Herbert John David Stevenson (1870-1941)
& Alice Phebe Ramsden (1877-1926)
of Lawrence & Everett, MA
Note: I have much more on their descendants however many are living so they are not included here. Feel free to write to me if you are one of them though
Herbert John David Stevenson was born on 10 Jan 1870 in Lawrence, Ma[i]. Herbert married Alice Ramsden daughter of Robert Peel Ramsden and Ellen Louisa Wright on 19 Oct 1898 in Lawrence, Ma[ii]. Alice was born on 18 Oct 1877 in Newton, Ma[iii]. She died on 3 Mar 1926 in Boston Ma and was buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett, Ma[iv]. He died on 29 Apr 1941 in Everett, Ma[v]. He was buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett, Ma[vi].
Herbert grew up at 14 Knox St. (later they changed the street # to 58) in Lawrence,. I believe the house is between Cornish & Berkley Streets on the left if coming from Cornish to Berkley. He is listed on the Lawrence Directories on Knox St from 1888-1891[vii]. Alice & Herbert moved to Bunker Hill Rd in Lawrence shortly after getting married lived there for a few years until briefly moving to 136 Marston St. Lawrence, Ma. They relocated to Chelsea, MA by 1904, 1909 finds them in Brookline, Ma and by 1920 they are in Everett, MA[viii]. The 1924 Everett Directory finds his son Edward T. having “removed to Malden”, Herbert J. D. as an Inspector on 161 Belmont St. with Marion G. as an Operator, & Ruby H. as a Saleswoman. The 1928 Everett Directory shows Arthur, Dorothy E, Herbert & wife Alice, Herbert Jr., Marion G.& Robt W. all as “moved to Malden”. “Edw T. (Gladys) paperctr h3? Wall” are the only ones to remain through 1930. 1934 shows Herbert Jr. married to Catherine and a “wtchmn” in Boston, living at 26 Tappan, his father a cloth examiner residing at 208 Bradford with his daughter Marion. The 1938 Everett Directory has Herbert & daughters Doris [Dorothy] “smstrs”& Marion “mach opr” on Kinsman in Everett, Ma. Catherine widow of Herbert is on Clarence & Robert W. “sta firemn” is with wife Dorothy on Elm.
Herbert and Alice had the following children:
1. Alice Phebe Stevenson was born in Oct 29 1899* in Lawrence, Ma[ix]. Alice married first after 1920 Wesley Lawrence Normine Sr.[x] b: Oct 23, 1894/5 in Everett, Ma[xi]. He died Apr 3, 1951 in Roxbury, Ma[xii]. They divorced and she married Edward Sparks between 1933-
1944[xiii]. She died Nov. 21, 1944 and is buried in Glenwood Cemetery Everett, Mass[xiv]. In
1930 they are on Hillside Ave in Everett, Ma indexed on ancestry.com as "Norwine"[xv]
2. Marion Gertrude Stevenson was born on 12 Oct 1901 in Lawrence, Ma[xvi]. She died in
July 1985[xvii]. She is buried with her parents and never married[xviii]. She used to come
to visit when I was a kid on holidays mostly, and we'd visit her in Everett as well.
3. Edward Thomas Stevenson Sr. b. Jan 19 1903 Marston St. in Lawrence, MA[xix]
m: Mildred“Gladys” Moreshead on Jan 27 1923 in Malden, MA[xx]
4. Ruby Helen Stevenson was born on 5 Aug 1904 in Chelsea, Ma[xxi]. She died May 1953.
Ruby married George Goodwin[xxii]. They lived in Berlin, NH as of 1936[xxiii]
5. Dorothy Evelyn Stevenson was born on 6 Feb 1907 in Chelsea, Ma[xxiv]. She died July
1981[xxv]. Dorothy married John Prokop[xxvi]. This Dorothy Prokop is a witness on Mildred
Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson's naturalization papers and they were great friends[xxvii].
6. Herbert Stevenson was born on Feb 16 1909 in Brookline, Ma[xxviii]. Herbert married Katherine (Kay) Starrett[xxix]. He died in an auto accident at age 27 on Aug 221936 in Plymouth, MA. There seem to be a couple versions of the story & it seems perhaps one version of the story was told initially and another was told the day after. I have not looked into the outcome of the arrest of Mr. Swenson. It seems like he is missed on the 1940 Census, although he & his wife Frances are in the Lynn/Saugus Directories through at least 1963. He was probably born about 1910 if he was close to Herbert’s age. It must have been extremely difficult to lose a friend and live with that if he was in fact driving & drunk. [xxx]
Boston Herald Sunday Aug 23 1936, pg 4: 1 Killed, 2 Hurt as Car Upsets, Everett Man is Victim of Crash as Lights Fail in a Dense Fog, Plymouth, Aug 22 – Herbert Stevenson, 59 of Myrtle Street Everett was killed and his wife and another woman injured tonight when their car overturned on the Jordan road. Mrs Stevenson and a friend Mrs Frances Sevenson 336 M street Saugus were taken to Jordan Hospital. Police were told the crash occurred when Stevenson’s headlights suddenly went out and the car missed the road in a dense fog.”
