Our Stephenson/Stevenson Family History
|Our branch of
the Stevenson line comes from Roxburgshire, Scotland. So far, we
have traced this line to William Stevenson who was born in 1708.
On September 28, 1750, William Stevenson married Helen Drummond,
daughter of Andrew and Helen Mathison Drummond. (Drummond is an
old established line in Scotland. Someday I will do some research
on this line.) William and Helen had four children: William,
Margaret, John and Elizabeth.
Our line continues through their son, John Stevenson, who was born in Roxburgshire on October 26, 1760 near Southdean. John married Isabella Waugh (b. February 15, 1756 in Melrose, Roxburgshire) on November 16, 1782 in Brigend. They had nine children.
John was a lowland Scot.
He was a weaver in Brigend, near Melrose, Scotland. All of his nine children were born there. Melrose is a small village on the Tweed River about 30 miles southeast of
to see their Family Group Record.
We continue through their youngest son, Henry, born October 8, 1792 in Melrose. He immigrated with the family in 1810. He married Phoebe Foote on November 15, 1819 in Lebanon, Warren Co., OH. Phoebe is from a well documented Foote line.
They had nine children. Click here to see their Family Group Record.
In 1834 he went to Boone County, Ind., with several brothers and brothers-in-law, and entered Government land. Dissatisfied with the land they had bought, they returned to Rush County,
IN. In 1837 they returned to Boone County and bought from the U.S. Government a farm on Finley Creek, Union Township, about a mile south of the village of Northfield,
IN. After his death on Nov. 8, 1843, his farm was bought by his son George, and Phoebe lived on that farm with her son's family until her death on Feb. 13, 1870. Both were buried in the Little Eagle Cemetery, a few miles east of the farm. The farm was on the Michigan Road...a mile south of Northfield in Union Township.
I have a copy of Henry's naturalization papers dated December 21, 1836 in Boone County, IN.
When I wrote for their marriage certificate the clerk also sent me one for Phoebe Foote Stephenson to Tom Oliphant on March 17, 1858, in Boone County, IN. Tom was a friend of Henry's. He was mentioned in several documents we found in the Patrick Sullivan Museum. Oliphant is also an old Scottish family name. Tom was 72 when he married Phoebe. She was 60. I suspect it was more for her protection and support than for love, but that is only supposition on my part. When I have time I intend to find out more about Tom Oliphant. I do know Phoebe is buried next to Henry and her stone says Phoebe Stephenson.
We continue through their first daughter, Isabella. I suspect she was named after Henry's mother, Isabella Waugh Stevenson. I don't know just when John changed the spelling to Stephenson. Probably when he came to the Colonies.
Isabella married John McCoy on August 9, 1838, in Boone County, IN. John was killed in a fall while working on the Masonic Temple in Indianapolis on April 21, 1850. Isabella may have been pregnant at the time. The newspaper article said John left a sick wife and two sons. Isabella married John Frost on November 11, 1852. They had several other children and moved to Marion County, Iowa before 1863.
In the 1870 Knoxville, IA,
census Isabella & John Frost listed a 16 year old female, S.A. We know of her daughter, Lydia Isabella (from the Foote History & Genealogy Book, vol. II). Lydia Isabella isn't listed
on that census so it is possible she died before 1870 or was not living
at home. Isabella's first son, Henry Daniel McCoy also named his
first daughter, Lydia Isabella. I suspect that was in honor of his
sister who more than likely died young.
We do not know what happened to John and Isabella Frost. They disappeared from the Iowa census. Henry Daniel McCoy, her oldest son, moved to Iowa because she was there but no one in the family seems to recall anything more about her. I'll keep searching and report back when and if I find anything.