John H. DeVeaux

There are so many notable people in Laurel Grove South Cemetery that there will often already be articles and stories written about that person. When someone has written it better than we ever could, we will give you a short summary and then link to the original history for you to read in full. There are so many writers much more talented than us, and we’d rather celebrate their talents that try to rehash an already great work. The main purpose of this site, after all, is to have these stories all in one place.

A member of high society and and the Republican Party, John DeVeaux (1848-1909) was the definition of refined. He was a Collector of Customs, which was government position, co-founder of the Savannah Tribune, and a Freemason. John was a man of many interests and seemed to juggle them all with great dignity.

There are a couple of places that you can read about Deveaux’s life and work.

John Dittmer wrote Black Georgia in the Progressive Era, 1900-1920 around 1977, and you can read about John Deveaux in his book here.

The Grand United Order of Oddfellows also wrote a biography of Deveaux here.

Did you know that the Savannah Tribune still exists? You can visit it here.

John DeVeaux in the voter registry (near the middle)
John DeVeaux in the 1880 Census (10th bracket)
John DeVeaux’s death in the vital records of 1909

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