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Re: Henry Stevenson, early Mormon convert/pioneer from Venango Co.
Posted by: Gloria Smith (ID *****8813) Date: September 26, 2012 at 12:54:41
In Reply to: Henry Stevenson, early Mormon convert/pioneer from Venango Co. by Robert Wedding of 1224

Your question about Henry Stevenson caught my eye. I read that entry years ago and thought it was very interesting but never did much to resaerch it. With the material available on line today I gave it a few minutes and came up with some interesting information.
Erastus Smow is a very well known figure in Mormon Church history. If he converted Henry Stevenson in 1837 it seemed most likely the family went to Nauvoo in Hancock County, Illinois where the Mormons were gathering at that time. Following persecution in the early 1840's Mormons began leaving Nauvoo and eventually many settled in Utah with the first group arriving in 1847.
With a quick look on ancestry I found someone had submitted a family tree of Henry which listed his birthdate as 1765 in Pennsylvania and a death date as after 1842 in Nauvoo so apparently he died before the Mormons settled in Utah.
The entry lists daughters Elizabeth, Sarah, Jane, Nancy, Rebecca, Lydia, and Keziah. Elizabeth and Sarah died in Western Pennsylvania aand daughters Lydia and Keziah married and died in Illinois. What happened to Jane, Nancy and Rebecca was not listed.
I'm sure there is plenty yet to be discovered about this family and it sounds like an interesting tale.


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