The above individual was my mother-in-law's father. He was born 8 Jan 1876 in Hart. Unfortunately, he passed away 11 Dec 1919 before she was born 5 Jan 1920. (She has now also passed, and was the youngest and last of her sibling to survive.)
There has always been great mystery in the family surrounding William's birth. No one ever wanted to talk about it. Some family tales indicate that he came to live with Orange and Adelia at 2 months. He does appear in the 1880 census with them and is listed as son. But would people indicate if their children were natural or adopted?
So where would I look for his records, because I believe the courthouse was burned many years ago. If there ever was a family bible, it is no where to be found now either. (I know that's always a suggested place to look.)
In my searching for information I often find the last name to be misspelled: Steever, Staver, Steaver, Steven