William Adkins Stevens1

M, #31, b. 1 April 1897, d. 11 May 1980
Last Edited=2 Apr 2016
William Adkins Stevens, July 4, 1974, sitting in his kitchen in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
     William Adkins Stevens, son of William Archie Stevens and Anna Bell Travis, was born on 1 April 1897 at Stringer, Jasper County, Mississippi.1 William Adkins Stevens was the son of William Archie Stevens and Anna Bell Travis.

William Adkins Stevens appeared on the United States census of 1900 in the household of William Archie Stevens at Jasper County, Mississippi.2

William Adkins Stevens appeared on the United States census of 1910 in the household of William Archie Stevens at Bay Springs, Jasper County, Mississippi.3

William Adkins Stevens began military service on 27 June 1916. He enlisted in the Mississippi National Guard on June 27, 1916 in Jackson, at the age of 21. He was is Co. H 1 Infantry. He was honorably discharged July 1, 1917, 50% disabled. In Records of Jasper Co. Mississippi, by Jean Strickland and Patricia N. Edwards, 1995, we read, "W. Adkins Stevens Jr. of Bay Springs, was also a member of the State National Guard, and was sent to the Mexican Border Line. Following the period of service on the border, he was stationed at Clarksdale, Mississippi guarding the railroad lines. While in this service, he was run over by a train, mangling one leg which was later amputated. (Mrs. W.A. Stevens of Bay Springs, MS)"

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William Adkins Stevens married Beulah Elizabeth Ainsworth, daughter of William Jackson Ainsworth and Louisiana C. Welborn, circa 1917 at Mississippi.5 William Adkins Stevens and Beulah Elizabeth Ainsworth were divorced circa 1922.1

William Adkins Stevensenlisted for service in World War II on 5 June 1918 at Bay Springs, Jasper County, Mississippi. Having served and been disabled in the Mississippi National Guard, he was already married to Beula Ainsworth Stevens. He was described as having blue eyes and a light complection. He had lost his left leg in previous service.6

In 1920, William Adkins Stevens appeared on the United States Census, at Starkville, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, Listed as a border.7

William Adkins Stevens married Avia Turney, daughter of Charles Travis Turney and Bessie Pauline Baugh, circa 1930.1

William Adkins Stevens appeared on the United States census of 1930 in the household of Charles Mayfield at Harlingen, Cameron County, Texas.8

In the 1940 Las Cruces, New Mexico, City Directory is the entry, "Stevens Service Station (W. A. "Steve" Stevens) 705 N. Main. Phone 294."9

William Adkins Stevens and Avia Turney lived at 1030 N. Armijo St., Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, New Mexico; They lived at this address until his health required his moving into a nursing home. This researcher visited him at this Armijo address for many summers between 1948 and 1965.10

On 13 April 1940, William Adkins Stevens appeared on the United States Census, at Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, New Mexico, "Steve" Stevens is listed as proprietor of a filing station.11

In the Las Cruces, New Mexico, City Directory for 1948 is the following: "Chuck Wagon - Newest and Finest in the Southwest - (And We Don't Mean Maybe) Adjoining Coral "66" Courts and Service Station. 705 N. Main, Phone 551."9

William Adkins Stevens and his wife Avia are listed in the Las Cruces, New Mexico, city directories in 1965, 1976, and 1978. She is listed alone in 1982 after his death.9

William Adkins Stevens died on 11 May 1980 at El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, at age 83.12 and was buried on 14 May 1980 at Masonic Cemetery, Section 2, Bl. 12, Lot 10, Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, New Mexico.13

His Social Security number was 525-05-4406.12

Children of William Adkins Stevens and Beulah Elizabeth Ainsworth

Child of William Adkins Stevens and Avia Turney

Citations

  1. [S179] Interview with Alice Joyce Stevens Arnott (informant address private) , by this researcher, 1996. Notes of this interview are in the personal records of this researcher (Florence, Pinal County, Arizona).
  2. [S1] 1900 United States Census, population schedule, Jasper County, Mississippi, Supervision District #6, Enumeration District #57, Sheet 4, Line 20; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  3. [S2] 1910 United States Census, population schedule, Bay Springs, Jasper County, Mississippi. Enumeration District 18, Sheet 1, line 16. Listed as a Retail merchant, groceries.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  4. [S149] Jean and Edwards, Patricia N. Strickland, compiler, Records of Jasper Co. Mississippi, W.P.A. Source Materials; Will Abstracts 1855-1914 (P.O. Box 5147, Moss Point, MS 39563: Jean Strickland & Patricia N. Edwards, 1995), Page 108.. Hereinafter cited as Records of Jasper Co. Mississippi.
  5. [S120] 1930 United States Census, population schedule; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  6. [S196] WWI Civilian Draft Registrations, online digital images by subscription Ancestry.com, Roll 1682928, Registration Number 2780.. Hereinafter cited as WWI Draft Registration.
  7. [S3] 1920 United States Census, population schedule, Starkville, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. Enumeration District 98, Sheet 27, line 18. Listed as a boarder.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  8. [S120] 1930 United States Census, population schedule, Harlingen, Cameron County, Texas, page 42, stamped page 31 an attorney.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  9. [S143] City Directory - Las Cruces, New Mexico (Columbus, Ohio: Mullin-Kille Company, 1948). Hereinafter cited as Las Cruces City Directory.
  10. [S124] Personal knowledge of this researcher, Lynell Arnott (Florence, Arizona), from family connections and information from family member's direct knowledge of events.
  11. [S480] 1940 United States Census, population schedule, Precinct 20, Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, New Mexico, Supervisor's Discrict 4, Enumerator District 7-6, printed page 10A, stamped page 51, family 1030, line 15.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  12. [S22] , Social Security Death Index. (Salt Lake City: Family History Library, FamilySearch, 1994). Hereinafter cited as Social Security Death Index.
  13. [S26] Cemetery Headstone A Photograph is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.