F. Stevenson was born in Salem township, in 1822, on the farm
where he died April 10th, 1908. He was a charter member of the Salem
Free Baptist Church, which was organized fifty years ago. He was one
of the first abolitionists and participated in the underground railroad
business before the war. He was a loyal union man and gave one son
to the war in 1861 - John, who was a member
of the 145th regiment and was lost at the battle of Gettysburg. Pa.
Mr. Stevenson was a Whig then, a Republican over thirty years, and an
enthusiastic Prohibitionist. He was known and believed to be a
sincere Christian. His pastor, Rev. King,
conducted the funeral service, preaching from the text "I have
kept the faith; I have fought the good fight."
His remains were borne to its last resting place in the Stevenson
Cemetery by his grandsons, Ray Stevenson, Percy
Reznor, Charles and Jesse Vosler, Samuel Anderson, and Earl Chess. He
leaves nine children
to mourn the loss of a kind, Christian father, namely; Mrs.
John Chamberlain, Oaks, N. Da., Mrs. John
Vosler, Custards, Crawford County, Pa., Findley,
Hillsdale, Mich., Jesse R., Wyley, Colo., Miss
Christina, at home, J. W., Joseph A., and
Benson, of Salem, and Marshall, at the
old homestead. Mr. Stevenson was truly a pioneer and served his day
and generation well.
Argus April 16, 1908
Submitted by Sheila