Thursday, August 24, 2006

Clan STEVERSON dates from 10th CENTURY.

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The family name STEVERSON is believed to be descended from the Boernicians, an ancient founding race of the English/Scottish border dating from about the year 400 A. D.. The border was also home to Clans, such as, the Sturdy Armstrongs, the Gallant Grahams, the Saucy Scotts, the Angry Kerrs, the Bells, the Nixons, the Famous Dicksons, the Bold Rutherfords, and the Pudding Somervilles.
Through diligent research among some of the most ancient manuscripts, such as, the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, the Inquisitio, the Ragman Rolls, the Domesday Book, baptismals, parish records, tax records and cartularies researchers have found the first record of the name STEVERSON, in Northumberland where they were seated from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066 of William the Conqueror.
When the Crown of England and Scotland were united under James VI of Scotland in 1603 the Border Clans were dispersed to England, northern Scotland and to Ireland. Some were banished directly to the (American) Colonies.
In Ireland they were granted lands previously held the Catholic Irish. They signed as "Undertaking" to remain Protestant and faith to the Crown. In Ireland the name assumed the variance of Steenson and Stinson, and they settled in County Limerick, and were prominent patrons of Gaelic literature.
The New World beckoned settlers from Ireland (who would come to be known as the Scotch/Irish), as well as from the Old Country. The sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships". Among the early settlers bearing the STEVERSON surname who came to North America were: Joseph Stephenson, who settled in Argentia, Newfoundland, in 1730; William and Mathew Stevenson, who settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1760; Andrew Stevenson, who settled in Charlestown, Mass., in 1630; Richard Stevenson, who settled in the Barbados in 1654; Robert Stevenson, who settled in Boston, Mass., in 1763; Christian and Anne Stephenson, who settled in Virginia, in 1637; Thomas Stephenson, who settled in Maryland , in 1774; John Steenson, who settled in Charles Town, S.C. in 1767; David, Hugh, James, John, Robert, Thomas, and William Stinson , who all arrived in Pennsylvania from 1844 to 1857.
In America these pioneers became the nucleus of the first settlements from Maine to the Cumberland Gap, and from Nova Scotia to the Prairies.
In more recent times, many of the family named STEVERSON have achieved prominence: among them were; Congressman Thaddeus Stevens, abolitionist and drafter of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; Sir Francis Stephenson; Edgar Stephenson, Archdeacon; Professor Gordon Stephenson, Architect; Colonel Sir Henry Stephenson; Jim Stephenson, Recorder; Sir Percy Stephenson; Sir William Stephenson, Canadian Author; Dr. Alan Stevenson, Researcher; Sir Aubrey Stevenson; Dr. Derek Stevenson; Dame Hilda Stevenson; Air Marshall Leigh Stevenson; Sir Matthew Stevenson; Sir Ralph Stevenson; Todd Anthony Steverson, professional baseball player for Detroit and San Diego; and Adlai E. Stevenson, U.S. Presidential candidate; London Livingston Steverson; Justin Adlai Steverson, actor and athlete; Verolga Leilani Steverson, genetic researcher; Diana Marie Steverson, fashion model; Marianne LaPara Steverson; Sarah Diana Stevenson, Taekwon-do champion (; Sarah Mahalia Steverson, linguist; Simone Magdalena Steverson; and Rosalind Steverson Stevenson, actress and Hollywood publicist.



Blogger ichbinalj said...

Congressman THADDEUS STEVENS drafted the 14th Amendment to U.S. Constitution.
Born in Vermont, Thaddeus Stevens moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he helped establish the state’s Republican Party in 1855. Three years later, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, soon becoming an outspoken abolitionist as well as effective legislator. In 1860, he was re-elected with 96% of the vote. The firm backing of his constituents was all the more remarkable considering that he was as married to a black woman, Lydia Smith, as a white man could be in those days. Only four years ago was it discovered that Stevens had built in his backyard a secret hiding place for slaves escaping via the Underground Railroad.

When President Lincoln was sworn in, the federal government had only $3 million on hand. In those days, the House Ways and Means Committee handled both appropriations (Ways) and taxation (Means), making its chairman, Thaddeus Stevens, the most powerful Member of Congress. Though the position had not yet been established, Stevens also served unofficially as Majority Leader. During the special session of July and August 1861, Stevens bulldozed right over parliamentary obstacles thrown up by obstructionist Democrats, having the Speaker of the House, whom he had hand-picked, call the House into special session so that the rules could be suspended. He then made sure the President received the necessary funding for the war effort.

Rep. Stevens led the charge for passage of the Pacific Railroad Act, the Land-Grant College Act, and the National Banking Act. He also was instrumental in establishing the first national currency, the greenback. Way ahead of his time, Stevens championed the rights of Native Americans and Chinese immigrants. And, it was Thaddeus Stevens who proposed that each family of emancipated slaves receive 40 acres and a mule.

After Confederate rebels burned down his iron foundry, wiping him out financially, friends gave him $100,000, but Stevens donated the money to charity, saying “We must all expect to suffer by this wicked war.” Not just an idealist, he was a very witty guy. Hearing that a Republican congressman intended to duel a Democrat with a bowie knife, Stevens suggested that a dung fork would be more appropriate.

