The following data is extracted from The Book of Clevelanders, A Biographical Dictionary of Living Men of the City of Cleveland, Burrows Book Company, 1914.
Stephens, Jesse; attorney; born, Wood County, Feb. 9, 1865; son of David and Elizabeth Bonam Stephens; educated, Fostoria Academy and The Ohio Northern University; read law with the Hon. Thomas N. Bierly, of Toledo; admitted to the bar in 1889; married, Fremont, O., 1887, Miss Belle Clark; issue, two sons, A. A. and Clarence Clark Stephens; practiced law in Fostoria, O., for twenty years, attaining a high place in the legal profession; particularly noted as trial lawyer, having tried some of the most important cases in Northwestern Ohio; has never sought political honors, although urged to become a candidate for District Judge and Congressman from the 13th district; because of increasing clientele in Cuyahoga County, came to Cleveland, and began practicing with his son, A. A. Stephens, a graduate of Western Reserve Law School; counsel and director The Commonwealth Realty & Building Co., The Seneca Coal Co., Fostoria, O., counsel The Toledo, Fostoria & Findlay Electric R. R. Co., Toledo; The Union National Bank, Fostoria, and The Atlas Mnfg. Co., and The Peabody Buggy Co., all of Fostoria; member Pemberville Lodge, No. 516, F. & A. M., since 1889; his family were among the early settlers of Maryland and Western Pennsylvania, Scotch-Irish-German descent; active in Colonial cause during the Revolution.
Source: The Book of Clevelanders, A Biographical Dictionary of Living Men of the City of Cleveland, Burrows Book Company, 1914