He seems to have been a military officer and frontier contractor. The papers of Sir William Johnson include many letters and references to him including his statement that he had married "an Amiable Seneca" woman in November of 1769. At that time, he was "in command" at Niagara. Their son was born in 1771. In December 1770, he was a captain in the 60th Regiment on duty at Detriot.
In 1774, he was identified as "of Albany" and named co-executor of Johnson's estate. He frequently corresponded with Johnson.
In the summer of 1775, he applied to the Albany Committee for a pass to go to Canada. His request was denied twice.
Perhaps he returned to Albany after the war. However, he was not accounted for on the Albany census of 1790. In 1802, a house and lot on Orange Street under the name of James Stevenson appeared on the city assessment roll. His nephew and future mayor of Albany, James Stevenson, was born in 1788.
Sources: Because he was an Albany native, the life of James Stevenson, Jr. needs a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
His marriage and subsequent custody conflict are analyzed by Gail D. Mac Leitch in an online essay. Our search for information on the life of Stevenson's wife and son has led to this online source.
first posted: 3/15/04