MRS. ELIZABETH STEPHENS, who is the widow of Wesley Stephens, owns and occupies a comfortable homestead of 160 acres in White Oak Township, on section 4. Mrs. S. has been a resident of the Prairie State since 1856. She was born in Brown County, Ohio, in 1822, being the daughter of John and Jane Baird. Her father was born at Columbus, Ohio, and died in White Oak Township in about 1870. The mother was a native of Virginia, and died at the home of her husband in Twin Grove, this county, in 1866. They were members of the United Presbyterian Church, and Mr. Baird in politics was strongly Republican. Their thirteen children were Jeremiah, John, Margaret, Elizabeth, Sophia, Mary J., James, Joseph, Maria, Martha, Robert, William and Lucinda.

The subject of our sketch was reared under the home roof, and became the wife of Wesley Stephens in March, 1853. They came to Bloomington, Ill., in 1856, when there was only one blacksmith-shop, one grocery-store and a few little houses scattered around. Mr. Stephens was a painter by trade, which he followed for a time after coming to Bloomington, and then purchased 160 acres of good land, which is still the home of Mrs. S. and one of her sons. Mr. Stephens was born in Ohio, Aug. 3, 1820, being the son of John and Martha Stephens. He was in all respects a good husband and father, and a worthy citizen. He departed this life in White Oak Township, in 1863, and his remains were laid to rest in Oak Grove Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. S. became the parents of six children: Martha J. departed this life in 1872; Alice C. became the wife of Wilson Selders; John married Miss Savilla Webster, and resides with his mother on the old homestead; America died Aug. 19, 1860. Mrs. Stephens is a member of the United Presbyterian Church, to the support of which she has contributed cheerfully and liberally for many years. The church edifice stands just across the road from her home. She is a lady of excellent character, and greatly esteemed among her neighbors and associates.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 501. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.




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