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.
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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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