Name: Richard Wilmont DEAVER*
Birth: ABT. 1627 in Scotland
Death: 5 FEB 1700/01 in Baltimore, Maryland
Deavers are of French descent, Norman-French. Various spellings are De Ver, De Vere, Dever, Deaver, Van de Ver and Van de Vere.
Two brothers named Van Deaver were born and reared in Holland, afterwards going to England, where they spent a short time, and came to American before the Revolutionary War. Upon their arrival in American they dropped the prefix VAN, and one brother spelled his name Deaver, while the other, who went to another part of the country, spelled it Dever.
William Van de Ver, owner of a feoff in the province of Ver on the Brittany Coast in the north of France, and at the head of 67 men, went with William the Conqueror in 1066 for the Norman conquest of England. That was the beginning of the family in England.
At the signing of the Magna Carta in Runnimede about 150 years later, Robert de Vere signed the document in the name of King John.
In the course of a few hundred years, the Norman French family of de Veres had spread over England, Scotland and Ireland, and the name had taken on some of the modern day spellings.
Richard and Grace came to America on the ship "Lionheart" from the south of Scotland and landing in Ann Arundell County, Maryland, December 12, 1657.
They came as indentured servants to a Maryland planter.
They made their home in that province and established the Maryland branch of the family, which spread to the South and West.
"De Vere" means nothing but the truth.
Grace FITZMORRIS* b: BET. 1619 - 1628 in Scotland
- Stephen DEAVER
- Abraham DEAVER
- James DEAVER
- William DEAVER
- Gilbert DEAVER b: ABT. 1650 in Maryland
- John DEAVER b: 1657
- Michael DEAVER b: BET. 1657 - 1664