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A. Shaw (#47228072)
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Steve Kemp
RE: Adam Stever memorial
Yes we are "cousins": the first two names are the same for you and me, Capt. Philip Stever and George Stever. Then my branch goes through one of Adam's brothers, David born 1808. It is David and Rachel (Miller) Stever, Kate Stever married Joseph Wilson, Sara Wilson married Don Kemp, F. W. Kemp married Sara Margaret Beistline, and then me, Stephen Kemp, and finally my children, Efren and Heather Kemp.

Added by Steve Kemp on Oct 07, 2016 3:33 AM

Steve Kemp
log house built by Stevers

Thank you, thank you for checking on this! Yes, we are cousins. My line is the same up through George Stever, then through Adam’s brother David: David Stever + Rachel Miller (daughter of Jacob/ Anna), Catherine “Kate” Stever + Joseph Melvin Wilson, Sara Eveyln Wilson + Donald Francis Kemp, Francis Wilson Kemp + Sara Margaret Beistline [Beischlein], me (Stephen Kemp), the next generation being Efren Kemp (age 17) and Heather Kemp (age 10). My grandmother Sara was very close to all her mother’s relatives, the Stevers, and there was a strong family feeling among them all.

I have Balthasar [or Baltzer] Stever as Capt. Philip’s S.’s father… I think there is a baptismal record to prove that… Philip’s mother is Barbara (maiden name unknown). We find a myriad of spellings before 1800, Stieber, Stuver, Steuber, Stüber, even Stiwer. I have a copy of the Keller history from Bucks Co., Pa. and have gone after Catharine (Mathias) Stever (wife of our first George or Johan Georg in German) in church books of Carroll County, Maryland… her parents are Joseph, plus Gertraut (Eberhardt) Mathias the daughter of Paulus Eberhardt… but Joseph M.’s parents remain undiscovered. I have seen the Mathias tombstones and you can view them, too. Here’s a reference for you: Find A Grave Memorials# 42346630 and # 4234661 in Jerusalem Lutheran Church Cemetery, Bachman Valley, Carroll County, Md. (Bachman Valley was Baltimore County in the 18th century and the western end of Carroll County had been part of Frederick). This is the area of the town of Manchester, Md.

Do you have (in that box) a postcard announcing one or more Stever family reunions? I believe they were held in 1909/10 at least. They feature a photo of George Stever’s blacksmith shop.
Huntingdon County Historical Society is excited about the “cabin” (actually a log house) photo from your box. Do you think we can figure a way to have a better and clearer copy made for the historical society in here… and for your cousins in Cassville and Huntingdon? I was thinking about your taking it somewhere to be scanned onto a flash drive and mailing us the flash drive: reason, that e-mail transmissions lose much detail and sharpness, especially with hundred-year-old photos. I can cover the costs if you think this is a good idea, and we will SAVE whatever you want to put onto the drive at Huntingdon County Historical Society in its photo archives.

Since I work at HCHS I can guarantee that we would list you in the newsletter as one who donated to our archives. There exists no photo of a comparable style of log house in the Juniata Valley region that any of us know of, and this photo of yours amounts to a unique piece of history! Grandmother did NOT have a copy of that photo! There is so much misinformation about the true appearance of the first generations of houses built by pioneers in these valleys… honestly speaking, this is wonderful, that you have kept that photo!

Any questions about the Stevers? I am glad to answer as best I can.

Have you seen the following (newspaper mentioning the pioneer families to Jefferson County, Iowa)? Huntingdon (Pa.) Monitor, Thurs., June 19, 1884. Printed in column with heading of Little Trough Creek. “Henderson Gorsuch, of Iowa, visited his brother-in-law, Ephraim Chilcott, last week. He reports that in the Spring of 1884 [sic: this date is the current year's, so doubtless 1844 was meant], Adam Stever, of Cass twp., Richard Chilcott, of Union two., father of Hon. G. M. Chilcott, of Colorado, Dr. Elijah Dean, of Union twp. and himself and families (29 in all) left this county for Iowa, and that of the 29 persons 23 are still living. Where is the colony that can show a better record for longevity?” This is the sort of thing that descendants can be thankful someone took the trouble to print!

Added by Steve Kemp on Sep 10, 2015 8:24 AM

Steve Kemp
Adam Stever memorial
Hello... I'm genealogist (for paid research and in-library help) at Huntingdon County (PA) Historical Society and began looking more closely at the log house photo in detail (on the memorial) tonight.

My 2nd-gt-grandfather David was one of Adam's younger brothers who lived and died in Cassville, Pa. This photo is something special in more ways than one. I never saw anything similar to the overall appearance of the Stever log house west of Cassville (then Union, now Cass, Township) Our society did an historic site survey in 1980 of the entire county complete with photographs of all the vintage buildings. It occurs to me that we ought to have a professional looking copy of the George Stever homestead made and I am asking presuming you obtained the copy for posting on Find A Grave. If either the library in Fairfield or some other repository has this photo, I would like to be able to contact them and add a sharper and clearer version to this Society's collection of historic building photos— with comments about the style and appearance made by someone versed in log house architecture. We do know that both George and his wife Catherine (Mathias) were of Pennsylvania German ethnicity and raised in Penna. German areas of Pa. & Md.

Added by Steve Kemp on Aug 20, 2015 7:45 PM

Richard K Thompson
George Stever and children
I just checked - I do have a memorial in place for George Stever, with only the plot view photo available since his grave is yet unmarked. The three children of theirs do not have memorials, so I will make those shortly and link to George. I'm not sure if their headstones were clearly marked enough when I did that family in 2009 to take their headstone photos with any certainty; I now have a plot layout of the Evergreen cemetery so if need be I can go back yet today and try to identify their headstones. If I remember there are three stones together, but the markings are weathered away. Give me a chance yet this afternoon to clarify what needs to be done. //Richard

Added by Richard K Thompson on Dec 31, 2010 10:21 AM

Richard K Thompson
Wells and Stever at Evergreen Cemetery
I'm not sure how you found my entries for the Wells family so quickly, but I am aware that Juliette Hastings Wells Stever was their daughter. (I just finished posting a very long obit/bio for her father, Rev. Ashbel Shipley Wells). While Juliette' husband George Stever (in unmarked grave) and three of their children are buried in this Well's family plot, I have not found anything from anyone who knows what happened to Juliette after George died. Do you have any information? I can make entries and notes for George and the three children from within the bios of Ashbel and Sophia (I'll have to see if they have memorials already, first), but what is lacking is knowing where Juliette is at. She is NOT known or recorded to be buried at Evergreen or Old Fairfield Cemetery under another re-married name, so please do not make an entry for her in these cemeteries just for the sake of relationship links. Please feel free to contact me via my email address on my profile page if you have additional information to add. //thanks Richard

(P.S.) I'm transcribing the obit for William Reed Wells now, among others left to do.

Added by Richard K Thompson on Dec 31, 2010 10:09 AM

RE: Joseph M Cannon family portrait
The photo comes from my mother's years of research and correspondence in the study of my father's ancestry. Do you have any history?

Added by SMSmith on Mar 29, 2010 10:31 PM


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