_Abiah Palmer BALIS _+ | (1802 - 1857) _George Washington BALIS _| | (1825 - 1897) | | |_Maria H. CLOUGH ____+ | (1800 - 1881) | |--Newton Benedict BALIS | (1872 - 1941) | _____________________ | | |_Adelia R. MCGLASHAM _____| (1831 - 1907) | |_____________________
_John DETHICK the second_+ | (1719 - 1793) m 1740 _John DETHICK the Third_| | (1754 - 1811) m 1776 | | |_Anna DODGE _____________+ | (1722 - 1770) m 1740 | |--Nancy DETHICK | (1790 - 1872) | _________________________ | | |_Mary HARRIS ___________| (1756 - ....) m 1776 | |_________________________
 Nancy married Nathaniel Harris 8 May 1821
__ | _William DRUSCHEL ___| | (1834 - 1907) m 1850| | |__ | | |--William H. DRUSCHEL | (1874 - 1944) | __ | | |_Sibilla LINK _______| (1830 - 1898) m 1850| |__
_________________________ | _Living______________| | | | |_________________________ | | |--Jeremy Allen PAMPLIN | (1975 - ....) | _Clyde Janner HOLLIDAY __+ | | (1914 - 1979) |_Rae Anna HOLLIDAY __| (1950 - ....) m 1973| |_Rae Elizabeth HURLBURT _+ (1924 - ....)
_William ROGERS _____+ | (1540 - ....) _Thomas ROGERS ______| | (1572 - 1621) m 1597| | |_Eleanor ____________ | | |--Joseph ROGERS | (.... - 1677) | _George COSFORD _____ | | (1545 - ....) |_Alice COSFORD ______| (.... - 1622) m 1597| |_Margaret ___________
6 March 2004
Tonight I will tell you the story of our ancestor Joseph Rogers.
The English ship, the Mayflower, carried the Separatist Puritans to Plymouth, Mass., in 1620. It was later that they came to be known as "Pilgrims." John Carver, a leader of the Separatists in Leiden, Holland, went to London and chartered the ship and found some business men that would help pay for everything.. The ship was down on the south coast of England at Southampton getting all ready to sail. It needed to have repairs and a lot of supplies. They would be at sea a long time. When they finally got to America there would be no stores or houses or factories. So they needed to take all the food they would need for many months, plus tools to build new homes starting with trees, and every other thing they would need. The passenger list included English Separatists, some non-Puritans that the London business men wanted to send, and a few hired people like Miles Standish, a soldier.
Meanwhile, in Leiden, Joseph, a strong young man, and his father Thomas, and others of the Leiden Separatists, set sail for Southampton in the ship, Speedwell. Both the Speedwell and the Mayflower set off together from Southampton on August 15 of 1620 with a total of 120 passengers plus crew members. But the Speedwell was a leaky old boat and twice both boats came back to England to repair the Speedwell. No one wanted to take off across the vast Atlantic Ocean in a boat that leaked from the start. Finally, at Plymouth, England, some of the passengers were taken off the Speedwell and others were crowded onto the Mayflower and it set sail for real on September 16, 1620 with 102 passengers including our Joseph Rogers, his father, Thomas, and 35 of their friends from Leiden.
The crew sighted Cape Cod on November 19 and the Mayflower dropped anchor at Provincetown on November 21. That day 41 men signed the so-called Mayflower Compact. Joseph's father was one of the signers. Maybe they thought Joseph was too young, being only 18. You can read about the Mayflower Compact in the letter I wrote to you about his father.
Even though they were at Plymouth, America, they didn't get off the boat right away. They wanted to find just the right spot where they could make a settlement. So everyday they sent scouts out to find a good spot and Joseph was very likely one of the scouts. Finally they picked a spot that had a nice stream running by it and a cleared area where they could put up some houses quickly, and a deep harbor where the big ship could come in, and a tall hill with a forest on top to supply logs for their houses. They moved off the boat the day after Christmas in 1620. Boy, was it cold! And a lot of people were sick.
Joseph's father died that first winter in Plymouth along with many others. But when spring finally came things began to look more hopeful and the next few years brought more and more boatloads of settlers, many of them Puritans, to the new little colony in New England. Soon new settlements were built. By 1639 Joseph had married Hannah and moved out to the village of Duxbury with Hannah and his three children Sarah, Joseph, and Thomas. By 1647 he had three more children, Elizabeth, John, and Mary, and moved to Eastham where he lived until he died. In Eastham his last two children, James and Hannah, were born.
