Biography of John Stevens
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Stevens, John, was born in Washington county, N. Y., November 2, 1785, and died April 6, 1866. When a young man he came to Groton and bought (about 1816) a fifty acre tract of land, part of the home farm now owned by his son Nelson, and in a small way the pioneer began his farming career in this county. Later on he added to his farm and became known as one of the most persevering and energetic men of the town. On coming to the tract Mr. Stevens had only one pair of oxen, and his wife owned one cow, and these were fed through the first winter mainly on "browse." John Stevens married, February 13, 1805, Polly Wilson, by whom he had these children: James, Volney, Harriet, Louisa, Amanda and Manilla. Polly Stevens died July 13, 1822, and all of their children are also now dead. The second wife of John was Mary, widow of Simeon Conger, and of this marriage four children were born: Mary, Laura, John and Nelson. Nelson Stevens was born December 10, 1830, in the house in which be now lives, where his entire life has been spent, although he has somewhat increased the acreage of the farm and enlarged and remodeled the buildings. Nelson Stevens is known as one of the leading men of Groton. In 1859 he was elected justice of the peace, and with the exception of eight years has held that office to the present time. In 1889, and again in 1890, he was elected to the Assembly, and in both sessions he filled the office with credit to himself and his constituency. He was also for five years supervisor of Groton. On November 21, 1856, he married Laura M. Conger, by whom he has had six children: Mary S., wife of Lorenzo Buckley of Columbus, O.; Eveline, who died an infant; Fred C., who died aged seven; John, who died at three: Herman C. and Herbert J. (twins), both of Groton.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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