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Posted by..........................June (View posts)
Posted......................27 Feb 2001 03:31 AM
Post Type.................Query
Seeking any information on 'POLLY', born in New Jersey, married GEORGE RIBBLE about 1793, mothered a son GEORGE B. RIBBLE, born about 1794. Husband died shortly after.
In 1800 POLLY married DENNIS DEVITT from Ireland. Seven children were born in Ramsayburg, New Jersey before the Family re-located to Ontario, Canada. Two more (DEVITT) children were born in Canada before POLLY fled back to the States taking the youngest with her but leaving as many as five with her husband.
That is the last we know of her but believe she may have altered her name to "DeWitt". It is possible that the youngest child (JOSEPH?) became BANGHART DeWITT.
Did she flee to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan or where? Even Indiana is possible.
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Abraham Erb " adopts " Barnabus Devitt--1815-ONT
JPearce (View posts)
Posted: 18 Mar 2001 09:04AM
In 1815 "Polly" Banghart Devitt abandoned her husband, Dennis and five of their children in the Waterloo area of Ontario. Because the father was unable to provide for them they were taken in by neighbors.
Young Barnabus was raised by the Abraham Erb family but retained his Devitt name. Does anyone recall hearing of these people?
Barnabas Devitt
Carl Erb (View posts)
Posted: 23 Apr 2001 02:32PM
I have a Barnabas Devitt born 25 Mar 1807 to Dennis Devitt and Polly Banghart adopted abt 1815 in Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada.
Other info shows Abraham Erb and Magdalena "Molly" Erb living in Waterloo Co., Ontario after 1806 with a son listed as
"Barnabas Devitt.
Barnabas married Magdalena Shoemaker May 1831 in Waterloo Co., Ontario. This comes from Erb/Larkins at:
There is some indication that Polly Banghart and Mary Martin either are the same person or are confused in the data somewhere.
If this is any help to you, you can contact me at cserbecz@yahoo.com.
I would be interested in any information you might have. Good Hunting.
Carl Erb
Dennis Devitt
June Pearce (View posts)
Posted: 24 Apr 2001 09:13AM
Thank you for responding Carl. I have passed your posting on to a Devitt descendant. She will contact you. I am working with her because I have a vested and complicated interest in the descendants of Dennis and Polly.
But I do want to try to inform you regarding the Mary Martin theory.
You may know that Dennis assumed the spelling of DeWit while living in a German-Dutch community in NJ and reverted to Devitt in Canada. The boys left in NJ in 1812 used DeWit throughout their lives. The ones either born or taken to Canada used Devitt.
On December 25, 1800 Maria "Polly" Banghart Ribble and Dennis were married by Joshua Swayze J.P. The history calls Dennis "a neighboring farmer"....their marriage record is recorded here from the Sussex County, New Jersey marriage records,
"Dennis DeWit of Oxford and Mary Ribble, late Banghart, of Knowlton both in Sussex Co." [Maria "Polly" Banghart had been married to the late J.George Ribble]
The belief that Dennis Devitt who married Polly and the Dennis Devitt who married Mary Martin are the same person results from a case of bad genealogy that someone has posted on the Internet. There was such a marriage(Dennis Devitt to Mary Martin) on Jan 2, 1796. It took place in Baltimore, MD and someone has even credited Polly's children, Barbara, Dennis, Mary and James to that union on Ancestry.com. All of those children were born after 1800 when we KNOW our Dennis was married to Polly.
I hope this is of some help. Your e-mail address does not work!
Barnabas Devitt
weilerab (View posts)
Posted: 18 May 2001 01:56AM
Edited: 01 Nov 2002 11:30AM
June Pearce:I have information about Magdalena Shoemaker, married Barnabas if you are interested.
Barnabus Devitt
JPearce (View posts)
Posted: 19 May 2001 01:31AM
Yes, we are very interested. Please contact my colleague at enerjonnic@aol.com ; she is a descendant of the Devitt family. JP

Seeking any information on Polly, born in NJ,married George Ribble abt 1793,son George B Ribble born abt 1794. Husband died shortly after. In 1800 she married Dennis Devitt from Ireland. 7 children were born in Ramsayburg, NJ before they re-located to Ontario, Canada. 2 more children were born in Canada before she fled back to the States taking the youngest with her but leaving as many as five with her husband. That is the last we know of her but believe she may have altered her name to DeWitt. It is possible that the youngest child (Joseph?)became Banghart DeWitt. Did she flee to NJ, PA, OH, Michigan or where? Even IN is possible.

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