Frederick P. Stephenson, a well known resident of Phelps, Ontario county, New York, is descended from a family which for many generations has displayed courage and patriotism in defence of the rights and liberties of their country. Calvin Stephenson, a pioneer settler and a soldier of the revolution, had six sons who took part in the war of 1812: James was taken a prisoner and died near Montreal, Canada; William served gallantly throughout the war, then joined the regular army and lost his life on the western plains; Luther served in the contest at Raisin river and in the battle of Tippecanoe; Theodore, Calvin and Chester, the other three, were also actively engaged in various encounters during this famous struggle.

(I) Harvey Stephenson, grandfather of Frederick P. Stephenson, came from Springfield, Massachusetts, and located in the town of Orleans, Ontario county, New York, about 1800, subsequently settling in Phelps, in the same county.