History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania
Authors: Richard, J. Fraise (Jacob Fraise), Henry, Thomas
Philadelphia & Chicago: A. Warner & Co., 1888
W. S. STEVENSON, farmer, P. O. Hookstown, was born Dec. 20, 1851, on the farm where he now resides.His great-great-grandfather was born in Scotland, and emigrated to Ireland.His great-grandfather, JAMES STEVENSON, was born in Ireland, emigrated to America, was an orderly sergeant in the Revolutionary army, was captured by the British, confined in Philadelphia nine months, and exchanged at New York.He lived after the war in Chester County, Pa., was collector of fines for that county, and was twice married.His first wife was HANNAH BULL, sister of COLONEL BULL, of the Revolutionary army.She bore him seven daughters and three sons.His second wife was CATHARINE MOORE, who bore him eight sons and one daughter.In 1808 he moved to Poland, Ohio, and lived on a farm which he cleared, dying in the 85th year of his age.Two sons by his second marriage survive him: SILAS, of New Castle, Pa., and McCURDY, of New Bedford, Lawrence Co., Pa., the latter now in his 82nd year.THOMAS STEVENSON, a son of JAMES STEVENSON by his first marriage, was born Aug. 25, 1788, was a farmer and owned the farm now occupied by W. S. STEVENSON and on which he died July 17, 1847.He was a Democrat, and an adherent of the O. S. Presbyterian church.He was married, Dec. 19, 1811, to JANE SMITH, who was born July 23, 1783, and died Oct. 27, 1853.Their children, all of whom are dead, were NANCY, ESTHER, JAMES, JONATHAN, THOMAS and ELIZABETH (twins), MARTHA, ANDREW, SAMPSON and MARY J.Of these, SAMPSON was born Sept. 8, 1824, and died Aug. 28, 1880.He was a farmer, a member of the United Presbyterian church, and politically a Republican.He was twice married, first to RACHEL STEWART, who was born Feb. 27, 1828, and died June 2, 1854, and whose only surviving child is our subject, a younger child, LAURAE. (pg. 893) dying in infancy.His second wife, REBECCA MANOR, survives him.W. S. STEVENSON was married, April 23, 1879, to MARY A., daughter of ROBERT N. GRAHAM.Three children have blessed this union: S. PERCY, WILLIS R. and SAMUEL N.The parents are members of the United Presbyterian church.MR. STEVENSON, politically, is a Republican.