_Frederick DEMOUTH __+ | (1787 - 1836) _Decatur DEMOUTH ____| | (1824 - 1898) | | |_Susan CRANE ________+ | (1784 - 1863) | |--John DEMOUTH | (1849 - ....) | _____________________ | | |_Catherine KAVANA ___| (1828 - 1900) | |_____________________
John was a twin with Caroline.
per Lonnie: John appears on the 1870 census as a nail cutter, living with Decatur. 14 Jul 1870, Boonton, NJ.
John also appears on the 1880 Census in Belleville, Essex, NJ p. 323A, with his wife Annie, age 27, and daughter Lottie, age 2. His occupation is grocer.
__ | _Max ERLER __________| | (1868 - 1942) | | |__ | | |--Lois ERLER | (1900 - 1919) | __ | | |_Mabel ______________| (1868 - 1919) | |__
_Johann Jost FEY ____+ | m 1746 _Johann Georg FEY ___| | (.... - 1822) m 1782| | |_Agnesa JOERG _______ | m 1746 | |--Catherina FEY | (1785 - 1867) | _____________________ | | |_Catharina JUNCKER __| (1761 - 1836) m 1782| |_____________________
_____________________ | _David FRANCISCO ____| | (1822 - ....) | | |_____________________ | | |--Charles W. FRANCISCO | (1846 - ....) | _Frederick DEMOUTH __+ | | (1787 - 1836) |_Susan DEMOUTH ______| (1826 - ....) | |_Susan CRANE ________+ (1784 - 1863)
Line 33 Dwelling # 378 Household # 423
David _ Francisco age 28 Male Farmer Value Real Estate-$800 born NJ
Susan 24 F NJ
Charles W.4 M NJ
Serepta2 F NJ
Jira1 M NJ
__ | _Daniel SCHRECK _____| | | | |__ | | |--Catharina SCHRECK | (.... - 1842) | __ | | |_Katharina FEY ______| | |__
_____________________ | _Thomas STEVENS ______| | (1758 - 1812) | | |_____________________ | | |--William STEVENS | (1785 - 1869) | _Anthony ELLIOTT ____ | | (1725 - ....) |_Nancy Agnes ELLIOTT _| (1758 - 1838) | |_Jemima _____________ (1729 - 1813)
William Stevens and Hannah Higgins
about 1785 – before Jul 1869 1787 – 1869
Folly Lake, Colchester County, Nova Scotia
Tonight I'm going to tell you everything I know about our ancestors William Stevens and Hannah Higgins. This is going to be a short story!
We think William was born about 1785 and married Hannah Higgins in about 1806. We know they are our ancestors because when their son Charles Stevens died in 1917 someone wrote on his death certificate that his parents were William Stevens and Anna Higgins, both born in Nova Scotia. The name Hannah was frequently called Anna.
I have a 1904 newspaper telling that William Stevens “settled and made his home on the east side of the Lake (Folly) in the early years of the century (1800's). The Stevens home was between the lake to the west and East Folly Mountain to the East, on a road still called Stevens Road. Stevens Mountain is to the northwest and Higgins Mountain to the northeast. They are all part of a range called the Cobequid Hills, a very scenic and largely uninhabited area where our ancestors lived. Today the area is being evaluated for the placement of wind turbines. But in the early 1800's it was William's farm.
We don't know for sure who William's parents were as life was hard and records were scarce. And his family may well have been illiterate. He was born in the 1780's probably to one of the very early English settlers who came from Massachusetts to Onslow, NS, in 1761. Hannah we have much more information about. She was the daughter of Philip Higgins and Mary Crowell, both of whose families came with that wave of immigrants. Hannah was born in 1787 in Onslow, one of 11 children. From the make-up of Hannah and William's family as shown in the 1838 census we can estimate that they were married about 1806. According to that census they had at least 9 children, but we only know about 3 of them. (I wrote that sentence before I had discovered the other 5.) Mary, born about 1813 never married and lived with her mother and then her brother, Charles. Robert was born in 1824. He lived at the Folly Lake home until his death in 1898. He and his wife, Agnes Nancy MacLean had eight children. They and at least three of their children are buried at West Folly Mountain Cemetery. I have corresponded with one of their descendants. William and Hannah's other child that we know of is our ancestor Charles.
So Hooray for William and Hannah! They worked hard to raise their family. They lived and died in the beautiful Colchester County, Nova Scotia. There is still a road and two mountains named after their families.
Here is how you're related to William and Hannah Higgins Stevens. William and Hannah had Charles Stevens who homesteaded in Wisconsin. Charles had Edmund Stevens who was a blacksmith. Edmund had Harold Stevens who was the paymaster at Abbott Laboratories. Harold had Paul Stevens who is a genius at most everything. Paul had Dawne Stevens who is a wonderful mother and teacher (and a mathematical genius.) And Dawne had . . . My Beautiful Grandbabies!
