From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
Stevens Ancestry in England
For the following STEVENS ancestry to the early 11th
century, together with additional details on each generation, refer to
the compilation of Don W.
Stephens. As with many lineages in England prior to 1600,
differences appear in the published compilations of this family. See
the above cited compilation shows Thomas STEVENS, husband of Mary
WALLE, as the son of Anthony STEVENS and Katherine BROKE, while
elsewhere he is shown as son of Thomas STEVENS and Elizabeth STONE,
daughter of John STONE (b.
ca 1535) - in either case Thomas STEVENS, husband of Mary WALLE, is
shown as grandson of Edward STEVENS and Jane FOWLER. This compiler will
leave to others more qualified the presentation of the pre-America
lineage, and the following is presented only as a suggestion, with
no claim of accuracy. The principal information source from the
pre-America lineage is Stevens-Stephens Genealogy and Family History,
by Clarence Perry Stevens, et al. (1968).
- Airard FITZ-STEPHEN (b. ca 1036)
- Thomas FITZ-STEPHEN (b. ca 1058, d. 1120)
- Ralph FITZ-STEPHEN (b. ca 1090)
- Ralph FITZ-STEPHEN (b. ca 1122, d. 1190)
- Fitz Ralph FITZ-STEPHEN (b. ca 1154)
- John FITZ-STEPHEN (b. 1186)
- Henry FITZ-STEPHEN (b. ca 1218)
- Henry FITZ-STEPHEN (b. ca 1250)
- John FITZ-STEPHEN (b. ca 1282)
- John STEPHENS (b. ca 1314)
- Richard STEPHENS (b. ca 1346, d. 1390)
- John STEPHENS (b. ca 1378) married Margaret DEDBROKE
(b. ca 1381)
- John STEPHENS (b. ca 1400, d. post 1442) married Alice
- Thomas STEPHENS (b. ca 1420)
- John STEPHENS (b. 1459)
- Henry STEPHENS (b. ca 1497, d. Jan. 9, 1551/2) married Ms.
- Edward STEVENS (b. 1523, d. Oct. 22, 1587), Lord of
Eastington Manor, married Joan FOWLER (b. 1529, d. Aug. 5,
1587), daughter of Richard FOWLER and Margery BENNETT.
- Anthony STEVENS (b. ca 1560) married Kathrine BROKE
(b. 1562), daughter of Richard BROKE (b. ca 1530). They were
parents of Thomas STEVENS.
Thomas and Mary (Walle) Stevens
Thomas STEVENS - b. about 1585. Son of Anthony STEVENS
and Kathrine BROKE, and grandson of Edward
STEVENS and Joan FOWLER. Some compilations identify him as
the son of Thomas STEVENS and Elizabeth STONE, and grandson of
Edward STEVENS and Joan FOWLER. However, The Visitation of
London 1634, published by the Harlein Society, Vol. 17, page
362, shows the arms, parents and children of Thomas STEVENS, husband
of Mary WALLE. A haberdasher of London, Thomas was living in 1634.
Married about 1615.
Mary WALLE - b. 1592. The children listed are those
named in the above noted Visitation of London 1634. Daughter
of Peter WALLE (b. 1567) of Spargrave, Cheshire.
Children of Thomas and Mary Stevens
- Nicholas - b. about 1620, Little Sodbury,
Gloucestershire; d. Jun. 11, 1675, Gloucestershire.
- Thomas - b. about 1621. Resided at London. Children of Thomas
STEVENS: Richard married Mary LINCOLN (daughter of Thomas LINCOLN and
third cousin of Mordecai LINCOLN, ancestor of Pres. Abraham LINCOLN);
Thomas married Mary GREEN; Cyprian married Mary WILLARD (daughter of
Simon WILLARD and Mary DUNSTER); Cathrine married Thomas DEANE (son of
John and Alice DEANE, and grandson of William DEANE); and Mary married
Capt. John WHIPPLE.
- Anthony - b. about 1624. Probably immigrated by 1656 to Lancaster
Co., VA, removing to Westmoreland Co., VA by 1667 when he received a
land grant of 850 acres.
- Mary -
- Rebecca -
Nicholas and Elizabeth (Storkey) Stevens
Nicholas STEVENS - b. about 1620, Little Sodbury,
d. Jun. 11, 1675, Gloucestershire Son of Thomas
STEVENS and Mary WALLE. Nicholas served as leader of a train
band in Oliver CROMWELL's army in the 1640s. He became Captain
on Apr. 18, 1645. An alternate death date of Sep. 27, 1670, Albemarle,
VA for Nicholas also appears, depending on accepting Nicholas
migrating to America and being in Taunton, MA by 1669 before settling
at Jamestown, VA. Married Sep. 9, 1641, St. Peters Church in Cornhill,
Elizabeth STORKEY - b. about 1614, Little Sodbury,
Children of Nicholas and Elizabeth Stevens
- Henry - b. about 1644, Little Sodbury,
Gloucestershire, England; d. 1726, Stonington, New London Co., CT.
