A letter sent by John Devoy, on the headed paper of the Doherty Mercantile Company, Folsom, [Cimarron], N[ew] M[exico] to his nephew [dated 8 September 1914] written after the death of Devoy's brother Michael along with a letter dating from 10 April 1969 from one of Devoy's descendants residing in Redondo Beach, California sent to Micheál O' Spioláin [Michael Spillane] in Co. Kildare;
accompanied by a memorial card of John Devoy and two photographs of Devoy taken at Waverly Place, Fairview Dublin on his 1924 visit;
|Main Creator:||Devoy, John, 1842-1928|
|Citation:||National Library of Ireland. Department of Manuscripts.|
The brother of John, Michael Devoy was known in his lifetime as 'Father of the Cimarron' as he was one of the first settlers in that region of the United States. In c.1880 he established the first post-office in Madison [near present day Folsom, Union County], New Mexico. He purchased a ranch eight miles notheast of Madison where he lived until his death in 1914 and later also operated a small store for cowboys. His main income derived from raising prize short-horn cattle [being the first person in northeast New Mexico to do so]. Devoys Peak is named after him.
John Devoy was a Fenian organiser in 1865-6. Sentenced to 15 years in jail, he was released in 1871 on the condition that he did not re-enter the United Kingdom. He went to the US where he became leader of Clan na-Gael, the IRB's American counterpart. He supported Davitt, Parnell and Tom Clarke and was still actively involved in Irish Revolutionary affairs in 1916. He supported the Treaty as a necessary step to full Irish Independence, returning to Ireland briefly in 1924.
Physical description: 2; letters + ; 1 memorial card and 2 photographs
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