Ellen: Sorry to keep you waiting, but I received no notice of your reply. But, there is also another reply of 11/11/99 on our same family line, for which I was notified.
I have almost all the records of Benjamin Franklins descendents, but very little about the rest of his family. I have a hand written paper that my Grandfather James Monroe Stevens prepared when he was applying for acceptance in the Sons of the American Revolution. He stated that his Grandfather's name was Ephraim but that he didn't know the name of Ephraim's father who was a Ships Captain that died at sea probably off the coast of Maine. He could not identify his Uncles (probably grand uncles)who had enlisted in the Revolutionary War. He did
determine relationship to a Rev. War Veteran William Gordon McAdams (of York Co., PA), who was his Mother's (Nancy Anderson) Grandfather. The Andersons were a founding Family of the St.Jacob, ILL area and that is where they, william McAdams and a number of Stevens are buried.
But I haven't been able to determine where Ephraim ended his days and only had sketchy data that Walter and Amelia moved to "near Girard Kansas. I have not birth or death dates for any of Ephraim's family except Benjamin. I don't even know his Wife's or Wive's names. I have one good group picture of Benjamin's Family.
I've been trying to compile a listing of the Steven's in Essex Middlesex counties of Massachuesetts, where I think that Ephraim was probably born. I have over 300 Stevens in it so far but haven't established a tie to an Ephraim in the right time frame. Nor have I found a Thomas Stevens, that my Grandfather refered to in his Hand written notes: "there was a Thomas Stevens who settled in Maine in 1603" (he could have been searching at this point...he didn't say it was his relative).
James Monroe's brother Horace supposedly had in his posession a copy of and old deed conveying 4 large lots in Penobscot Co., Maine to Ephraim Stevens for $121.00 in 1831. That is the time that his father Benjamin was born "11/7/1831 in Bangor, Maine". However eight towns have produced no birth or family records to date. "Ephraim lived about 25 miles north of Bangor in Penobscot Co. along the Penobscot river"
I'll be glad to share any data that I have with you. I like to know more about Walter, Amelia and George. I had never heard of Mary until now.
Thanks for answering.