Thomas Jefferson Stevens
1803 - 1879

Thomas Jefferson Stevens was born in Enfield, New Hampshire. He was a physician and had 4 wives.

Thomas Stevens
Thomas Jefferson Stevens

He married Abigail Baker in Marlow, New Hampshire on March 5, 1829. They had four children - Charles Wistar Stevens, Alfred H. Stevens, Abigail Baker Stevens, and Osman Stevens.

Charles Wistar Stevens travelled to France and met his wife. He returned to the United States and graduated from Havard Medical School. He wrote many humorous books. You can find out more about him in Boston of To-Day at Google Books.

Abigail Stevens married John Henry Gould. She painted water colors as Abbie Gould.

Thomas Stevens second wife was Betsy Duncan. They had three children - Helen, Emma, and Milan. Betsy is my ancestor along with Milan. Helen married Horace Pitcher. They had at least three children who died young. Emma never married. Milan has his own biography page.

Thomas and Betsy moved to Charlestown, Massachusetts where their third child, Milan, was born.

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Thomas Stevens third wife was Laura Ann Waterhouse. It was her second marriage so Waterhouse is the name of her first husband (father's name was Robbins). She died in 1884 at 72 years old of old age. Her name is listed as Laura Stephenss. She is listed as a widow but she and Thomas were divorced in 1865.

Thomas Stevens Divorce
Boston Evening Transcript
Vol XXXVii No. 10749
May 6, 1865
page 4

Thomas J. Stevens vs. Laura Ann Stevens; desertion.

 

Thomas Stevens fourth wife was Charlotte Waterman. They were married in 1866. She was born in France and this was her second marriage. She is buried in the family plot at Cambridge Cemetery with many of the Stevens family.

Thomas had a saloon at 6 Cambridge Street in Boston when he was living at 20 Elm Street, Charlestown. The address of the saloon is now a CVS.

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Boston Journal
Monday, April 07, 1879
Boston, Massachusetts
Volume: XLVI Issue 15201 page 3

STEVENS-April 8 of typhoid pneumonia, Dr Thomas J Stevens of Charlestown, 76 yrs.

 

Thomas Stevens
The Boston Traveler
Vol XXXV No. 6
April 8, 1879
page 3

Stevens-In Bunker Hill District, April 6, of typhoid pneumonia, Dr Thomas J Stevens, 76. [Services at the Monument square Methodist Church at 2 PM Wednesday, April 9.]

 

Thomas Stevens obituary part 1
Boston Journal
Monday, April 07, 1879
Boston, Massachusetts
Volume: XLVI Issue 15201 page

OBITUARY.

DR. THOMAS J STEVENS We have to announce
the death of one of our oldest physicians, Dr Thomas
J. Stevens of Charlestown, at the ripe age of 76 years.
He was born in Enfield, N. H., April 22, 1803. He
had practiced medicine uninterruptedly for half a cen-
tury, and was greatly beloved by the poor, whose
friend he eminently was. He has always been actively
interested in all measures for the benefit of the poor
and was the original founder and projector for the
Charlestown Five Cent Savings Bank. He was for
several years City Physician of Charlestown and in
1873 was a member of the Common Council.

 

Thomas Stevens obituary
Boston Daily Globe
Monday Evening, April 7, 1879
Boston, Massachusetts
Vol. XV, No. 91, page 1

  Dr. Thomas J. Stevens, one of the oldest physi-
cians of this part of the city, died yesterday at the
ripe age of seventy-six years. He was born in En-
field, N. H., April 22, 1803. He had practiced
medicine uninterrupted for half a century, and was
greatly beloved by the poor, whose friend he emi-
nently was. He has always been actively interested
in all measures for the benefit of the poor, and
was the original founder and projector of the
Charlestown Five Cent savings bank. He was for
several years city physician of Charlestown, and
in 1872 was a member of the common council.

 

Thomas Stevens  obituary
Boston Post
Tuesday Morning, April 8, 1879
Boston, Massachusetts
Vol. XCVI, No. 84, page 2

  Dr Thomas J. Stevens of the Bunker Hill District
is dead. He was born April 22, 1803, and had prac-
tised medicine for fifty years. Dr Stevens has al-
ways been actively interested in all measures for the
benefit of the poor and was the original founder
and projector of the Charlestown Five Cent Savings
Bank. He was for several years City Physician of
Charlestown and in 1872 was a member of the Com-
mon Council.

 

Thomas Stevens obituary part 1
Boston Journal
Thursday, April 10, 1879
Boston, Massachusetts
Volume: XLVI Issue 15204 page 4

Charlestown District

  FUNERAL OF THE LATE DR THOMAS J STEVENS.
The funeral of the late Dr. Thomas J Stevens, for
thirty five years a practicing physician in Charlestown
took place yesterday afternoon at the Monument
Square M. E. Church and the lTender regard in which
the deceased was held in this community was borne
witness to by the presence of a very large attendance,
the church being crowded beyond the seating capacity.
The ?? ?? exercies were conducted by the Rev.
J. H Mansfield, pastor of the curch, of which the
deceased was a member. The music of the service was
rendered by a quartette, and three members of the
Sunday school sang a trio in a touching manner at the
close of the service. The floral tributes were numer-
ous. The remains were taken to the Cambridge
cemetery for interment.

