Linn County, IA Biographies

Mary Jane Stevens
Daughter of Isaac and Elsie Stevens

Private Amos Scott Stevens

Mary Jane Stevens was born to Isaac and Elsie (Haines) Stevens on May 2, 1838 in Muskingum County, Ohio and was one of eight children in this family.

Mary's brothers and sisters included: Henry H. born in 1829 in Morgan County Ohio; Sarah Ellen born 1830 in Morgan County Ohio; Mary Delilah born October 13, 1832 in Ohio; Heulda Ann born August 18, 1834; Elizabeth Ann born in 1850; Amos Stephen born July 12, 1839 and Vincent Forrest born May 4, 1842.

The U.S. Census record of 1850 had the family located at Richhill, Muskingham County, Ohio. Between 1853 to 1856 the Isaac Stevens family moved from Ohio to Linn Country Iowa near the town of Springville.

The family was active in farming and during the 1856 and 1860 Census, the family was still in Linn County Iowa.

During this timeframe Mary Jane met her first husband Benjamin Mann and they were married on March 13, 1856 in Marion, Linn County Iowa. They had two children from this marriage, Elsy Mann (Taft) born May 1, 1859 and Amos Mann born September 11, 1863 (married Lucy Rose).

Benjamin Mann enlisted in Company H, 24th Iowa Volunteer Infantry on August 9, 1862 with Mary Janes brothers Amos Scott and Henry H. Stevens. Benjamin Mann died on January 4, 1863 from Chronic Diarrhea early in the Civil War.

Thus now a widow, Mary Jane later met and married Alonzo Smith (born November 18, 1842 in Jones County, Iowa) on September 2, 1867 in Marion Iowa. Alonzo and Mary Jane had seven children together. They were: Lydia (Mrs. Joshua Pugh), Sarah E (Mrs. Ben Hartman of Eldora, Hardin County, Iowa), Isaac (married Mable Hanchett of Minneapolis, MINN), Henry F. (married Jane Bordwell of Livermore, Iowa), Ann E. (Mrs. Ed Scribner of Livermore, Iowa), and two other children who died in infancy.

Alonzo Smith and Mary Jane (Stevens) Smith 1867

Alonzo Smith and Vincent F. Stevens enlisted together in the Company A, 13th Iowa Infantry in 1862.

Private Alonzo Smith volunteered into Company A, 13th Iowa Infantry for a three year enlistment on 12 September 1861 by Captain John Q. Wilds at Mount Vernon and mustered into the Regular Army on 18 October 1861 by Captain Alexander Chambers at Davenport, Iowa. Alonzo was eighteen years of age at 5'10" tall with dark complexion, gray eyes and light hair at the time of his enlistment.

Private Alonzo Smith was wounded at the Battle of Shiloh (being shot in the right elbow by Vincent by accident) on April 6, 1862 at Shiloh, Tennessee. This led to Alonzo losing his right arm and ending his career as a soldier. Alonzo was discharged for disability on August 4, 1862 at St. Louis, Missouri.

Alonzo and Mary Jane (Stevens) Smith continued to farm in Linn County, Iowa and later moved to Livermore, Humboldt County Iowa in 1871. Alonzo B. Smith also started a homestead in Northome, Minnesota between 1905 and 1907 with his son Isaac Smith.

Alonzo Benjamin Carl Deloss Smith died on December 13, 1921 at 79 years of age. Mary Jane (Stevens) Smith died at her home in Livermore on September 3, 1902 of Dropsy and erysipelas and is burned in the Livermore Union Cemetery.

Both Alonzo and Mary Jane were members of the Methodist church. After Mary Jane's death, Alonzo remarried on June 9, 1909 to Ms. Eliza A. Fory of Rolfe, Iowa. Alonzo remained very active in the local Grand Army of the Republic Post in Livermore and was the post Color Bearer until his death.

Descendants of Alonzo and Mary Jane (Stevens) Smith are Mrs. Ruth Cantwell.
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Biography submitted by Randall Stevens on 3/8/98.
Copyright (c) 1998 by Randall Stevens, All Rights Reserved.
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