- Nicholas - b. about 1648, Little Sodbury, Gloucestershire; d.Aug.
6, 1674, Haddam, CT. A resident of RI, he was on his own boat in the
Connecticut River when accidently drowned.
- Thomas - b. about 1662; d. aft 1751, Craven Co., NC (will date).
Perquemins and Craven Cos., NC. Married first by 1690 to Jane, and
second about 1713 to Mary KASWELL, daughter of Francis KASWELL.
Children of Thomas and Jane STEVENS: Thomas married; Sarah married Ben
BROCKETT; Elizabeth; Mary; and Anne. Children of Thomas and Mary
STEVENS: Frances; and John married first Grace RAIFORD, and second
Sarah. NOTE: Thomas of NC is
likely mis-identified as the son of Nicholas and Elizabeth (STORKEY)
STEVENS, noting that Elizabeth was near 50 in 1662 and Thomas would
have been in his nineties at death - both very doubtful.
The Stevens/Stephens Family in America
For extensive information on the STEVENS/STEPHENS family,
including the STEVENS and GALLUP family ancestry in
England, see the compilation of Don
Stephens. Special thanks to Joe Slattey for providing the intial
information that connects the STEPHENS and HARKER
families of NC to the New England families, and for sharing extensive
information for the STEPHENS family in in MA and NC.
Henry and Elizabeth (Gallup) Stevens
Henry STEVENS - b. about 1644, Little Sodbury,
England; d. 1726, Stonington, New London Co., CT. Will proved
at New London, CT in Aug. 1726. Son of Nicholas
STEVENS and Elizabeth STORKEY. Henry arrived in America about
1660, and was at Swansea when King Philip's War began. He received
a land grant for his service as a soldier in the war. Henry became
one of the incorporators of Stonington in 1716, owning land at
Stonington, Plainfield and Voluntown and serving in the colonial
legislature for eight years. The following letter was written
by Henry to Thomas STANTON, Jr. during King Phillips War (Mas.
Hist. Col. 3rd Series, Vol. 10, p. 117):
Thes are to giv you notis of ye News. I say you with the rest
of my Nebors and frinds that 12 housis of Swanse are borened and one of
them was a garison house and sivers men killed. Saiconke also is
boroned or a good part of it and men killed by Nepmick indian - hear on
house robed as we supos and the last night another hous brooken up and
another borened on Neare Mr. Smeths and intend to have two heads from
Skiamacott. The pepal heare are gon and going towaords Island. i wish
and desier you take car of your silve. I have hired the barer. i hear
filip is bound for Mohigin. I am in hast for fear of ye messenger.
Jun 29 '75
My man is gon toward Island.
Elizabeth GALLUP - b. Mar. 8, 1662/3, Stonington, New
London Co., CT; d. 1726, Westerly, Washington Co., RI. Daughter
of Capt. John GALLOP and Hannah
Children of Henry and Elizabeth Stevens
See Notable Cousins for
line to: Pres. George H. W. BUSH and Pres. George W. BUSH
- Thomas - b. Dec. 14, 1678, Stonington, New London Co., CT ; d.
Sep. 7, 1750, Canaan, Litchfield Co., CT. He was married first on May
26, 1702 in Plainfield, Windham Co., CT to Mary HALL (b. Jun. 1, 1677,
Concord, Litchfield Co., CT; d. May 30, 1719, Plainfield, Windham Co.,
CT), daughter of Stephen HALL and Ruth DAVIS. Thomas was married second
on Mar. 14, 1719/20 in Plainfield, Windham Co., CT to Abigail WYNNE (b.
about1676; d. Jan. 10, 1770, Canaan, Litchfield Co., CT). Children of
Thomas and Mary STEVENS: Thomas married Elizabeth WYNN; Phineas
(settled in Onslow Co., NC); Capt. Uriah married his first cousin Sarah
STEVENS (daughter of Richard STEVENS and Sarah HARKER); Andrew married
Esther STAFFORD; Benjamin married Elizabeth; Samuel married Anne SEGAR;
and Zebulon married first Miriam FELLOWS, and second his first cousin
Thankful STEVENS (daughter of Henry STEVENS and Elizabeth FELLOWS, and
widow of James PARTRIDGE). Son of Thomas and Abigail STEVENS: Jesse
- Richard - b. Jan. 25, 1678/9, Stonington,
New London Co., CT; d. 1732, Stonington, New London Co., CT.
- Henry - b. Nov. 20, 1681, Stonington, New London Co., CT; d.
1726, Plainfield, Windham Co., CT. He was married on Mar 2, 1707/8 in
Plainfield, Windham Co., CT to Elizabeth FELLOWS (b. Sep. 14, 1685,
Ipswich, Essex Co., MA), daughter of Ephraim FELLOWS and Anna. Children
of Henry and Elizabeth STEVENS: Henry married first Elizabeth JONES,
and second Sarah BABCOCK; Simeon married Mercy COATES; Mary married
John MEEKS; Jedidiah married Mary RATHBONE; Lucy married Ephraim SMITH;
Elizabeth married first Joseph PALMER, and second William STEWART; and
Thankful married first James PARTRIDGE, and second her first cousin
Zebulon STEVENS (son of Thomas STEVENS and Mary HALL).
