Husband : John M STEVENS

Male Born : 15 FEB 1836at :
Married : at :
Died : 01 FEB 1921at :
Father :
Mother :
Spouses : Lucy LEGIER
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Wife : Lucy LEGIER

Female Born : 19 AUG 1844at :
Died : at :
Father : Jacob LEGIER
Mother : Lucy TESKEY
Spouses : John M STEVENS



One of the most enterprising, successful and respected farmers of Lynn
township, St. Clair county, Michigan, is John M. Stevens, who was born in
Ontario, Canada, February 15, 1836, a son of Nathan and Janet (McGregor)
Stevens, the former of whom was a native of Canada and the latter of the
state of New York, in which state they were joined in matrimony.

Nathan Stevens was a farmer in Canada, where he lived until 1870, when he
sold his property and came to Michigan and purchased eighty acres of wild
land in Lynn township and for some time engaged in lumbering and farming.
In 1877 John M. Stevens bought out the interest of his father, who returned
to Canada and there lived with his son Allen until death. Mrs. Janet
Stevens passed the years from 1855 to 1860 in Wisconsin, and while in that
state took out his naturalization papers. While in Canada Nathan Stevens
voted the Reform ticket, but here joined the Republicans, with which part he
voted until his death, which occurred in 1891. Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Stevens
were the parents of ten children, namely: Mary Ann, Catherine, Jane and
Elizabeth, deceased, Minerva, John M., Allen, Albert, deceased, Alvira and

John M. Stevens was reared on the home farm, but secured a good education
and taught school from the age of twenty-two years until twenty-eight. In
the meantime, December 19, 1862, he was married to Miss Lucy Le Gear, a
daughter of Jacob and Lucy (Teskey) Le Gear, and the youngest of a family of
nine children. Jacob Le Gear is a well-to-do farmer in Canada and has
reared his family in great respectability, while he and his wife enjoy the
profound regard of all who know them. The union of John M. and Lucy (Le
Gear) Stevens has been blessed with seven children, namely: Herbert Edson,
born September 19, 1863, and still living with his father; John Clinton,
born September 28, 1865, married Sylvia Roberts, has a family of three
children, and is living on a large farm at Maple Valley, Sanilac county;
Maggie Hattie, born October 12, 1868, is married to J. H. Murray, a railroad
man at Muskegon, and has a family of four children; James Alfred, born
December 29, 1871, died January 2, 1876; Mary Jane, born December 12, 1873,
is married to Harry Morgan, a farmer in Lynn township; Emma Gertrude, born
November 29, 1880, is the wife of William Weese, a farmer in Goodland,
Lapeer county, and has one child; James Allen, born October 17, 1883, died
February 13, 1885. These children have all been well educated, the
daughters especially in music, in which they are very proficient.

At the age of twenty-nine years, John M. Stevens purchased a farm in Canada,
part of which lay within the corporation of St. Mary's, and upon which he
lived until 1877, when he sold and came to Michigan and bought his father's
farm. This he has since cleared and improved with a fine residence and
barn, and now has eighty acres under cultivation. He breeds shorthorn grade
cattle, coarse-wool sheep and hogs. His farming is of a general character,
his produce being fed to his own stock.

Mr. and Mrs. Stevens are members of Lynn Methodist Protestant church and are
active in the work of the church and Sunday school, be being trustee, class
leader and Sunday school superintendent. As to politics, Mr. Stevens votes
for the candidate best suited for the office to be filled and has himself
served two terms as township treasurer, also one term as drain commissioner,
and has likewise filled all the school offices. Fraternally, he is a member
of the Grange, and is known throughout the township and county as an
honorable man and intelligent citizen, and fully competent to fill any
office to which he may be elected.


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