Richard Howard Stevenson, (1852-1905)

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Richard Howard Stevenson, (1852-1905)

Birthplace: Crow Hill, Armagh, Armagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Menlo Park, San Mateo County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Stevenson, (1813-1898) and Jane Stevenson
Husband of Libby Ann Stevenson
Father of Frances "Fan" Downing (Stevenson); Emelie Genevieve Welhaven; Elisabeth "Bess" Bandini; Hannah Stevenson and Richard "How" Howard Stevenson
Brother of William Stevenson, (b. 1848); Margaret J Livingston; John Stevenson; Robert H Stevenson, (died young); Mary Stevenson, (died young) and 6 others

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About Richard Howard Stevenson, (1852-1905)

Richard Howard Stevenson of Fair Oaks, former purchasing agent for the Southern Pacific company.

Richard who was purchasing agent for the Southern Pacific Railroad Company for seventeen years and died at Menlo Park California in 1905.

Richard Howard Stevenson is said to have been a cousin of the writer Robert Louis Stevenson (Daphne Kitchen heard this from her granny Emelie Welhaven who visited his grave in Africa; the photo is in her scrapbook) and both families were from Scotland and/or Northern Ireland. Many family members were involved in engineering, railroads, oil, and other capitalist endeavors.

Richard Howard Stevenson was from Northern Ireland. He married Elisabeth "Libbie" Derby whose parents were from Northern Ireland also. There are records of Stevenson and Derby families in Northern Ireland: in Belfast, County Antrim, Ulster and also County Down, Ulster.

About Belfast: Belfast blossomed as a commercial and industrial centre in the 18th and 19th centuries and became Ireland's pre-eminent industrial city. Industries thrived, including linen, rope-making, tobacco, heavy engineering and shipbuilding, and at the end of the 19th century, Belfast briefly overtook Dublin as the largest city in Ireland. The Harland and Wolff shipyards became one of the largest shipbuilders in the world, employing up to 35,000 workers.[28] In 1886 the city suffered intense riots over the issue of home rule, which had divided the city. In 1920–22, Belfast became the capital of the new entity of Northern Ireland, UK as the island of Ireland was partitioned. The accompanying conflict (the Irish War of Independence) cost up to 500 lives in Belfast, the bloodiest sectarian strife in the city until the "Troubles" of the late 1960s onwards.[29]

The genealogy is unclear.

Could either of these be relations?

1911 census for Stevenson No 32 Matilda Street Co Antrim Head of the house is William in his 30's with a son Richard aged 12 The house has many lodgers inc an Andrew Stevenson aged 70, but not marked as a relative.

[] Richard Stevenson, Son of William Stevenson and Frances Stevenson (Lancaster) Brother of Cicely Stevenson; William Stevenson; John Stevenson; Henry Stevenson and Thomas Stevenson

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Richard Howard Stevenson, (1852-1905)'s Timeline

July 1852
Armagh, Armagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
- 1872
Age 1
New York, New York County, New York, United States

In the year 1854 the father brought his family to the United Stetes and settled in New York city. He was a shoemaker by trade and in the eastern metropolis conducted a shoe business until 1872 when he came to Greene county Iowa locating on section 34 Willow township.

Age 12
Age 17
New York, New York, NY, USA

1870 United States Federal Census
Birth dates donot match well; could be unrelated.

Name: Richard Stevenson
Birth: abt 1852 - Ireland
Residence: 1870 - New York Ward 19 District 6, New York, New York, United States
Residence: New York City, New York, New York
Richard Stevenson
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1870
Event Place: New York, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 18
Race: White
Race (Original): W
Birth Year (Estimated): 1851-1852
Birthplace: Ireland
Page Number: 14
Household ID: 111
Line Number: 21
Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number: M593
GS Film number: 000552502
Digital Folder Number: 004274991
Image Number: 00306
Household Gender Age Birthplace
William Stevenson M 34 b. Ireland. Shoemaker. Male U.S. Citizen.
Cathrine Stevenson F 33 b. Ireland. Keeping House.
William Stevenson M 20 b. Ireland. Wagon Maker.
Richard Stevenson M 18 b. Ireland. Dry Goods Clerk.
Edward Stevenson M 11 b. New York. Attending school.


1870 United States Federal Census
U.S. Federal Census Collection
Name: Richard Stevenson
Birth: abt 1851 - New York
Residence: 1870 - New York Ward 19 District 27 (2nd Enum), New York, New York, United States
Residence: New York City, New York, New York

January 7, 1873
Age 20
Age 22
New York, New York, NY, USA
October 27, 1876
Age 24
Berkeley, Alameda County, California, United States
June 8, 1879
Age 26
Atherton, CA, USA
- 1880
Age 26
Alameda, Alameda, CA, USA

Monterrey/San Francisco/Alameda was briefly the home of Robert Louis Stevenson in 1879-1880 when he courted and married Fanny Van de Grift.

- 1880
Age 27
San Jose, Santa Clara, CA, USA
United States Census, 1880 for Libbie Stevenson
Name: Libbie Stevenson
Residence: Almaden, Santa Clara, California
Birthdate: 1853
Birthplace: New York, United States
Relationship to Head: Wife
Spouse's Name: Richard Stevenson
Spouse's Birthplace: Ireland
Father's Name:
Father's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother's Name:
Mother's Birthplace: Ireland
Race or Color (Expanded): White
Ethnicity (Standardized): American
Gender: Female
Martial Status: Married
Age (Expanded): 27 years
Occupation: Keeping House
Spouse Richard Stevenson M 28
Libbie Stevenson F 27
Child Frances Stevenson F 5
Child Emily G. Stevenson F 1