Local Everett Paper about Aug 24 1936 it states: Accident Happens on Cape Loses Road as Auto lights Go Out, Wife & Two others Escape – Herbert Stevenson, 27, of 59 Myrtle street was killed early yesterday and his wife and two other passengers were injured when the car which he was driving through Jordan St in the town of Plymouth on the cape, left the road and jumped down a 12-foot embankment turning over. His wife Katherine, aged 21, the former Katherine Starrett, and Mr & Mrs Francis Swenson of 33 Main St Saugus were cut about the face and bruised, receiving treatment at a Plymouth Hospital. According to authorities, Stevenson, well-known in this city, was driving along the road when the lights of his car suddenly went out causing him to lose his way in the fog and the machine shot off the road and toppled over the embankment. The deceased was very popular in this city. He was employed as a second class fireman in a Boston bank. Surviving are his wife, Katherine, two children, a son [XXXXX]; and a daughter [XXXXX], his father Herbert Stevenson Sr; three brothers: Robert and Arthur both of this city; Edward of Linden and four sisters, Dorothy and Marion Stevenson, and Mrs Alice Normine, all of Everett, and Mrs George Goodwin of Berlin, NH.”
Boston Herald Aug 24 1936 pg 4 Saugus Man Held in Motor Fatality Plymouth, Aug 23 – Charles J. Swenson, driver of the car in which Herbert Stevenson 59 of Myrtle Street Everett was killed last night was arrested late today and charged with reckless driving. Swenson was also booked for operating a car while under the influence of liquor and driving without a license. He lives at 366 Main St, Saugus.”;
7. Robert William Stevenson was born on Feb 11 1912 in Brookline, Ma[xxxi]. He died in Sept
1973[xxxii]. Robert married Dorothy Perry[xxxiii].
8. Arthur David Stevenson was born on Sep 11 1922[xxxiv]. He and his wife lived in Windham, ME, but Arthur past away in Apr 20 2010[xxxv]. Arthur married PhyllisTaylor[xxxvi]. He was in the Merchant Marines and served 4 years during WWII. He co-established Little Leaque in Windham, ME in 1967 and won several coaching awards. They had two sons & two daughters.[xxxvii]
[i] HJDS Birth “Herbert J. Stevenson” 10 Jan 1870 in Lawrence, Ma, son of Thomas & Phebe of Lawrence, fa: Operative b. England, mo: b. MA via Familysearch.org; also see US Censuses in Massachusetts- 1870, 1880, 1900 (Lawrence), 1910 (Norfolk), 1920, 1930 & 1940 (Everett); Thomas Stevenson Family Bible – Now in possession of Phyllis (Stevenson) McGuirk or a descendant: Births: Thomas Stevenson Mar 17 1840; Phebe Ann Sharpe Oct 29 1844; Herbert John David Stevenson Jan 10 1870; Charles Stevenson Nov 3 1871; Blanche Evelyn Stevenson Mar 27 1873; Henry Stevenson May 2 1877; Mabel Annie Stevenson Aug 17 1882; Blanche Crosbie McGowan Oct 6 1909; Phebe Rosamond McGowan Jun 3 1914; Marriages: Thomas Stevenson and Phebe Sharpe April 12 1866; David H. McGowan and Mabel A. Stevenson Sept 4 1907; Clinton J. Mumby and Pheobe R. Mumby (nee McGowan) Dec 22 1943 Deaths: Charles Stevenson Nov 3 1871;Henry Stevenson July [20 1877?]; Blanche Stevenson Sargent Oct 27 1940; Pheobe R. Mumby & son Dec 18 1844; Herbert John David Stevenson Apr 29 1941; Alice Ramsden Mar 3 1926; Phyllis added: Thomas Stevenson Jan 20 1904; Phebe Stevenson Dec 11 1893.
