I’d like to thank my Aunt Phyllis (Stevenson) McGuirk who started this research many years ago and passed on so many treasures to myself and other family members.
This has truly been a collaborative effort.
Thomas Stevenson was born on 17 Mar 1840 in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, Eng& baptized Jan 1 1843 at Holy Trinity, Huddersfield, England [i]. Thomas married Phebe Ann Sharpe daughter of David Sharpe and Elizabeth Scatchard on 12 Apr 1866 in Lawrence, Ma[ii]. Phebe was born on 29 Oct 1843 in Dracut, Ma[iii]. She died on 11 Dec 1893 in Lawrence, Ma of Nephritis[iv]. He died on 20 Jan 1904 in Lawrence, MA; the cause of death was Gangrene & Paresis[v]. They were buried in Bellevue Cemetery, Lawrence, Ma[vi]. Their grave is unmarked, but they are with her mother Elizabeth (Scatchard) Sharpe who is marked. As you enter the main cemetery entrance from the traffic circle, pass the office on the left, & follow the road to the right that parallels the town street to the top of the hill. It is on the right near a tree, almost directly across from the caretaker’s building which is on the town street[vii].
Family tradition & several family letters from the turn of the century offer a few clues to his life[viii]. One letter implies Thomas came to America with his best friend Henry “Harry” Kaye and they married sisters. [see endnote “Family Letter Collection” – LtrA-1891] The former has not been confirmed and is probably a little off in its implication, [see notes below], but the latter is correct. Another interesting note passed down to the compiler from earlier research of Phyllis (Stevenson) McGuirk, and likely gained through an interview with Ida Kaye, the daughter of Henry Kaye whom she knew, states that Thomas Stevenson had a hobby involving pigeons, spoke in thee’s & thou’s, & at one time, perhaps in England as a boy, went to the stables & open the gates so that all the horses would be free.
Immigration & naturalization records for Thomas Stevenson at NARA in Waltham held a few interesting but puzzling things. It had been known prior to this that according to the 1901 Census, he had arrived about 1863 verses 1860 which was once thought. The passenger index card did not show a ship and it was still in question as his birthday said Mar-17-1861, when it should have been Mar-17-1840. It also referenced two consecutive record #’s for the Salem Court house for his naturalization, which was weird. The information on the card was as follows: Soundex code S315, Thomas Stevenson 3-17-1861 Born in England (might have said Yorkshire), England to Lawrence, Superior Criminal Court, Salem, Ma, naturalization date10-27-1874, Cert. # 24-404 see also 24-403.
The court papers were pulled by the NARA office and they made copies for me, but their copies were copies and were not especially clear, plus were missing the first page of the documents. So, they had to be obtained from the courthouse. First, it appears there were two Thomas Stevenson’s naturalized that same day, one right after the other, both were from Lawrence and both arrived through the port of New York. One spelt his name with a “v” and the other with a “ph”, but as we have seen before spelling didn’t mean too much at the time, & they had to be sorted out to be able to confirm which Thomas was ours.
Cert# 24-403: From Lawrence, Essex County Court, Court date: First Monday of October 1874
“Thomas Stevenson”, Residence Lawrence, No birthday or birthplace is listed for him, Arrived via the port of New York, Year of arrival is “about 1845”, “Court of ? pleas for the city and county of New York 18 Dec 1848, States he has lived in Lawrence more than 1 year, Denounces Queen Victoria, Signed “Thos. Stephenson”; Pg 2: Witnesses by Robert Bower & Edward Roston, Again his name is written “Thomas Stevenson” twice, Signed “Thomas Stephenson”, Sworn and admitted Oct 20 1874
New copies show: This copy is the same as what I had except the date of arrival is added as the 8th of Dec 1848. But, it could be 18th of Dec. The copy is yucky and there is another page that clearly says he arrived in NY on Dec 18, 1848 per the State of New York, but then is signed the 8th of Dec so who knows, and who cares, he isn’t ours. Our Thomas would only be 8 yrs old in 1848.
