Ann Bevan Kershaw Devey midwife records

Ann Bevan Kershaw Devey midwife records

Dates: 1879-1905

This collection contains photocopies of Devey's records during her time as a midwife in Alpine, Utah. Many of those whose names are recorded find that this is the only record of their birth. Dated 1879-1905.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Devey, Ann Bevan Kershaw, 1828-1906
  • Call Number: MSS 8137
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Ann Bevan Kershaw Devey midwife records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8137; Ann Bevan Kershaw Devey midwife records; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8137, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The original record is in the possession of Flora Diamond; and was photocopied by Roger C. Flick, the BYU Genealogical Librarian in 1981. It is assumed that the collection was donated by Flick at that time.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Roger C. Flick; 1981.
Subject Terms
Social Life and Customs; Home and Family; Midwifery--Utah; Devey, Ann Bevan Kershaw, 1828-1906
Genre / Form
Registers of births, etc.
Processing Information
Processed; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2014.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Devey (Ann Bevan Kershaw) midwife records
Finding Aid Author
Margaret Weddle
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-04-15 09:34:32 -0600.
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Biographical History

Ann Bevans Kershaw Devey (1828-1906) was a midwife in Alpine, Utah.

Ann Bevans Kershaw Devey was born on October 16, 1828, in Staffordshire, England, to parents David and Martha Bevans Kershaw. She married William Devey on June 21, 1845, and they were both baptized in to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1849. Since immigrating to the States was expensive, she sent her husband to Utah first, in 1872, where he worked to bring his family also – Ann finally immigrated in late 1873; and the family settled in Alpine, Utah. Ann became the midwife in the area, helping 284 babies into the world, and caring for both mother and baby each time. Carying her little black bag, she was known as “Grandma Devey,” and was a sure sign of an impending birth.

Ann died on July 12, 1906, in Alpine, Utah.

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