Biography of Joseph Stephenson


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JOSEPH STEPHENSON, farmer, P. O. Willow Springs, was born in Leicestershire, England, in 1811, son of Robert and Ann Stephenson. Robert Stepheneon was in the war of the Revolution. Joseph Stephenson came to Chicago in 1851, and remained three years, engaged at his trade, brick laying. He purchased a lot and built a residence, and in 1854 he purchased the farm where he now resides, which contains eighty acres, and has followed farming as an occupation since that time. He married in 1835 Miss Martha Newby, born in Dover, county of Kent, England, in 1814, and daughter of William and Ann Newby. They have had nine children, seven now living— Robert, Martha, Lillie, George, Joseph, Thomas and Mary (twins). Mr. Stephenson has been highway overseer and school director. He served in the war of the Rebellion, enlisting in Company H, 127th Illinois Infantry. He participated in the battles of Chickasaw Bayou, Arkansas Post, Milliken Bend, Jackson, the battle and siege ol Vickshucg, Luka, Miss., Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge, Franklin, Buzzard’s Roost, Resaca, Jonesboro, Dallas, Atlanta, and other engagements of his command, being discharged at Atlanta for disability. In the fall of 1864 Lieutenant Henry Newby, nephew of Mr. Stephenson, in the same regiment and company, was killed at the battle of Vicksburg. Robert Stephenson, son of Joseph Stephenson, served in the army; was in Battery B, set Illinois Light Artillery, enlisted in 1864, and served until the close of the war.

History of Cook County, Illinois
From the earliest period to the present time.
BY: A. T. Andreas
A. T. Andreas, Publisher
Chicago 1884.