STEPHENSON, .JOHN L., was born in Harrisburg, Pa., August 26, 1849: son of John D. and Annie (Knupp) Stephenson. His paternal grandfather was a native of England and a shoemaker. He came at an early day to this country and settled at Harrisburg. He had a family of six children, two of whom are living: Asa, residing in Ohio, and Annie, wife of Dr. Updegraff, Philadelphia. The deceased children are: Jacob, Thomas, Paul, and John D., father of John L. Stephenson. Both grandparents were members of the Methodist church, and died in Harrisburg. The grandfather died in 1852 and the grandmother in 1851. The maternal grandfather of John L. Stephenson was a farmer. By his first marriage he had two children: Annie, wife of John D. Stephenson; and Elizabeth, wife of Samuel Alleman. Mr. Knupp was married the second time, and had by this marriage one daughter, Mary, wife of Lute Chandler.
John D. Stephenson, father of John L., was born in Dauphin county, Pa., and was a carpenter; his wife, Annie (Knupp) Stephenson, was also a native of Dauphin county. Of their four children only John L. survives. Mary, wife of Samuel Sheets, died aged thirty-five years; Theresa, wife of Philip Yeager, was killed on the railroad in 1873; Sarah, died in infancy. Mr. Stephenson filled various township offices and was a member of several fraternal orders. He died October 11, 1854, aged thirty-two; his wife is still living, residing with her son John L.
John L. Stephenson took the regular course in the public schools of Swatara township, after which he worked on the farm with his uncle until he was twenty-one years of age. Mr. Stephenson was married, in Harrisburg, December 23, 1870, to Miss Sarah A., daughter of John and Mary (Werner) Conrad, born in Dauphin county, November 21, 1849. Nine of their ten children are living: Annie, wife of Philip Bomgardner; John E., Theresa J., Sarah C., Samuel, Helen R., Edward R., Nettie, and Marion F. Emma died May 26, 1872, aged five months and twenty-seven days. Since his marriage, Mr. Stephenson has been continuously engaged in farming. In 1880 he removed to the farm lately owned by David Alleman, where he has lived since-that date. Mr. Stephenson is a Democrat. His church membership is with the Lutherans. John Conrad, father of Mrs. Stephenson, was born in Dauphin county and was a shoemaker. He was first married to Miss Page, by whom he had three sons. The second wife of Mr. Conrad was Mary, daughter of John Werner; of this marriage there were four children: David; Sarah, Mrs. Stephenson; Joseph, and Solomon. Mr. Conrad died December 26, 1873, aged seventy-five years. His wife died February 14, 1889; both died in their native county.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 28 August 2001
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