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The Barber County Index (date unknown)

George W. Stevens Dead

The End Came at St. Francis Hospital, Wichita, at 7:30 AM Sunday.
Was An Early Settler

Judge George W. Stevens died in St. Francis Hospital, Wichita, on Sunday, December 6, 1908, at 7:30 AM from acute bladder trouble, after a surgical operation. The first few days after the operation there was every indication of recovery and this condition did not change until last Thursday when his son, Harry Stevens was notified that there was a change for the worst. Judge Stevens was taken with violent hiccoughing which later developed into critical stomach disorder when it became apparent that death was inevitable. Three daughters and one son were at his bedside when he passed away - - Mesdames J. M. Gibson of Isabel (KS), L. T. Wilson of Alva, OK., Myra Jones of Wichita, and Harry W. Stevens of this city.

The remains were brought home on Monday afternoon and the funeral was held at the Presbyterian Church yesterday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Mr. H. C. Duckett. Music was furnished by a specially selected choir. The attendance was very large and the floral tributes most sublime. The body was laid to rest in Highland Cemetery, Medicine Lodge.

George W. Stevens was born in Louisiana, Missouri, May 19, 1831; died in St. Francis Hospital, Wichita, KS, December 6, 1908, aged 77 years, 6 months, 17 days.

In his childhood his parents removed to Hancock Co., Illinois, where he grew to manhood. He was united in marriage to Myra K. Worrell September 23, 1853, and to the union nine children were born, two of whom died in infancy. The surviving sons and daughters are J. Stanley Stevens of Dennison, Ohio; Harry W. Stevens and Stella Youmans of Medicine Lodge, KS; Lelia M. Gibson of Isabel, KS; Mary Wilson of Alva, OK: Myra Jones of Wichita, KS and Hattie Shannon of Carthage, MO.

Judge Stevens first came to this county and state in the spring of 1884 when he became interested in the development of the new country, and in July, 1886 he brought his family and has resided here (Medicine Lodge) continuously since. Mrs. Stevens died October 23, 1893, while on a visit at her old home in Illinois and was buried there. During his more than 24 years of residence in Barber County, Judge Stevens has been one of our most active ranchmen. He owned a ranch of 920 acres five miles east of this city and has had personal charge of it during his ownership of it. A month ago he sold this ranch to L. W. Chapin and had intended to spend the coming spring and summer traveling.

In public affairs, Judge Stevens always took a keen interest. He was especially prominent in politics and was one of the Democratic leaders in the county ever since coming here. He served as sheriff of the county from January, 1887 to January, 1889, and as probate judge from January, 1891 to January, 1895. In addition to his political principles, he was a man of strong moral convictions and has been prominently identified with the moral uplifting of the city and county. He was a stern man, yet respectful, and while he had some enemies, perhaps, he enjoyed the confidence and esteem of the best people of the county.

Until his late affliction, Judge Stevens had scarcely been sick a day. He was a man of fine physique and though over 77 years of age, was as active and apparently as well preserved as the average man of 50.

The people of Barber County are saddened by his death, and they will always hold him in sacred remembrance as a man of a generous heart and a brave will. He was a man among men and a valuable citizen.

To the sorrowing children and grandchildren who survive him, the Index offers most sincere sympathy.


Sedgewick Co. Lookup:

G. W. Stevens, white male widowed, died Dec 6, 1908; born May, age 77, retired stock man, born MO; cause: Hypertrophy of Prostate, duration of illness 14 days; place of death: 957 St. Francis Mortuary I.W. Gill; place of burial: Medicine Lodge, Kansas, Highland Cemetery.


Descendants of George Washington Stevens

1 George Washington Stevens 1831 - 1908
.. +Myra Knott(s) Worrell 1833 - 1893
......... 2 Joseph Stanley Stevens 1854 - 1937
............. +Eliza Catherine Augusta Mitchell Robinson Clark 1849 - 1930
......... 2 Lelia May Stevens 1856 - 1948
............. +Lon T. Wilson
......... *2nd Husband of Lelia May Stevens:
............. +James M. Gibson 1841 - m.abt 1897
......... 2 Harry Worrell Stevens 1858 - 1935
............. +Martha Unknown 1872 -
......... 2 Myra Stevens 1860 - 1944
............. +James Clark Jones 1857 -
......... 2 Mary Stevens 1860 -
............. +Lon T. Wilson
......... 2 Stella Stevens 1863 - 1942
............. +Eugene Youmans 1859 -
......... 2 Harriet Stevens 1866 - 1950
............. +(Hiram) Lindsay Shannon 1860 -


