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John N. Devore, D. D. S., is one of the leading dentists of Bethany, W. Va. Dr. Devore was born March 26, 1848, on Wheeling creek, Ohio county, W. Va. His parents were John and Mary A. (Bright) Devore, who had but the one child, John N. John Devore, Sr., was born in Belmont county, Ohio, and his wife was also a native of that county. Until the breaking out of the war of the rebellion Dr. Devore lived upon the paternal farm; he enlisted in the Union service, Company A, Twelfth West Virginia infantry, August 7, 1862 and remained in the patriotic ranks until the close of the war, having been honorably discharged June 16, 1865. The more important battles in which he engaged were those of Winchester, Hunter's Raid, O'Pecon (Opequan), and he was also in the famous battle which Sheridan won by his gallant ride. Having been transferred to the army of the James, then in front of Richmond, the valliant young soldier took an active part in the advance on Hatcher's Run, which occurred from March 26th to April 1st, was also a participant in the charge on Fort Gregg. Afterward being present at Lee's surrender, going from here to Richmond, where he was discharged. Dr. Devore left the service holding the position of corporal. After his return home he was engaged in study for several years, and has now been practicing his profession for thirteen years, having met with much success. He was married in 1878, to Anna M. Belle, by whom he had three children, two of them now dead. His wife died in 1884, in March. His marriage to Agnes Gibson was solemnized September 22, 1885. Mrs. Devore is the daughter of Robert and Mayron Gibson. This second marriage has resulted in the birth of three children: Mayron G., Gibson McCook and Colley Emerson - all living. Dr. Devore is a communicant of the Methodist Episcopal church, and his wife of the Disciples church. He is also a member of the Masonic and I. O. O. F. fraternities, and a staunch republican.

From History of the Upper Ohio Valley, Vol. I, page 611. Brant & Fuller, 1890.

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.