Linda Stevens This is a story from my husbands branch of the tree and I have gathered all the info about it I could. Great,great Grandpa Stevens came to this country abored a ship somewhere in the northeast. He was a young boy of around eleven or tweleve we were told. He sailed from possibly England or Germany with his parents and older brother. His brother and him were the only ones to make it to America alive. Both parents died aboard ship along the way. Both boys were near the same age not more than two years difference in their ages. The story is told they were sent to an orphanage upon arrival and were to be sent further west as part of work/adoption program. Possibly aboard one of the orphan trains we aren't sure. The story handed down says that the boys heard of this rumor and fled the orphanage in darkness the first night there. They traveled together for the first day then fearing being caught and brought back split up. Our brother went south. The lost brother went north never to be heard from again. Over the years my husband and his cousins and father in the military have heard similar stories from other service men but did not have the time to question their fellow service men. If this story is in your family as well please feel free to contact me. Our brother ended up in Texas and his name lives on today we are all the decendents of Benjamin Franklin Stevens.
Aug 29, 2005 · posted to the surname Stevens
Linda Stevens This is a recipe handed down from my grandma Sadie Platt Simpson she was belived to be Chickasaw Indian and raised her own vegetables all of her life. 1 lb. fresh green beans (grandma always used fresh grown pintos for this) 5 or 6 small red potatoes 1/2 cup shortning or bacon grease 1/4 lb. salt pork salt and pepper to taste Snap and wash the beans and let water drain off well. Melt shortening or grease in large stock pot. Add beans and simmer on low heat stirring often to "wilt" the beans. Keep a lid on the pot between stirs and no water will need to be added. Beans will become soft and darken in color. Score salt pork and add to pot once beans have wilted. Turn the heat up to about medium and next add the potatoes, peel if so desired but not necessary. Cook for about 30 more minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Add salt and pepper if needed. Very little water will need to be added if you have a good lid on your pot.
Sep 28, 2005 · posted to the surname Platt