Biography of Elsworth T. Stevens





Stevens, Elsworth T., a prominent representative and lifelong resident of Bergen, N. Y., was born in that town, on the farm he now owns, February 7. 1831. Thomas Stevens, his father, was one of several sons and daughters, and was born in Killingworth, Conu., November 25, 1787. In 1813 he moved to Bergen with an ox team and bought fifty acres of land in the woods, and in order to pay for it he engaged in the work of blasting out the rock where the flouring mills now stand in the village of Le Roy, walking there and back home each day. He was a strong, energetic man and after arriving home from his day's work would take his axe and set to work chopping down trees and clearing, working well into the night. He made a fine home and added more land to Ms farm by purchase from time to time, until he owned. 180 acres. He was a great reader, broad-minded and keenly alive to all public affairs; during the last thirteen years of his life he was afflicted by total blindness, and it was then that his remarkable memory was a great source of comfort to him; he died in March, 1873. Elsworth T. Stevens has always remained on the home farm, purchasing the farm from his father after his mother's death. He has added to it and has one of the finest homes in the town of Bergen. In politics he has always been a Republican; he has been elected and re.elected to the office of highway commissioner for sixteen years, and to the office of assessor nine years. He is a leading member of the Bergen Grange, of which he is past master and is now filling the offices of purchasing agent and director. He married Maria Crampton, daughter of Amon G. Crampton, an active old gentleman of ninety-eight years of age, and the oldest man in the town of Bergen. Mrs. Stevens died in May, 1897. She was an active, intellectual lady, possessed of unusual poetical ability, and wrote many beautiful poems. She was often called upon by church and society for readings and recitations, and often, upon special occasions, upon short notice, would sit down, pen in hand, and compose beautiful and appropriate lines.



Source:
Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890

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