Matthew Stevenson Obituary

Ashland Clipper, October 23, 1913




Matthew Stevenson was born in Ballymony, County Antrim, Ireland, January 4th, 1834; died in Ashland, Kansas, October 16th, 1913; aged 70 years, 9 months and 12 days, his death being due to a cancer on the right side of his neck.

Mr. Stevenson was educated in the National School of Ireland with the object of becoming a minister in the Presbyterian church.  In 1856 he came to America to finish his education, but trouble with his eyes compelled him to forego this intention and he became a clerk in the leading store of that day in Youngstown, Ohio, later becoming interested with iron and coal operators in which line he became a mine Superintendent, incidentally being connected with railroad building.

In 1872 the family removed to Fountain County, Indiana, where he prospected for coal, finally going into the mercantile business and later becoming a manufacturer of stave tile and pressed brick.  In 1899, he moved to Richmond, Kentucky, where he engaged in the mercantile line until he became blind and moved to Jonesboro, Arkansas.  From there he and Mrs. Stevenson came to Ashland.

The disease which caused his death developed soon after coming here and caused intense suffering until the last when he peacefully passed from this world at 1:07 on the anniversary of the birth of his surviving son.

Mr. and Mrs. Stevenson were married October 23rd, 1859.  To them were born four children, two of whom survive.  Mr. Stevenson has been a life long member of the Presbyterian denomination in which he has helped to build and foster several churches. 

The funeral was held from the home of his son, M. G. Stevenson, Friday morning, the service being conducted by Rev. Underwood of the Presbyterian church, assisted by Elder Franklin of the Christian church and Rev. VonSchriltz of the Methodist church.

Contributed by ~Shirley Brier~ October 5, 2005.

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