THE FAMILY OF GEORGE STEVENS

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Descendants of the Man for whom Stevens Point, Wisconsin is Named

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  • ID: I078
  • Name: George Stevens
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 17 JAN 1790 in New York
  • Death: 5 MAR 1867 in Rockford, Winnebago, IL
  • Burial: Belvidere Cemetery, Boone, IL
  • Note:
    GEORGE STEVENS
    Family Bible, in possession of Mrs. Deane Chipp Stevens, 1985
    Not known if this belonged to George or Chester Dana Stevens family.
    Included is 4-page family history witten by Chester's son Frank David in 1929. Includes George & Lucy's children, as well as those of Chester & Ellen Stevens.

    Copy of Bible pages and 4-page family history in possession of submitter.

    George Stevens was postmaster for Almond, NY 15 September 1834 according to Postmaster records held by the National Archives.
    Franking privilege exercised from Bull Falls (WI), June 12, 1841 to Mr. Joshua Hattuna(?) in Millwakee; in place of stamp is written "Free Geo Stevens, PM, Almond, NY"

    State of New York
    Allegany County ss. I do solemnly swear that I will support the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State of New York and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of Commissioner of Highways of the town of Almond, according to the best of my ability. Signed: Geo. Stevens
    Subscribed and sworn to before me this 11th day of March 1836, Willett Larraber, JP


    CEMETERY: Belvidere, IL, Cemetery records and tombstone inscriptions for both George & Lucy

    1850 FEDERAL CENSUS, Belvidere, Boone Co., IL
    George Stevens age 59 Merchant b NY
    Lucy age 55 b PA
    George C. age 13 b NY



    HANDBOOK OF STEVENS POINT 1857, Ellis, Tracy & Swayze Publishers, 1857
    Part 3: Stevens Point, Plover and Surrounding Villages.

    STEVENS POINT, WISCONSIN:
    This is five miles north of Plover, in Portage County, on the east bank of the Wisconsin. It is the largest town on the Upper Wisconsin, and the principal place of resort and trade. No one at the beginning had a suspicion that there was to be a town here; it has come to its present size in the "natural way," without force or artifice of any kind. It is made by its location at the foot of a long slack-water in the Wisconsin, from Little Bull, and at the head of the great chain of the Conant Rapids. Some 12 years ago, a lumberman, George Stevens, urging his way up the river with a load of goods for Big Bull Falls, stopped his ox-wagon and load near the slough, at the foot of (what is now) Main street, put his goods under a few boards, and went back to Portage City for another wagon load. A day or two after his return, he put his goods into a dugout and went up the river. This point thus became a landing and place for trans-shipment from wagons to boats, and was soon called for a tavern. The rafts in their downward course found it a proper place to make complete outfits for entering the great chain of rapids. Provisions, cable and other articles were required, which soon produced stores of different kinds at the place. Thus matters went on for a year or two, when the owners of the ground were forced to lay off a few lots for building purposes. This decided its fate, and made it a village before either the lot owners or the settlers were aware of the fact. Its progress has been steady, and its growth commensurate with the legitimate demands of business, and that only. From a census taken a few days since, the population is now put down at a fraction short of two thousand, and rapidly increasing...
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    Taken from "ORIGINS OF PORTAGE COUNTY by Professor Emeritus Maurice Perret
    http://pchswi.org

    The territory of Wisconsin was established by an act of Congress in 1836. That same year a treaty signed with Menominee Indians gave a strip of land called the Indian strip, three miles (4.8 km) wide along both shores of the Wisconsin River, to the Americans. In 1839 the land was surveyed by Joshua Hathaway, divided into lots and, in 1840, put up for sale by the U.S. Land Office in Mineral Point. In Portage County the Indian strip was renamed the Pinery because of its rich timber resources. Sawmills were built on the Wisconsin River and on some of its tributaries. Logs were floated down the Wisconsin to the Mississippi River and to St. Louis, an important market for lumber. Both the Southwest and the Great Plains were in great need of lumber to build houses and other structures. There are some indications that even before 1840, sawmills had been built on the Wisconsin River and possibly on Mill Creek. Rapids on the Wisconsin River made floating and navigation difficult. George Stevens, an Illinois lumberman, concluded that a site before the rapids was a suitable location for a warehouse. He built one on the left bank, and this place became known as Stevens Point.

    BOOKS:
    Pioneers of the Pineries by Malcolm Rosholt, Rosholt House, Rosholt, 1979
    Pioneer Life in Wisconsin, by Hon. Henry Merrell, Pg. 397
    L. Marchetti, History of Marathon Co., (1913)
    Standard History of Portage Co., (Lewis Pub. Co., 2 vols., 1919)
    Portage Co. Directory (Post Priting Co., 1896), xxiii-xxiv;
    History of Rockton, Winnebago Co. IL 1820 to 1895 by Edison I. Carr, Rockton, IL, Herald Office Printing, 1898
    The Almond Story: The Early Years by John F. Reynolds, Published by the Author, R.D. 2, Hornell, NY, 1962

    NEWSPAPER ARTICLES:

    March 22, 1917, Wausau Pilot
    June 20, 1922 Stevens Point Daily Journal, "Plan to Place Tablet on Spot Stevens Landed" and "Letters to the Editor - Frank L. Green"
    June 9, 1925, Stevens Point Journal, WPA ms sketch
    October 12, 1939, newspaper not named, "City's Founder was a Native of New York."
    June 28, 1958 Stevens Point (WI) Daily Journal, 2nd Section p. 3 ,"City Bears the Name of a Worthy Pinery Pioneer"

    SERIES OF 4 ARTICLES BY MALCOLM ROSHOLT
    June 21, 1978 Stevens Point (WI) Daily Journal, "The Pioneer"
    June 28, 1978 Stevens Point (WI) Daily Journal, "North to the Pinery"
    July 5, 1978 Stevens Point (WI) Daily Journal, "Struggle on the Frontier"
    July 12, 1978 Stevens Point (WI) Daily Journal, "Stevens Story Finale"

    PHOTOGRAPH OF GEORGE STEVENS in UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN STEVENS POINT library




    Father: Phineas Stevens

    Marriage 1 Lucy Corey b: 15 JAN 1795 in Salem, Luzerne Co, PA
    • Married: 8 JUL 1813 in Almond, Allegany, NY
    Children
    1. Has No Children Betsy Stevens b: 23 JUN 1815 in Almond, Allegany, NY
    2. Has Children Pamelia S. Stevens b: 16 MAY 1817 in Almond, Allegany, NY
    3. Has Children Serena Stevens b: 26 SEP 1819 in Almond, Allegany, NY
    4. Has Children Chester Dana Stevens b: 8 SEP 1822 in Almond, Allegany, NY
    5. Has Children Sophronia Stevens b: 22 NOV 1824 in Almond, Allegany, NY
    6. Has Children Lucy Jane Stevens b: 28 FEB 1827 in Almond, Allegany, NY
    7. Has No Children Mary C. Stevens b: 16 JUL 1832 in Almond, Allegany, NY
    8. Has Children George Clinton Stevens b: 3 NOV 1836 in Almond, Allegany, NY

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