An American Family History

The Stevens Families in Leeds County, Ontario

  also spelled Stephens  

Leeds County, Ontario, Canada was first surveyed in 1792 in preparation for the United Empire Loyalists settlers. In 1850, Leeds County merged with Grenville to create the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.

Roger Stevens was born on May 25, 1730 in Quaker Hill, Dutchess County, New York. He was the son of Simeon Stevens and Hannah Roswell.

Roger married Mary Doolittle. Mary was born on February 16, 1729 in Palmer, Hampden, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Samuel Doolittle and Jane Wheeler.

Roger and Mary's children probably included:

Robert Stevens (1753),
Abel Stevens (1755)
Amy Stevens (1756, married Parshall Terry),
Ephriam Stevens (1757)
Abigail Stevens (1759)
Mary Stevens (1762),
Elihu Stevens (1764),
Elizabeth Stevens (1765),
Thomas Stevens (1766),
Moses K. Stevens ( 1768),
Henry Stevens (1770)
Daniel Stevens (1772)
Abraham Stevens (1775, married Ruth Andrews),
Dedemia Stevens (1777, married David Haskins).

Mary died on December 3, 1803 and Roger died in 1808 in Leeds County, Ontario.

The American Flag was adopted in 1777.


The first European settlements in Ontario were after the American Revolution when 5,000 loyalists left the new United States.

Abel Stevens was born in Quaker Hill, Dutchess County, New York.

He married Eunice Buck.

Clarissa Stevens (1774-adopted),
Uriah Stevens (1776, married Mary Ann Gilbert),
Abel Stevens, Jr. (1779, married Ruth Huntley and Phoebe Knowlton),
Elizabeth Stevens (1782),
Eunice Stevens (1786),
Mariam Stevens (1786),
Isaac Stevens (1787, married Elizabeth Day),
David Stevens (1790),
Sarah Ann Stevens (1792),
Alfred Stevens (1796, married Ruby Halladay),
Elihu Stevens
Henry Stevens (1801),
Horace Stevens (1802).

In 1800

Abel Stevens, an elder of the Baptist Church, and the first settler of the Township of Bastard, appeared before the Court and asked permission to solemnize marriages. (History of Leeds Grenville)



Henry Stevens (1770.

He married Chloe Parish who was born 1775 in Strafford, Orange, Vermont.

They made their home in Bastard, Leeds County Ontario.

Chloe and Henry's children included:

Hannah Stevens (about 1805),
Alemeda Stevens (about 1809), and
Henry Stevens (1812).