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[This information is from Vol. IV, pp. 1478-1480 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

(II) Gilbert Timothy Stevens*, son of Nathaniel Gove (q. v.)and Nancy (Stoughton) Stevens, was born May 23, 1827, at Warwick, Massachusetts, died at Walpole, New Hampshire, November 25, 1897. (* In some branches of the family this name appears as Timothy Gilbert Stevens.) He was by trade a tanner and currier, but gave up his trade when a young man to become a farmer. About 1859 he removed to Walpole, New Hampshire, where he took prominent part in church and town affairs. He was an active Republican, a member of the Christian church. He married, November 25, 1853, Elizabeth Arnold, now living in Walloomsac, New York, with her son William N. She is the daughter of William Arnold, see forward. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Stevens:

  1. William Nathaniel, see forward;
  2. Josephine Elizabeth, born Walpole, New Hampshire, January 14, 1856, died January 18, 1871.

(III) William Nathaniel, son of Gilbert Timothy and Elizabeth (Arnold) Stevens, was born in Warwick, Massachusetts, March 4, 1855. He was educated in Walpole's common and high schools. He learned the machinist's trade, but left it to become a bookkeeper and assistant superintendent for his uncle, Nathaniel Edwin Stevens, at Winchester, New York, a farmer and currier, where he remained four years. In July, 1883, he removed to Walloomsac where he accepted a position as bookkeeper with the Walloomsac Paper Company; he is still with them, having been promoted to assistant superintendent. He owns and runs a farm of one hundred and fifty acres which he bought in 1906. It is historic ground, being land on which the first part of the battle of Bennington was fought, where Colonel Baum came to seize stores and was reinforced on this land. It is now called Hessian Hill. He is in the retail coal business in Walloomsac. He is a Republican, active in town affairs, having held the office of justice of the peace from 1901 to 1910, interested in education, having been trustee of the school district for several years. He is notary public, first appointed under the administration of governor David B. Hill. He is a prominent member of the Presbyterian church of Hoosick Falls; he was elected elder September 20, 1880, has been trustee since 1902, and has been clerk of the sessions since 1907. He has been elected several times to the Presbytery and by the Presbytery to the Synod in 1906, and also by the Presbytery to the general session of the Presbyterian Church of America in 1907. He has served several years as superintendent of the Sabbath school and is a member of the Christian Endeavor Society. When the Presbyterian church was repaired in 1897-98, he was on the building committee and rendered efficient service. He is a member of the Masonic Order, having been made a Mason at Philecian Lodge, No. 40, Winchester, New Hampshire, in 1881, demitting from that lodge in 1886 and joining Van Rensselaer Lodge at Hoosick Falls, New York. He is a Royal Arch Mason of Raymond Chapter, No. 248, Hoosick Falls, and has filled all the principal chairs including election to the office of high priest, an honor he felt impelled to decline. He is past worthy patron of Van Rensselaer Chapter, No. 161, Order of Eastern Star, of Hoosick, having served two years. His social club is the Hoosick of Hoosick Falls.

William N. Stevens married (first) Jane E. Watkins, by whom he had one son, William Earl, born in Walpole, 1878. He is living in Bellows Falls, Vermont, a machinist by trade. He is now engaged in a machinery and jobbing repair shop. He married Estella Willington and has three children: William N. Stevens, married (second) October 13, 1886, at Hoosick Falls, Katherine Helen, daughter of Thomas Moses, who was a son of Dr. Salmon Moses. Children of second wife:

  1. Mary Elizabeth, born September 28, 1887, died June 21, 1900;
  2. Nathaniel Edwin, March 4, 1889, died June 29, 1900;
  3. John Haswell, June 18, 1891, died March 16, 1896;
  4. Katherine Lois, July 28, 1892, died March 20, 1906;
  5. Ruth, November 30, 1897;
  6. Helen Jeanette, November 16, 1900;
  7. and 8. Naomi and Anna, twins, March 19, 1903. Naomi died March 19, 1903, Anna died December 23, 1903.

William Arnold, grandfather of William N. Stevens, was born in Westmoreland, New Hampshire, March 29, 1792. He learned the machinist's trade, and worked at that business in his younger days. At what time he came to Walpole is not known, but at one time he worked for Thomas Moore as a hired man on his farm, and married one of his daughters, Naomi, October 3, 1822, who was born September 14, 1795. After his marriage he worked at his trade a while in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where some of his children were born. He returned to Walpole and purchased the Robinson tavern stand and commenced keeping a public house in 1837, in which business he continued till the building of the Cheshire railroad, when the tavern keeping was relinquished. When he commenced keeping tavern there was a large amount of travel over the road that passed his house, it being the third New Hampshire turnpike. Here, he and his wife did their best to please, thereby securing a good share of customers, who were sure to be well cared for. After he relinquished tavern keeping, he turned his attention to farming, which occupation he followed till the infirmities of age caused him to suspend labor. He died August 27, 1876. Children:

  1. Elizabeth, born May 22, 1823; married (first) Levi Winchester, of Westmoreland; one son, Frank L.; married (second) Gilbert Timothy Stevens, had two children;
  2. Mary P., born September 27, 1824, married O. H. P. Watkins, May 14, 1847; three children;
  3. William, born December 26, 1826, married Mary S. Stevens, of Warwick, Massachusetts, September, 1852; three children;
  4. Sarah Jane, born August 29, 1828, married Henry D. Bacon, and has one daughter;
  5. Sophia, born July 19, 1834, married Nelson Johnson, October 19, 1865; two children;
  6. Frances N., born March 2, 1836, married George A. Sherman, June 13, 1866; no issue.

