STEVENS George, Esqr.[1, 2]

Male 1775 - 1852  (76 years)


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  • Name STEVENS George 
    Suffix Esqr. 
    Born 24 Dec 1775  Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Residence Blue Hill, Hancock, Massachusetts [Maine] Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    _UID 638415117553474BA6B8BF5955A42C989A04 
    Died 1 May 1852  Blue Hill, Hancock, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried Aft 1 May 1852  Blue Hill, Hancock, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Address:
    Seaside Cemetery 
    Notes 
    • He was a resident of Blue Hill, Maine; extensive land and ship owner who also built the first cotton factory in Blue Hill. He and Dorcas adopted John Gage who drowned in Waterville, Maine while attending college.

      Founder of George Stevens Academy

      Blue Hill Academy flourished under the guardianship of the Congregational Church. The Rev. Jonathan Fisher of that church gave the dedicatory address that opened the school and became the President of the Board of Trustees. The other trustees were all members of Parson Fisher's church. The first non-Congregationalist to become a member was George Stevens. He chafed under Congregationalist dominance. In 1832 he offered on his decease and that of his wife to give a thousand dollars and a piece of land to the Academy. His offer included this provision, "The institution shall be put on a liberal scale that all denominations shall have equal rights and privileges." The Academy trustees said, "no." Plainly the village leaders were no libertarians. Squire Stevens was not to be defeated. In his will of 1851 he provided that after his death and that of his wife his homestead, one hundred and fifty acres of land and a large portion of his personal property should be used to establish an academy. The will specified, "said Academy shall be located on the one half acre northwest of my dwelling house." The Squire chose the first board of trustees, a self-perpetuating board.

      George Stevens was an able man. He was born in Andover, Massachusetts and came to Blue Hill in 1775. He became a ship owner and merchant. He early showed an interest in education. He and Jonah Holt sponsored the first singing school in town. He concerned himself with Colby College, then a Baptist institution. He endowed the local Baptist church with land and money. He gave a start to Thomas Lord whom he hired as a ship's carpenter. Lord became a talented architect, who designed churches for Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Sedgwick and Ellsworth. He designed a number of houses, including the Greek Revival Morse House opposite George Stevens Academy.

      In 1891 the Maine State Legislature incorporated George Stevens Academy. In 1897 the contract to build a building was awarded to George Butler. In 1898 the Academy opened its doors to students. The "Old Academy" cooperated with the new institution. Their boards merged but it was not until 1943 that the two groups merged and incorporated under the name of Blue Hill-George Stevens Academy. Officially the name of the institution is now George Stevens Academy. It serves not only Squire Stevens' town but all neighboring towns.

      [Bio by Esther Wood]


    Person ID I117803  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 2 Oct 2017 

    Father STEVENS Benjamin, Sr.,   b. 27 Mar 1732, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1793, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Mother VARNUM Hannah,   b. 27 Jun 1736, Dracut, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1805, Dracut, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married Aft 1 May 1756  Dracut, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F31676  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 OSGOOD Dorcas,   b. 20 Nov 1778, Blue Hill, Hancock, Massachusetts [Maine] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1847  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 29 Jan 1800  Blue Hill, Hancock, Massachusetts [Maine] Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Children 
     1. GAGE-STEVENS John,   b. 22 Oct 1811,   d. Waterville, Kennebec, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 2 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F47624  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 HASKELL Mary,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Y  [3
    Last Modified 2 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F47625  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 Dec 1775 - Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 May 1852 - Blue Hill, Hancock, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Address:
    Seaside Cemetery - Aft 1 May 1852 - Blue Hill, Hancock, Maine
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  • Sources 
    1. [S751] Book-Osgood-A genealogy of the desc. of John, Christopher and William Osgood, p.269.

    2. [S3808] Internet-Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial #117867954.

    3. [S583] Periodical-The Essex Genealogist, 24:89.

    4. [S157] Book-VR Andover, MA, 2:311.