DeVan Family History and Genealogy

Family Photos

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Many of the photos on this page were found in Florence DeVan's collection.
Others were contributed by Cousin Louella, and a few are from my own collection.

1980 to present...

Lunch at the Hamberguesa in Old Town San Diego:
L-R: Ric, Colleen, Beverly, Richard, Jean, Louella, Audrey, & Florence.

Florence DeVan in Baja Mexico 1988

Florence, Bev, Jean, Colleen, Richard at Pt. Loma in 1988.

Louella, Florence, & Audrey circa 1988.

Florence DeVan and Lawrence Welk Statue

Reta Stacey, Florence DeVan, Mary Ann Rhoads, Audrey Lloyd,
Fern Jones, Jean Bevins, & Celia Preston

Harold Rhoads, Audrey Lloyd, Mary Ann Rhoads, & Jean Bevins.

Roy Giddings Jr., the master chef.

Roy Giddings Jr. & Marie Clarke.

Front row: Audrey, Reta, Fern; back ro: Florence, Roy, Celia.

Celia Preston, Jean Bevins, Fern Jones, Harold Rhoads,
Audrey Lloyd, Reta Stacey.

Celia Preston, Jean Bevins, Alyce Rogers, Audrey Lloyd.

Celia Preston at Bev's cabin in PA.

Florence DeVan & Sally (Knapp) Dodge.

Front row: Bill Kern, Bev, & Louella.
Back row: Florence, Audrey, Richard, & Jean

Reta, Jean, Audrey, & Florence.

Kenny & Audrey Lloyd, 50th wedding anniversary, March 1999.

Alyce Rogers, Audrey Lloyd, & Jean Bevins.

Reta Stacey & daughter Donna.

Lonnie Preston, Celia Preston, Reta Stacey, & Cecil Spade, July 2000.

Bev's Ice Cream Girls, L - R: Unidentified, Unidentified, Bev Lomas,
Audrey Lloyd, Florence DeVan, & Louella Kern.

Audrey Lloyd dressed as clown for opening of Bev's Ice Cream store.

Clown Reta Stacey at opening of Bev's Dairyland-1985.

Clown Florence DeVan at opening of Bev's Dairyland- 1985.

Standing; Harold & Maryann Rhoads and Marie Clarke, May 1987.
Others are unidentified.

Marie Clarke (in blue dress) and Celia Preston (playing guitar), May 1987.
Others are unidentified.

L-R: Lisa (Davidson), Ralph (Butch) Ramey, Sally (Knapp) Dodge,
Penny (DeVan) Cruz, Pat Ramey, & Francis Ramey.

Bev Lomas on old ship (Star of India?).

Prior to 1980...

Florence Giddings at Giddings House circa 1940

Florence (Giddings) DeVan circa 1950

Audrey and Florence circa 1940

Audrey and Florence circa 1950s

Rickey DeVan circa 1950

Terry DeVan school photo

Penny DeVan circa 1953

Danny DeVan school photo circa 1954

Jenny DeVan circa 1955

Wendy DeVan circa 1955

Dawn DeVan school photo

Christy DeVan school photos, 1972-73 & 73-74

Audrey & Rickey circa 1942

Danny DeVan at Giddings' House circa 1948

Rickey DeVan at Rock Creek House circa 1942


Louella Lyon graduation photo 1949

Beverly Lyon graduation photo circa 1951

Audrey Lloyd, June 1950.

Four generations: Louella (Lyon) Kern, her mother Audrey,
Grandmother Sarah Giddings, and Great Grandmother Myrtle Weeks

Beverly with her father Claude Lyon.

Louella Kern & Uncle Galen Preston - 1950.

Galen Preston (Celia's husband) - 1950.

James (Bud) and Betty Williams, Jean's children

Rickey, Terry, Penny, & Danny pose in front of Dad's new "Hotrod." Autumn 1950.

Danny DeVan circa 1949.

Danny DeVan circa 1955

Danny DeVan in front of Hotrod, and looking mean

Harold Rhoads, date unknown.

Harold Rhoads & Grandma Sarah Giddings, circa 1955.
Is that Jennie trying to sneak into the photo?

Christmas 1956. Front: Jennie & Dawn. Back: Penny, Wendy, & Terry

Roy Giddings, Sr. prepared for fishing, but dressed for church.

Charles Giddings (Roy Giddings Sr's father).

Charles Giddings & his granddaughter Celia circa 1925.

Roy Giddings, Jr. circa 1930

Roy Giddings Jr circa 1940s.

Charles Eugene (Chuckie) Giddings, early 1940s.

