Dr. William Stephen was born on the 22nd of August, 1864 in Perth County near St. Mary’s, Ontario. He was the 3rd of 7 children born to John Stephen and the former Isabella Forrest. His parents were farmers and his siblings were; Jane, John, Mary Ann, James, Margaret and Robert.
Dr. Stephen attended The University of Toronto and graduated with an arts degree in 1886. In 1891, Dr. Stephen was listed on the Strathroy, Ontario census as being a “druggist”. Dr. Stephen married Margaret Johnstone Irving in New Zealand in 1891. They had a daughter, Margaret Johnstone Zealand Stephen who was born in 1892 in Toronto, Ontario.
Dr. Stephen graduated M.B. from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1894. Dr. Stephen set up his medical practice in Wallaceburg. Their son John Forrest Stephens was born in Wallaceburg, on the 21st of August, 1894. Dr. Stephens appears in the 1895 Farmers and Business Directory as practicing medical in Wallaceburg. In the 1897 Farmers and Business Directory, Dr. Stephen appears as practicing in Wallaceburg in partnership with his cousin Dr. William Hird. (Dr. Hird also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.)
Around the turn of the century, Dr. Stephen and his family moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. He died in Vancouver on the 19th of October, 1908. He was buried at Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.
Mrs. Stephen married William Astley in Vancouver on the 10th of October, 1910. She died in New Westminster, British Columbia on the 6th of May, 1954.