We know a few other things about Joseph Rogers because of records made then that have survived until now. A court record from March 1635/1636 shows Joseph was given permission to operate a ferry over the Jones River near his home for the charge of one penny per passenger. Another court order from 1670 gave him permission to purchase land from Indians near Eastham.
We also know that Joseph Rogers was a good upstanding member of the community. There were no criminal charges against him ever unlike his brother John who got into trouble more than once because of his liking for pretty ladies. Joseph was involved as the plaintiff in a civil case. He accused Edward Doty of not fulfilling a contract for six pigs. Doty was required to come through with 4 bushels of corn instead. Joseph was twice named as a Lieutenant in Eastham, a post he held when he died. He also served as a selectman.
Joseph died at Eastham in January of 1677/1678, fifty-seven years after riding the Mayflower to the new world. He is a famous American colonist because he was one of the first, coming on the Mayflower. Fortunately he lived long enough to help the colony become well established and to leave children for us to descend from. Now go to the last paragraph of the letter I wrote about his father, Thomas Rogers, and you will see how we are related to Joseph Rogers.
iii. Joseph, bapt. 23 Jan. 1603/3, d. Eastham, Massachusetts Jan. 1677/8, m. Hannah (----). Issue. Arriving with his father late in 1620, he was granted tow acres in 1623, one in his own right and one in his father's right. On the 1627 cattle division list he appears with (Gov.) William Bradford, with whom he may have lived after having been orphaned. In 1633 he was made a freeman and that same year paid tax with his brother John. He was in Duxbury early and on 2 March 1635/6he was permitted to operate a ferry across the Jones River; he was granted thirty acres of land 5 November 1638; he was appointed constable at Duxbury 3 March 1639/40. With his brother John and others, he had a grant of fifty acres at North River (Marshfield) 6 April 1640. He is last mentioned at Duxbury 31 July 1646 but by the following year appeared at Nausett (Eastham), where he was proposed as lieutenant of the trained band 1 June 1647. He served on the Council of War in June and October 1658; released from his lieutenancy in 1661, he was re-established in 1664. He was selectman for Eastham in 1670. His will, made 2 January 1677/8, was proved 5 March1677/8; the inventory of his estate was taken 15 January1677/8.
__ | _Philipp SCHODT _____| | (1738 - ....) m 1760| | |__ | | |--Johann Philipp SCHODT | | __ | | |_Anna Margarethe ____| m 1760 | |__
_William STEVENS __________+ | (1785 - 1869) m 1810 _Charles STEVENS _____| | (1829 - 1917) m 1864 | | |_Hannah HIGGINS ___________+ | (1787 - 1869) m 1810 | |--Edmund STEVENS | (1871 - 1926) | _John Carpenter PATRIQUIN _+ | | (1792 - 1884) m 1813 |_Catherine PATRIQUIN _| (1835 - 1920) m 1864 | |_Ann MATTATALL ____________+ (1797 - 1876) m 1813
The Edmund Stevens Story
April 6, 2009
Tonight I will tell you the story of your grandfather's grandfather. That would make him your great great grandfather.
Edmund Stevens was the 4th child of Charles and Catherine Stevens. He was born April 9, 1872 in Lake Mills, Nova Scotia, Canada. He moved to Wisconsin with his family about 1880 when he was 8 years old. Most likely they came to this part of Wisconsin because Edmund's mother's brother, John Patriquin, had settled here. First they lived in a little town called Orfordville. The next year they moved closer to Brodhead.
In 1899 Edmund married Flora Balis who had grown up in Brodhead with her Derrick grandparents. First they had a daughter, Kathryn in 1900, and then a son, Paul in 1902. While Flora was pregnant with Paul, her sister Hettie came to stay and help with the work. Hettie wrote in her journal about her stay with the young Stevens family. You can read about it in Flora's story. My, there was a lot of work to do. They were living on a farm near Brodhead. There were cows to milk, chickens to feed, water to be carried, gardening, washing, ironing, baking, and churning to be done. Life was not easy 100 years ago. In 1908 when Flora was expecting her third child, our ancestor Harold, Edmund and Flora decided to homestead in South Dakota, so they took off in a covered wagon for the South Dakota prairie and settled in Spink County, near the town of Redfield. They lived in a sod house just as Flora had as a child. That's where Harold was born. We don't know much about their life in South Dakota., but it probably didn't go too well. The 1910 census shows them living in Iowa. So after only two years they were already working their way back to beautiful green Wisconsin. In 1914 they came back for good.