Chuckie Giddings, early 1940s.

Chuckie Giddings, late 1940s-early '50s.

Chuckie & dog, circa 1938-39.

Chuckie Giddings, circa 1937-38.

Sarah Giddings and Linda, Ryan, Sharon, & Roy III; children of Roy Jr. & Gloria Giddings.

Florence, Roy, Sr., & Celia Giddings circa 1927

Roy Giddings Sr. & Audrey Rhoads circa mid 1920s

Audrey Rhoads on horse named Teddy, Cedar Street 1935.

Audrey & Jean dressed as a couple for a costume party.
No one would believe that Jean was really a woman.

Florence Giddings circa 1927

With the cowgirl boots, hat, & guitar, that HAS to be Celia Giddings.

Ralph & Florence DeVan at Rock Creek House, April 1944.

Bottom to top: Rickey DeVan, Roy Giddings Jr.,
Dick Williams (cousin), Ralph DeVan,
Unknown (possibly George Fuller), circa 1946.

Ralph & Florence's wedding photo, October 4, 1940.

Florence & Ralph, Terry & Rickey 1944.

Ralph DeVan is in there somewhere; I challenge you to find him (and let me know).

The photo is signed "1930-1931; Sincerely, Miss Brinnerman."
This is Ralph DeVan's 2nd grade teacher.

Sarah Giddings & Florence DeVan, 1960.

Sisters Sarah Giddings & Kate Spade.

Kate & Sarah and their father Dan Weeks.

Dan Weeks & his daughter Sarah tending bees.

Grandma Sarah and Grandpa Roy Giddings and their house at 212 N. Cedar Street
before moving to Padanarum Road in the early 1940s.

Front of Giddings home on Cedar Street. Date unknown.

The Giddings family circa 1925-26.

The Giddings home on Padanarum Road in winter, early 1040s.

Roy Giddings, Sr.

Roy Sr and Sarah Giddings.

Roy Sr and Sarah Giddings, and the pet raccoon.

Roy Giddings Sr. at Padanarum Road, 1950s.

Roy Giddings Sr. in PJs at Padanarum Road, 1950s.

Sarah (Weeks) Rhoads circa 1920.

Sarah (Weeks) Rhoads in the 20s.

Audrey (Rhoads) Lyon & Louella, circa 1930-31.

Claude Lyon & Louella in his new 1931 Model A Ford.

Five generations, 1931: Baby Louella, Audrey Lyon (mother), Sarah Giddings (grandmother),
Myrtle Weeks (gr-grandmother), & William Hutchins (gr-gr-grandfather).

Five more generations:
Baby Keith Kern, Myrtle Weeks (gr-gr-grandmother), Sarah Giddings (gr-grandmother),
Audrey Lloyd (grandmother) & Louella Kern (mother).

Motley looking bunch. L - R: Terry DeVan, Donna (King) Knapp, Danny DeVan,
Sally (King) Knapp, Sally Ramey, Rickey DeVan, & the dog Spot
at Giddings house on Padanarum Road.

More motley bunch. L - R: Sally Knapp, Jenny DeVan, Donna Knapp,
Penny DeVan, & Wendy DeVan.

Penny DeVan playing with the dog. Donna Knapp in the plane; Sally Knapp on the right. Circa 1948.

Donna & Sally Knapp, Penny DeVan-1947-48.

Front row, L-R: Danny DeVan, Lonnie Preston, Sally Ramey.
Back row, L-R: Terry DeVan, Donna & Sally Knapp, Rickey DeVan, circa 1950.

Terry, Danny, & Rickey DeVan, circa 1950.

L-R: Rickey DeVan, Unknown (Sally Knapp?), Terry DeVan, Unknown (Donna Knapp?),
Unknown, Lonnie Preston, circa 1950.

L-R: Sally & Donna Knapp, Sally Ramey, & Penny DeVan, circa 1950.

L-R: Sally & Donna Knapp, Sally Ramey, & Penny DeVan, circa 1950.

Florence & Penny DeVan, circa 1947-48.

Florence & Penny DeVan, circa 1947-48.
Sally Knapp peeking out window

Penny DeVan age 5 or 6 (circa 1950-51).

Penny was the first girl in the DeVan family and Grandpa Roy's "Little Princess."

Unknown boy with Penny DeVan at beach, circa 1947-48.

Penny & Wendy (or Dawn) DeVan & Sally Knapp, circa 1956-57.

Penny DeVan with bow and arrow.

Penny DeVan in band uniform.

Penny DeVan graduation circa 1963.

