Welcome to our web page! I am Vincent Falter and this page reflects the results of 20 years of research here and in England and Scotland into the ancestry of my wife, Anna Marta Stephen.
Marta, as she prefers to be called, descends from early 20th century Czech immigrants on her mother's side, and several hundred English and Dutch immigrants prior to 1650 on her father's side. Among them were the Abott, Blanchard, Brownell, Bullard, Burbank, Chandler, Cregier, Corbett, Damen, Eastman, Emery, Gage, Hall, Hastings, Hazen, Kirkland, Kirtland, Leve, Levy, Lockwood, Lott, Lovejoy, Mead, Picek, Post, Potter, Quackenbush, Sibley, Slater, Sweetser, Temple, Tsylbret, Tyslbret, Van Doesburgh, Van Vranken, Welles, Wheaton, Whitney, Willard, and Youngs, as well as many more. They descend from literally hundreds of English, Dutch, Grench, German, Spanish, and other nobility over 600+ years. They are descendants and relatives of Presidents in the United States, Kings and Queens of England and Scotland, Magna Carta Barons, and companions of William the Conqueror.
Check out this web page and see if you connect to these families in any way. We would love to hear from you to exchange info, answer questions, or just talk about the family.
- Harry Scofield Stephen, Livestock Broker, (280 KB)
This is the only photo of Harry that we have. He was born in Morris, Grundy County, Illinois on 5 May 1873. When he was about two years old, he moved with his family to Creston, Iowa. He was a livestock broker in Lewellen, NE and in Omaha and Denver. He died on a train on his way to (or from) Denver, on 20 September 1930. His body was returned to Creston, Iowa and was buried on Tuesday 30 September 1930.
- Myrt, Billie, and Katheryne Stephen (273 KB)
This is a nice photo of William Albert Stephen's mother, himself, and his sister taken about 1915. This was taken in Omaha shortly after they moved from Lewellen, Nebraska. Myrt's health was not too good at the time. She and and Harry had lived in the wilds of western Nebraska for several years and Myrt sufferred from arthritis and was incapacitated from it.
- This is a Photo of William Stephen, the Immigrant. (81 KB)
William Stephen emmigrated from Scotland on 24 April 1837 when he was 17 years old. He had planned to settle in Chicago where his old family friend George Smith had settled. Unfortunately, Smith was back in Scotland and William missed him. He then went to what was then La Salle County, Illinois to see another Scots friend, John Gray. He then began to hire-out as a farm hand in what is now Nettle Township of Grundy County. By 1882, he owned a total of 1,400 acres of farms in Kendall and Grundy counties, as well as 90 house lots on the outskirts of Chicago, and two homes in Morris, Grundy County, Illinois.