Carroll County Biographies


Gould Stevens, an honorable and honored member of the farming community of Carroll County, is extensively and profitably engaged in agricultural pursuits on section 25 of Salem Twp., where he owns a large and well improved farm of 388 acres, of exceeding fertility. He is a Pennsylvanian by birth, born in the township of Orwell, Bradford County, Oct. 6, 1828. His parents, Samuel W. and Nancy (Seymour) Stevens, were also natives of the Keystone State, and after their marriage they settled in Bradford County. The father died there in 1837, and the mother afterward came to Carroll County, and died here Oct. 5, 1873. They were people who were highly esteemed by all who knew them for their kindly ways and sterling qualities, and the death of the father was a loss to his community. They had five children, of whom our subject was the second in order of birth. There is nothing of any especial interest in his childhood to note, for, he being reared on a farm, his life was much like that of other farmer's boys. He was married in his native county, and ambitious to try agriculture on the rich, virgin soil of the prairies of Illinois, he came to this State with his wife in 1851 and settled in Salem Township, of which he has since resided. He has given his entire attention to agricultural pursuits and is now the possessor of one of the most highly productive farms in all the township and as age draws nigh, finds himself well fortified against material want.

Mr. Stevens has been three times married. His first wife, to whom he was united in Bradford County was Hannah Marsh. One child was born of that union, Viola, now the wife of George Mullihan. Mrs. Stevens died in Salem Township in 1853, while yet in the bloom of young womanhood. Mr. Stevens second marriage was in this township to Martha Stearns and to them were born two children - Hannah and Cora. Hannah is the wife of George Phillips of Nebraska; Cora is the wife of Clinton Roderick of Salem Twp. In June 1880 our subject was again called on to mourn the death of a devoted companion. Mr. Stevens was married to his present estimable wife, Leonette Plumer, in Fair Haven Twp. Jan. 18, 1883. Mrs. Stevens is of New England origin, having been born in Meredith NH Oct. 15, 1850. Mrs. Stevens is a valued member of the Baptist Church and takes an active part in its good works.

Mr. Stevens during his useful and busy career has displayed shrewdness, taact, and uncommon energy in the management of his affairs, and in his dealings with others always justice and fairness, so that his fellow men are glad to see him prosper. He has mingled in the public life of his adopted township, having served to his cred and to the benefit of the community, as Road Commissioner and School Director. In politices he is a stanch upholer of the Republican party.

Portrait & Biographical Carroll County 1889 Pg 839

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