Biography of George W. Stevens

George W. Stevens resides at Star Mills, two miles southeast from Lookout and while he is largely retired from the more active participation in business he is still interested with his sons in the mill. He was born in Washington County, Tennessee, on July 23, 1831, being the son of John and Margaret (Dunsworth) Stevens, natives respectively of Washington County and Illinois. They were descended from the Pennsylvania Dutch and pioneers in the then western country. Our subject grew to manhood amid the environments of the farm and during the conscription in his native place he was caught in the Confederate army, though he took a musket in those ranks much against his will. He was in Company U, First Tennessee Heavy Artillery. He fought through the trying times until the surrender of Vicksburg, being in Pemberton’s command. His two brothers were more fortunate than he and escaped the conscription.

Mr. Stevens went to Illinois in 1865, where he remained for six years. The next move was to Kansas, in which place he lived sixteen years, whence he came 10 Moscow in 1889. In the same year he came to the reservation, settling where we now find him.

In 1856, in North Carolina. Mr. Stevens married Miss Lydia A. Dillingham, and to them four sons and one daughter were born: James F., in Oregon; Dewitt S.; John D., living at the mill; Semaramis, wife of William F. Gill, in Kansas, and George G., at the mill.

Mr. Stevens is one of the highly respected citizens of our County and is beloved by all. He is now passing the golden years of his life in retirement, being cheered by the associations of his sons and sustained by the competence which his faithful labors conserved for himself and his wife.

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Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903

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