Biography of Joseph Stevens


Stevens, Joseph, Buffalo.-Among the many prominent live stock commission brokers, none is more conspicuous than Joseph Stevens. He was born in Yorkshire, Eng., in 1840, coming to this country in 1848 and settling with his parents in Hillsdale, Mich. After completing his elementary education he became engaged in the buying and shipping of live stock. June 20, 1861, when the cail to arms was heard, he enlisted in Co. E, Capt. W. Lombard's company, at Hillsdale, Mich., and was mustered into the 4th Michigan Infantry, commanded by Col. D. A. Woodbury, at Adrian, Mich. In the Seven Days fight in front of Richmond he was captured and sent to Libby prison, was soon exchanged on account of sickness and sent to a Philadelphia hospital, remaining there until he received his discharge. He was home but one week when he re-enlisted and was appointed drill master in Co. B, 1st Michigan Sharpshooters, under the command of Col. C. W. Deland. On June 17, 1864, he was captured in front of Petersburg and sent to Andersonville prison. In the middle of April, 1865, he, with nearly 2,000 others, was exchanged and put aboard the ill-fated steamer Sultana and started for home; seven miles above Memphis, Tenn., she blew up, killing 1,500. This was one of the most terrible steamboat disasters that history has ever recorded. Mr. Stevens was picked up off of a bale of hay unconscious and nearly dead by a gun boat and taken to Memphis Hospital, where he stayed for several days until he was able to be taken home. In 1876 he removed to Buffalo and formed a copartnership with John McDonough, under the style of McDonough & Stevens, live stock commission brokers, which firm continued for two years it then becoming McDonough Stevens & Dunning Upon the death of Mr McDonough a few years later it was changed to Dunning & Stevens, which firm still continues. May 1, 1866, he married Julia Hawkins of Sturgis, Mich., formerly of Lockport, N. Y.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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