!The following is from an Email 2 Mar 2004 from Gene Jane in NS:
"Firstly I found the death recorded for a Hannah Stevens, widow, aged 84. Born in Onslow the daughter of Phillip & Mary Higgins; died July 22 1869, Wentworth, Cumberland County. I believe this is your Anna. Wentworth is in Cumberland County (borders on Colchester County) and is located somewhat between Lake Road and Londonderry. After looking at various records and comparing things I believe that it is quite likely that Charles was among the last 3 children of William & Hannah. My reasoning for this is the 1838 Londonderry census which records the following for the household of William and Hannah Stevens....
!1 female under 6
2 males 6 to 14
1 female 6 to 14
2 males over 14
3 female over 14
plus William & Hannah
!Looking at this, it would appear that William and Hannah likely began their family before 1812 which would allow time for their marriage and the 5 eldest children to be born before the year 1824 as the children above 14 years would have to be born before 1824. There could very easily have been older children already left home by 1838 as well. Taking this in account I think it is very possible that the Mary Stevens living with Charles in 1871 is an elder spinster sister who likely lived with her mother Hannah up until Hannah's death in 1869 - perhaps Charles lived in the homeplace and inherited the care of his sister with the property."
!There is a Stevens Mountain and a Higgins Mountain in Colchester County, NS, north of Londonderry and NW of Folly Station. There are part of a range called the Cobequid Hills, very scenic and largely uninhabited area near where our ancestors lived. Currently, the area of those two mountains is being evaluated for placement of wind turbines (www.gov.ns.ca/nse/ea/higginswind/HigginsWind_Registration.pdf )
There is also a Stevens Road runs along the east side of Folly Lake.
Following is some corespondence with researcher C Fisher, descendant of Wm. Stevens (b.1788) justifying why we believe her Wm Stevens and mine are one and the same:
Correspondence w Carol Fisher Stevens
re: William Stevens
Another tidbit on Hannah Crowell: Here is what researcher Neil Weatherby wrote to me several years ago (unfortunately he has died since then) "Then there's the other thing that you noticed about Hannah Crowell having the same surname as Hannah Higgins' mother. It may not be a coincidence because there's a possibility that they may have been the same person (i.e. Hannah Crowell Higgins). GeneJane records that Robert Crowell Higgins (Hannah's brother) had a daughter named Mary Crowell Higgins who had married a John Higgins. The Onslow Township Book records Mary's surname as just Crowell and not Higgins. Perhaps the same situation occurred with Hannah. And, afterall, I still have no confirmation of Hannah Crowell as a person or the wife of William Stevens." I compared your list of the children of Wm Stevens and Hannah Crowell plus my list of the children of Wm. and Hannah Higgins Stevens to the breakout in the 1838 census and here is what I got: 1838 CENSUS OUR 2 FAMILIES Females under 6 - 1 none males 6-14 - 2 Robert-1842; Charles-1828 females 6-14 - 1 none males over 14 - 2 Elisha-1815; Samuel-1819; Wm-1822 females over 14 - 3 Mary-1812 Sarah-1811 Rachel - 1819 There are too many boys over 14, all from your family. Could one of them be already married and gone? The missing females would be in the "lost" group with my Robert and Charles. WOW! I'm really starting to be convinced. Evidence yours and mine are the same family: 1) Crowell in Hannah Higgins mother's maiden name. Many of Hannah's siblings used family surnames as middle names. In another record a niece with midle name 'Crowell' appears to use 'Crowell' in place of surname. (See above, I probably didn't say that quite right) 2) Both William Stevens families supposedly lived at Folly Lake. 3) The make up of both families in 1838 census is exactly the same. By examining the register order of the census families, Jane Wile determined they were not listed in the order of their dwellings, and could well be the same family listed twice. 4) Both Wm Stevens were born in N.S. Yours Onslow 1788, mine date unknown but written on son Charles death certificate: place of birth of father- "Nova Scotia" 5) Both families have a Mary born about 1813 - your Mary born 25 Dec 1812, my Mary born about 1813 per 1871 census, and living with my Charles. Evidence not supporting this theory: 1) My Hannah died 22 Jul 1869 in Wentworth and the record said she was a widow.
As you pointed out 'M' and 'W' look similar when hand written and this could be an error.
2) your William died 13 Feb 1876 status - married.- 1871 census shows a Wm the right age liivng w. Rachel, 71. Perhaps he remarried after Hannah died. No other Wm Stevens the right age appears in that census. (We later determined this Wm and Rachel are a different Wm Stevens that has been well researched and known and is definitely not ours. DZS Jan 2012)
I am a decendant of Elisha who was a son of William. The information I have comes from family history. It is hand written on a sheet of paper from years ago. I have Burpee's family bible. but it is not in that. It is on a separate paper. It reads as follows.
