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S.C. STEVENSON, Postmaster at Orleans, and a well-to-do farmer of Morgan County, has a fine estate on township 15, range 9, section 27. Here he has carried on agriculture and stock-raising for a term of forty years. He has been a prominent man in his community, occupied many positions of trust and responsibility, and has taken an especial interest in educational matters. He has been a School Director for more than thirty years, and his voice and influence have ever been heard in the encouragement of those enterprises calculated for the general welfare of the community. He is noted for his liberality in all works of charity, and during the late Civil War donated large sums of money to the Union cause.

The subject of this sketch was born Sept. 21, 1821, in Scott County, Ky., and is the son of William and Martha (Elliot) Stevenson, natives respectively of Westmoreland County, Pa., and Woodford County, Ky. William C. Stevenson was born June 21, 1779, and was the son of James and Jane Stevenson, who emigrated to Kentucky and settled near Louisville, in March, 1780. He followed farming his entire life. He was married, March 1, 1803, to Miss Martha, daughter of William and Elizabeth Elliott, at that time residents of Woodford County, Ky. They became the parents of nine sons and one daughter, four of whom are living.

The parents of our subject, with their family of eight children, came to this county in the fall of 1829, and settled five miles east of the then unpretentious village of Jacksonville. There the father labored industriously as a tiller of the soil, and resided until his death, which occurred April 27, 1863, after he had reached the advanced age of eighty-four years. He had outlived his faithful companion a period of seventeen years, the death of the mother having taken place July 27, 1846, at the age of sixty-five years. The birth of both occurred on the 21st of June, and both died on the 27th day of the month.

S.C. Stevenson was the seventh child of the parental family, and settled in Morgan County in 1829. The homestead now embraces 320 acres of fine farming land, a large portion of which, however, he has divided among his two children. His early school privileges were exceedingly limited, but being fond of reading and study, he has kept abreast of the time, and is a man well-informed and of more than ordinary intelligence. Upon approaching manhood he began making his arrangements for the establishment of a home of his own, and was married, in February, 1847, to Miss Eveline Hill, a native of Illinois, and a daughter of John and Charlotte Hill, natives of Kentucky. She became the mother of seven children, and departed this life at her home in Morgan County, Sept. 14, 1867. She was a lady highly esteemed in her community, an active member of the Presbyterian Church, and a teacher in the Sabbath-school.

Of this union there were born the seven children named respectively, Irvin, Fanny F., Thomas, Charlotte, John W., Cornelia May, and Fred. Fanny is the wife of James M. Cully, and lives on a farm in this county; Charlotte is the wife of George Guthrie, a merchant of Zanesville, Ohio; Cornelia May married Charles S. Rannells, a farmer of Morgan County.

Mr. Stevenson, on the 16th of December, 1868, contracted a second marriage with Miss Minerva, daughter of Henry and Love D. (Snow) Bosworth. This lady was the eldest child of her parents, and born in Chautauqua County, N.Y., Aug. 25, 1821. Mr. Bosworth was a jeweler, and carried on business a number of years in Fredonia, N.Y. The parents spent their last days in Fredonia, the mother dying in 1850, and the father in 1859. Mrs. Stevenson, together with our subject, is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and active in all good works, serving as President of the Foreign Mission Board, is a teacher in the Sabbath school, and devotes much of her time and energies to the Christian cause. She is a lady of excellent education, having completed her studies in the famous Mount Holyoke Seminary, in Massachusetts. She taught school first at Westfield, N.Y., and later in Jacksonville, this State, in the Presbyterian Female Academy. She was thus occupied several years, and until her marriage with our subject. The residence of the Stevenson family with its surroundings forms one of the most complete homes in the vicinity of the city of Jacksonville.

Irvin Stevenson, the eldest son of our subject, married Miss Kate Clark, and is farming in this county; Thomas also following agricultural pursuits, married Miss Alice Snow, of Fredonia, N.Y., but she is now deceased; John W. married Miss Libby Reynolds, of Jacksonville, and is engaged in the practice of law at Aurora, Neb., where he holds a position among the leading lights in the profession; Fred Stevenson was married Nov. 20, 1888, to Miss Loulie M. Greenleaf, of Jacksonville. Mr. Stevenson, politically, is a stanch Republican, and maintains a warm interest in the success of the temperance cause.

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