James S. Stevens, a native of Rush County, Ind., was born August 23, 1824, the eldest son of eight children born to Isaac and Elizabeth (Smith) Stevens, natives of North and South Carolina, respectively, who were residents of Indiana before the year 1800. Their deaths occurred in Rush County. Our subject received a very limited education, was reared on a farm, where he remained until after he was twenty-one years old, when he was married to Miss Olive A. Churchill, a native of Rush County, Ohio. This event was solemnized on the 1st day August, 1844. To this marriage eight children were born, viz.: John M., deceased; William M., Isaac N., Mary M., deceased; Amanda M., deceased; Sarah E., Samuel L., and Elijah L., deceased. His wife died February 1, 1863. Mr. Stevens was again, on the 29th of September, 1864, married to Mrs. Elizabeth B. (Bailey) Large. She is a native of Maine, and a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Smith) Bailey, natives respectively of Scotland and Massachusetts. Her birth occurred December 16, 1832. By Mr. Stevens she became the mother of three children, viz: Albert, Marcus E., and Maggie M., only oneâ€”Marcus E.â€”of whom is still living. A daughter, that had been given the family to raise, by the name of Orphe, is also deceased. Mr. S. is the owner of 140 acres of land, eighty acres situated on Section 16, Polk Township, and sixty acres on Section 21, about two-thirds of which is cleared land, and which is under a fair state of cultivation, and comfortably improved. He and his wife are members of the Wesleyan Methodist Church. Politically he is a Republican, to which faith he has been a life long adherent. [sic, this is as written in the text.] Mr. S. emigrated to Wabash County, in 1846, where he lived about five years, and then came to Huntington County, where he has since continuously resided. He and family are held in high esteem by the residents of the community in which they reside. His present wife was formerly married to Mr. Samuel Large (deceased), August 25, 1853. Two children were born to this marriage, viz.: Imla, deceased and John. Her husband died March 12, 1858.
History of Huntington County, Indiana (Brant & Fuller: Chicago). 1887. page 745. Biographical sketches of Polk Township.