Cert# 24-404 From Lawrence, Essex County, Court date: First Monday of October 1874, “Thomas Stevenson”, From Yorkshire England, Birthday March 17 1841 (easy to see where it could be viewed as a 6 & transcribed incorrectly on his card, but it’s a 4 and still 1 yr off), Arrived Port of New York on June 7, 1864, Began petition on the First Monday of October in 1868, Denounced Queen Victoria, Signed “Thomason Stevenson”: Pg 2: Witnessed by William Ingleson and Nathan Binns, Who said they have known him since June 7th 1864, Signed Thomas Stevenson, Sworn and admitted Oct 27, 1874
New copies show: This set of copies says everything the first set does, but the year of birth is clearly 1841 (which is one year off, but definitely not 1861 as it is on the original microfilm index card). Then there are several other papers which repeat the same info and indicate he first applied on Oct 17, 1868 noting “Pemberton Corp, No 18” which absolutely clinches it. Even though on the 1868-69 Directory it lists him at No 16, I feel this is close enough given everything else.
There is no doubt the one with the birth of Mar 17 “1861” in Yorkshire is ours, but more info is helpful. Thomas’s witness, William Ingleson is noted as working at Pemberton in the Directory of Lawrence in 1868-9, clearly working with Thomas. In 1868-9 Nathan Binns was a “shoemaker, 17 Jackson, house do.”
There doesn’t seem to be of a connection besides the inferred friendship. Our Thomas is the only Thomas Stevenson or Stephenson listed in the 1868-69 Directory-Thomas Stevenson “Pemberton, house 16 Pemberton Corp.”
Unfortunately, I didn’t look up Harry Kaye while at NARA to see if he had any papers. Harry would be Nara roll M265-133 Kas–Keefe, M. An arrival date for him that matched Thomas’s June 7 date would help narrow down the definite ship and confirm they actually came at the exact same time.
In the meantime, the next step was to find Thomas and Henry “Harry” Kaye on a passenger list together arriving to New York from Liverpool. Previously a search of Boston arrivals had turned up nothing, but New York was now a new lead. A soundex search of all Stevensons arriving on Jun 7 in any year, I found on only one Thom Stevens B: 1837. This is not ours. On a soundex search for all Henry Kayes and Thomas Stevensons, printing both lists and comparing, I find none on the same ship on the same day from 1850-1869. It is important to say though the record on Ancestry are not complete lists of all passengers into NY, but it seems to that the most likely listing of our Thomas thus far is:
Name Arrival Date Birth Yr Gender Port of Departure Place of Origin Destination Ship
Thos Stephenson 3 Jun 1864 1840 Male Liverpool, England Great Britain US Virginia
This arrival is only 4 days off from what his NA papers say. I looked at each original page and no Harry/Henry Kaye was listed on the ship. It is possible the letter which states both were dropped off together in Liverpool, refers to a later trip home & return by Thomas & Henry together. We know Thomas must have visited home at some point because there is a photo of him with two of his brothers together c1871-73 & it is clear they didn’t come here. The trip would have to have been well before 1891 from letters because those in England actually thought he had died in about 1885 and were surprised he was alive in 1891.The trip would have to have been before they thought he died but after his original trip here. [See endnote “Family Letter Collection”]
Upon looking further, it is possible Henry originally arrived in America one year later on a different ship as the following record was found, but a search of the NA papers would need to confirm. Henry Kay 23 Oct 1865 1837 Male Liverpool, England Great Britain Great Britain City of NY
Just to put this whole time period in the social context of the time – it is curious is that he would choose to arrive when the nation was at war with itself. Some know, but we’ll recap a brief history. Obviously, it was much more involved & complicated than this small simple summary. I’m not citing anything here because really this should all be common knowledge. In the event you want to know more about this time in history there are numerous resources available, some more bias than others.
