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Rufus Miller Stevens, I

Rufus Miller Stevens, I

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  • Name Rufus Miller Stevens 
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    Born 31 Mar 1830  Brockville,Leeds,Ontario,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As Miller Stevens 
    Died 16 Jan 1915  Philipsville,Leeds,Ontario,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Aft 16 Jan 1915  Philipsville,Leeds,Ontario,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
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    • Was an executor of his mother's considerable Estate. He was encouraged by brother Frederick to remain in school and prepare for a better life than his brother.  He received Commercial training.

      Rufus Miller Stevens

      In the fall of 1848, at age 18, after his older brother returned to the States, he was still in Newboro and his father was not well.  Miller, too, was having difficulty breathing:

      I was taken today at dinner with a pain in my stomach so that I could not get my breath,  I have taken two of the red peppers & plenty of sweet flag but I have hard work to breathe.  Tell father that if I don't come out this week that I want him to send me some leather for boots far I am barefooted entirely.

      His father died in the spring and he was the only son at home.  At age 23 he married Delight BYINGTON, they remained at home for a short time before leaving to find an easier place in which to make a living.

      Pembrook 16th Apr 1855 ." . .I left Bastard on the 10th of this month and crossed the river on the ice to Cape Vincent, [must have been a very cold winter for the St. Lawrence to still be frozen enough for walking on in Apr]from there to Rome to the N York Central Railroad to Pembroke or Corfu and am here in a RRoad Station Ticket office.  I am only getting $25 per month at present but have very good prospects here of doing something for myself. . .I think that I can get my board here anyway If I have my health.  I was sorry to hear that Polly Stevens was deranged.(Williston's wife).  I have not much time to write for I am busy all the time since I came here.  We have not settled in a house by ourselves yet but I expect they will get me a house pretty soon."

      They lived  temporarily with his sister Lura and husband W G Murray before they moved west.  Delight was not well, suffering what later was found out to be consumption and Miller had to nurse his wife as well as make a living.  There was a fire at the RR Headquarters so he was out of work.  They moved Perry, Illinois where he worked for a Mr. Johnson who paid him $30./month to look after the book work in his store.  In 1857/8 Mr. Johnson could not pay his bills so Miller was unpaid as well.

      Times were very difficult.  In 1857 Miller wrote that people with money to lend charge 25 to 50 % interest.  The banks failed and the next year there were thousands out of work.   His Mother sent some money in a letter that safely arrived in 5 days.  Postage was paid at either end, and it was wiser sometimes to pay only when received as postage might be charges then even when already paid.

      At the same time , his sister Melissa had gotten married.  Mother Elizabeth wanted Miller to come home and work the farm.  Miller wrote his health was not good and he didn't have the energy to farm.  Also Delight was too ill to travel.
                     Perry, Illinois Feby 10th 1858
      Dear Mother
                  . . .I told you how Delight was getting along, that she was so much worse that we broke up housekeeping on the 25th Jany and went to boarding, thinking that with the care of her house off her mind she might  get strong enough to start for Canada some time this summer but I will tell you some of her symptoms and you can judge for yourself.  In the first place, she has had a cough since we lived in York State and it has never left her. . . .she has had more or less fever often attended with chills which the doctor attributed to an extreme state  of weakness and derangement of the liver. . .She has wasted away till she is nothing but skin and bones.  She has had several spells sweating and when they go off she is so weak that she cannot sit up.  I do not want to alarm you needlessly but I think that when warm weather comes she will revive up a little. . .at least the doctor thinks she will be able to go to Canada by fall anyway.  We have been blessed with the best boarding place that could be had in town.  The doctor came in a few days ago and wanted to examine her lungs but she would not let him for she said if they were affected she knew he could not cure her.

      Delight died March 1858 aged 23 years, 6 mos, 24 days.  Miller remained until May, worked for Mr. Johnson until a replacement was found and Delight's headstone was paid for.  Miller visited his two brothers in Iowa before returning home.

