Bevier DePuy (1791-1865)

• Born in Wawarsing, Ulster , New York on 30 January 1791 to Benjamin and Catherine (Bevier) DePuy. He was christened in a Dutch Reformed Church in the town. (1)

• Married Jemima Hanna Miller around 1820

• 1820 census of Mamakating, Sullivan, New York shows Bevier as the head of the household of 8 people of various ages; 4 males and 4 females. 3 people in the household were engaged in “manufactures,” but what that manufacturing work was is not known. While there were slaves and free blacks living in the town of Mamakating, Bevier owned no slaves. There is no indication of who the other people in the household were and the relationships between them.

• Daughter Jemima was born 11 April 1821. Sources of unknown quality state she was born in Bloomingburg, which is only about four miles southeast of Mamakating. Was Bloomingburg the closest large town, or was the family living here for a period of time before moving back to Mamakating by 1830? Additional research is obviously needed.

• Daughter Melissa Dimmick was born 29 January 1822. Most likely in Mamakating.

• 1830 census of Mamakating, Sullivan, New York shows Bevier as the head of the household of 10 people of various ages; 6 males and 4 females; 6 under age 20 and 4 between 20-49 years.

• 1840 census of Mamakating, Sullivan, New York shows Bevier as the head of the household of 9 people of various ages; 6 males and 3 females; 4 under age 20 and 5 between 20-49 years. 5 people in the household were engaged in some form of “manufacture and trade” but what that work was is not known.

 • Bevier’s wife Jemima Hannah died 27 August 1841. Cause and location of death is not currently known. She is buried in Bloomingburg Cemetery, Bloomingburg, Sullivan, New York.

• About 1842 Beveir remarried taking Catherine S. Burger as his wife.  They married in New York, most likely in Sullivan County. Two sons, Samuel and Austin were born in New York about 1843 and 1844 respectively.

• The 1850 census find Bevier (59 years old) living on the other side of the country, in Township 2 (Shaws Flat), Tuolumne County, California! He is living and working there as a miner. It is not yet known when he arrived, so I do not know if he was an early ’49-er or if he arrived in early 1850. He is listed in the census living with a Luis Burger (age 23), could he have gone with his brother-in-law or a nephew? Curious tidbit.

• Beveir is listed  as a blacksmith in the Shaw’s Flat section of the Miner’s and Business Mens Directory 1856. He was one of eight blacksmiths in a busy town filled with miners. Two interesting names are seen in the directory, a J. Burger from New York and a W.C. Dimmick from New York. I have not made any connections to Dimmicks in the family yet, but Bevier’s second daughter Melissa was given the middle name of Dimmick. In a family with a rich history of passing along women’s maiden names, Dimmick most likely has a strong connection to the DePuy family.

• By 1860 his family joined him in Shaws Flat and Bevier was working as a master blacksmith. The census shows him with his wife, son Samuel who is working as an assistant blacksmith most likely with his father, son Austin is a miner, and young Anette (Antonetta) who is just 4.

• Bevier died  16 July 1865, most likely in Shaws Flat. He is buried in Shaws Flat Cemetery near Somora, Tuolumne, California. Fourteen years after his death, he finally received a tombstone. His daughter, Antonetta, placed a tombstone honoring her parents by stating on the stone “Erected by their affectionate daughter, Antonetta Depuy, Sept. 1879.” (2)

• Name variations I have found in indexes and records for Bevier: Revere, Bavia, Bergon

• Name variations I have found in indexes and records for DePuy: Depew, Beprey, Deprey, Defew, Dupuy, Depuey

(1) Familysearch.org, New York Births and Christenings, 1640-1962, Family History Library film 897037, index information found here.

(2) Shaws Flat Cemetery listing for Bavia Dupuy on http://www.findagrave.com.

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