For several years Ed farmed near Brodhead, raising tobacco among other things. Then the family moved to nearby Footville into the old Snyder homestead across the street from the school. Ed opened a blacksmith shop behind the house and earned a living at the blacksmith trade in which he had also engaged as a younger man. The earlier 1900 census listed his occupation as “blacksmith.” Even today horseshoes are being dug up around the area where the blacksmith shop was. We have one of them brought by Ed's great-nephew, Richard Nyman. Ed was known to be a tender hearted soul who wouldn't press people to pay their bills if he knew they were experiencing hard times. And so, Flora took in roomers, mostly teachers from the school across the street, to help buy groceries.
Ed was involved in all the civic affairs of his community. The organizations he belonged to as listed in his obituary are Odd Fellows of Footville, Methodist Episcopal Church of Brodhead, Woodmen of the World, Equity Fraternal Union, Commercial Club and the Fire Department.
While they were living in Footville there was a terrible measles epidemic. Ed became very ill and soon afterwards developed Leukemia. He died of Leukemia in 1926 on the day after his 54th birthday..
Edmund and Flora's first child, Kathryn Harriet Stevens, married Arthur Blanchard in 1936. They never had any children of their own but were a wonderful aunt and uncle to your grandfather and his sister Lois. Before she married, Kathryn taught school in Lodi, Wisconsin, and Waukegan, Illinois. It was because Kathryn had a teaching job in Waukegan that her mother and brother Harold moved there in 1929, a move which had tremendous implications for your coming into the world. After her marriage to Arthur, they moved to Oak Park, Illinois. Kathryn worked in the book department of Marshall Fields in Oak Park for many years. We have a lovely set of art books that she bought for us while working there. Aunt Kathryn was a meticulous housekeeper. When I was a young bride the family had me spooked about her visits to us because of her legendary housekeeping. But she was not at all critical. She was a lovely kind woman that was delighted with my interest in the family's history. She passed on to us a plate that had belonged to her grandmother, Mary Derrick. Her husband Arthur was a skilled cabinet maker. We have a white kitchen cupboard he made. When our children were small he made them a sweet little table and chairs set. After Kathryn and Arthur retired they moved back to Brodhead, Wisconsin where they had a lovely home that backed up to the Sugar River. In the late 1960's Kathryn and Arthur moved to a retirement community in Sun City, Arizona. Several years later Kathryn developed dementia and went to live in a nursing home until her death in 1980. Arthur died 6 years later. He had moved to Washington state by that time.
Edmund and Flora's second child, Paul Derrick Stevens, grew up and married Dorothy Schlink. He and Dorothy went out to Idaho where Paul had several uncles (Edmund's brothers) and Paul became a potato farmer. He and Dorothy had four children, Rosemary, Edmund, Harold, and Lonabelle. Isn't that neat? The two brothers, Paul and Harold, each named a son after the other. Paul Derrick Stevens named his son Harold, and Harold Balis Stevens named his son Paul Robert. I never met Uncle Paul and Aunt Dorothy, but they sent us a set of tableware when we married. I think they must have been very much in love. They look so sweet together in their pictures. Paul died in March of 1986 and Dorothy only lived two months afterwards, dying in June 1986.
Harold Balis Stevens, Edmund and Flora's third child is our ancestor and he has his own story.
We can be very proud of our ancestor Edmund Stevens. He came as a child immigrant from Canada. He learned a good trade as a blacksmith and also was a farmer. He went west in a covered wagon and homesteaded in South Dakota. He came back to Footville, Wisconsin where he was known as a kind-hearted pillar of the community. He was a good husband and father, but died much too young and never got to know his grandchildren. So Hooray for Edmund Stevens!
Here's how you are related to Edmund: Edmund and Flora had Harold Stevens, Harold and Helen had Paul Stevens, Paul and Dianne had Dawne Stevens, Dawne married Jason Pamplin and had ...my four wonderful grandbabies!
(Edmund died 10 Apr 1926)
Funeral Services for the late Edmund Stevens were held from the home in this village at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon.
A large assemblage of relatives, neighbors and friends congregated to pay their last tribute of respect to one who in life was honored and respected by all who knew him.
The deceased had been in poor health for the past two years although able to attend to his business affairs, until little more than two weeks ago, when he was stricken with pleurisy which finally developed into what proved to be his fatal illness.
Edmund Stevens, fourth child of Charles and Catherine Stevens, was born April 9th, 1872 in Lake Mills, Nova Scotia, and came with his parents to Wisconsin when he was 8 years old.They located in Orfordville, where they made their home for a season, going thence to Brodhead, and with the exception of six years spent in the west, he always lived in the vicinity of Brodhead, Orfordville, and Footville. Six years ago he purchased what was known as the old Snyder homestead in this village and gave up farming and engaged in a lucrative business in town, where the family have since made their home, and where he passed away at 2:50 o'clock on the afternoon of Saturday April 10th, being one day over 54 years of age. June 9th, 1899 he was united in marriage with Miss Flora L. Balis. Three children were born to this union, Kathryn Harriet, Paul Derrick and Harold Balis all of whom were present when the end came. Beside the above mentioned there also survive three sisters: Mrs. Ina Dedrick, Mrs. Alice Oliver, Brodhead, and Mrs. Anna Hutzel, Iowa, and two brothers: Addison Stevens, Idaho, and Calvin Stevens, Montana, besides otheer relatives and many friends.
