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Hester Ann (Devan) Logston


Hester Logston

Hester Ann "Hessie" Devan was born on Aug. 29, 1861 in Hopwood, Fayette County, the daughter of John and Mary Ann (Minerd) Devan. She appears to have been named after her maternal grandmother, Hester (Sisler) Minerd, and was age five when she was orphaned. 

In 1880, at the age of 19, Hester boarded in the residence of her elder brother William in Hopwood. She is believed to have married early in life, and was widowed by 1910. That year, she dwelled in the home of her widowed sister in law Arthella (Fell) Devan and bachelor brother Tobias Sutton Devan on Coolspring Street in Hopwood.



She married her second husband, widowed coal miner Hiram Thomas Logston (1853-1930), of Hopwood, the son of John Logston. They were eight years apart in age. 

Hiram's first wife, Emma (Mosier) Logston, had died in 1903. He brought eight children to his second marriage -- Sarah Jane Varndell, Ida Kincell, Wallace Logston, Effie Cramer, Ada Lewis, Ethel Baker, Lillian Christopher and John Logston.

Hiram, a native of Maryland, was a member of the Moose lodge of Uniontown. When the federal census was taken in 1920, the Logstons made their home along the National Pike. As was her sister in law Arthella (Fell) Devan, Hester was active in volunteer work with the Ladies Aid Society of the Hopwood Methodist Protestant Church, and in 1921 was a member of the organization. 

Afflicted with heart disease and pneumonia, Hiram died on Dec. 1, 1930, at home, at the age of 79. Following a funeral service in the Hopwood Methodist Protestant Church, led by Rev. Carraway, burial was in the Ross Cemetery (Hopwood) beside his first wife. An obituary in the Uniontown Morning Herald said he was survived by 30 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. John Devan was the informant for Hiram's official Pennsylvania certificate of death.


Hopwood Cemetery

Hester outlived her husband by two decades, and made a home on the Hopwood Coolspring Road. She maintained her membership in the Hopwood Methodist Church. 

She died at the age of 89 on Jan. 23, 1950. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Minerd Funeral Home. Rev. John Lambertson of the Connellsville Methodist Church officiated at the funeral, followed by interment in the Devan Cemetery. In addition to her step-children, said the Morning Herald, she was survived by nieces Mrs. George West of Hopwood and Carrie Devan of Uniontown and nephew Harry Devan of Masontown.


~ Stepdaughter Sarah Jane (Logston) Varndell ~

Stepdaughter Sarah Jane Logston (1875- ? ) was born in about 1875 in Frostburg, Allegany County, MD, but grew up in Hopwood, Fayette County, PA. 

At age 16, she resided in Wharton Township, Fayette County, and was married to 19-year-old Pittsburgh native Christopher Daniel Varndell (1872- ? ). The nuptials held on June 4, 1891, in Wharton Township, with justice of the peace George W. Hansel officiating. Christopher, a farmer, was the son of Henry and Amanda Varndell. 

Their great-granddaughter Pamela Brown has shared information for this biography.


~ Stepdaughter Ida B. (Logston) Kinsell ~

Stepdaughter Ida B. Logston (1878- ? ) was born in about 1878 in Frostburg, Allegany County, MD, but grew up in Hopwood, Fayette County, PA. 

At the age of 25, on Oct. 1, 1903, she was united in marriage with 24-year-old coal miner William A. Kinsell (1879- ? ), son of Isaac and Rachel Kinsell of Wharton Township, Fayette County. Setting a precedent later followed by her sisters Ada Lewis and Ethel Baker, Ida and her husband chose to united themselves in wedlock, with no clergyman present. Fayette County clerk Logan Rush and W.W. Greene were witnesses at the ceremony.


~ Stepdaughter Effie L. (Logston) Cramer ~

Stepdaughter Effie L. Logston (1886- ? ) was born in about 1886 in Somerset County. 

At the age of 21, on Dec. 14, 1907, she wed 21-year-old George E. Cramer Jr. (1886- ? ), son of George E. and Mary Cramer Sr. of Uniontown. Rev. W. Scott Bowman officiated. At the time of marriage, Effie and George both lived in Uniontown, where he earned a living as a "transitman."


~ Stepdaughter Ada M. (Logston) Lewis ~

Stepdaughter Ada M. Logston (1889- ? ) was born in 1889 in Hopwood. 

On Dec. 14, 1905, at the age of 16, she married 20-year-old laborer Charles Lewis (1885- ? ), son of George and Frances Lewis of Dawson. They united themselves in marriage without benefit of clergy, and Gottlieb L. Schmid and Roy V. Bowden were witnesses.


~ Stepdaughter Ethel (Logston) Baker ~

Stepdaughter Ethel Logston (1890- ? ) was born in about 1890. 

On June 20, 1908, when she was age 18 and he 23, she wed a distant step-cousin, coal miner John Baker (1885-1962). The couple united themselves in marriage, with G. L. Schmid and Earl Huston serving as official witnesses. John was the son of Jonathan and Cassandra Lucinda (Ogle) Baker and stepson of Hilah Jane (Hall) Hull Baker of the family of Joseph and Elizabeth (Rowan) Hall. See the Hall biography for more.


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