History books written by rebel-sympathizing Democrat professors have burdened modern Americans with a distorted image of Thaddeus Stevens and other Republicans radically opposed to slavery. It is an absurd myth that the Radical Republicans were bent on vengeance against the defeated Confederates. In fact, Stevens adamantly opposed treason trials for any defeated Confederates. He even volunteered to defend Jefferson Davis in court should he ever be put on trial. In any event, there would have been no rebel punished whom President Lincoln or President Johnson could not have pardoned.

In early 1866, Democrat President Andrew Johnson helped defeat Stevens’ bill for black suffrage in the District of Columbia. Stevens then oversaw the drafting of the 14th Amendment and introduced it into Congress. His fight to pass the amendment, though eventually successful, was difficult since not one Democrat in the House or Senate voted for it.

Overlooked by so many history books written by Democrat professors is the fact that the former rebels were almost completely in charge of the South for the first two years after Appomattox. Not until March 1867 were Republicans able to dissolve the neo-Confederate state governments, when Republicans overrode President Johnson’s veto of Thaddeus Stevens’ Reconstruction Act. In an inadvertent tribute to the heroic Republican, caricatures of Stevens and Lydia Smith are the villains of that pro-Ku Klux Klan movie, Birth of a Nation.

At death’s door and no longer able to walk, the 76-year old Stevens managed the prosecution at the impeachment trial of President Johnson. Just before his death, Stevens helped convince a reluctant House of Representatives to appropriate the money to pay for the purchase of Alaska.

Thaddeus Stevens died April 10 1868 in Washington, DC with Lydia Smith at his bedside. An honor guard of black Union army veterans stood at attention while his body lay in state in the Capitol. In an unprecedented tribute to their beloved leader, Republican nominated him for another term, and in death he would win a nearly unanimous victory. Some 20,000 people, half being freedmen (former slaves) from the South, attended his funeral in Lancaster, where he had insisted on being buried in a racially-integrated cemetery and with the epitaph “Equality of Man before his Creator.”

The chaplain of the U.S. Senate delivered this eulogy: “God give to Vermont another son; Lancaster, another citizen; Pennsylvania, another statesman; the country, another patriot; the poor, another friend; the freedmen, another advocate; the race, another benefactor; and the world, another man like Thaddeus Stevens.” Amen.

Michael Zak’s article is adapted from his book Back to Basics for the Republican Party, a history of the GOP from the civil rights perspective.

Copyright © 2006 Salem Web Network. All Rights Reserved.

10:35 AM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

'Welsh women are most glamorous' says study. 12th December 2006
Welsh women are the most glamorous in the UK, according to research out today.

And the study by also revealed it is Welsh-born glamour queen and Hollywood actress Catherine Zeta-Jones that most women across the UK aspire to be like.

Welsh women are closely followed in the glamour stakes by women in Greater London, Scotland, the East Midlands, the North West and Northern Ireland.

And the least glamorous women are to be found in the South Coast, the South West, the South East, the North East, the West Midlands and the East respectively.

The results were not a surprise for Clare Spurrell, a beauty expert on the women's website, who said the word glamour actually originates from the ancient Welsh - it was the name of a paint they applied to their face and body before going into battle.

More than 3,500 women were asked to reveal everything from the clothes they own, how often they go to the hairdressers and beauticians, to whether or not they would wear a tracksuit outside of the gym, for the study.

Welsh women were found to own more designer items than anyone else, with one quarter saying they had six or more in their wardrobes. Women in Bristol own the least designer numbers, with 34 per cent saying they did not own a single one.

A staggering 29 per cent of women in Wales admitted shopping for clothes more than once a week, with 4 per cent claiming they do it everyday.

By comparison women on the South Coast shop and spend the least, with 32 per cent claiming they rarely shop for clothes and 6.8 per cent saying the way they look isn't important to them.

For women in Scotland, however, image is very important for 41 per cent.

Scottish women are also the least likely to wear a tracksuit outside the gym - 80 per cent. But for 40 per cent of women in Northern Ireland its a key basic they wouldn't be without.

Women in Northern Ireland do make an effort with their hair, however, visiting the hairdressers more than any other region - 7 per cent go every week, 26 per cent every month and 16 per cent have their hair salon styled before a night out.

Irish women also endure the most waxing treatments - 44 per cent.

But it is London women who are the most preened and polished of all, undergoing more pedicures - 32 per cent, manicures - 45 per cent, massages - 25 per cent - and facials - 39 per cent - than anywhere else.

In comparison, 57 per cent of women in the South West never have beauty treatments.

Women in Wales also like to keep up appearances with 36 per cent never leaving the house without make-up on and almost three quarters checking their appearance and changing before picking their children up from school.

The image of a pyjama clad Charlotte Church walking to her parents home in July horrified most Welsh women and 71 per cent said they had never or would ever leave the house in either their pyjamas or slippers.

Catherine Zeta-Jones is the woman that most aspire to look like - 14 per cent, followed by Angelina Jolie - 9 per cent, Kate Moss - 8 per cent, Victoria Beckham - 8 per cent, Coleen McLoughlin - 7 per cent, Scarlett Johanson - 6 per cent, Sienna Miller - 6 per cent - and Gwyneth Paltrow - 6 per cent.

Clare Spurrell said: "It's not surprising that most women aspire to look like Catherine Zeta-Jones.

"She oozes glamour wherever she goes, whether she's on the red carpet or out shopping with the kids."

2:32 PM  

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