In every family there seems to be that one person that you just can’t find anything about. I remember a few years back that I had nothing on my paternal grandfather’s oldest brother, Martin Isaic Spangler. Now I have quite a bit of information on him and it all just happened by chance! That is the way things are right now for Charlie Stevenson.
I only know of Charlie Stevenson (nicknamed Doc) because of the letter from Gladys and the 1900 and 1910 U. S. Census records of him with Emmit and Nettie Stevenson. In the 1900 U. S. Census his birth date is listed as March 1888, which matches with what Gladys has in her letter. Gladys listed his birth date as March 20, 1888 in Anderson Co., South Carolina.
I’ve searched through Ancestry.com and Family Search Labs and have been able to find only one record that might be Charlie Stevenson. There are a few family trees that have the same information that I have but they have nothing new to add. The one record I have found is a World War I Draft Registration form. It lists a Charley Stevenson registering in McRae, White Co., Arkansas on June 5, 1917. Could this be my Charlie Stevenson? He is listed as being born in Anderson Co., South Carolina but his birth date is March 26, 1888, not March 20. He is also listed as being single and employed as a farmer for Bob Ernest.
The one question I have about accepting this application as my Charlie is that he lists his sister as being under 12 and solely dependent on him. The only sister that would come close to this would be my grandmother, Winnie Ida Stevenson, who would have been 14 at this time. What bothers me is that she is listed with Emmit and Nettie in the 1910 and 1920 U. S. Census so why would he list her as being solely dependent on him? Of course, there is always the possibility that she went to live with him during this time. Charlie was eventually drafted so, that would have meant that Winnie Ida would have moved back to live with her mom and dad!
I have also found a Marriage Record for a Charley Stevenson and Virginia Holleman on November 15, 1930 in Scott Co., Arkansas. The age given for Charlie is 42, which would make his birth year about 1888. Could this be my Charlie? I’m still looking in to that.
The story from most of the family I have been able to talk to, which is mainly my Aunt Juanita and Gladys, is that Charlie joined the military during World War I and after he left for the war he was never heard from again. Was he killed in action? Did he stay in Europe? Maybe he came home and went back to Arkansas and started over.
I am not giving up hope that I will eventually find Charlie! Just as I did with Martin Isaic Spangler, I will just have to be patient and wait for the right clues to come my way. Who knows, I may already have the clues I need. I just have to research a little harder. For now, this is the extent of what I have on Charlie Stevenson. I’m not sure of his birth date, although I would go with what Gladys gave in her letter as that is probably closer to being correct.
Let’s hope that I will be visiting this subject again soon! I leave you with the only other picture I have of Charlie Stevenson.
Thanks for stopping by. Next, Raymond Stevenson, Emmit and Nettie’s first daughter!