William Stevens, 38 years old, died this date, April 5th, in 1848 of Hectic Fever* and was buried at Bethel Burying Ground. He lived with his spouse, Lucretia, at 27 Washington Street (now Rodman Street). The family would have lived in what is now the 1100 block of Rodman. The Stevens had three children who attended the 6th and Lombard Streets School, the Lombard Infant Center, and Solomon Clarkson’s school.
At the time of his death, Mr. Stevens was working as a waiter earning $16 a month. Ms. Stevens took in washing to help pay the rent of $23 a quarter. They reported in the 1847 African American Census that they owned personal property of $500. The Stevens had a bank account at the Philadelphia Saving Fund Society.
*Hectic fever is seen in septic conditions like a localized infection from TB, internal abscesses, and blood poisoning.