Biography of Sylvester K. Stevens
Potter County, PA Biographies

SYLVESTER K. STEVENS, farmer, P. 0. Harrison Valley, was born in Cortland county, N. Y., November 15, 1830, a son of Kelsey and Emeline (Watrous) Stevens, both natives of Cortland county, N. Y., who settled in Harrison township, on the farm now owned by G. W. Stevens His paternal grandparents were Henry and Jerusha (Fox) Stevens, natives of Connecticut and Vermont, respectively, and pioneers of Cortland county, N. Y. His maternal grandparents were Austin and Sally (Backus) Watrous, natives of Connecticut, and also pioneers of Cortland county. Sylvester K. was reared in his native place, and at the age of eighteen removed with his parents to Harrison township, this county, where he has since resided. He has helped to clear and improve several farms in the township, and has lived on the farm he now occupies since 1875. He was in the Civil war, enlisting in September, 1864, in Company I, One Hundred and Eighty ninth New York Volunteers. He was taken sick the following December, and sent to the hospital. He was honorably discharged from the service June 10, 1865. After the war he engaged in mercantile trade at Harrison Valley for three years, and has since been engaged in farming. October 2, 1860, he married Sarah, daughter of Thaddeus and Diana (Gill) Stone, who settled in Harrison township in 1827. To Mr. and Mrs. Stevens were born five children: Frank, May, Herbert, Ella and Willie. Mr. Stevens is a member of the Baptist Church. He has served Harrison township as justice of the peace ten years, and was pension agent ten years. Politically he is a Republican.


From:
History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania
J. H. Beers & Co. Publishers
Chicago, Ill. 1890


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