Biography of John J. Stevens
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Stevens, John J., was born January 4, 1832, in this town, and is a son of Merrick Stevens, born in Oneida county in 1802. John, the grandfather. settled in Cohocton, steuben county, at an early date, and in 1813 came to Orleans county and took up a farm of 116 acres south of Clarendon village. By his wife, Betsey Lewis, he was the father sf six children: Samuel L., Melinda, Lucinda, Shubal and Edward. Samuel settled on a part of the old homestead, where he died. His first wife was Amanda King, and his second Harriet Kingman. By the first marriage there were four children, two now living, Lucinda and Lewis, both of whon settled in Iowa. By the second marriage there was one son, Edgar, who also settled in Iowa; Mary A. married and settled in Iowa; George died in Niagara county; Melinda married Henry Prindle and lives at Charlotte. Mich; Lucinda married Ephraim Beardsley and settled in Michigan; Shubal, a Free Will Baptist minister, settled in Clarendon and died there. He married first Rebecca Bellows; second Sally Avery, and third Rachael Hicks. He left two children, Elizabeth and Frank. Edward settled in Nebraska, where he died. He married Adeline Nichols; Merrick, with the exception of two years spent in Lockport and a year at Barre Springs, where he kept a hotel, always lived in Clarendon, where he kept a hotel in the village for a year. He married Lucy, daughter of William Tousley (a Revolutionary soldier), and their chileren were John J. and Charles, who died young. John J. resides on the farm taken up by his grandfather. He is a Democrat and takes an active interest in party affairs. He has been collector three years, and has held the office of assessor and commissioner of highways. He has been a member of Holley Lodge, I. O. O. F., over forty years. Mr. Stevens married, in 1854, Ellen F. Hooper, and their children are: Fred H., Charles H and Lucy S. Fred H. settled in Chicago, and married Cora Wheeler. Charles H. j8 a teacher and lives at Byron Centre, N. Y. He married Effie Leonard. Lucy G. married A. Ward Blanchard, of Albion.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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