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Percy Allen and Merle Frances (Wallace) Stevens

Merle_Wallace_Stevens.jpgMerle Francis Wallace was born in Feb 1893 in Warren County, Illinois.  She was the fourth child and younger of two daughters of John L and Sarah Ellen Wilcox Wallace.  She lived the majority of her life in the town of Kirkwood, where she also attended school through the age of 18.  The death of her father when she was 13 years old, left Merle the eldest child still at home and undoubtedly helped her mother raise her younger brothers.  She married Percy A Stevens in Warren County 21 Nov 1912.  Four months later she would lose her mother, and her older brother Charles 16 months after that.  Merle and Percy had three children, Dorothy Ellen, Keith Allen and Earl Wallace, born in 1913, 1915, and 1918 respectively.  Dorothy died 26 Mar 1916, becoming the fourth loss of an immediate family member experienced by Merle in a 10 year period.  In early 1920, Merle fell sick from Influenza which developed into pneumonia, she succumbed to her illness February 6th at the age of 27, and is buried in Center Grove Cemetery in Kirkwood.

Percy Stevens was born 22 Nov 1892 in Loraine County, Missouri.  Following the death of Merle, it is unclear if Percy continued to take care of the young boys, or if they stayed with other family members.  Percy remarried in June 1923 to Clara Schnowske.  Percy and Clara had five children together; Percy E, Billie F, Lois L, John Howard, and another daughter of whom I do not know the name.  The 1930 census lists Keith as living with his father and step-mother, however, Earl is not.  Earl may have been living with other family members at the time, and according to his father’s obituary, was living in Oregon in 1938.  Percy would pass away 21 Mar 1938 in Alexis, Illinois. 


PERCY ALLEN STEVENS

Birth: 22 Nov 1892 in Loraine, Missouri          Death: 21 Mar 1938 in Alexis, Warren, Illinois

Burial: 23 Mar 1938 in Center Grove Cemetery, Kirkwood, Warren, Illinois

Marriage: 21 Nov 1912

Father: JOHN H STEVENS

Mother: MARGARET JPERRY

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MERLE FRANCES WALLACE

Birth: Feb 1893 in Warren, Illinois           Death: 06 Feb 1920 in Kirkwood, Warren, Illinois

Burial: Center Grove Cemetery, Kirkwood, Warren, Illinois

Father: JOHN L WALLACE

Mother: SARAH ELLEN WILCOX

Children:

1. DOROTHY ELLEN STEVENS

Birth: 11 Nov 1913 in Kirkwood, Warren, Illinois          Death: 26 Mar 1916 in Monmouth, Warren, Ilinois

Burial: 29 Mar 1916 in Center Grove Cemetery, Warren, Ilinois

2. KEITH ALLEN STEVENS

Birth: Nov 1915 in Illinois          Death: 1967

Marriage: 22 Jul 1936 in Monmouth, Warren, Illinois to K LUCILLE ADAMS

3. EARL WALLACE STEVENS

Birth: 02 Apr 1918 in Kirkwood, Warren, Illinois

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