Today I’d like to write about Emmit and Nettie Stevenson’s first daughter, Raymond M. Stevenson. I don’t know a whole lot about her but I am still trying to piece together what little information I have. According to Gladys’ letter, Raymond Stevenson was born February 10, 1892 in Anderson Co., South Carolina.
Thanks to an encounter via email with Raymond’s great-grandnephew, I have a few pictures and some stories about Raymond. Here is part of a message he sent me in February 2009:
Aunt Raymond was last married to Almond Sidney Beebe. He was from New York. I can’t remember how they met but I believe they corresponded via mail and then Aunt Raymond went to New York to meet him. She returned to Florida with her new husband.
Raymond was previously married to a man named Van Cleave. I think he was from either Texas or Louisiana.
As far as I know, Aunt Raymond only had one child, Charles Emmitt Every. I’m told he was a troublemaker and was no stranger to the law. I believe he’s buried at the Florida State Prison Cemetery near Starke, Florida.
This is something I had learned before. After all, I had access to the U. S. Censuses and that helped me out quite a bit. I didn’t know about Charles Emmitt Every. So, let’s look at what I have found on Raymond.
Of course, Raymond is listed with her parents in the 1900 and 1910 U. S. Census. The 1920 U. S. Census was the first change for Raymond. It lists Charles L. Every, Raymond Every and Charles E. Every in White Pine Co., Nevada. Charles L. is 43, Raymond 27 and Charles E. is 4. Both parents are born in South Carolina and Charles E. is born in Florida.
The 1930 U. S. Census brings a very different picture. I found Raymond living in Shelby Co., Texas. This time she is married to a Henry A. Van Cleave. Henry was born in Indiana. There are three children listed, Elvira, Joseph and Anna. All these children were born in Kansas. Also listed is Charles E. Every and Eudora N. Stevenson. This is what helped to prove this was the right Raymond.
The 1930 U. S. Census brought many questions. What happened to Charles L. Every? Who was this Henry Van Cleave. Were these Raymond’s children or step-children? Why is Eudora with Raymond?
Since there are no further Censuses to look at, I ended up with nothing until I was contacted by Mark Every, Raymond’s great-grandnephew. He was able to tell me that Charles L. was actually Charles Lyon Every and Charles E. was Charles Emmitt Every. Using this information I was able to find a Charles Lyon Every death record in 1922 in Florida. So, perhaps that was what happened. Charles died in Florida in 1922 and Raymond was left a widow with a 6 year old son.
Did she come home to Texas to stay with her parents? I can only assume this is what happened. In the process she must have met Henry Van Cleave. Henry himself is a widower. The 1930 U. S. Census shows his first marriage at age 19 and he is 42 at this point. So, it’s easy to assume that the three Van Cleave children are Raymond’s step-children.
In the process of my searches, I have found a marriage license for Charles Every and Raymond Stevenson. It shows they were married on April 7, 1912 in Marion Co., Texas. I have not found any records of Raymond and Henry Van Cleave!
The last part about Almond Sidney Beebe is something I know only because what Mark was willing to share with me. He also shared a couple of tombstone pictures.
If I had a wishlist for Raymond, it would be to find out what happened with Charles Emmit Every. Did he marry before his death. Did she have grandchildren? Would any of the Van Cleave children be able to tell me about Raymond’s life?
Raymond M. (Stevenson) Beebe died in September of 1965 in Polk Co., Florida. Along with her, a life time of memories and stories seem to have been lost. If they are out there, I will hopefully find them.
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