Twenty-nine years ago he united with the Methodist Episcopal church in Brodhead and has always lived a consistent Christian life. When he came to reside in this locality his membership was transferred to the local Methodist church of which he was a regular attendant. He was present for church service for the last time the evening of March 28th, although at that time far from being well.
Mr. Stevens was a charter member of Odd Fellows of Orfordville, the W. O. W. and the Equity Fraternal Union. He was much interested and very active in all civic affairs and for six years had been a member of the Commercial Club and the Fire Department. Edmund was a good man and will be missed in the church, in the home and in social and business circles, yet, surely, His is the better part and for his sake we should say, "Thy will be done."
Rev. D. M. Maynard, pastor of the local M. E. church delivered the funeral sermon. Rev. and Mrs. Eldred Charles furnished the song service. Internment was in Greenwood Cemetery, Brodhead. The I. O. O. F. of Orfordville who attended in a body conducting services at the grave. The pall-bearers were all members of that organization.
Among the out-of-town relatives who attended were Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Dedrick, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Oliver, Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Derrick, Harry Lang, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Shaff, Mrs. Marvin Green all of Brodhead. Among out-of-town friends aside from those whose names were not learned were Miss Helen Beckwith and Mr. McCord, Milwaukee; Mrs. Maria Howe, Miss Ida Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Egan, Glen Howe, Orfordville; Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Stair, Mrs. Libby Holcomb, Mrs. Loudon Blackburn, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Green, J. McNair and Elmer Dedrick, Brodhead; Mr. and Mrs. Ben Burcalow, Monroe; Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Strang and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Snyder of Janesville.".
Dwelling # 82 Household # 82
Minard, Amos age 69 Farmer VT VT VT
Abigail 60 wife NH NH NH
Stevens, Chas 48 Farm Laborer cannot read or write Nova Scotia NS NS
Catherine 44 wife NS NS NS
Ina 11 dau attends school NS NS NS
Edmond 9 son attends school NS NS NS
Annie 7 dau attends school NS NS NS
Charles and Catherine's son Addison, 14, is living on the nextdoor farm of B F Gifford as a "hired boy"
 If Edmund was 9 when this census was taken his birth would be 1871 not 1872. 1871 would be more consistent with his sister Anna's birth in 1872 as show on the SSDI.
Line 43 Clinton St. Dwelling # 128 Household # 133
Stevens, Edmund head b. Apr 1872 m. 1 yr NS NS NS nat 1875 25yr ago occ: blacksmith r h
Flora L. wife Jul 1876 1 WI WI WI
Line 16 Dwelling # 28 Household # 28
Stevens, Edmund head OM 48 m n yr? NS NS NS blacksmith
Flora L. wife 44 m WI WI WI
Catherine H dau 19 s WI WI WI
Paul D son 17 s WI WI WI
Harold B son 11 s WI WI WI
Dobrow, Jessie boarder 27 s WI WI WI none
Jones, Brad (?) boarder 19 s WI WI WI store clerk
Stevens was a partner in Bartlett & Co., well-known carriage makers. The factory was located on West Third Avenue in Brodhead.
Line 5 Dwelling 195 Household 195
Stevens, Edward Head age 38 m1 10yrs Can/Eng Can/Eng Can/Fr Occ: Farmer-general
Flora L. wife 32 m1 10 3 ch born/ 3 living WI WI WI
Kathryn dau 9 WI Can/Eng WI
Paul D. son 8 WI Can/Eng WI
Harold son 1 6/12 SD Can/Eng WI
Upper Londonderry Family # 25
Stevens, Mary age 58
Charles 39 - Farmer
 according to 1880 census and births of siblings I believe birth should be 1871.
 copy in files of D.Z. Stevens
_James Richard WHITE ___________________+ | (1840 - 1910) m 1864 _William Joseph WHITE _| | (1869 - 1948) m 1896 | | |_Frances Grecenia LOWE LOFF LOAF MOORE _ | (1845 - 1900) m 1864 | |--Clarence W. WHITE | (1900 - 1985) | ________________________________________ | | |_Hulda Ellen HAXTON ___| (1871 - 1965) m 1896 | |________________________________________