The North (Union Soldiers) & South (Confederate Soldiers) had been at war since just before Lincoln’s inauguration in 1861 because southern states raged a rebellion against the Nation declaring themselves “The Confederate States of America”, basically so they could have continue to have slaves & do what they wanted. The Confederates decided to seize United States forts in located in “their” newly claimed territory. Lincoln attempted a peace treaty with them, but this failed. There was no other choice but for a war to be declared. It was after all, (& is still) the largest display of treason in American history. (I don’t sugar coat history, I’m from the North). The Confederates banked on Europe interfering on their behalf if war was declared because the cotton grown there was economically important to both the South & Europe. However, Europe resisted involvement. Flash forward a sad & bloody year & a half later on Sept 1862, Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation to free all slaves as of Jan 1 1863.
March 3, 1863, the year prior to Thomas’s arrival, the Union needed more men despite the small size of the Confederation and enacted a draft lottery for all male citizens 20-45 years of age, but those who could pay $300 could purchase a substitute. At the time the Confederation only originally encompassed 7of the 34 states. The original 7 were: SC, MS, FL, AL GA, LA & TX, four additional states joined as the draft was instituted – they were: VA, AR, TN, & NC. West Virginia was actually admitted to the Union as a separate state in Jun of 1863, as they did not want to be part of the rebellion and split off from VA.
Anyway, back to the draft, the Northern people understood a draft was necessary but were really annoyed with the loophole for the rich that Congress had implemented and complained “The blood of a poor man is as precious as that of the wealthy”. It was completely unfair to the poor. Many were drafting off the docks in NY City. They were practically demanding new immigrants sign intentions of citizenship literally the second they got here so they could be drafted. The Irish were extremely vulnerable to all of this being so poor and many signed their lives away. What added to that was that blacks were not considered citizens, so they were exempt from the draft. This & the large number of blacks that were relocating north seeking a free life were intimidating to many northern whites. Apparently, some wanted blacks to be free, but to live somewhere else…(Nice.. yes, that is sarcastic…)
Piled on top of that growing resentment was the media inciting the public with comparisons which put a value of 300.00 whites & 1000.00 for blacks. Eventually this all started to tear rifts among the people of NYC. Mid July 1863 brought with it a horrific 5-day anti-draft riot in New York City. Sadly between 100-150 adults & children, most of whom were African American, were murdered; over two million in arson & other damages were caused before Union Soldiers regained order.
The truth is 180,000 African-Americans both free & “runaway” slaves volunteered for the Union, and 40,000 of them died in service (http://www.history.com/topics/african-american-soldiers-in-the-civil-war) . They were not treated equally just because the Union was finally(barely) trying to do the right thing. African Americans received sub-standard conditions, significantly less pay, and were given the crappiest & most dangerous positions.
Eventually the Confederation fell. The date of that has been up for debate for 149 years so I won’t go there except to say it was about 1865. Apr 15 1865 the US Flag was raised over Fort Sumter, SC and Lincoln and his wife Mary go to Ford’s Theatre. 650,000-850,000 lives were lost in the Civil War due to battles, disease & other causes directly relted to it according to a recent study (http://www.civilwar.org/education/higher-number.html) 50,000 survivors return home as amputees.
So, back to the curiosity as to why he would choose to arrive when the nation was at war with itself, well, despite all that was going on in the Civil War, simultaneously, the Industrial Revolution was about three decades into its establishment in America and was on a trajectory of great growth. Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England, where Thomas was from, was very much a centered on the textile industry and considered one of the best manufacturing locations in the world. No doubt Thomas forged his textile training there, but had dreams of making a new & better life for himself in the growing American market.
The dreams of building a better life in America had begun at its conception, but we may ever know if what Thomas found was actually what he was envisioning. I tend to doubt it was. Mill work was exhausting, dangerous & definitely not lucrative in the American Dream sense.
Thomas worked at the Pemberton Mill in Lawrence, MA which had been rebuilt by the time he arrived because on Jan 10 1860 it had collapsed out of the blue due to poor iron construction. After the collapse, a fire from a lantern held by rescue workers was created on top of it. 88 people were killed and several hundred injured. The mill, at the time, had over 900 people in it. A New York Times article about the disaster published Feb 16 1860, but copied from the London Times Jan. 30, can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/1860/02/16/news/the-fall-of-the-pemberton-mill.html. There is a monument in honor of the victims in Bellevue Cemetery and there was also a one woman play by a Grammy nominated actress, Sharon Kennedy, about this disaster. It focused on one family by the name of Callahan; mother, father and 3 daughters all working in the mill.