Penny DeVan cutting her graduation cake.
Note: Penny was the first in the family to graduate.

Katherine (Kate) Spade, Dan Weeks, & Leroy Spade.

Lee Spade, Cecil Spade, and Katherine Spade.

Another really old photo. Couple on left is unknown.
Myrtle and Daniel Weeks on right.

Funny photo. Leroy Spade pushing wheelbarrow;
Elladie Coach (a friend of Audrey Rhoads) and unknown man, visiting friends in Canada.

Another funny photo. Is that you, Leroy Spade? Standing on a fence post?
Yes, it is!

First on left is Roy Giddings Sr. The others are his unknown friends.

Roy Giddings Sr. (front row left) and his Geneva baseball team.

Ladies in white are sisters Kate (Weeks) Spade and Sarah (Weeks) Giddings.
Second from right is Dan Weeks.
Others are unknown friends they were visiting in Canada.

A graduation celebration. Counterclockwise around table starting at far left end:
Myrtle Weeks, Ileen Spade (eyes), Alice Spade (back to camera), Florence DeVan,
and unknown person sitting at end of table, Beverly Lyon, Audrey, Louella Lyon,
and Kate Spade. Photo taken at Giddings house on Padanarum Road.

Fern Rhoads & old car.

Audrey, Mother Sarah (Weeks) Rhoads, & Imojean, circa 1916.

Harold & Fern Rhoads, circa 1919-20.

Alyce, Florence, & Celia Giddings circa 1926

Alyce, Florence, & Celia Giddings with Grandma Weeks, circa 1926

Daniel & Myrtle Weeks (Sarah Giddings parents)

Myrtle & Daniel Weeks.

Daniel Weeks date unknown.

Daniel Weeks & Louella Lyon.

Myrtle Weeks 1940s.

Myrtle Weeks at home, date unknown.

David Hutchins & Myrtle Weeks (brother & sister).

Nancy Elizabeth (West) Hutchins (Lizzie), David & Myrtle's mother.

Myrtle Weeks & Unknown baby.

Myrtle Weeks & Mrs. Rowe.

Myrtle Weeks' sister, Bella Cheney.

Aerial view of DeVan house on Padanarum Road.

Aerial view of DeVan house on Padanarum Road.

DeVan house on Padanarum, winter 1984.

Pfc Robert (Bob) Ramey, circa late 1950s.

Lewis DeVan & Genevieve (Benson) DeVan circa 1945.

Lewis & Genevieve DeVan's girls, Valerie & Melanie at DeVan House in Rock Creek.

Talcott & Lewis DeVan circa early 1940s.

Rickey, Terry, Penny at DeVan house in Rock Creek.
You can see the Grand River through the trees.

Dawn & Christy DeVan

Penny DeVan sunbathing circa 1948.

Dawn DeVan circa 1956-57.

Dawn DeVan circa 1958-59.

Christy DeVan, late 1960s.

Christy DeVan and huge snowman.

Christy DeVan, on left, dressed for Halloween.

Rickey DeVan circa 1943.

Beverly Lyon & ?? (Penny or Jenny).

Ralph DeVan & Wendy on Harley.

Ralph DeVan on tractor, Freddie Kresneski watching the drill,
and Wendy DeVan supervising.

Donna Knapp.

Lonnie Preston circa 1945 (son of Celia and Galen Preston).

Celia (Grinnell) Giddings, Aunt Florie (Grinnell), & Myrtle Weeks.

Sarah (Weeks) Giddings

Roy Giddings Sr. (on right) as plant guard at Fork & Hoe.
In August 1943, during WWII, Roy was enrolled in the U.S. Army as an Auxilliary
Military Police officer to help guard the American Fork & Hoe Company.
See Roy's Certificate of Enrollment.

Bill Weeks on motorcycle. Bill was Sarah Giddings' cousin.

Bill Weeks.

Bill Weeks.

George Weeks, Unknown Man, & Charles Giddings.

George & Vera (Palma) Weeks. George was Sarah Giddings' brother.

Billy Weeks, son of George & Vera Weeks.
Billy was Florence DeVan's cousin.

Edward Rhoads (tall man with hat) & sister Naomi (Rhoads), in white dress.
Brother and sister of Harvey Rhoads (Harvey was Sarah Giddings' first husband).

Florence Giddings circa 1935.

Florence (Giddings) DeVan, late 1930s, early 1940.

Florence DeVan, early 1940s.

Florence DeVan at beach.

Rickey DeVan, age 5, 1946-47.

Rickey DeVan in front of Giddings' barn on Padanarum Road.

