genealogy of Robert Louis Stevenson
Mitch Rogers

North Charleston, SC

#21 Jul 27, 2010
Rory Butler wrote:
I've just found some good information about RLS on Wikipedia - but it doesn't mention the brother I'd hoped to confirm... Hmmm.
You may try reading "The Lighthouse Stevensons" by Bella Bathurst. My wife is also a descendant of the famous clan.

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#22 Jul 28, 2010
My husband is somehow related to RLS. He is descended from Charles Stevenson 1745-1791 and Margaret Anderson 1748-? of Renfrewshire, Scotland. Anyone have any idea how they are related?
Marjorie Johnston

Naples, FL

#23 Aug 28, 2010
In your family tree of the Stevenson's, is there any mention of a Henrietta M Stevenson, born February 23, 1882? She was my grandmother, married to John W Warren and lived in Prince Edward Island canada. Thank you.
John Andrew Long wrote:
RLS was my maternal great grandfather's cousin.
I have a copy of the family tree branching from him through to myself and also have some of his silver spoons which were passed down through the family.
John Chroninger

Neenah, WI

#24 Sep 3, 2010
I too was told that I am related to RLS... however it seems that a lot of people were... I was told there was connection through two other blood lines I did not see mentioned here. What kind of progress do people have on starting with RLS and working downward? I would like to know if the the family rumors are true...

Thank you.

United States

#25 Sep 11, 2010

Marilyn Adams

Honolulu, HI

#26 Sep 21, 2010
RLS never had children of his own. His father had brothers, none of whom ever left Scotland. RLS came to the USA briefly and stopped on the East Coast for a few days and then went on to San Francisco/Monterey where he lived briefly as well. His life is written up in many volumnes. His family did not go to all the places the people in these memos claim. It is amazing how many people claim to be related to him including my family. I was told my grand mother Sarah Steveson was his cousin. He supposedly gave her a locket I still have. I think its all a family myth and after 10 years of research I can't prove it. Sarah lived in Virginia and married a Dr. Grubbs. What was a Scots girl doing in Virginia? No research tells.
We all want to be of good stock and maybe but not of famous folks just good people.
Rob Stevenson

Wellington, New Zealand

#27 Sep 26, 2010
I am in New Zealand and can trace my ancestry back to the Lighthouse Stevensons..Just trying to find out which Lighthouse brother was the father of Robert Gregory who emigrated to NZ.

Delta, Canada

#28 Oct 23, 2010
My great aunt who lived and died in Steveston, B.C. Canada told me that RLS was my great great uncle. She had a first run, signed copy of Treasure Island. She passed down to me a beautiful stirling silver hand mirror belonging to his mother. I would love to find the rest of the set or at least connect with who may have it.

Please email [email protected] with any information you may have.
Houston Stevenson

Victoria, Canada

#29 Nov 9, 2010
amanda turner wrote:
i know that robert louis stevenson is in my family tree, as my 2nd or 3rd uncle..ill have to ask my father again...but many pictures of him in our archives.
He is related to me threw my dads side. David stevenson and his dad, my grandfather was Kenneth Theodore Stevenson. From there Im not sure were it goes back I just no that we are related. On my moms side I am related to Hans christion Anderson ways bacl!! Do you no the family tree? And If you are related to him, are we realated? were do you live? I live in Canada.

Alexis, IL

#30 Nov 13, 2010
Does anyone know of RLS's brother's children-nieces especially? I have been told I am related to RLS through my father but can not find exactly how. Any info would be greatly appreciated and would be very important to both me and my family. Thank you.
jenn stevenson

Chaska, MN

#31 Dec 6, 2010
thats my dads father. u should email me at [email protected]
jenn stevenson

Chaska, MN

#32 Dec 6, 2010
yeah he did.
Stephen_Maastric ht_NL

Venlo, Netherlands

#33 Jan 2, 2011
I believe that my maternal great grand-mother Margaret or Marguerite Stevenson was possibly a cousin or second cousin of RLS. Her father I am told was a surgeon or physician who worked in Edinburgh and it was a very religious family. She left Ediburgh to train as a nurse at the Nightingale School, St Thomas' hospital London at the turn of the last century and emigrated to Canada for a short time with her husband, William Langrish before returning to the UK where she died in childbirth some years later. There is a vague memory of her being connected to a famous engineering family as well, but the older members of the family only have vague memories of this as they were very young when she died and their father remarried. Would you have any knowledge whether this might be true or not? I would be fascinated to learn more as I would love to research my great grandmother's life more.
Ann McCluskey

Tacoma, WA

#34 Jan 6, 2011
I find it kind of odd he had TB from early in life and traveled all over the world. Would that spread the disease even faster to others. Not really enlightened on his complete medical history though.

Kennewick, WA

#35 Jan 9, 2011
Robert Louis Stevenson was my great-great-great uncle. My 94 year old grandmother who passed away two years ago, was a Stevenson and Robert was her great uncle. Who is entitled to the royalties of Robert Louis Stevenson? I am an Enlgish teacher/writer and have wondered about his namesake as I see plagiarism of his quotes, etcetera.
Michael Lassen

Texarkana, TX

#36 Jan 27, 2011
You should get a kick out of this one: My great grandmother, Elizabeth Brackenburry, told my father (her grandson) and her daughter Zina (my grandmother)that she met RLS at a stopover in Utah during his journey he entitled ACROSS THE PLAINS. Soon she was 'with child'.

In college I had to write something for an English Lit class. I banged out what came to mind and our instructor called it 'evidence' of a talent that might one day write the great American novel.

I discovered years later that my literary style was the same as RLS', called Romantic Reality (T Island, Hyde, etc).

But here's the kicker: My brother David is the mirror image of Stevenson. Who knows?

London, UK

#37 Feb 1, 2011
my mum has been mapping back our family tree, it turns out on my fathers RLS is my great (however many times im not sure) uncle, where my middle name comes from "stevenson", just found this interesting!!
nancy thomas

Detroit, MI

#38 Feb 26, 2011
C Mullane wrote:
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Robert Louis Stevenson was the 1st cousin of my great grandmother Adelaide Mary Stevenson who married William Gray in Wellington, NZ in 1881.
I'm also in NZ and a keen family historian. If you'd like to share info please contact me at:
[email protected]
my mothers grandmothers name was mary grey & she married a stevensn & lived in mothers maiden name stevenson & her father(my grandfather always said he was one of rls cousins, would love to hear your info thanks
Jon Stevenson

Eugene, OR

#39 Mar 18, 2011
I am related to robert louis stevenson and Adelaide Stevenson as well. I am doing a family tree in a class and added all the info i got and know, some info is he died from a brain hemorrage. He was like my 2nd uncle or something, Contact me at [email protected]
I'm From Eugene Oregon

Guildford, UK

#40 Mar 20, 2011
My gran Rose King born 1899 daughter of Emily Stevenson born 1868, claimed she had been to Somerset House London and seen papers that showed she was related to RLS. I am unable to verify this. Emily's parents were Alfred Stevenson born 1833 and married to Mary. Any thoughts will be gratefully answered.

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