 

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The Bunker Hill Times
Saturday, April 12, 1879
Boston, Massachusetts
Vol 27. No. 23. page 4

OBITUARY

______

Dr. Thomas J. Stevens

  Dr. Thomas J. Stevens, the oldest physician
in Charlestown, died April 6th, of Typhoid
Pneumonia. He was the son of James Stev-
ens, who fought at Bunker Hill, and
was born April 22nd, 1803 in Enfield N.H. He
was kept on his father's farm until the age of
nineteen when, having a severe fall and injur-
ing his spine, he became incapacitated for
heavy physical work and determined to study
medicine. He accordingly matriculated in Dat-
mouth College in 1823 and began practice in
Marlou, N.H. in 1826 and hence has just com-
pleted half a century of professional labor. In
1828 he was appointed by Gov. Bell surgeon of
the 28th N.H. Regiment and served seven
years. In 1834 he was appointed by the select-
men of Marlou agent to receive and invest the
governmental surplusage; which he did to the
satisfaction of all. At that time there was in
the public treasury a surplus of funds over and
above all debts and this surplusage was distri-
buted among all towns according to their pop-
ulations. In 1837 he became a member of the
Keene Medical Society and was therefore
obliged to ride eighteen miles to meet his med-
ical associates and discuss the medical questions
of the day. In 1840 he was appointed by Gov.
Page, Justice of the Peace; the duties at that
time were very varied and onerous. In 1845
he moved to Charlestown and since that year
indentified himself with the best interests of the
town. In 1845 his active mind projected and
helped to found the Charlestown Five Cent
Savings Bank. He had in view the advantages
to the poor which might accrue from economy.
For several years he was City Physician and in
1872 became a member of the Common Council.
He was eminently the friend of the poor and
was very often known, after leaving his pre-
scription and money wherewith to buy the
medicine, to go to the nearest store and order
provisions sent at his expense. His name
became a synonym of charity and generosity.
Another marked quality was good judgement.
He had a well balanced mind and was guided
more by his own experience and thought then
by the opinion of others. He left a sister who
is nearly a hundred years old and a widow and
six children.

The Funeral Wednesday.

  Funeral services over the reamins of the late
Thomas J. Stevens, M. D., were held at the
Monument Square Methodist Church, Wednes-
day afternoon, commencing at two o'clock.
The church was crowded with relatives and
friends who had gathered to pay a last token
of respect to him who had been so near to
them.

  Rev. J. H. Mansfield conducted the services.
After a voluntary on the organ by F. W. Jones,
the quartette of the Trinity church, sang "Cast
Thy Burden on the Lord." Mr. Mansfield then
read selections from the Scripture and the
quartette rendered a chant. Then followed the
address.

  Mr. Mansfield alluded to the many changes
that had taken place in the life time of the one
who had passed on. He had lived more than
the allotted time, and how many who had
started out with him had fallen on all sides in
the journey of life! He was one of the last to
go. In his own family death had taken one
after another and only one aged sister remained.
In his own immediate family he had followed
children and grandchildren to the grave. His
life had been devoted to that most honorable of
professions,—a physician. He was adapted to
it, not only by cllture, but from the fact that
he regarded it as a duty. We all owe a debt of
gratitude to the faithful physician, especially
if he be our family physician. When a physi-
cian has dwelt thirty-five years in one place,
and has faithfully performed his duty he de-
serves the respect of the community. It was
hard for him to give up work. He had a love
for it; he had a dread of retiring from active
life; and there were many families who had
such faith in him that they would have none
but him. He was a Christian Physician and as
such stood higher in his sphere of usefulness.
He with David Snow, now passed on, was one
of the first to break ground for this church.
He was one of the oldest of members having
joined in 1848. There may be one or two now
living but not more; all the rest have gone on
to the higher life. A week ago last Sunday he
was earnest in his accustomed seat. Even then
the finger of death was pointed at him for he
had particiapted in services for the last time.
This remembrance should bring home to us the
lesson of the uncertainty of earth life. It is
one thing to see a funeral in the street, or to
be present at one; but, it is entirely a different
thing to have one in the house—in the family.
To the relatives the reverend gentleman said he
could not speak to them as did the impressive-
ness of the hour. Home was a delight to him
whose remains now lay so silent before them.
The thought might arise, Why was he taken?
but is should find an answer in the remembrance
that the home to which he had gone, the home
of paradise, would be a delight to him. There
on the other shore, those that had gone before
were gathered to welcome him; and he awaited
that time when there would be a reunion in the
land where sin and sorrow are unknown and a
day of parting never comes.

  Mr. Mansfield followed his address with an
earnest and impressive prayer. A trio of the
Monument Square Church,—Miss Josie Upham,
Miss Ella Moore and Miss Abby Atwood—then
sang "Gone to his rest."

  An opportunity was now offered for those
present to view the remains and it was very
generally improved. They body rested in a
casket, covered with black broad cloth and vel-
vet, relieved by the usual silver trimmings.
The plate bore the name and age of the deceased.
There was a profusion of elegant floral tributes.
Prominent was a book of roses having the
word "Father" in violets. A crown, a cross,
a wreath, werr also disposed about the casket,
and numberous smaller offerings sent out their
fragrance.

  The remains were taken to Cambridge
cemetery for interment.

 

NOTE: In the above obituary Marlou, N.H. should be Marlow, N.H. The sister who is almost 100 is his sister Ruth who was 96 when Thomas died. In 1870 she lived with Thomas and in 1880 she lived down the street with Thomas's daughters, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Ruth died in 1881 in Charlestown at the age of 98. She is buried in the Enfield Town Cemetery.

Monument Square Methodist Church closed in 1899. It was located at the corner of Monument Square and High Street. The church was organized in 1847 making Thomas one of its first members.

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