Benjamin Stevens was born June 25, 1754, in Canaan, Connecticut, the son of Zebulon Stevens and Miriam Fellows. He enlisted in the Continental Army in 1776 and participated in the expedition to Montreal, led by General Benedict Arnold, where he was taken prisoner. In October 1778, he was appointed Assistant Commissary General, and was promoted to Commissary General at Hartford, Connecticu, in April 1780. Stevens married Esther Rowlson in 1781, with whom he had seven children: Daphne, Jane, Dulana, Guy, Arthur, Richard, and Adelia. Stevens died April 3, 1838.