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1855 Born at Wednesfield, son of Joseph Stevens (1821-1897), a jobbing smith.
1871 Living (and presumably working) with his father as jobbing smith in New Street, Wednesfield
1874 Married at Wolverhampton to Sarah Anne Preston
1876 Birth of son Harry Stevens
c1879 Birth of son George Stevens
1881 Living at Hickman Street, Willenhall: Joseph Stevens (age 27 born Wednesfield), Jobbing Smith and Press Tool Maker. With his wife Sarah Ann Stevens (age 26 born Wednesfield) and their children Lucy Stevens (age 5 born Wednesfield), Harry Stevens (age 4 born Wednesfield), and George Stevens (age 2 born Wednesfield).
c1882 Birth of son Joseph Stevens, Junior
c1885 Birth of son Albert John Stevens
1891 Joseph Stephens (sic) 36, press tool maker, an employee, lived in St Marks Street, Wolverhampton with Sarah Annie Stephens 35, Harvy Stephens 14, lock presser, George Stephens 12, Joseph Stephens 9, Albert John Stephens 6, Lillie Stephens 4, Ethel May Stephens 2 Daisey Anne Stephens 6 months
c1894 Birth of son William Stevens
At some point in this decade, Joseph went into business for himself.
1901 Living at 11 Tempest Street, Wolverhampton: Joseph Stevens (age 46 born Wednesfield), Press Tool Maker and Employer. With his wife Sarah A. Stevens (age 46 born Wednesfield) and their children George Stevens (age 22 born Wednesfield), Fitter Machine; Joseph Stevens (age 19 born Wednesfield), Fitter Machine; Albert J. Stevens (age 16 born Wednesfield), Fitter Machine; Lily Stevens (age 14 born Wolverhampton); Ethel Stevens (age 12 born Wolverhampton); Daisy Stevens (age 10 born Wolverhampton); and William Stevens (age 7 born Wolverhampton).
1906 Incorporation of Stevens Screw Co Ltd
1908 Joseph Stevens married Sarah Williams (nee Hadley) in Wolverhampton
1909 Joseph's sons, Harry, Joe junior, Jack and George Stevens, founded A. J. Stevens & Co (AJS).
1911 Living at 149 Penn Road, Wolverhampton: Joseph Stevens (age 57 born Wednesfield), Screw Manufacturer and Employer. With his wife Sarah Stevens (age 62 born Heath Town); his daughter Lucy Hadley (age 35 born Wednesfield); his son-in-law William Hadley (age 38 born Wednesfield), Trap Master (Vermin); his daughter Lily Stevens (age 24 born Wolverhampton); his daughter Ethel Stevens (age 22 born Wolverhampton); his daughter Daisy Stevens (age 20 born Wolverhampton); his son William Stevens (age 17 born Wolverhampton), Engineer's Assistant; and his two grand-daughters Daisy Hadley (age 13 born Wednesfield) Gladys Hadley (age 7 born Wednesfield).
1941 August 16th. Died at Wolverhampton