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PHOTOS & RECORDS FOR NICHOLAS R. STEPHENS
Thanks to Joe Stevens of Blair Co., PA for these photos & letters

Nicholas R. Stephens & son SamNicholas R. Stephens, born January 5, 1817 in Huntingdon Co., PA. His son Samuel was born about 1849.
Ruth Curry StephensRuth Curry, wife of Nicholas R. Stephens. Ruth was born about 1812 in Pennsylvania, and died sometime between 1880-1890 in probably Altoona, Blair Co., PA. She married Nicholas R. Stephens about 1839, and they had at least 7 children.
Stephens Letter
January 1853
Letter from David Curry in Blair Co., PA to Nicholas & Ruth Stephens & family in (probably Benton Co.), Iowa. Nicholas had emigrated from Pennsylvania to Iowa about 1850, and is on the 1850 census of Linn Co., IA and the 1852 census of Benton Co., IA. This letter indicates that Nicholas did not prosper in Iowa, and that David was encouraging the family to return to Pennsylvania in Spring 1853. Nicholas & family returned to Pennsylvania by 1860, when they are on the census of Blair Co., PA.
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Transcript of January 1853 letter by Joe Stevens with notes
Stephens Letter October 1854

Letter from Nicholas & Mary Stephens to their son Nicholas R. Stephens. Written in Benton Co., Iowa on October 8, 1854.
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Stephens Letter January 1855Letter from Nicholas & Mary Stephens to their son Nicholas R. Stephens. Written in Benton Co., Iowa on January 21, 1855.
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Stephens Letter August 1855Letter from Nicholas & Mary Stephens to their son Nicholas R. Stephens. Written in Benton Co., Iowa on August 5, 1855.
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Stephens Letter July 1857

Letter from Nicholas Stephens to his son Nicholas R. Stephens. Written in Benton Co., Iowa on July 5, 1857. This letter tells of the death of Mary Stephens on June 27, 1857 in Benton Co., Iowa.
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Stephens Letter August 1857Letter from Nicholas Stephens to his son Nicholas R. Stephens. Written in Benton Co., Iowa on August 21, 1857. This letter states that Mary Stephens would have been age 80 if she would have lived until November 1857. Also states that on August 3, 1857 that Nicholas was age 80 & 6 months. Notes on back of letter show Nicholas' calculation of the ages.
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Stephens Letter July 1870

Letter from Susanna Curry to sister Ruth Curry Stephens. Written in Clinton, Iowa on July 5, 1870, tells of the 4th of July celebration there. William who is mentioned in the letter is a brother of Ruth & Susanna. William & Susanna Curry are listed on the 1870 & 1880 censuses of Clinton, Clinton Co., Iowa, and in 1880 they are both listed as single and Susanna is listed as being William's sister. The last page of the letter lists birthdates of Ruth Curry and her siblings, but William & Susanna are not on the list.
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Transcript of July 1870 letter by Joe Stevens with notes

Wareham Letter November 1873

Letter to Nicholas Stephens of "Altona, PA". from John Wareham. John is the widower of Nicholas' sister Elizabeth, who died between 1831-1840. Letter written in Sandy Creek Twp on November 25, 1873.
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Transcript of November 1873 letter by Joe Stevens with notes

Wareham Letter April 1878

Letter to Nicholas Stephens from John Wareham. John's address given as Wesley PO, Venango Co., PA. Written on April 26, 1878.
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Wareham Letter November 1878Letter to Nicholas Stephens from John Wareham. Written on November 14, 1878.
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Wareham Letter October 1879Letter to Nicholas Stephens from John Wareham. Written on October 6, 1879.
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Family page for John Nicholas & Mary Stephens, parents of Nicholas R Stephens