Local History Collections

Collection ID: LH-313
Location: LH-313

(Description ID: 595203)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Stevenson Family


Biographical Sketch
Scope and Content

The Stevenson Family Collection was donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in 2002 by Mrs. Norman Sinclair.  Additional materials were given in 2006.

Biographical Sketch
Dr. Matthew Stevenson, second son of James Stevenson, Jr., was born in Frederick County, Maryland, in 1777.  He married Jane Gilson, daughter of Thomas and Nancy (Boyd) Gilson in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1810.  Stevenson studied medicine with a maternal uncle, Dr. John Buchanan.  In 1831, Stevenson settled his family on the North Sand Ridge in York Township, Sandusky County, Ohio.  Stevenson practiced medicine throughout Sandusky County and in communities as distant as Tiffin and Sandusky, Ohio.  A devout member of the Methodist Church, Stevenson served as a lay minister. Matthew and Jane Stevenson were the parents of eleven children. 

Born in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, in 1810, James David Gilson Stevenson, moved with his parents and siblings to Sandusky County, Ohio.  He studied medicine with Dr. Henry Kuhn of Tiffin, Ohio.  He married Mary Elizabeth Sizer, daughter of Samuel and Lois (Love) Sizer.  In 1845, Dr. James D. G. Stevenson moved with his wife’s family to Buffalo, New York, where they spent the remainder of their lives.  Dr. Stevenson died in Buffalo in 1890.

Walter Edward Stevenson, who was born in 1848 in Buffalo, New York, was the third of Dr. James D. G. and Mary Elizabeth (Sizer) Stevenson’s six children. Stevenson taught school and worked as an accountant for most of his life.  He married Mrs. Mary Louise (Hocke) Miller of Pierpoint, New York, in 1888.  She was the widow of August Miller, by whom she had four children: Jessie, Mary Cordelia, Bertha Louise, and Frederick William.  Following her husband’s death, Mary Louise’s children were adopted by Rev. Gaylord Hartupee of Holmes County, Ohio. The adoption was accomplished through a legal instrument of indenture.  Mary remained in York Twp., caring for George Steward, a York Twp. farmer, and his daughter, who was mentally handicapped.  Following their deaths, she inherited the Steward home and large farm on York Township’s North Ridge, known as Sunnyside.   All five children of Walter E. and Mary Louise (Hocke) Stevenson were born at Sunnyside.  They were Walter James, Ethel, Marie Lois, and twins Hortense and Harriett. Walter and Mary eventually sold the farm and settled on land near Green Springs, Ohio. Later, they resided in Clyde, Ohio, and Detroit, Michigan.  Following Mary’s death, Walter lived with siblings in Buffalo, New York, until his death in 1922.

Scope and Content
The Stevenson Family Collection is comprised primarily of identified family photographs, documents, and artifacts.  The bulk of the material, dating from the Civil War to 1932, focuses on the Walter E. and Mary Louise (Hocke) Miller Stevenson family.  Also included in the material are images of and documents associated with Mary Louise=s children by her first husband, August Miller, and his family.  Many of the photographs of earlier generations of Stevensons and collateral relatives were identified by the donor, Mrs. Norman Sinclair, a daughter of (Mrs. Haven) Hortense Stevenson Sturdevant.  Others were identified by older Stevenson and Miller family members.

The photographs and documents are filed in family groups that preserve the arrangement and description created by the donor.  Artifacts and an album of identified images, primarily carte de visites, are housed in Box 3.  In most instances, the name of the individual appearing in the image is listed on the album page. However, in some cases, only the name and/or location of the studio is listed on the album page. This information has been recorded in the Inventory.  Two large diplomas belonging to Hortense Stevenson Sturdevant were transferred to the Oversize Area and several books were transferred to the General Collection.  For a detailed genealogy of the Walter E. Stevenson family, see James Stevenson Family Genealogy by George Urie Stevenson, 1964. [CS71.S81S81 ORR]

Ac. 5567, 5705
2 linear ft.