[ii] HJDS Marriage “Herbert J.D. Stevenson”14 Knox St a28 Cloth Examiner, b. Lawrence, son of Thomas & Phebe Sharpe to “Alice Ramsden” 14 Sargent St a33, Burler, b. Newton , daughter of Robert Ramsden and Ellen L. Wright on Oct 19 1898 in Lawrence, Ma via Familysearch.org; ; Thomas Stevenson Family Bible (see “HJDS Birth” for more details)
[iii] Alice Birth “Alice Ramsden” [weird as it seems to be crossed of] b. Oct 18 1877 in Newton, Ma, dau of Robert & Ellen of 119 Union, fa: Op b. Eng mo: b. Ma – via familysearch.org; also see US Census 1900 Lawrence, MA; 1910 Norfolk, MA; 1920 Everett, MA; ; Thomas Stevenson Family Bible (see “HJDS Birth” for more details)
[iv] Alice (Ramsden) Stevenson Death 3 Mar 1926 in Boston Ma and was buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett, Ma – see footnote for HJDS Death & HJDS Burial; also note she is not on the 1930 Census in Everett; Thomas Stevenson Family Bible (see “HJDS Birth” for more details)
[v] HJDS Death 29 Apr 1941 in Everett, Ma; Thomas Stevenson Family Bible (see “HJDS Birth” for more details)
[vi] HJDS Burial Glenwood Cemetery, Everett, Ma, 617-394-2380, East Side Section, Range 16, Grave 25, Far right bottom corner of Washington & Fuller; once in the section find the hydrant & tree marked “27”, go to first tree on right (row 8) 1/2 way down that row – via personal visit to grave by Amylynne Baker-Santagate
[vii] 1888-1889 Directory/1889-1890 Directory HJD Stevenson, Weaver, 14 Knox St; 1890-1891 Directory/1891-1892 Directory HJD Stevenson, Operative, 14 Knox St
[viii] 1870 US Census Lawrence, MA; 1880 US Census Lawrence, MA; 1900 US Census Bunker Hill St., Lawrence, Essex County, Ma, They are married 2 years. She has had 1 ch & 1 living, John D a30 b. Jan 1870 Cloth Inspector B: Ma F:Eng M: Ma, Alice a23 b. Oct 1876 MA Eng MA, Alice P. 7 mo b. Oct 1899; 1910 Census Brookline, Perry St. Norfolk, Massachusetts, (this is kind of separated by a Smith Family, census taker error) They are married 11 years. She has had 6 ch & 6 alive, Herbert J. D age 40 Clothing B: MA F: Eng M: MA, Alice a33, Alice P a10 All B: Ma from here out, Marion I a8, Edward T a7, Ruby H a5, Dorothy E a3, Herbert a1; 1920 Census Everett, MA, Herbert J. 49 Cloth Manf B: MA F: Eng M: Ma, Alice a43? , Alice P a20 All B: Ma from here out, Marion I a18, Edward T a16 clerk, Ruby H. a15, Dorothy E. a12, Herbert a10, Robert W. a7; 1930 Census Everett, Ma ??? St, Herbert Head 60 Widow Ma Eng Ma, Marion Daughter * 28 (*she may have answered) Ma Ma Ma, Dorothy Daughter 23 Ma Ma Ma, Robert Son 18 Ma Ma Ma, Arthur Son 7 Ma Ma Ma, 1940 Census Everett, MA, Kinman St Lived in same place 1935, Marion Stevenson Head a38 Single Stitcher Herbert J. D. (he answered) Father a70 Wd, Arthur D. Son single a17 – all available via ancestry.com or familysearch.org
[ix] Birth Alice Phebe Stevenson “Alice P. Stevenson” The record says: Oct 29 1900 in Lawrence, Ma – however she is clearly listed on the 1900 Census in June and it states she was born Oct 1899. The birth record also states they lived at 102 Bunkerhill, parents Herbert & Alice Ramsden, operative b. Lawrence, mo: b. Newton via familysearch.org
[x] Marriage to Wesley Lawrence Normine Sr after 1920– via Common Family Knowledge
[xi] Birth “Wesley Lawrence Normine” Oct 23, 1895 in Everett, Ma, son of John S. Normine, Engineer b. Baltimore & Mary E. Broley b. Philadelphia – via familysearch.org [could be 1894 was recorded later]; Military Stone Application on ancestry says Oct 23 1894 – Apr 3 1951. He is buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett, MA-Sargent, Enlisted Sep 6 1918 Discharged Jun 6 1919.
[xii] Death of Wesley L. Normine Apr 3,1951 in Roxbury, Ma– via Common Family Knowledge & see endnote for his birth.