      It is a wonder that Miller himself survived, plus his brothers as he gave Delarmar all their bedding before he moved back to Canada.

      But he did survive and returned to his mother and played an important role in the community as an active business man, clerk of the Philipsville Baptist Church and he held various jobs in municipal government.  In 1900 he was Township Engineer with the responsibility of looking after the extensive drainage problems in Bastard.

      In Aug 1860 Rufus Miller married Rachel Bowser Dau of John and Hannah Bowser, they had 4 children over the next 6 years.

      Millers good education and his strong Christian Faith is evident from the many letters written to his mother and siblings.  As well, he received many letters, mainly from cousins, who had pioneered in many American States.  These letters give a vivid picture of Pioneer life in the early years of settlement in both Canada and the American States.
    Person ID I11675  Rgstrong Family genes.
    Last Modified 24 May 2016 

    Father Ancestors Isaac Buck Stevens,   b. 28 Mar 1787, Pittsford,Rutland,Vermont,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1849, Newboro,Leeds,Ontario,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Ancestors Elizabeth Maude Day,   b. 30 Jun 1797,   d. 23 Jul 1885, ,Leeds,Ontario,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 16 Apr 1814 
    Family ID F4178  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Delight Byington,   b. Between 8 Aug 1834 and 7 Sep 1834,   d. Mar 1858, Perry,Pike,Illinois,United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 23 years) 
    Married 17 Oct 1853  [1
    • After her death Miller went back to Canada.
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2006 
    Family ID F4222  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ancestors Rachel D. Bowser,   b. 10 May 1832,   d. 1912, Philipsville,Leeds,Ontario,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 20 Aug 1860  Philipsville,Leeds,Ontario,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    Married: 1x1. Hellen F. Stevens,   b. 23 Feb 1861,   d. 19 Sep 1910, Brockville,Leeds,Ontario,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x2. Helena Laura Stevens,   b. 20 Sep 1862, ,,,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1946, ,,,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)  [natural]
     3. Hannah Stevens,   b. 10 Jul 1864, ,,,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1948, Addison,Leeds,Ontario,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x4. Isaac M. Stevens,   b. 18 Apr 1866, ,,,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1955, ,,,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x5. Adolphus Edward Stevens,   b. 10 May 1869, ,,,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1956, ,,,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  [natural]
    Married: 2x6. Rufus Miller Stevens, II Married: 2x2x ,   b. 31 Jul 1871, ,,,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1910, Alexandria Bay,Jefferson,New York,United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)  [natural]
     7. Elijah Stevens,   b. 26 Mar 1874, ,,,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1874, ,,,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [natural]
     8. Roland Stevens,   b. 14 Dec 1879, ,,,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1880, ,,,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2006 
    Family ID F4223  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 31 Mar 1830 - Brockville,Leeds,Ontario,Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Aug 1860 - Philipsville,Leeds,Ontario,Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Helena Laura Stevens - 20 Sep 1862 - ,,,Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Hannah Stevens - 10 Jul 1864 - ,,,Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Isaac M. Stevens - 18 Apr 1866 - ,,,Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Adolphus Edward Stevens - 10 May 1869 - ,,,Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Rufus Miller Stevens, II - 31 Jul 1871 - ,,,Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Elijah Stevens - 26 Mar 1874 - ,,,Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Roland Stevens - 14 Dec 1879 - ,,,Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Jan 1915 - Philipsville,Leeds,Ontario,Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aft 16 Jan 1915 - Philipsville,Leeds,Ontario,Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S13] Descendants of Roger Stevens, b.1700, Jill Fyffe rfyffe@peterboro.net, (Outline report 01/10/1999), pg. 7,paragraph A.6.h (Reliability: 0).

    2. [S13] Descendants of Roger Stevens, b.1700, Jill Fyffe rfyffe@peterboro.net, (Outline report 01/10/1999), pg. 8,paragraph A.6.h (Reliability: 0).