- Elizabeth - bap. Feb 18, 1693. She married Henry ELIOTT. Children
of Elizabeth and Henry ELLIOTT: Henry; Jabez; and Hopestill married
- Lucy - b. about 1685, Stonington, New London Co., CT; bap. Apr
22, 1694, Stonington, New London Co., CT.
Richard and Sarah (Harker) Stevens
Richard STEVENS - b. Jan. 25, 1678/9, Stonington, New
London Co., CT; d. 1732, Stonington, New London Co., CT. Son of
Henry STEVENS and Elizabeth GALLUP. Richard
received one half of his father's homestead by deed in 1710. Marriage
at Old South Church, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA recorded in Boston
Marriages, 1700-1710 as: "Richard Stevens & Sarah Harker
married by Mr. Sam. Willard on June 9, 1704."
Sarah HARKER - b. Sep. 21, 1681, Boston, Suffolk Co.,
MA; d. Jun. 13, 1754, Canaan, Litchfield Co., CT. Her birth is
recorded at Boston in 1681 as "Sarah of John & Patience
Harker born Sept. 21." Daughter of John
HARKER and Patience FOLGER.
Stonington Town Records
(from copy of microfilm print and unclear in places)
John Son of Richard Stephens was Born March 21: 1705
Sarah Daughter of Richard Stephens was Born May 4th: 1708
Mary Daughter of Richard Stephens was Born Feb 24 - 1710
Hepseboth Daughter of Richard Stephens was Born July 25: 1712
Hannah daughter of Richard Stephens was Born Augt. 9th. 1714
Richard Stephens his mark for Cattle Swine &c. is A half Cropp on
the fore side of the Right Ear & a halfpenny on ye under side of
the same Ear & a smooth Cropp on the Left Ear & his Brand mark
for horses is Thus [inverted heart shape]. Entered May ye 1st 1709 ...
J. Francis ye above written Ear Mark out of ye old book Novembr. 29th
Elnathan Minor Town Clerk
"his Brand ... is Thus ..."
Richard Stephens and Sarah Harker were married
John Son of Richard Stephens was born March 21 1705
Sarah Daughter of Richard Stephens was born May 4th 1708
Mary Daughter of Richard Stephens was born Feb 1710
Hepseboth Daughter of Richard Stephens was born July 25 1712
Hannah daughter of Richard Stephens was born August 9th 1714
Patienis Daughter of Richard Stephens was born Augt. 30 1716
Hannah Daughter of Richard Stephens Dyed May ye 10 1710 [?]
Richard Son of Richard Stephens was born Febry 27th 1718
[____] upon Record in this book being part Extracted from ye first book
of births in Stonington. Aug. 31. 1719: JF
Children of Richard and Sarah Stevens
- John - b. Mar. 21, 1704/5, Boston,
Suffolk Co., MA; d. Mar. 1782, Jones Co., NC.
- Sarah - b. May 4, 1708, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA. She was married
on May 28, 1730 in Stonington, New London Co., CT to her first cousin
Capt. Uriah STEVENS (b. Jun. 2, 1708, Plainfield, Windham Co., CT; d.
Oct. 20, 1764, Canaan, Litchfield Co., CT), son of Thomas STEVENS and
Mary HALL. Children of Sarah and Uriah STEVENS: Benjamin died young;
Sarah married Asa UPSON; Phineas married Mary CLARK; Mary married
Thomas WILLIAMS; Uriah married Martha RATHBONE; Martha married Judge
George HORNELL; John married Olive FRANKLIN; Elijah married Abigail
STEPHENS; Elias married Polly CROSBY; William married Anne AYRES;
Benjamin; and Lucy married Abel PALMER.
- Mary - b. Feb. 1709/10, Stonington, New London Co., CT. Birth day
may be the 20th or 24th. Married.
- Hepzibah - b. Jul. 25, 1712, Stonington, New London Co., CT. She
married Walter HEWITT.
- Hannah - b. Aug. 9, 1714, Stonington, New London Co., CT; d. May
- Patience - b. Aug. 30, 1716, Stonington, New London Co., CT; d.
- Richard - b. Feb. 27, 1718/9, Stonington, New London Co., CT.
- Prudence - b. May 13, 1722, Stonington, New London Co., CT.
- Ebenezer - b. Jun. 20, 1725, Stonington, New London Co., CT; d.
Feb 27, 1801, New Marlboro, Berkshire Co., MA. He was married on Oct
16, 1749 to Sophia CLEAVELIN (b. about 1728, Canaan, Fairfield Co., CT;
d. Feb. 1814, New Marlboro, Berkshire Co., MA). Children of Ebenezer
and Sophia STEVENS: Richard married Esther WARD; Ebenezer married Rhoda
JOHNSON; Mary married Artimas BROOKINS; and John married first
Elizabeth GILLETT, and second Hannah PARSONS.
John and Elizabeth Stephens
John STEPHENS - b. