So, the research I got carried away with first was for the family of Capt Phineas Stevens. I usually start my immersion research by clicking on a link on some new database that popped up in a blog or email, that I can't resist trying out. This time I was busy with the familiar http://www.books.google.com/ a search tactic I often use, but this time I was trying to sort out my Phineas Stevens family of MA, VT, NH, NY and finally WI from other Phineas Stevens families. Some of Capt Phineas Stevens sons became Revolutionary War Loyalists so they lived in Digby, Nova Scotia for awhile.
Anyway, since I have three direct ancestors in a row named Phineas Stevens, I often try a search of that name. Capt Phineas Stevens (1707-1756) had a son who was a medical doctor (Dr. Phineas Stevens 1744-1799). In http://www.books.google/ I read in the History of Barnet, Vermont by F.P. Wells, a chapter "The Journal of Samuel Stevens," (a son of Capt Phineas Stevens) which noted: "June 2, 1775 - Solomon Stevens went to Cambridge to College." Now I am thinking that if one son of Capt Phineas Stevens (Solomon) went to Cambridge --meaning present Harvard at Cambridge, MA, I believe-- that probably the other sons did too. Maybe there would be some alumni list at Harvard Medical School showing "Phineas Stevens, MD."
So a tactic I tried, which I am usually reluctant to do - was to send a personal e-mail to some one or some place to ask a question. I don't know why I don't do it more often, shy I guess. I googled Harvard and found out that the medical school wasn't begun until 1782. But I sent an e-mail to the alumni association anyway for information about who I should ask regarding a pre-revolutinary war student or alumni lists. So the Office of Alumni Relations sent me an e-mail suggesting I contact the Countway Library of Medicine in Boston. I did, and Jack Eckert, a Librarian there, did some research and came up with a Phineas Stevens (1716-1755) who was a minister at Boscawen, with a son named Phineas (not my line), and a Samuel Stevens who apparently died in 1809 the same year he graduated (not sure who he is). He also found a Phineas Stevens of Barnet, Vermont b. abt 1803 who attended DARTMOUTH MEDICAL SCHOOL in 1824, but did not graduate. Well, too late for MY Dr. Phineas Stevens but since my line founded and lived in Barnet, VT, they are most likely related. Although I haven't yet found the information I'm seeking, I was thrilled that the kind Librarian took the time to look after my question and send me an answer. Thank you to all the kind librarians out there.
It was a bit of adventure for me to send off an e-mail request. Of course I know many who do it all the time with great results, so I pledge I will try to do it more often. With my many activities (see above) I tend to forget what I do from one day to the next... I find it hard to keep track of who I connect with on http://www.ancestry.com/ family trees. But I must keep organized so I keep track of my correspondence and reach out to others who may be willing to help me. Such an important path of research should not be avoided!
All the brothers returned to Vermont and New Hampshire eventually. Dr. Phineas Stevens was the first doctor in Barnet, VT, and died there in 1799. His son, Phineas Stevens III, was born in Digby in 1785, married Fanny Grout (m. 1808 Barnet, VT) and settled near Jamestown, Chautauqua Co, NY by about 1815. After Fanny died in 1832 he remarried to Sarah Knight and I think they ended up in Wisconsin. I'd like to verify that it was this (my) Phineas Stevens, or not, who had been in the War of 1812 from VT or NY, and who died 27 Jul 1846 in Rock Co., WI.