It appears that about 1890-91 Thomas must have taken ill as he disappears off the directory, and it is mentioned in one of the letters from 1891 that he is not well. At the time there was a very large Typhoid Epidemic and it is entirely possible this, or a stroke had started his demise, but sadly it seems more likely it could have been something else. His best friend Harry/Henry died Jan 30 1891 of Posterior Sclerosis of the Spine [aka tabetic neurosyphilis]. Thomas’s own death certificate in Lawrence states he died at Cottage Hospital in Lawrence on Jan 20 1904 after being there 2 years. His former residence is listed as 14 Knox St. He was 63 years old, & widowed. His primary cause of death was Gangrene of Bowels & contributed to by “Paresis”, which was usually a partial paralysis due to neurosyphilis. He was buried in Bellevue Cemetery, Lawrence, Man, an Operative, born in England, parents born in England (no names).
Cottage Hospital, according to the Lawrence Historical Association & an article from 1953 was adjacent to the Alms House and on early maps was labeled “Insane Asylum”. In 1953 it was known as the Bessie M. Burke Memorial Hospital. I believe it was closed in 1982, but had been in litigation for at least a decade. It was located at the end of Marston past the highway, almost directly across the street from where Thomas’s son Herbert lived in 1903 & my grandfather was born. That address was 123 Marston St. The hospital was on the right before the beginning of Ferry which would be on the left.
Many textile employees ended up “lost” or ill after being worked so hard all their lives. The deteriorating health of mill workers was epidemic in proportion at the time, leading right up to the big Bread and Roses strike organized by women in 1912, well after Thomas’s death. It was unprecedented in a couple ways. First, it was led by women, and it brought together 25 different nationalities in a united front for improved wages and conditions. The popular name titled “Bread and Roses Strike” originated because some women carried signs which “We Want Bread And RosesToo!”
Prior to Thomas Stevenson’s death he was listed on the 1900 US Census in the Alms House, near Ferry & Marston Streets. He is listed as an “Inmate”, b. Mar 1840, age 60, widow, b. England, parents born Ireland which is incorrect, Immigrated in 1863, here 38 years, and was naturalized. At this same time, after Phebe died & Thomas had taken ill, their son Herbert lived on Bunkerhill St. a few blocks away, & their daughters are found living in the family home with their cousins, children of Henry Kaye (1836-1891) & Catherine Sharpe (1839-1882) & their half siblings, children of Henry Kaye & Elizabeth Platt (1850-1893).
1900 Census – 14 Knox St. Lawrence, Ma – June 2, 1900
Blanche Stevenson Mar 1874 26 MA Eng MA (Can’t read?)
Mabel A “ Aug 1882 17 “ “ “ Woolen Mill-mender
Grace A Kaye Jul 1870 30 “ “ Eng “ -tacker
Emma L “ May 1874 26 “ “ “ “ -tacker
Arthur B “ May 1884 16 “ “ “ Salesman
Ida H “ Jun 1886 13 “ “ “ At School
Thomas & Phebe had the following children:
1. Herbert John David Stevenson was born on 10 Jan 1870[ix]. He died on 29 Apr 1941[x].
2. Charles Stevenson was born on 3 Nov 1871 & died on 3 Nov 1871[xi].He was probably buried inBellevue Cemetery, but he is not listed on the cemetery record[xii].
3. Blanche Evelyn Stevenson was born on 27 Mar 1873[xiii].
Blanche married Arthur Sargent between 1920-1930[xiv]. They did not have children. In 1930 they lived on East Haverhill St in Lawrence, but doesn’t come up on ancestry.com search as it is indexed under “Saogut”[xv]. He was a plumber. In 1920, she is with Mabel
& David McGowan at 58 Knox St. in Lawrence[xvi]. [See endnote “Family Letter Collection”] She died on 27 Oct 1940[xvii].