The first Stevens we have on record.
William Stevens married Hannah Crowell Nov 1810 (no birth or death dates)
Their family: Sarah Stevens born March 1st 1811
Mary Stevens b Dec 25th 1813
Elisha (father of Burpee) b April5th 1815-Dec 24 1880
Samuel b March 31 1817
Rachel b May 1th 1819
William b Dec 4 1822
Elisha Stevens married Abigail Hall 1840
William (Jr) Stevens married Ann Hall Feb 8th 1852
died in BC
 Thomas Stevens, Onslow, estate # 192; Colchester Registry of Probate, Truro, NS, Canada
Shared courtesy of Gene Jane http://genejane.com/Site/
William Stevens is listed and also James William Stevens.
Other names of interest include Crowe, Agnes Elliott, and Geddes.
James E. Vance
Edward D. Weatherby
 Shared courtesy of Gene Jane http://genejane.com/Site/
Family #195 - William STEVENS Spouse : Hannah Occupation : Farmer 1 - Female(s) under 6 years 2 - Male(s) over 6 and under 14 years : 1 - Female(s) over 6 and under 14 years : 2 - Male(s) above 14 years of age not a head of family : 3 - Female(s) above 14 years of age not a head of family : District : Londonderry
Families #110 and #195 are both Wm. and Hannah Stevens and have identical make-up. Possibly the same Family. GeneJane writes the following: "I have also marked the 2 William Steven households that you mentioned as possibly being the same family.... I examined the names of the near neighbors for both entries and cross-checked them with information I have on some of these and it would appear to me that entry #195 is the one that best describes the neighbors of William & Hannah of Folly Lake and is the entry that I consider to be their family.
The #110 entry seems to be surrounded by families who lived in the Folly Village / Masstown area and although I've found no record of another William & Hannah Stevens in the area, that does not mean that there is not. " 30Apr2009
(True, but extremely unlikely they'd have exactly the same family structure. DZS.)
I had another look at the 1838 census and did more comparisons farther up and down the the list from each of the William and Hannah Stevens households and this is the results...
FN 189 - SINGER - lived at Folly Lake
FN 190 - PEPPARD - Great Village
FN 191 - MAGAHEY - Folly Lake (I think this is Mageney)
FN 192 - COOK - Acadia Mines
FN 193 - COOK - Acadia Mines
FN 194 - VANCE - Folly Lake
FN 195 - STEVENS - William and Hannah
FN 196 - JOHNSON - East Mines
FN 197 - SINGER - I do not know where they lived
FN 198 - DILL - Great Village
FN 199 - DILL - Great Village
FN 200 - JACKSON - do not know
FN 201 - JACKSON - Economy
FN 202 - CUMMINGS - Great Village
FN 103 - PHILLIPS - Folly Mountain
FN 104 - McLANE - Folly River (between Folly Village and East Mines)
FN 105 - DUNN - do not know
FN 106 - WEATHERBY - Folly Lake
FN 107 - CHRISTY - Great Village
FN 108 - McCULLY - Masstown
FN 109 - McLANE - Folly Village
FN 110 - STEVENS - William and Hannah
FN 111 - MILLER - do not know
FN 112 - CLARK - do not know
FN 113 - STEVENS - East Mines
FN 114 - FLETCHER - Lower Debert (between Masstown & Folly Village)
FN 115 - FAULKNER - Lower Debert
FN 116 - SLACK - can't determine
FN 117 - GRAHAM - Debert
The enumeration was obviously not done house to house following the roadways - that is for certain and given the haphazard way the families are listed I think it would be quite possible for a family to be recorded twice - they are 85 households apart by number and would be pages apart on paper. Still and all I have to reserve that possibility of another William and Hannah Stevens family being in the area - personally I don't think there is, but I have been fooled more that once by not keeping an open mind to possibilities :) (7/21/2009)
sent link to this land grant map. http://www.gov.ns.ca/natr/land/grantmap.htm
click on unit 71. Find Stevens property east of Folly Lake far upper right.
 info from old photo Shirley shared
_Johann Christian ZIMMERMAN __________+ | (1800 - 1851) m 1832 _Adam ZIMMERMAN _____| | (1837 - 1899) m 1859| | |_Elizabeth Dorothea KNOLL Kneil Knell_+ | (1809 - 1888) m 1832 | |--Sarah ZIMMERMAN | (1867 - 1868) | _George HOPP _________________________ | | |_Eve HOPP ___________| (1838 - 1867) m 1859| |_Marguretha STRUB ____________________