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In "The Stephens Family: A Genealogy of the Descendants of Joshua Stevens," author Bascom Asbury Cecil Stephens presents an extensive family history that traces the lineage of the Stephens family, spanning multiple generations.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this book is the meticulous research carried out by the author. Stephens provides a wealth of information on each individual mentioned, presenting not only their names but also intricate details about their lives. From birth and marriage records to occupation and location changes, the reader gains a comprehensive understanding of these ancestors and their influence on subsequent generations.

The organization of the book is commendable, with each chapter devoted to a specific branch of the family tree. This allows readers to easily navigate through the lineage and focus on the particular branch that interests them the most. Additionally, the inclusion of family photographs and documents adds a personal touch to the narrative, making it easier for readers to connect with the relatives being discussed.

Despite the book's clear intention as a genealogy, it also manages to provide historical context throughout. By intertwining significant events from each period, Stephens ensures that readers not only gain knowledge about their ancestors but also develop a better grasp of the broader historical backdrop in which these individuals lived.

Although "The Stephens Family" is undoubtedly a valuable resource for family members looking to uncover their ancestral past, it may have limited appeal to readers outside of that specific demographic. The extensive amount of information, while impressive, can be overwhelming for those without a personal connection to the Stephens family.

Furthermore, at times, the narrative can feel dry and detached, perhaps due to the strictly factual approach taken by the author. While this level of detail is necessary for a genealogical work, it occasionally lacks the captivating storytelling elements that would truly engage a wider audience.

In conclusion, "The Stephens Family: A Genealogy of the Descendants of Joshua Stevens" is an admirable piece of research undertaken by Bascom Asbury Cecil Stephens. Through meticulous organization and extensive historical context, Stephens provides readers with a comprehensive understanding of their ancestors' lives. While the book may primarily appeal to those with a personal connection to the Stephens family, it remains a noteworthy resource for genealogical research and preserving familial heritage.

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A Genealogy of the Descendants of Joshua Stevens

Written by Bascom Asbury Cecil Stephens, Los Angeles, California, A. D. 1892

Printed, with a few additions, by Alonzo Smith Bower, Lima, Ohio, A. D. 1910

JOSHUA STEPHENS, (6), the ancestor of this STEPHENS Family, was born, according to the family tradition, in what is now the County of Berkes, in the State of Pennsylvania, of Welsh parents, A. D. 1733. According to the recollection of C. C. Stephens, (176) his grandfather, E. D. Stephens, (16), son of this Joshua Stephens, (6), stated to him in an interview at Hardin, Ohio, about 1860, that Joshua Stephens's father's name was also Joshua Stephens, (3), which would make him the senior; that Joshua Stephens, Senior, with two brothers, David, (5), and Ebenezer, (4), came over from Wales. Of these three last named persons nothing further is known at the present writing, than the foregoing statement.

That there was a large Welsh immigration into the present territory of Berkes County prior to 1733, the birth year of Joshua Stephens, Jr., (6), is a fact well corroborated by the (Stot.) history of Pennsylvania.


The principal abbreviations used in these pages are:

b. standing for born. m. standing for married. d. standing for died... Continue reading book >>

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