Name: Vincent Stevens ,Sr
Birth: ABT 1745 in Baltimore, Baltimore Co., MD
Death: 11 JUN 1843 in Taylor Twp., Bedford (Now Fulton) Co., Pa.
From SOLDIERS OF BLAIR COUNTY, p.48: Stevens, Vincent. Enlisted at Shirleysburg, Spring of 1779, as a Private in Bedford County Militia and served as a spy and guide: "We erected a Blockhouse at the Three Springs in Springfield Township, now Huntingdon County, families fled there and some erected houses there...Indians killed some men under arms, near Ullery's Mill in Morrisons Cove and some other depredations that gave alarm so applicant had to get out a party... had to get out a party to take Capt. McGee into custody (he had taken his company to join the Indians against his own country supposed to be Kittaning town) but on being disappointed owing to some misunderstanding that took place in their first interview, himself and men escaped narrowly and returned, but our party did not succeed and returned without finding him."
Born 1745, near Baltimore, Maryland, moved to Plank Cabin Valley, Bedford County, in 1773, and resided in Dublin Township, Bedford County in 1833 (now Taylor Twp, Fulton Co, PA).
Source: Family group record was submitted by Marion Joan Pressler, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.
Source: Year of death was determined by Marion Joan Pressler as 1843 or possibly before, as Vincent Stevens' federal and state pension payments stopped in Sept., 1843. Also, "Nellie Stevens, one time PA State librarian, in her D. A. R. application papers, gave 1843 as his year of his year of death, based upon state pension payments."
Source: Bible record of Vincent Stevens, JR, seen by Marion Joan Pressler, states that Vincent Stevens SR died June 11, 1843.
Note [written by Thomas O. Horton, deceased:
I am presently (1991) researching any possible links between our Vincent STEVENS, born "1745 near Baltimore," and Giles STEVENS of Gunpowder Hundred, Baltimore County, MD, who migrated to Bedford County about 1771/1772 with other families, including WRIGHT, PICKETT, LOVEALL, CHILCOTT, and others. The LANE family had land in Gunpowder Hundred before they migrated to Bedford County, PA about 1772/1773.
Source: Robert W. Barnes, Baltimore County Families, 1659-1759 (Baltimore, Gen. Publ.Co.), p. 599.
"Thomas STAINES was in Balto. Co. by 31 March 1739 when he purch. 50 a. Merryman's Adventure from Levin BUFKING; on 22 March 1745 purch. 50 a. Turkey Cock Alley from Thomas and Mary WRIGHT; in April 1752 he and w. Sarah conv. 50 a. Turkey Cock Alley to Thomas Cockey DEYE; in Feb. 1754 he and w. Sarah conv. 40 a. Warlerick and Tommy and Sally's Delight, to John WILMOT; in Nov. 1756 was made levy free (75:203; 79:80; 81:355; 82:155)."
Source: Robert Sollars, Eugene, OR. Prodigy BBS ID VJVJ86A.
"1783 Tax List - Baltimore County, MD.
Thomas STAINS owned part of a tract of land known as "BONDI FOREST", 47 acres in DELAWARE HUNDRED. It shows he had 1 free male and 7 white inhabitants. Also found in PIPE CREEK HUNDRED (next door to Delaware Hundred) is Thomas STAINES owning part of "ROCHESTER" - 12 acres. The fact that no males or females are listed suggest that Thomas STAINS of Delaware Hundred and Thomas STAINES of Pipe Creek Hundred are the same person."
"1783 Tax List - Middle River Upper and Back River Upper Hundred lists:
Thomas SOLLARS with 3 white inhabitants; John SOLLARS with 4 white inhabitants; and Benjamin SOLLARS with 6 white inhabitants. Thomas and John are here on a list of paupers. Benjamin and his 6 white souls were among the land owners, but he was not shown to own land. This "Hundred" runs along the west side of Great Gunpowder Falls, taking in the towns of Hereford, Monkton, Cockeysville and Towson in Baltimore County, MD. What is interesting here is that Thomas SOLLARS (born Mar. 17, 1759 in MD - died June 30, 1835 in Huntingdon County, PA) is recorded as having sons: John SOLLARS (born 1785 in MD), Thomas SOLLARS (born 1799 in MD), Benjamin SOLLARS (born 1801 in MD). The elder Thomas is likely the one in the 1783 Tax List, and he named sons for his brother and himself. His other children were Nancy, William, Mary, Elizabeth, and Edith Rose, who were likely all born in Huntingdon County, PA."
