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The George Stever Familes of Virginia

Updated August 24, 2004

I am researching the Stever, Stebar, Stevers families.
The probably came to America from Germany around the late 1600's or early 1700's but I can't find proof of this.

The earliest record I have is the Virginia census records showing four Stever brothers, George, Michael, Henry and John owning land on the James River in Virginia in the late 1700s.

This Page contains Stever, Stevers and Stebar families in Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Tennessee, Iowa and probably a few other locations.

I am very interested in sharing personal family stories and old Photographs with fellow researchers. It is always exciting to meet new "Kin Folk"

My goal is to publish a book on this family telling of their life stories and hardships. This family is made up of a whole lot of "Mountain Folks" which are a dying breed in today's busy, modern world.
Heather B. Reynolds

10339 shenandoah Path

Catlett, VA 20119

United States

farmgirl25@aol.com

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  • David Coburn Stevers (79 KB)
    Dave was born May 05, 1915 in Giles County Virginia and died June 20, 1935 at the age of 20 in Leesburg Virginia. He had heart problems, I believe he had a hole in his heart. They called in Leakage of the heart. His mother and father William Samuel Stevers and Mary Helen Gillispie lived in the moutains of Giles County Virginia but moved to leesburg in hopes of making a better living for themselves and their children as well as hoping the change would help David get better. David was taken out of school in the 3rd grade at stoney creek virginia because of nosebleeds all the time. They never could get his nose to stop bleeding.
  • DoeCreek just below Mountain Lake in the 1880's (74 KB)
    This picture was taken in the 1880's On Doe Creek, below Mountain Lake. The family often talks of the men hunting on this mountain and several families lived around this mountain.
  • Olla Stevers (31 KB)
    Olla was born October 18, 1887 in Lawrence County Missouri. She often talked of how her and her husband, Rece Jesse Milligan lived in a dugout home in Oklahoma for several years. He worked on the ranch and she was the cook. . She also spoke of the days when men carried guns. She once saw Buffalo Bills Wild West Show when Sitting Bull, the Sioux chief was in the show. When she was young they traveled by horse, then she saw the coming of the car, the airplane and the landing on the moon. What changes the world had in her lifetime. She was the nicest woman you would ever want to meet. Always happy for her great grandchildren to visit no matter how long you stayed. She was a very small woman probably not much more than about 5-2 or so. My grandfather's brother, Howard Jesse always called her "Squatty". She never owned a home in her life. They always were renters. And after Rece died, she had all her worldly possesions in a cedar chest that is about 2 foot by 4 foot by about 18" deep. In which her great grandson has in his possesion today. It was built by her half brother Benjamin Speer. Olla died April 21, 1981in Harris County Texas
  • John W. Stevers (64 KB)
    Born September 25, 1871. He was a funeral director and owner of a store. He died July 15, 1966. He lived in Ohio his whole life.
  • James Madison Stever (4 KB)
    James Madison born December 27, 1825 in Indiana. He was 11 years old when his Mother and Father settled in Missouri. He told his children that he and the other boys plowed up the prairie barefoot and it was common practice to kill rattlesnakes when they broke up the prairies sod. He told of spending his first winter in Missouri without any shoes. His only garment was a long flannel shirt. He had nothing else to wear. His father made his living farming and operating a whiskey still. James was married 5 times and had 16 children between them all.
  • John Plymale son of Rebecca Stevers (17 KB)
    John Anthony Plymale was born on a farm on Raccoon Creek at Yellowtown (now Thivener), Ohio on December 21st, 1855. He is a son of Hugh Plymale and Rebecca Stevers. He married Eugenia Rucker and they had 2 boys named Fred and Stanley. He was a successful farmer and fruit grower. He also bought several tracts of land in Ohio and West Virginia. After clearing the timber, the land was then sold to other farmers. In the fall of 1878, the tugboat "John Porter" from the south had an epidemic of yellow fever, and tied up to the shore of his fathers farm in Gallia County Ohio. At the age of 23 he lost his father, 1/2 sister and brother in law to Yellow Fever. John Died January 01, 1911 at the age of 56.
