Looks like Edward M. Devanna became an inmate in the Lyman School for Boys, a reform school in Mass. He was there as a 15yr old in 1900. I am not sure when his mother died. The 1900 census stated that she was Canadian, his father unknown.
Edward J Devanna and Olive Richardson married in Halifax in 1883, Edward M. was born in 1885/86 and was at is Grandmothers in St. Margaret's Bay Canada by 1891.
Interesting story. Not sure if he had any contact with his father after 1891.