[xiii] Marriage to Edward Sparks between 1933-1944 - via Common Family Knowledge
[xiv] Death of Alice Sparks Nov. 21, 1944, buried in Glenwood Cemetery Everett, Mass - via Common Family Knowledge
[xv] 1930 Census the Normine Family is on Hillside Ave in Everett, Ma indexed on ancestry.com as "Norwine” but it’s indexed correctly familysearch.org
[xvi] Birth Marion Gertrude Stevenson “Marion G. Stevenson” Oct 12 1901 in Lawrence, Ma, dau of Herbert J. D. Stevenson & Alice Ramsden of 102 Bunkerhill Rd. Lawrence, MA, fa: Coth Examiner b. Lawrence, mo: b. West Newton, MA via Familysearch.org
[xvii] Death of Marion Stevenson - July 1985 via Common Family Knowledge & compiler personally knew her; Scrapbook Made By Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson & Her daughter, Marion (Stevenson) Baker throughout their lives and now in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate,
[xviii] Burial Marion Stevenson buried with her parents – see Endnote for HJDS Burial
[xix] Birth of Edward Thomas Stevenson Jan 19 1903 Lawrence, MA, born a 156 Marston St. son of Herbert J.D. & Alice Ramsden of 156 Marston st, Examiner, b. Lawrence, MA mo: b. W. Newton, MA – via AmericanAncestors.org
[xx] Marriage of Edward Stevenson to Gladys Moreshead on Jan 27 1923 in Malden, MA– via Common Family Knowledge
[xxi] Birth Ruby Helen Stevenson “Ruby H. Stevenson” born Aug 5 1904 Chelsea, MA, dau of Herbert Stevenson & Alice Ramsden of 75 Central Ave., fa: Clerk, b. Lawrence, mo: b. Newton via Family search.org
[xxii] Marriage Ruby Helen Stevenson to George Goodwin via Common Family Knowledge; Scrapbook Made By Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson & Her daughter, Marion (Stevenson) Baker throughout their lives and now in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate,
[xxiii] Scrapbook Made By Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson & Her daughter, Marion (Stevenson) Baker throughout their lives and now in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate, sadly no indication what newspaper it came out of or the date but it seems it was a Local Everett Paper about Aug 24 1936 re the death of her brother Herbert.
[xxiv] Birth “Dorothy E. Stevenson” Feb 6 1907 in Chelsea, Ma, dau of Herbert J.D. Stevenson & Alice Ramsden 117 Mattews, fa: Examiner, b. Lawrence, mo: b. W. Newton – via familysearch.org
[xxv] Death of Dorothy (Stevenson) Prokop Jul 1981 - via Common Family Knowledge; Scrapbook Made By Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson & Her daughter, Marion (Stevenson) Baker throughout their lives and now in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate,
[xxvi] Marriage of Dorothy Stevenson to John Prokop - via Common Family Knowledge; Scrapbook Made By Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson & Her daughter, Marion (Stevenson) Baker throughout their lives and now in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate,
[xxvii] Mildred Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson Naturalization Papers – National Archives Waltham –Petition for Naturalization dated Jan 12 1940; Oath of Allegiance Apr 15 1940
[xxviii] Birth Herbert Stevenson Feb 16 1909 in Brookline, MA [indexed on familysearch.org as Nantucket,Ma for some weird reason] born at 22 Perry St. son of Herbert JD Stevenson & Alice Ramsden, fa: Cloth Examiner, b. Lawrence, mo: b. West Newton
[xxix] Herbert Stevenson marriage to Katherine “Kay” Starrett – via Common Family Knowledge; Scrapbook Made By Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson & Her daughter, Marion (Stevenson) Baker throughout their lives and now in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate
[xxx] Death Herbert Stevenson Jr - Boston Herald Sunday Aug 23 1936, pg 4; Boston Herald Aug 24 1936 pg 4; Scrapbook Made By Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson & Her daughter, Marion (Stevenson) Baker throughout their lives and now in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate, sadly no indication what newspaper it came out of or the date but it seems it was a Local Everett Paper about Aug 24 1936
[xxxi] Birth of “Robert William Stevenson” b. Feb 11 1912 Brookline, MA, born at 22 Perry St. son of Herbert JD Stevenson & Alice Ramsden of Brookline, fa: clerk b. Lawrence, mo: b. Newton – via familysearch.org
[xxxii] Death of Robert William Stevenson Sep 1973 via Common Family Knowledge
[xxxiii] Marriage of Robert W. Stevenson to Dorothy Perry via Common Family Knowledge
[xxxiv] Birth of Arthur David Stevenson Sep 11 1922 - via Common Family Knowledge*
[xxxv] Death of Arthur Stevenson Apr 20 2010 in Windham, ME – Obituary published Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram on Apr 22 2010; also via Common Family Knowledge
[xxxvi] Marriage of Arthur D. Stevenson to Phyllis Taylor – via Common Family Knowledge & also see Portland Press Herald Apr 22 2010
[xxxvii] Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram on Apr 22 2010.
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