If you believe all of the stories and “published” evidence for the William (b:c1752 d:1810) and Martha Devin family, they had to be the most traveled family of their time. To date, I have read or heard stories that seem to suggest this family moved every few years; most of the stories do not have any supporting evidence. In my humble opinion and research, (plus a little common sense) shows this family probably never left Pittsylvania county Virginia after arriving there sometime before 1767.
- One story out the Devin Family manuscript, compiled by Dessa Hoffstetter, says William Devin and family went to Kentucky sometime between 1785 and 1787. So far, no evidence has been found to support this family story. In fact, documents show William was probably in Pittsylvania County during this time.
- William received his final military pay in August 1785.
- William is on the Pittsylvania tax list for 1785.
- He did not receive his bounty land warrant until 1788. Such land warrants were for land in Kentucky, but William got his warrant after he supposedly came back from Kentucky. Co-incidentally, William’s younger brother received a land grant for 200 acres in Kentucky when he went to Warren County KY in 1799, which is exactly the same acreage William was authorized in his military land warrant (no proof that William assigned it to Alexander, though).
- The William Devine documented to be in Kentucky in the 1785-1787 time frame appears to be the William Devin from the Maryland Continental Line in the Revolutionary war.
If you put all of the places where William and Martha Devin were supposed to have lived on a timeline, I would say that the references to a William Devin in the places other than Pittsylvania County are for men with a similar name or just wishful thinking.