Source: Kenyon Stevenson [researched LANE and related families for 30 years].
"To his son John CORBIN, Edwin CORBIN, Sr., left a 50-acre tract on Turkey Branch called "Rochester," which John in turn sold in 1778 to (his nephew?) Richard LANE, son of the Reverend Samuel LANE. The earlier history of this tract "Rochester" has not been traced, but in the early 1800's there are deeds by four LANES selling parts of it -- in 1801 and 1803 Abraham LANE (another son of Samuel and Jane CORBIN Lane) and wife Rachel sold 4 acres and 97 acres to John MITTEN; in 1807 John LANE of Frederick County (probably another son of Samuel and Jane) sold part to Richard GORSUCH; in 1807 Mary LANE of Baltimore County sold part to Richard GORSUCH; and in 1807 Thomas LANE sold part to John LOGSDEN. No deeds appear to show how these LANES acquired their interest in "Rochester," and it is suggested that it was through a WILKINSON or CORBIN inheritance of their mother, Jane, the wife of Samuel LANE - living on which, possibly, Samuel and Jane spent the last years of their lives."
Note: Thomas STAINES owned 12 acres of "Rochester" in 1783. Prior to 1778, Edwin CORBIN owned 50 acres of "Rochester" which he willed to his son John who sold it in 1778 to his sister's son Richard LANE. From whom did Thomas and Sarah (Sally) STAINES acquire 12 acres of "Rochester" and was it by purchase or inheritance? Was there a STAINES-CORBIN or STAINES-LANE family connection as early as 1778 in Baltimore County, MD? There were family connections among their grandchildren in Springfield Township, Huntingdon County, PA [e.g., Dutton LANE married (2) Sarah STAINS, daughter of Thomas O. and Prudence PERRIGO Stains, and many more such marriages]. We already know of WILKINSON-CORBIN and CORBIN-LANE marriages in Baltimore County. Who were the parents of Thomas LANE and Mary LANE who sold parts of "Rochester" in 1807 to LOGSDEN and GORSUCH? Kenyon Stevenson did not list Thomas and Mary as siblings of Richard. "Two other strays with no identification of any sort are Mary LANE and Thomas LANE, selling parts of "Rochester" in 1807 and possibly sister and brother also."
Source: "Six deeds in Baltimore County, Md., seem to pertain to this Richard" [nephew of John CORBIN].
1778 - Richard LANE from John CORBIN - "Rochester" 50 acres.
1779 - Richard LANE, land commissioner, to Joshua GIST - "Rochester" 50 a.
1794 - Richard LANE (of Samuel) from Chas CARROLL - "Rochester" 124 a.
1800 - Richard LANE (of Samuel) to Luther LOVEALL, part of "Rochester" near "Water Oak" and John CORBIN's land.
1801 - Richard LANE from John WILLIAMS - part of "I Will and I Will Not."
1810 - Richard LANE and Catherine, wife, to Isaac JONES - "I Will and I Will Not" and "Peter's Choice," near "Pontany's Desire."
A seventh land transaction, possibly of this same Richard, is the grant in 1812 of an 8-acre tract in Howard County called "Catey's Delight" to a Richard LANE.
1807 - John LANE of Frederick County deeds to Richard GORSUCH, parts of "Rochester" and "Peter's Home.
1807 - John and Thomas LANE deed to Richard GORSUCH and John MILLER, part of "Miller's Gain," near south bank of Patapsco Falls."
