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STEVENSONS History of a Prominent Mercer County Family. Written for Bvsntng Record. The history of the Stevenson family of this locality can he tr«ctU back as far as 1750 or 1755, '.when William Stevenson and his wife Agnes, moved from Scot- laud to Ireland. They had several children of whom one was James, the great-grandfather of the present generation 01'that name, In this vicinity. James was born in 1760 in Ireland, he grew up and married!'m that country. His wife's name was Jane Caughey, she was a mem her of a titled family and her father was class teacher under John Wesley. James Stevenson moved lo America in 1790 and settled in Chester county, Pa., shortly afterward they moved to Westmoreland county. In 1797 James and his son came to Mercer county with other home seekers. They had to travel on foot, bridging the streams and leading their horses loaded with provisions. In 1798 they, with several others, moved to this place. James Stevenson's family at that time consisted of two sons and twp daughters, and two other sons John and Findley were born afterward, James was the first blacksmith in the neighborhood and made the first grist mill. He died in 1817. The two boys married sisters, Elizabeth and Nellie McGranahan, and although they lived in different houses, they had everything in common, using their flour and meat from the same barrels, and their potatoes out the same bins. John looked after the blacksmith shop and Findley cared foi the farm. They built several saw mills and lived as one family until the two families were almost grown up. The mother died in 1857 and Findley followed her a month later. John died ind 1886. Each of the brothers reared large families and this is the rule yet. In all the history of the Stevenson family we find no crime or lasting disgrace, but instead find it >ery closely connected with ttie church history of the neighborhood. Most; all the members of the family are active members of the church. The family are. generally farmers and mechanics, with here and there a preacher, doctor and .professor, and even a missionary. MRS. S. H. COLE.