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James Bell Stevenson
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Birth: Oct. 23, 1838
Christian County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Dec. 11, 1890
San Bernardino County
California, USA

James Bell Stevenson was the third of seven known children of John Turner Stevenson (1808-1857) and Eliza Ann Ewing Stevenson (1809-1889), who married 26 Apr 1832 at Bluewater, Christian County, Kentucky.

James married Rowena Ewing (1845-1927) on 10 Sep 1863 at Woodford County, Illinois. James and Rowena were the parents of one known child, namely:

1. Annie Mary Stevenson Bullis (1868-1928)

Links to James' parents, wife and only known child are included below.

The following obituary was taken from the Bloomington, Illinois Daily Pantagraph issue of 12 December, 1890, page 3, column 4.


Death at Colton, Cal., of James B. Stevenson, a Former Well Known Bloomitonian, Sketch of His Life

Mr. James B. Stevenson died yesterday morning at his home in Colton, California. This news will be read with much regret by hundreds of friends in this city. One week ago yesterday he wrote to his brother, T.W. Stevenson, in this city, saying that he was in unusually good health. The news yesterday was, therefore, a great shock and surprise to his relatives. He had enjoyed returning health since going west two years ago and his letters have been full of hope for the future. No particulars of the death have been received nor do his brothers here known what disposition will be made of the body. They will probably receive advices today.

Mr. Stevenson was born in Christian county, Ky, and had just passed his 52nd birthday. For twenty five years he had been in delicate health and of late years had suffered from a lung ailment. He came here in July, 1852, and had been ever since prominently identified with the city's interests. After completing a school course he engaged in the insurance business with Mr. L.R. Thomas, was so engaged in 1862 and 63. In 1864 he became state agent for an eastern insurance company and was located for time in Decatur and Quincy. About 1863 he was married to Miss Rowena Ewing, daughter of Elder Ewing, a widely known Christian Minister of Eureka. The wife and one daughter, Mrs. W.S. Bullis, of Colton, survive him.

In 1867 he was the originator of the plan to sink the McLean county coal shaft and, with others, carried it out. He was secretary and treasurer of the coal company up to the time he went west. Mr. Stevenson was a member of Bloomington lodge, No. 43, of Masons, and of the Presbyterian church. He leaves an aged mother, five brothers and one sister. The sister is Mrs. McCoy (ed. should be McCaughey?), of Sioux City, and the brothers are: A.E., W.W., J.C. and T.W. of this city, and F.A. of Heyworth.

Failing health induced him to go to California two years ago this week. At that time he disposed of his stock in the coal company. He still owns in this city one of the buildings of the Stevenson flats, two fifths of the Stevenson Bros. hardware store on East Front street and property in Stevensonville. At Colton he had an orange orchard of fifty acres and had devoted much time to it.

Mr. Stevenson was an energetic business man and despite his ill health surmounted obstacles that would have discouraged many men. He was a gentleman universally polite to all, and his suave manners and kindly ways had endured him to many. His death will be a blow to many old associates, who had now looked upon him as on the road to health and the enjoyment of his western home.
Family links: 
  John Turner Stevenson (1808 - 1857)
  Eliza Ann Ewing Stevenson (1809 - 1889)
  Rowena Ewing Stevenson (1845 - 1927)
  Annie Mary Stevenson Bullis (1868 - 1928)*
  Sophia Elisabeth Stevenson McCaughey (1833 - 1909)*
  Adlai Ewing Stevenson (1835 - 1914)*
  James Bell Stevenson (1838 - 1890)
  William W. Stevenson (1840 - 1909)*
  Fielding Alexander Stevenson (1844 - 1905)*
  John Calvin Stevenson (1847 - 1913)*
  Thomas Worrell Stevenson (1851 - 1937)*
*Calculated relationship
Hermosa Memorial Gardens
San Bernardino County
California, USA
Maintained by: Dan Stevenson
Originally Created by: Barbara LeClaire
Record added: Nov 23, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31640492
James Bell Stevenson
Added by: Barbara LeClaire
James Bell Stevenson
Added by: Barbara LeClaire
James Bell Stevenson
Added by: Barbara LeClaire
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