Note: It is quite interesting that in 1807 Thomas LANE, Mary LANE, and John LANE all sold parts of "Rochester" to Richard GORSUCH and John LOGSDEN. It suggests they shared part of the same inheritance, and John LANE was PROBABLY a son of Samuel and Mary CORBIN Lane. Were Thomas and Mary additional siblings? This John LANE married Rebecca LOVEALL and/or Elizabeth GORSUCH, according to Kenyon Stevenson. Rebecca LOVEALL or LOVELL was the daughter of Zebulon and Mary LOVELL of Baltimore County. Elizabeth GORSUCH was the daughter of Charles and Susannah GORSUCH. Kenyon Stevensons says that Charles' will, dated 1796, probated 1806, "leaves one shilling to my daughter Elizabeth Lane." John LANE married Rebecca LOVEALL on November 4, 1771 in Baltimore County [source: Kenyon Stevenson].
Source: Harry Stuart Holman, History of Tonoloway Baptist Church (1980). Page 118.
"According to the census records, there were four STEPHENS families living in Ayr Township. These households were under the care of VINCENT, BENJAMIN, Thomas and Abednego STEPHENS. Thomas died in 1807, but did not have a son Daniel. There was a David STEPHENS who died in
1819 at the age of thirty-nine and was buried at Tonoloway."
Source: Harry Stuart Holman, History of Tonoloway Baptist Church (1980). Page 109.
"Sarah PITTMAN (wife of Joseph Pittman) may have been a STEPHENS. The family lived in Ayr Township near the Pittmans (their land fell into Thompson Township). In 1800, there was a VINCENT STEPHENS living in Ayr Township with two daughters under the age of ten [1800 U.S. Census Ayr Township, Bedford County, Pa.]."
Note: Another source says she was Sarah HAUGER. How did the STEPHENS tract come into her daughter Mary's possession?
Note: The 1800 Ayr Township census record of Vincent "Stephens" seems to refer to our Vincent STEVENS, as there was no other Vincent old enough to have children (to my knowledge). [TOH]
Source: Huntingdon County, PA Abstracts of Wills. Volume IV, Page 40.
Giles STEVENS, late of Antis Township. Will dated 28 Dec 1835; 9 Nov 1836. Names children: son Thomas, daughter Jemima, son Shadrack, son John, daughter Rebecca, son William, son VINCENT, son Jabes, daughter Elizabeth, daughter Sarah, son Mashak,; also mentions James HARRISON. Exr: son Thomas and David G. HUNTER. Witnesses: William McCauley, John VanScoyac.
Source: Huntingdon County, PA Abstracts of Wills. Volume IV, Page 41.
Letters testamentary granted to Thomas STEVENS and David G. HUNTER on the estate of Giles STEVENS, deceased. 9 Nov 1836.
Note: Giles STEVENS named a son Vincent. Was Giles a brother of our Vincent STEVENS, born 1745, near Baltimore? Giles STEVENS came up from Gunpowder Hundred, Baltimore County, MD about 1771.
Note: STEVENS, Vincent: b.1745,d.1843,m.x,pvt.PA.*
Source: DAR PATRIOT INDEX,vol.II, pg.647. National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Mrs. George Upham Baylies, President General. Washington, DC 1979.
MILITARY: He was a Rev. War Patriot from Bedford County, PA (DAR Appl)Spring 1779, Spring 1780, Spring 1781, under Col Davison, Maj. Cluggage, Capt. Orelton, INDIAN SPY; Pension File #S22542; See "Bedford Co in the Am. Rev." by james Whisker, pg 118.
PROOF: Bible records; "Soldiers of Blair County, Pa" by Hoenstein pg48; "History of Dauphin County, PA" by Kelker, Vol 3, pg 103,104;Bedford County Pension File for Rev. War.;
Source: HEATON gedcom, 7/10/02.
NOTE: HEATON gedcom import gives death date 10/16/1843. MJH.
Ruth Lane b: ABT 1750 in MD
- William Stevens
- Rebecca Stevens
- Benjamin Fletcher Stevens ,Sr b: 23 MAR 1779 in Bedford Co., PA
- David Stevens b: BET 1794 AND 1795 in Taylor Township, Fulton County, Pennsylvania
- Vincent J. Stevens ,Jr b: 5 MAY 1797 in Bedford Co., (now Fulton Co), PA.