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Re: Still Looking (Princeton) Richard Stevens 1898
Posted by: Arielle Crawley (ID *****3835) Date: November 15, 2012 at 10:04:57
In Reply to: Re: Still Looking (Princeton) Richard Stevens 1898 by Sandra Stephens of 18896

Yes I'm positive that his first name was Princeton, his full name being Princeton Richard Stevens. My grandmother and her sister always talked about him using his first name Princeton, and the few family documents I have, being my grandmother's birth certificate, and her wedding invitation, he used his first name Princeton. The California death index, also gives his full name as Princeton Richard Stevens, and his birth date as Jan 2 1898, and his birth place as New Orleans, Orleans parish, Louisiana. He also listed Louisiana as his place of birth on my grandmother's birth certificate. I'm not completely sure that his mother is Susie, but he did name my grandmother Suzanne, the story being that he actually picked the name, and not my great grandmother. By 1930 he has moved to Los Angeles, on the census he is listed as just Richard Stevens, he is married to my great grandmother Jane Stevens (nee Ahern) and has two daughters, my grandmother Suzanne, and her sister Betty Jane. Then on the 1940 census he is listed as P. Richard Stevens. I can't find him and Susie in the 1910 census either, but there is a Richard Stevens living with the Palms family in New Orleans. Then there is a 1920 census for Fulton, co Georgia, with a Richard Stevens, born in Louisiana, and a Susie A Stevens, born in Georgia. Again this Susie is the head of the house, and there is no one else living with them. The family story has always been that he was born in Louisiana, and his mother in Georgia. Another family story, is that when he was a young man, he lied about his age so he could join the military in the fight against Pancho Villa, and then he did go on to fight in world war 1. So I don't know if kept lying about his age and birth date after that?, and for some reason on the 1940 census for Los Angeles, it lists his and his father's place of birth as Alabama. So I'm not sure if the census taker just made a mistake, or what. He worked for MGM studios for many years, where everyone called him "The Colonel" because of his southern accent. He died in Los Angeles in 1953.

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