Possible date of birth:
1843 (source: see below, Update June 2017, Age 48)
between 1891 and 1896
(a possible DOD, see below, Update June 201)
Updated: June 2017A RootsChatter, 'A', came across some interesting Stevenson information while researching:
Royal Hospital- Yesterday the following cases were admitted to this institution… John Stevenson, aged 48, well-sinker, residing at 93, Island Street, suffering from injury to the eye, sustained while working. Northern Whig (Belfast), 1 Jan.1891
TO THE EDITOR OF THE NORTHERN WHIG… would like to correct your account of it in some particulars. John Stevenson, who is a well sinker by trade, and who resides in Ballymacarrett [Belfast], has for time past been engaged in sinking well in our premises in Donaghadee. On the day before Christmas… Northern Whig (Belfast), 1 Jan.1891
Belfast Newsletter, 3 Jan.1891: “Stevenson has been boring and blasting wells all his lifetime, both here and in America.” Belfast Newsletter, 3 Jan.1891
here and in America. His daughter, Hessie, was born
This could explain why we are finding it difficult to find birth-certificates for his children !
1880 in Ireland (Source: the 1901 Scotland Census)see biography page: Hessie Stevenson
Her niece remembers that her Grandfather used to move around a lot because of his job. She is fairly sure that he worked for a while in Silverdale, near Morecambe, in Lancashire and that Aunt Hettie was born then.