4. Henry Stevenson was born on 2 May 1877 & died on 20 Jul 1877[xviii]. He was buried in Bellevue Cemetery (unmarked)[xix].
5. Mabel Annie Stevenson was born on 17 Aug 1882[xx]. Baptized Dec 1 1882[xxi]. Died about 1967[xxii]. Mabel married David H. McGowen of McGowen’s Pharmacy on 137 Newbury St in Lawrence on Sep 4 1907[xxiii]. 1910 David & Mabel lived on Newbury St with David’s mother Jane[xxiv].
Mom remembers going to her home in Lawrence, she thought when David had died and Mabel gave his clothes to her father, which they were very glad to have. She says they went on the bus from Malden but doesn’t remember the ride back so maybe they got a ride as she doesn’t remember lugging the clothes on the bus. Mum says it was a 2 story, maybe 3 on Knox St. Lawrence, Ma. David McGowan did not die until after 1953 according to the Lawrence City Directories, but likely died before 1960 as I can’t find it on the Massachusetts Death Index. In 1920 Mabel is married to David McGowen & lived at the Knox St residence in Lawrence, Ma. McGowan’s Pharmacy was at the intersection of Newbury & Elm St according to period maps and local advertisements.
Obituary of Mabel McGowen
(The date is not marked on original copy I have in my Nanna’s scrapbook but was about 1967)
“Mrs Mabel (Stevenson) McGowen, 30 Francis St, Brookline died Monday night at her home following a long illness. Mrs McGowen was born in Lawrence 85 years ago and made her home at 58 Knox St until 1960 when she moved to Torrington, Conn to live with her daughter. She was the widow of David H. McGowen who operated the McGowen Pharmacy at the corner of Newbury & Elm St for many years. Mrs McGowen attended Grace Episcopal Church when a Lawrence resident and was chairman of the church fair committee for 21 years. She was a member of the Greater Lawrence Girl Scout Council for 36 years and served on the board of the YMCA for nine years. She was a member of the Lawrence and Brookline’s Women’s Republican Clubs and attended the Church of Salvation, Brookline. She was the mother of the late Phebe Mumby.
She is survived by a daughter Blanche, wife of Lawrence Leland, with whom she made her home [In CT first then Brookline]. The funeral services will be held Thursday in Grace Episcopal Church at 1pm with Rev Charles A Shields, rector officiating. Burial will be in Bellvue Cemetery. Friends may call at the McAuliffe Memorial, 137A Lawrence St. today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9.” [See endnote – “Death of Mabel (Stevenson) McGowen”]
Mabel and David McGowen had the following children:
i. Blanche Crosbie McGowen was born on 6 Oct 1909[xxv]. Blanche married
Lawrence Leland[xxvi]. They did not have children. She sent me a little stuffed pink
kitten when I was born. I still have it in my keepsake stuff.
ii. Pheobe Rosamond McGowen was born on 3 Jun 1914[xxvii]. Pheobe married
Clinton Mumby on 22 Dec 1943[xxviii]. She died on 18 Dec 1944 in childbirth[xxix].
Their infant boy was born on 18 Dec 1944. He died on 18 Dec 1944[xxx].
[i] Thomas Stevenson Birth Sources: 1841 Huddersfield, England Census; 1851 Huddersfield, England Census; 1870 US Census Lawrence, MA; 1880 US Census Lawrence, MA; 1900 US Census Lawrence, MA; Thomas Stevenson Death Record, Lawrence, MA- Jan 20 1904; Thomas Stevenson Naturalization Papers Cert# 24-404, Stevenson Family Bible – see endnote “HJDS Birth”; Holy Trinity Records, Huddersfield, Eng., baptized Jan 1 1843.
