Biography of Lewis E. Stevens
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Stevens, Lewis E., Canton, proprietor of the Hodskin Street boarding house, was born in Lowville, Lewis county, May 28, 1825. He is a son of Ashbel Stevens, a Baptist minister, who was the first white male child born in Lowville. He was a son of one of the first settlers of that county. Ashbel moved to this county on the county line and got together a church called the A Antwerp and Fowler church. Lewis E. at the age of eleven years carried the mail from Summerville to Shingle Creek. Elder Ashbel Stevens preached three sermons on Sunday, and died on the Thursday after, March 17, 1842. He preached his last sermon in the house where he died. He left three children: Lewis E. and Caroline B. by his first wife, and Mary M. by his second wife, who was Folly Wilcox. His first wife was Betsoy Morse. Lewis E. Stevens married Mary Smith, who died leaving three children Martha, Henry and Elbert E. He married second Jennie Smith, a sister of his first wife, who died leaving two children; Jennie and Josie. He married third, Maria Griswold, widow of Leonard Frye. Lewis E. Stevens came to Canton and settled here in 1860, and established a large insurance business as an agent of the Agricultural Company of Watertown, N. Y. He was appointed recruiting agent for this district in 1862. He is a member of the Baptist church of Canton, and is a very earnest worker in the cause of temperance and established the Temperance Grove meetings here. Elder Ashbel Stevens was a son of Elisha Stevens, a native of Connecticut.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894


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