Richard Stevens was born in Overton, Gloucestershire, England, about 1795 and entered the service of the Hudson’s Bay Company as a writer in 1816. (1) He was employed in the Southern Department, serving at Albany Factory, Moose Factory, Eastmain and Rupert House. According to ‘the custom of the country’, he married a Métis woman named Mary or Meenish, widow of John Thomas Jr. By 1822 Richard and Mary had three children: Henry, George and Thirza (Theresa). In that year, Stevens was dismissed from Rupert House for intemperate drinking. As a family man and a good accountant, he was retained at half pay by the Company. He returned to England in 1824, but came back to Rupert’s Land in 1825. In 1826 he and his family came to Red River and settled near St. Andrew’s Rapids. A daughter Isabella was born the same year. Richard and Mary were formally married at the settlement in 1827. They had three more children at Red River: William, Mary, and Robert. In 1867 Stevens deeded a part of his property to the Church Missionary Society of London for a school chapel. Richard died in 1872 and Mary in 1877.
(1) HBCA C.1/324 passenger list of the Emerald, outward bound 1816