Twenty-two-year-old Robert Devine died this date, March 12th, in 1852 of heart disease and was buried at Bethel Burying Ground. The young man was employed as a hack driver or a public coachman, similar to a taxi driver of today.
Robert lived with his mother Louisa Devine in a small room at 242 Lombard Street, below 3rd, for which they paid $2.25 a month for rent. Ms. Devine, forty-nine years of age, worked as a laundress and received a small quantity of firewood in public assistance, according to the 1847 Philadelphia African American Census. Both mother and son were born in Pennsylvania. I was unable to locate any information on Mr. Devine’s father.
The 1837 Philadelphia African American Census shows that Ms. Louisa Devine was the head of a family of four including herself. At that time, she was employed as a domestic (in-service) and lived at 8th and Lombard Streets. The family worshiped at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church at 6th and Lombard Streets.
Louisa Devine died in 1873 at seventy-two-years-old. She was working as a cook at the time. She was buried at Lebanon Cemetery.