John Moses of Plymouth, Massachusetts, ancestor of Katherine Helen (Moses) Stevens, was a shipwright; he came to New England between 1630 and 1640. He died October 14, 1683.

(II) John (2), son of John (1) Moses, settled at Windsor, Connecticut, previous to 1647. He was a soldier of Captain John Mason's troop of horse. He married Mary Brown, May 18, 1653. He died October 14, 1683; she died September 14, 1689. Children, John, William, Thomas, Mary, Sarah, Nathaniel, Dorcas, Margaret, Timothy, Martha and Mindwell.

(III) John (3), son of John (2) Moses, settled in Simsbury, Connecticut, on his father's farm near Mount Philip. He married Deborah Thrall, July 14, 1680. She belonged to the Puritan church, November 10, 1697, of forty-three persons. She died May 16, 1715. Children: John, Deborah, William, Thomas, Joshua, Deborah, Caleb (1), Othniel, Moses, Caleb (2), Mary and Martha.

(IV) Joshua, son of John (3) Moses, married (first) December 12, 1717, Hannah Strickland. She died January 16, 1718 or 1719, leaving twins three days old. He married (second) June 28, 1722, Mary Brook. He deeded lands in New Hartford in 1744 and 1745. We find in Norfolk records, deeds July 2, 1772, from "Joshua the elder to son Joshua." Also he bought lands in Norfolk in 1769. He died February 6, 1773, of an eating cancer of the mouth, aged about eighty-five years. By his will dated September 18, 1772, he leaves property to "Sons Joshua Othniel and John; to daughters Hannah, Mary and Rachel." Children: Hannah and Mary, twins; Rachel, Joshua, Othniel and John.

(V) Joshua (2), son of Joshua (1) Moses, resided in Norwalk, Connecticut. From Norwalk town records we find that on April 24, 1769, "Joshua Moses of Simsbury bought land in Norfolk of Matthew Phelps." Also a deed July 2, 1772, from "Joshua the elder to son Joshua." In the distribution of the estate of Joshua Moses, November 4, 1795, Norfolk, Pro. Rec. mention is made of wife Abigail and the reservation of a "shop" to Jonathan; then further distribution is made to Joshua, Thomas, Jonathan, Abigail Palmer and Jesse Moses and "heirs of Joshua." Previous to this are recorded several deeds November 30, 1792, for "love and good will" to "son Jesse" "son Thomas," "son Joshua Jr.," and September 17, 1794, to Jesse Moses from "his honored father." It seems a little singular that a son Jonah was left out of this distribution as we find in Norfolk records this entry: "Jonah Moses, son of Joshua Moses and Abigail, his wife, born October 25, 1777." In the history of the Terry family, we learn that Abigail Terry, born January 18, 1740, married Joshua Moses, of Norfolk.

(VI) Thomas, son of Joshua (2) Moses, was born July 19, 1768, died September 24, 1851. He spent his life on his father's old homestead at Norfolk, Connecticut. He married (first) November 24, 1791, Abigail Brown, born August 17, 1769, died February 16, 1823. He married (second) November 11, 1839, Caroline Brown. Children: Salmon, Thomas, Jr., Ralph, Benjamin, Hiram, Betsy, Julia, Eunice, Abigail, Ruth.

(VII) Dr. Salmon, son of Thomas and Abigail (Brown) Moses, was educated at Hamilton (New York) College, and had a large practice as a physician at Hoosick Falls, New York. An interesting letter from him is published in the History of Norfolk, Connecticut. He was a zealous churchman, reading service for several years in the school house, until funds were provided to build the present St. Mark's Episcopal Church at Hoosick Falls. He married, February 18, 1823, Sarah Haswell. Children: Robert Haswell, Harriet Haswell, Sarah Julia, Thomas Salmon, Elizabeth Tweedale, Cynthia Haswell, Mary, Charles Arthur.

(VIII) Thomas Salmon, son of Dr. Salmon and Sarah (Haswell) Moses, was born June 23, 1828, died April 28, 1902. He resided at Bennington, Vermont. He married Mary Ann Whitehead, of Hoosick Falls, New York. Children: Jane, Maria, Francis, William, Catherine H., Thomas, Walter, Martha, Harriet, Alice.

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