Rickey & meat-eating calf, circa 1947.

Rickey & Aunt Genevieve feeding chickens in Rock Creek, circa 1948.

Rickey holding baby chicken (in Rock Creek).

Penny DeVan circa 1949.

Penny DeVan circa 1958.

Ric DeVan and a mystery girl, 1956-57.

Ric DeVan, 1958.

Ric DeVan, USN Recruit, 1959.

Ric DeVan, USN, 1960, 1960, & 1972.

Sally Knapp & Penny DeVan at a party (at Bev's?).

Mark & Jean Glad, circa mid 1950s, at DeVan house on Padanarum Road.

Dalton Rhoads tossing horse shoes at Giddings house circa 1955.

Beverly and her father, Claude Lyon

Claude's home-built King midget. Donna (on left), & ??

Fobes Road covered bridge.

Jenny DeVan canoeing on Grand River in Rock Creek, circa 1920.

Unidentified man sailing on Grand River.

Some of the people in the following photos are unidentified.
If you know who they are, please let me know.

Unknown #1. A really old photo.

Do you recognize any of these guys?

Unknown #11. For three years starting March 14, 1910, Roy Giddings Sr. served as a Private
in the Ohio National Guard, Company E, Fifth Regiment of Infantry .
I would guess that he is in this photo, yet to be identified.
See Roy's discharge paper.

Unknown #12. Soldiers of Company E, Fifth Regiment of Infantry, Ohio National Guard.

Unknown #13. Unknown couple from long ago. (Tin)

Imojean (Jean) Rhoads on right; unknown lady on left.

Unknown #15. Imojean (Jean) Rhoads on right; unknown lady on left.

Unknown #15a. Imojean (Jean) Rhoads on left; others are unknown.
My thoughts are, standing: Imogene, Audrey, Roy Sr., Sarah,
Sitting, in no particular order: Alyce, Florence, Celia, Reta.
Missing are Harold and Fern.
I believe this photo was taken in the late 1920s.

Unknown #16. Unknown woman (Sarah Giddings?) & cats.

Unknown #17. Same woman with unknown child.

Unknown #17a. Same woman, same dress.

Unknown #18. Writing on back says "Dan Weeks' father."
If correct, this would be Abel Weeks.

Unknown #19. Well-dressed gentlemen; looks like a wedding photo.
Who are they? Who's wedding is it?

Unknown #20. Kids at Giddings house on Padanarum Road.

Unknown #21. Kids (2 boys & 1 girl) eating ice cream in town.
Writing on back says "Edward Weeks' children."
Edward was Sarah (Weeks) Giddings' brother.

Unknown #23. Who is the man in that old Ford?

Unknown #25. It's one of those old "postcard photos."
Writing on the back says "Auntie Sarah" and "Myrtle Weeks."

Unknown# 26. Unknown soldier.

Unknown #27. A group of very distinguished men on tin.
The man on the lower left looks very much like the man in Unknown #13.

Unknown #28. Not sure, but looks like Charles Giddings
and wife Celia (Grinnell) Giddings.
This tin photo was in really bad condition.

Unknown #29. Men on grass.

Unknown #30. Two babies in 1947.

Unknown #31. Two men in front of barn.

Unknown #37. Two men on porch. Looks like Roy Giddings Sr. on left.

Unknown #38. Baby.

Unknown #39. Another Baby. Ears are different.

Unknown #40. Unknown Man. Could be Roy Giddings, Jr.

Unknown #42. Well-dressed group.
Looks like Kate Spade, unknown woman, unknown man, Lee Spade, & Roy Giddings, Sr.

Who is this mystery girl?
Clue: She was visiting her brother and sister-in-law (or vice-versa), who moved into the house across from the DeVan house.

More photos coming soon...a LOT more!

Links to other photos and articles:
More Rock Creek... - photos
Photographs from Gr-Gr-Grandmother Ruth (Weller) DeVan's... - glass negatives
Bill Weeks'... - adventures
North Union... - Shaker Cemetary
Civil War veteran Ralph P. Devan wrote this letter to his sister after being wounded in battle... - letter
In Erie, PA during the early 1880s, Gr-Grandfather Edwin N. DeVan was a... - Special Police Constable
1971 Geneva Free Press article about Lewis E. DeVan and the attack on... - Pearl Harbor
Ralph and Florence DeVan's published wedding... - announcement
See a painting of and article about the Rock Creek... - DeVan Family house
Grand River... - photos
Gr-Gr-Gr-Grandfather Enos K. Weller's Royal Arch Mason... - certificate