[ii] Thomas Stevenson & Phebe Sharpe: Marriage Record, Lawrence, MA, Apr 12 1866, both of Lawrence, MA, he is a wool sorter a26 born England, she is 22 no birthplace named, first marriage for both, son of John & Elizabeth, dau of David Sharpe, married by Rev Geo. Packard, Episcil. Clergyman; Stevenson Family Bible – see endnote “HJDS Birth”;
[iii] Stevenson Family Bible – see endnote “HJDS Birth”; Dracut MA Birth Record-“Phebe Ann Sharp” on Oct 29 1843, dau of David Sharpe, manufacturer, & Elizabeth
[iv] Phoebe A. (Sharpe) Stevenson Death Record- Lawrence, MA, w. of Thos., Dec 11, 1893, 49y2m, Nephritis, 15 Knox, born Dracut, MA, Parents David Sharpe & Elizabeth Tallersfield [this is incorrect-that was her grandmother’s name], both born England; Stevenson Family Bible – see endnote “HJDS Birth”;
[v] Thomas Stevenson Death Record, Lawrence, MA- Jan 20 1904, Cottage Hospital, a63, male, white, widowed, b. England, parents “unknown” both born England, Operative, Informant: Blanche E. Stevenson, buried Bellevue Cemetery, Lawrence, MA on Jan 22 1904, Undertaker W.W. Colby of Lawrence, MA, last illness from Jan 13 1904 to Jan 20 1904, Primary Gangrene of bowels, contributory Paresis, signed by George L. Black, Forner residence 14 Knox St, 2 years at place of death;
[vi] Bellevue Cemetery Records, Lawrence, Ma
[vii] Personal Visit to grave location- Bellvue Cemetery, Lawrence, MA
[viii] Family Letter Collection – Letters from England written to Mabel & Blanche in Lawrence, MA in the possession Amylynne Baker-Santagate – includes the following letters cataloged as follows: Letter A: Dec 15 1891- Lizzie Brook LtrA-1891; Letter B: Oct 6 1894- Lizzie Brook LtrB1894; Letter C: Jan 2, 1899 – Luther Amos LtrC1899; Letter D: Dec 22 1902- Lizzie Brook LtrD1902; Letter E: Feb 2 1903 – Lizzie Brook LtrE1903; Letter F: Oct 22 1903- Louise Stevenson LtrF1903; Letter G: Oct 26 1903- Squire and Amanda LtrrG1903; Letter H: Jan 10 1904 – Squire and Amanda LtrH1904; Letter I: Feb 7 1904- Louise Stevenson LtrI1904; Letter J: Oct 31 1904- Louise Stevenson LtrJ1904; Letter K: Jan 24 1905- Louise Stevenson LtrK1905; Letter L: Feb 22 1908 – Blanche Evelene Stevenson age 10 LtrL1908; Letter M: Dec 31 1923 – Louise Stevenson LtrM1923
[ix] HJDS Birth “Herbert J. Stevenson” 10 Jan 1870 in Lawrence, Ma, son of Thomas & Phebe of Lawrence, fa: Operative b. England, mo: b. MA via Familysearch.org; also see US Censuses in Massachusetts- 1870, 1880, 1900 (Lawrence), 1910 (Norfolk), 1920, 1930 & 1940 (Everett); Thomas Stevenson Family Bible – Prior to 1985 in the possession of Marion Stevenson (Sr) dau of Herbert J.D. Stevenson – current location unknown: Births: Thomas Stevenson Mar 17 1840; Phebe Ann Sharpe Oct 29 1844; Herbert John David Stevenson Jan 10 1870; Charles Stevenson Nov 3 1871; Blanche Evelyn Stevenson Mar 27 1873; Henry Stevenson May 2 1877; Mabel Annie Stevenson Aug 17 1882; Blanche Crosbie McGowan Oct 6 1909; Phebe Rosamond McGowan Jun 3 1914; Marriages: Thomas Stevenson and Phebe Sharpe April 12 1866; David H. McGowan and Mabel A. Stevenson Sept 4 1907; Clinton J. Mumby and Pheobe R. Mumby (nee McGowan) Dec 22 1943 Deaths: Charles Stevenson Nov 3 1871;Henry Stevenson July [20 1877?]; Blanche Stevenson Sargent Oct 27 1940; Pheobe R. Mumby & son Dec 18 1844; Herbert John David Stevenson Apr 29 1941; Alice Ramsden Mar 3 1926; Phyllis added: Thomas Stevenson Jan 20 1904; Phebe Stevenson Dec 11 1893.
