravens (her brother
Jack) wasn't even born yet.
I have been told that Lulu was "short and rather heavy". The only picture that I
have doesn't really show it, but it would fit with Noah being so short. She died shortly
after the birth of her sixth child from uremic poisoning (kidney failure) that was a
result of the birth of her 6th child. She was said to have been related in some way to the
"Kimberlin's" of Crawford Co. but I suspect that is because her brother Andrew
Jackson Cravens married Ola Kimberlin. However, there may be other connections.
In Lulu's obit it is stated " She united with the M.E. church at Green Hill at the
age of 15 years." she died from uremic poisoning less than a year after her sixth
child Leona was born. She was 35 years, 3 months and 11 days old when she died.
More About LULU BELLE CRAVENS:
Burial: Palestine City Cemetary, Palestine ILL
Cause of Death: Acute nephritis & uremic poisoning
Medical Information: she was sick for 12 days--perhaps following child birth (?)
Notes for NOAH MONROE DEVORE:
The mystery began I think with our great grandfather Noah Monroe DeVore. He told his
children that he left home when he was about 13 because his "stepmother was so
mean"!! Thanks to various birth, marriage and census records we have this family as I
have outlined her. Noah's father was William Henry DeVore. The first wife of William Henry
DeVore, and mother of John William and Noah Monroe DeVore, is currently a deep and
frustrating mystery. Noah is known, for sure to have had a brother John, whose life I've
partly pieced together. John and Noah's death certificates both list Nancy Funk as their
mother, but since I know she was their step-mother, I can't help but wonder if they even
knew their real mother's name. I wouldn't be surprized if she died in childbirth with Noah
Noah and his brother John are still missing from the 1880 Census. Noah would have been
about 8 and John about 12!! Were they with other family somewhere?? There was a James and
Henry in the original 1880 Census with William and Nancy that I can't place as belonging
to either of them. could this be Noah and John with the wrong names and ages? Noah always
gave his kids the impression that he grew up in Hymera, Sullivan Co., Indiana. Most of
them thought he was born there. Per his obit, John spent most of his life in Sullivan Co.
Who did Noah live with? In a letter from Elisabeth Ann (Noah's daughter) she says that she
thought that Noah grew up around Russellville, Ill. That's where Noah's step-mother's
(Nancy funk Wilber DeVore) family were mostly living. did he live with them? Who was Pearl
Wheatley from Champaign Co., Ill. who is listed as Noah's sister (step-sister on some) in
his obits? Too many mysteries!!
Noah was almost 30 and Lulu Belle Cravens barely 16 when they married. It's actually hard
to figure out how they may have met. Lulu had an older sister married in Sullivan Co. IN
and a brother (Jack) born there. There seems to have been a lot of coming and going across
and up and down the river back then!! They could have met through her father and his step
mother being first cousins!! Anyway, they married at the Knox Co Courthouse in Vincennes
on October 9, 1900 and went back to Oaktown in Knox Co IN for a while to live. Their first
born son Pearl Elisha DeVore (father of James Noah DeVore) was born there exactly to the
day one year later. Altogether they had six children. Eight years after Lulu Belle died he
married a 2nd time to Cora Bingaman and had 4 more children. He and Cora also raised her
two daughters from a previous marriage for a total of 10.
James Noah, (my Dad) Noah's grandson and namesake, remembered him as county road
commissioner for several years. He said he was the"old fashioned baby kissing
kind" of politician. He also remembered the Cora and Noah household as a fun place to
be. He said that Cora was a wonderful cook and could feed large numbers of people with
almost nothing to work with. He said she was always jovial and fun and knew how to make
everyone feel welcome.
Noah was a very small man in stature. He was under 5' tall and not of big build (that
seems to have some from the Cravens side). He told his children that he didn't want to
dwell on the past, however his wife Cora or his oldest son Pearl, had been told Noah's
father and step-mother's names and his believed place of birth. Upon occasion he referred
to himself as a "flannel mouthed Irishman". I can't help but wonder if his real
mother was Irish.
More About NOAH MONROE DEVORE:
Burial: Palestine City Cemetary, Palestine ILL
Cause of Death: Myocarditis Chronic
Medical Information: Myocarditis for 2 years per death certificate
More About NOAH DEVORE and LULU CRAVENS:
Marriage: October 09, 1900, Knox Co. Ind.
Children of LULU CRAVENS and NOAH DEVORE are:
||PEARL ELISHA5 DEVORE, b. October 09, 1901, Oaktown, Ind.; d. February 18,
1956, Newton, Ill..
||NORA M. DEVORE, b. Abt.
1902; d. Unknown.
||WILLIAM EARL DEVORE, b.
September 10, 1904, near Richwoods, Crawford Co., Ill.; d. Unknown.
||OPALINE TURL DEVORE, b. July
02, 1911; d. Unknown.
||BEARL ORVILLE DEVORE, b.
February 20, 1907, Richwoods, Crawford Co., Ill.; d. Unknown, Michigan.
||LEONA VERLE DEVORE, b.
February 22, 1919, Lamotte Twp., Crawford Co., Ill.; d. Unknown, unknown.