David Stevens, a brick wall, the father of my great grandmother, Edna Stevens Barnard. He was born in Indiana. That’s what the two census records I’ve found for him say. He married Minerva Marcum before 1865. He was the father of Charles, Henry, Joseph, Anna, John Walter, and Blanche, as well as my great grandmother. While not 100% positive, I believe he had a younger brother, William Henry. I believe this because of circumstantial evidence: David and William lived near each other in 1880 in Shilo, Union county, Kentucky. William named one of his sons David. Both William and David Sr. were born in Indiana; David in 1838 and William in 1840. William left records giving his parent’s names. David simply disappears after that 1880 census. Oh, I’m not the only person who wishes the 1890 census records survived, but I’m sure I could clear up a lot of mysteries in my family tree if they had. Kentucky is usually a good place to research online. They have marriage records, birth records, death records galore, but David Stevens left a scant trail of himself there.
I have a feeling David Stevens will always be a mystery to me.