  • Hugh Plymale and Rebecca Stever's Mill (51 KB)
    On September 21, 1854, Hugh Plymale married Rebecca Stevers (Steber), daughter of George Stevers of Harrison township, Gallia County, Ohio. Rebecca Stevers was born 1818 and died in 1915. They were the parents of five children. Hugh Plymale I went into the milling business about 1856 with a small grist mill powered by water from a dam across Raccoon Creek. He later enlarged the mill into a roller process mill and with the help of two of his sons, 0-1-13-10 Hugh (II) Jr. and 0-1-13-7 Junius Plymale, operated it until he bought the old Pirate Farm which was located on the Ohio River some three miles below Gallipolis. *A grist Mill was used for grinding corn and such.
  • This monument stands in the City Park (1 KB)
    Rebecca Stevers lost her husband Hugh Plymale and her step-daugther and step son-in-law during the yellow fever epidemic The following is a list of the victims of the yellow fever epidemic which hit Gallipolis In the fall of 1878. The disease was carried from New Orleans on the steam boat JOHN PORTER. Several people died on their way up from New Orleans, and were buried in one of the covered barges, and some were buried on the river bank. There were thirty five people that died (eventually 66) at Gallipolis, including the members of the crew. An early frost helped to check the epidemic in October. The barges and boat laid tied up to the bank on the Ohio side, about two miles below Gallipolis, and a short distance from the residence of Hugh Plymale, Sr. During the epidemic, it began to rain and continued to rain until the Ohio River rose and broke the barges loose and they floated down stream, breaking up on rocks and bridge piers. One covered barge made it to Cincinnati, Ohio where after finding that there were dead bodies on the barge, it was ordered burned. During extreme cold weather the following winter, the bodies of many of these victims were raised from their graves in which they had been hurriedly buried. Eventually they were given a more decent burial in places consecrated to the dead. Nearly all the bodies were in excellent state of preservation except that their skin had turned from yellow to black, and little perceptible odor arose from their graves. Hugh Plymale Sr., his daughter Lourana (Rena), her husband, Claudis Brothers, along with several others, are resting on top of a hill above where Hugh Plymale, Sr. lived during the epidemic. The view of the Ohio from this point is very beautiful. When relatives found Mrs. Claudis Brothers (Lourana "Rena" Plymale), daughter of Hugh Plymale, Sr., dead in bed, her small girl baby was nursing her dead mother's breast. The baby, Zella Brothers, lived on without c
  • Thie Children of William Samuel Stebar Stevers (80 KB)
    William Samuel Stevers was born October 02, 1890 in Giles County Virginia and died February 10, 1978 in Giles COunty Virginia and is buried in the Fillinger Cemetery there. He married Mary Helen Gillispie, she was born May 10, 1893 in Giles County Virginia and died on December 03, 1945 and is buried beside her husband in the Fillinger cemetery. This photo is missing one child named David Coburn Stebar. Dave died very young of heart problems. The children listed are as follows From back left to right Mary Marie Stevers born November 04, 1921 Annie Anderiene Stevers born October 12, 1927 Leila Elizabeth Stevers born August 10, 1919 Katie Arlene Stevers born January 10, 1924 Bottom row from left to right Marcus Neal Stevers born April 25, 1930 Alfred Lee Stevers August 17, 1916
  • William Samuel Stevers Stebar (198 KB)
    William Samuel Stevers was born October 02, 1890 in Giles County Virginia and died February 10, 1978 in Giles COunty Virginia and is buried in the Fillinger Cemetery there. He married Mary Helen Gillispie, she was born May 10, 1893 in Giles County Virginia and died on December 03, 1945 and is buried beside her husband in the Fillinger cemetery
 

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