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Daniel Joseph Devlin (abt. 1818 - 1867)

Daniel Joseph Devlin
Born about in Buncrana, County Donegal, Irelandmap
Husband of — married 23 Jul 1842 in New York, United Statesmap
[children unknown]
Died in New York, United Statesmap
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Daniel was born in 1814. He was the son of Jeremiah Devlin and Elizabeth Foster. He passed away in 1867.

Name: Daniel Devlin Event: Marriage Marriage Date: 23 Jul 1842 Marriage Place: St Mary's Church Spouse: Bridget Malvina Corrigan Spouse Father: Luke Corrigan[1]

  • Census 1855 E.D. 4, Ward 12, New York City, New York, New York, United States
  • Daniel Devlin Head M 39
  • Bridget Devlin Wife F 31
    • Margaret Devlin Adopted daughter F 9
    • Caroline Devlin Adopted daughter F 7
  • Census 1860 3rd Division 12th Ward New York City, New York, New York, United States
  • Danl Devlin M 45 Ireland
  • Bridget Devlin F 37 New York
    • Mary Devlin F 17 New York
    • Margt Devlin F 14 New York
    • Caroline Devlin F 12 New York

DANIEL DEVLIN (1813-1867) was an Irish immigrant who settled in New York City via Louisville, Kentucky, and established himself as a master tailor and clothier. His business, D. Devlin & Co., catered to men's and boys' clothing and was a great success in the busy City Hall area. Devlin was a devout Catholic who shared his good fortune in generous donations to church and charitable groups. The St. Vincent de Paul Industrial School, under the direction of the Sisters of Charity, was one such institution to benefit from the munificence of Daniel Devlin. Not only did he pay rent for two houses that the sisters rented, but he also loaned sewing machines and experienced operators to the school in order to teach the tailoring trade. Devlin, along with Charles M. Connolly and Bartlett Smith, also played an active role in the original site selection of Manhattan College in Manhattanville. Devlin wore another hat in his life beyond that of businessman. With the ouster of N. C. Platt during the Fernando Wood administration, Devlin was appointed Chamberlain for the City of New York. Devlin held the position of Chamberlain from December 2, 1860 until his death. In an era of massive city government corruption, Devlin was eulogized as a "most upright, honorable and public spirited" citizen.

After the outbreak of the American Civil War, he headed the executive committee charged with recruitment and financing for the Irish Brigade of the Union Army.

The six-acre Devlin estate in Manhattanville was bound by Bloomingdale Road (Broadway), Tenth Avenue (Amsterdam Avenue) and 136th through 139th Streets. Architect A. J. Davis designed Devlin's Gothic style mansion in 1851. Original floor plans, including the layout of the second floor, still survive. The mansion is long gone; and in later years the Devlin estate had been the site of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum. A public school and park today occupy the site.[2]


  1. New York Evening Post 25 Jul 1842
  2. Villas on the Hudson: An Architectural and Biographical Examination by Janet Butler Munch Pg.100

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