Family tradition: "George Washington Stevens at some point contacted his son, Joseph Stanley Stevens, to come out to Medicine Lodge as the land was good. By the time his son got there, "the good land was gone" [seems like there would have been a whole state left!, but maybe there was free land and that opportunity was gone?]; so JSS and his family went further west (I'd love to know where). They endured two terrible years, one of drought, one where cattle froze. Their 3 year old daughter, Edith Brooks Stevens, got into lye, got it in her eye, and they took her to the nearest fort where a doctor removed so much of her eye, she could never even have a glass one, so all of her pictures are in profile. They went back to visit JSS' wife's family, the Clarks, in Ohio. The family doctor told JSS that if he took her back out there to KS, she would die (probably was in cahoots with the family to keep her there--that's the lore), so they remained in Ohio. Kate Clark had met and married her husband JSS on a visit to see relatives in IL."

-- Nancy Hamilton, e-mail to Jerry Ferrin, 23 May 2008.


Descendants of Joseph Stevens (father of George Washington Stevens)

1 Joseph Stevens 1800 - 1851
.. +Almira Dee 1804 -
......... 2 John D. Stevens 1826 - 1894
............. +Julia A. 1839 -
.................... 3 Leona Stevens 1859 -
.................... 3 Clara B. Stevens 1861 -
.................... 3 Almira A. Stevens 1863 -
......... 2 George Washington Stevens 1831 - 1908
............. +Myra Knott(s) Worrell 1833 - 1893
.................... 3 Joseph Stanley Stevens 1854 - 1937
........................ +Eliza Catherine Augusta Mitchell Robinson Clark 1849 - 1930
.................... 3 Lelia May Stevens 1856 - 1948
........................ +Lon T. Wilson
.................... *2nd Husband of Lelia May Stevens:
........................ +James M. Gibson 1841 -
.................... 3 Harry Worrell Stevens 1858 - 1935
........................ +Martha Unknown 1872 -
............................... 4 Georgia Stevens 1893 - 1903
............................... 4 Boy Stevens 1907 -
.................... 3 Myra Stevens 1860 - 1944
........................ +James Clark Jones 1857 -
............................... 4 Bessie Mabel Jones 1882 -
............................... 4 Ethel Stevens Jones 1884 -
................................... +Ira Lawrence Hay
.................... 3 Mary Stevens 1860 -
........................ +Lon T. Wilson
.................... 3 Stella Stevens 1863 - 1942
........................ +Eugene Youmans 1859 -
............................... 4 Eugenia P. Youmans 1893 -
................................... +Browne Young Edelen 1890 -
.................... 3 Harriet Stevens 1866 - 1950
........................ +(Hiram) Lindsay Shannon 1860 -
......... 2 Joseph Oliver Stevens 1837 -
............. +Harriet D.
......... *2nd Wife of Joseph Oliver Stevens:
............. +Thamzin McLean - 1892
......... 2 Franklin Stevens 1840 - 1864 (died in the Civil War)
......... 2 Joan Stevens 1851 -
............. +Doctor T. C. Hatton 1847 -

Notes by Nancy Hamilton: This Joseph Stevens family and their allied lines (like Worrell) are mentioned quite a few times in "The History of Hancock County Illinois": "Among the earler settlers in this township we may mention . . . .Joseph Stevens and his sons John, George, Joseph and Frank, 1833; . . .Rev. Joseph Worrell..."

George Washington Stevens' father was born in NY, his mother in VT, married in Green Co. IL (where I have found his mother's Dee relatives). Most of their children, including GWS were born in Louisiana, Pike Co., MO; the last two kids in Hancock Co. IL.


Also see:

Georgia Steven, daughter of Harry Stevens, grand-daughter of George Washington Stevens.

Stella (Stevens) Youmans, wife of Eugene Youmans, Sr., daughter of George Washington Stevens.

Carry Nation: "The Use and Need of the Life of Carry A. Nation" -- "...have taken the case to the supreme court, and had it reversed on several rulings. Judge Stevens and Judge Lacey, who were at the trial, told me they never saw such determination on the part of any judge to cut out the defense as the rulings of Judge Gillette"


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