Charles Seldon Stevens born 20 March 1869

Charles Stevens was born 20 March 1869 in Belmont, Nova Scotia, the fourth and final child of James C and Mary Ann (Hodges) Stevens. 

In 1871, the family lived at Chigonaise River, Onslow, NS.  In 1881, the family was listed in Lower Onslow.  Charles’ father was a farmer.  In the 1891 Canada census, Charles was listed with his parents and sister Lilla, living in Lower Onslow, NS.  He was a member of the Baptist Church and had been baptized 10 Nov. 1884 at the Western Onslow Baptist Church.

Charles married Jessie Gordon Miller in 1891 in New Annan, NS.  Their first child, George, was born at Tatamagouche NS where Charles worked a telegraph operator for the railroad.

About 1893, they went west to British Columbia. He had made a previous trip west, as a teenager, to look for his brother David. He settled at Kamloops, B.C., and had three more children.  Jessie died in 1898 in Kamloops, of tuberculosis.  After her death, her children were divided between various families.  The daughters were raised by their uncle David Stevens.  George was raised by his paternal grandmother.  Percy was adopted in 1899 by Henry and Sarah Thompson, and renamed Paul Thompson. 

Charles married Lorina May Taylor in 1901 in Vancouver, BC.  They returned to Kamloops, and he became the mayor of that town in 1909. He was a member of the Dominion Public Service and a member of the Liberal Party. He left Kamloops in the 1920’s and went to Edmonton, Alberta, where he died, 29 Mar. 1926.  Lorina died in 1941 in Edmonton.


  1. Sherril said,

    October 25, 2011 at 17:53

    I have more info on CS Stevens; he went to Summerland from Kamloops and started Lakeshore Telephone Co. Very involved in temperance issues and Baptist Church.

  2. Merlin McRae said,

    September 21, 2012 at 16:04

    Sherril, how are you connected to CS Stevens? I am his great granddaughter. Merlin

    • Sherril Foster said,

      April 28, 2013 at 14:25

      I worked at the Summerland museum where his name came up often. I started researching a woman from Kamloops, Mary Spencer and C.S. came up again. I learned more from Susan about his time in Kamloops and that helped me make the connection with Mary.

      • Merlin McRae said,

        April 28, 2013 at 20:58

        What did you find out about Charles Sheldon Stevens? I am very interested as are my cousins.

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