Box 1

1. Dr. James David Gilson Stevenson-Photos (1)

2. Walter E. Stevenson - Photos (14)

3. Walter E. & Mary Hock Miller Stevenson Home - Sandusky County, Ohio - Photos (7)

4. Walter E. Stevenson - Photo Album - (15)

5. Clara Louise Stevenson - Sister of Walter E. Stevenson - Photo (1)

6. John M. & Margaret Elizabeth Stevenson Family - Photo (1)

7. James A. Stevenson Family - Photo (1)

8. Will S. & Marie A. Stevenson Family - Photos (4)

9. Walter J. Stevenson - son of Walter E. & Mary Hock Miller Stevenson - Photos (4)

10. Haven & Hortense (Stevenson) Sturdevant Family - Photos (12)

11. Frank & Ethel Stevenson Bishop Family - Photos (12)

12. Mary Elizabeth Stevenson (Mother of Walter E.)- Photo (1)

13. Bat & Harriet Stevenson Boyer Family - Photos (5)

14. Dan & Marie Stevenson Dumbick Family - Photos (7)

15. Fred Miller - Photos (3)

16. Jessie & Mary Miller - d/o August & Mary Louise Hock Miller [Stevenson] - Photos (5)

17. Arthur & Phoebe Stevenson Family - Photos (8)

18. Arthur E. Stevenson Family - Photos (6)

19. Hock Family - Photos (11)

20. Louis Hocke (Uncle of Mary Hock Miller Stevenson) - Photo (1)

21. Mr. & Mrs. Fred Mueller Family - Photos (6)

22. Perry G. & Mary Miller Jones Family - Photos (10)

23. Mr. & Mrs. Ortive Haff - Photo (1)

24. Stereopticon Views - Miscellaneous (9)

25. Fremont Flood - Photos (6)

26. Photographs:

  • Haven & Hortense (Stevenson) Sturdevant, 13 May 1962
  • Unidentified man, ca. 1950
  • Unidentified woman, ca. 1950 (2 photographs)
  • Frank & Ethel (Stevenson) Bishop, 1947
  • Fred Miller, 1945
  • Frank Bishop, Bat Boyer, Haven Sturdevant, & Dan Dumbick, 1923
  • Mary L. Stevenson, ca. 1918
  • Gus & Mayme, 25 September, n.y.
  • Fred & Mayme, n.d.
  • Walter James Stevenson, n.d.
  • Mary L. Stevenson, n.d.
  • Bat Boyer, n.d.
  • Hortense Sturdevant, Marion Sturdevant, & Harriett Boyer, n.d.
  • Hortense & Harriett Stevenson, n.d.
  • Walter Stevenson, n.d.
  • Hortense (Stevenson) Sturdevant, n.d.
  • Marie Lois Stevenson, n.d.
  • Harriett and Hortense Stevenson, n.d.
  • Hortense, Mary L., & Harriett Stevenson, n.d.
  • Harriett and Hortense Stevenson, n.d.

Box 2 

Cased images and tintypes (8)

  • Jacob Hocke
  • Walter Edward Stevenson, aged 12
  • Mary Elizabeth Sizer Stevenson
  • Jane Buchanan Stevenson
  • Elizabeth Jane
  • Walter E. Stevenson (daguerreotype), Jake Hocke (tintype)
  • Walter E. Stevenson (brooch with image), 1920
  • Engraved plate for business cards for Fred Miller, Indianapolis, Indiana