[x] HJDS Death 29 Apr 1941 in Everett, Ma; Thomas Stevenson Family Bible (see “HJDS Birth” for more details)
[xi] See Thomas Stevenson Family Bible – listed in Endnote “HJDS Birth”
[xii] Bellevue Cemetery Records Office, Lawrence, MA – Stevenson/Sharpe Family Plot.
[xiii] Blanche Evelyn Stevenson Birth – Stevenson Family Bible – see endnote “HJDS Birth”; Blanch E. Stevenson Birth Lawrence, MA on Mar 27 1843, dau of Thos & Phebe, Operative, b. England, mo. b. Dracut
[xiv] Marriage of Blanche Stevenson & Arthur Sargent between 1920-1930 – Family Knowledge
[xv] 1930 US Census Lawrence, MA, East Haverhill St. ancestry.com indexed under “Saogut”, try going through familysearch.org
[xvi] 1920 US Census – she is with her sister Mabel & David McGowan at 58 Knox St. in Lawrence, MA.
[xvii] See Thomas Stevenson Family Bible – listed in Endnote “HJDS Birth”
[xviii] See Thomas Stevenson Family Bible – listed in Endnote “HJDS Birth”
[xix] Bellevue Cemetery Records Office, Lawrence, MA – Stevenson/Sharpe Family Plot, but unmarked.
[xx] See Thomas Stevenson Family Bible – listed in Endnote “HJDS Birth”; Mabel A. Stevenson Birth Record- Lawrence, MA Aug 17 1882, dau of Thomas & Pheobe, 14 Knox St, Operative, fa. B. England, mo. b. Dracut, Mass
[xxi] Grace Episcopal Church Records, Lawrence, MA- it shows Mabel Annie’s baptism as Dec 1 1882, and right under it, it shows a daughter, Emma Lillian, Henry Kaye and Catherine’s daughter on Dec 24 1882 . Also Thomas and Phebe are witnesses for an Ella May Weinhold, baptized on May 1, 1881, daughter of Charles and Mary E Weinhold. They must be friends, no relative connection that I know of, Mary E. Weinhold’s maiden name was Naylor.
[xxii] Death of Mabel (Stevenson) McGowen – via Mildred Gladys Stevenson Scrapbook – now in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate has a clipping of the obituary but no newpaper name or date- it does say she was 85 years old & lived in Brookline at the time. Lived in Lawrence until 1960; also family knowledge in general places her death around the time of my birth and the Massachusetts Death Index confirms.
[xxiii] Marriage of Mabel Stevenson & David H. McGowen Lawrence, MA on Sep 4 1907, both a25, he resided at 179 Newbury St., a Druggist, she resided at 58 Knox St., son of David McGowan & Jane Crosbie, dau of Thomas Stevenson & Phebe Sharpe, by Rev. Arthur W. Moulton; See Thomas Stevenson Family Bible – listed in Endnote “HJDS Birth”;
[xxiv] 1910 US Census, Lawrence, MA – Lived on Newbury St with David’s mother Jane
[xxv] See Thomas Stevenson Family Bible – listed in Endnote “HJDS Birth”;
[xxvi] See endnote – “Death of Mabel (Stevenson) McGowen”]; and Family Knowledge
[xxvii] See Thomas Stevenson Family Bible – listed in Endnote “HJDS Birth”;
[xxviii] See Thomas Stevenson Family Bible – listed in Endnote “HJDS Birth”;
[xxix] See Thomas Stevenson Family Bible – listed in Endnote “HJDS Birth”;
[xxx] See Thomas Stevenson Family Bible – listed in Endnote “HJDS Birth”;
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