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Gideon Stevens biography

 Collection — Folder: S0355
Identifier: S0355

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a biographical article written by Elba Depue for the Franklin Evening Star in Franklin, Indiana on April 23, 1906 regarding the life of Gideon Stevens, an Indiana pioneer.


  • 1813-1906


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Gideon Stevens was born in Knox County, Tennessee, on December 24, 1813. His family moved to Brownstown, Jackson County, Indiana, when only one year old. A few years later, his parents moved the family to Johnson County, where Stevens grew up. He married his first wife, Polly Jamison, on February 15, 1837, who died soon after, giving birth to a daughter. On September 20, 1838, Stevens married his second wife, Mariah Owens, and had eleven children. They lived on Sugar Creek east of Franklin. The young family later moved to Kokomo in Howard County, where Stevens helped to survey and stake off the site for the public square. In 1856, he returned to Johnson County, settling near Franklin, where he lived until his death on April 18, 1906. Mariah Stevens had died 6 years earlier on January 9, 1900.


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This collection contains one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Naomi M. Hougham on 1959/01/09.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014 February by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid created 2014 February by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2018/05/02 by Brittany Kropf.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.