1. Insurance Policies, Business Documents of Mary Miller c. 1871-1887

2. Apprenticeship Document - Children of August and Mary Hocke Miller - 1884

3. George H. Steward Receivership Papers - 1886

4. Walter E. Stevenson Guest Book Pages - 1878

5. Field Notes and Deeds, York Twp., Sandusky County, Ohio - 1824

6. Walter E. Stevenson Correspondence - 1921

7. Hortense E. Stevenson Sturdevant Correspondence - 1920-1931

8. Masonic Membership of Fred Miller, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1921

9. Obituary of Mabel Frances Beebe - 1899

10. Diary: January -June, 1864

11. Recipes, Pamphlets, Memorabilia

12. Greeting Cards - c. 1867-1932

13. Documents:

  • Stevenson family seal
  • Birth announcement for William Daniel McDonough, 10 April 1929
  • Forwarding address for Beverley Bishop & James Robbins
  • Funeral card for Hollis W. Bishop, 08/17/1915-04/04/1976
  • Funeral card for Frank Bishop, 10/12/1886-01/30/1967
  • Death record for Ethel E. Bishop, 26 June 1959
  • Drawn map of Bishop cemetery plot
  • Printed map of Bishop cemetery plot
  • Printed map of Roseland Park Cemetery
  • Genealogy record for Carl & Elinor Magsamen
  • Wayne Co. General Hospital & Infirmary, notification of death certificate for Fred W. Miller, dtd 13 May 1961
  • Death certificate for Fred W. Miller, 05 May 1961
  • Funeral card for Marie L. Dumbick, 05/21/1892-06/05/1974
  • Funeral card for Daniel Dumbick, died 12/03/1965
  • Funeral card for Hortense Sturdevant, died 11/20/1983
  • Funeral card for Haven H. Sturdevant, died 07/20/1978
  • Genealogy record for Alfred Arens & Beverley Bishop
  • Genealogy record for Richard Bishop & Janet Sudak
  • Genealogy record for Stanley Stevenson & Madeline Pullen
  • Genealogy record for Sydney Arnold McDonough & Ruth Luella Stevenson
  • Stevenson family genealogy.  3 pgs.  Typed (2 copies).
  • Stevenson family genealogy. From Hortense Sturdevant, dtd 02 February 1982. Handwritten with photocopy.
  • Stevenson family births & deaths
  • Hocke family genealogy.  Handwritten with photocopy.
  • Cemetery payment sheets for plots of Walter & Mary Louise Stevenson


To Marion, dtd 18 August 1986.

To Marian, dtd 26 February 1982.

To Marion, dtd 19 March 1982.

To Marion & Norman Sinclair, dtd 13 September 1980.
To Marion, dtd 21 February 1982.

To Hortense Sturdevant, dtd 04 November 1983.  2 copies.

To Marion, dtd 16 February 1982.

To Hortense, dtd 26 September 1980.

To Marion, dtd 30 April 1981.  With attached notations of family tree.

To Marion, dtd 28 December 1983.

To Marion, dtd 14 February 1982.

To Marion, dtd 24 February 1982. 

Box 3

Photograph Album:

  • Captain Samuel De Zoscieur Stevenson
  • Belle Flagg, Oak Park, IL, 16 yrs., 1875
  • Unidentified
  • Mary Elizabeth Stevenson 
  • Elizabeth Jane Stevenson, Aunt Libby, b. 1852
  • Eva M. Hurd, Findlay, Ohio, 19 yrs., 1873
  • Fannie A. Hurd, 16 yrs., 1874
  • Mary Louise Stevenson, Mother of Hortense and Harriet, 1854-1918
  • Walter E. Stevenson, husband of Mary; Father of Hortense and Harriet, Forestville, NY
  • Nellie to Walter, 1877, Buffalo, Jan 4/77
  • Forestville, NY
  • Lucinda Burley
  • Mary Louise Stevenson (Hoch), 1854-1918
  • E. P. Jones girls, Findlay, Ohio
  • Unidentified
  • Geo. Jones, E. P.’s Son, 7yrs., 1874
  • Unidentified
  • Unidentified
  • Unidentified
  • Cousin Susie Covey, Elmira, NY, 12 yrs., 1876
  • Wm. F. Covey
  • [Studio address]  Wm. Knight, Buffalo, NY, 194 Main St.
  • Charles W. Stevenson, July 1880
  • Forestville, NY
  • Cousin Sophia M. Benit, 18 years, married to Charles Chamberlin, 1872
  • Mrs. James W. Stevenson
  • Charles Walter Stevenson, July 1880
  • Dr. James W. Stevenson
  • May 19, 1876, Forestville, NY
  • Dresden, Germany
  • Dresden, Germany
  • Forestville, NY
  • Elmira, NY
  • Ann Benjamin, Forestville, NY, May 19, 1876
  • Sophia Barber, May 19, 1876, Forestville, NY
  • Missing
  • Unidentified
  • Unidentified
  • Unidentified
  • Unidentified


  • Wooden cane handle (with hound’s head); inscribed “From James S. Skedden to Col. Sam Sizer Decr 1870”
  • Straight razor
  • Christening dress of Walter E. Stevenson
  • Embroidered linens

Oversize Documents - Transferred to the Oversize Area:

  • Hortense Stevenson Clyde, Ohio, grade school diploma, 1908
  • Hortense Stevenson Clyde, Ohio, High School diploma, 1912

Books - Transferred to the General Collection:

  • Household Discoveries, An Encyclopedia of practical Recipes and Processes.
  • Dr. Chase’s Third Last and Complete Receipt Book and Household Physician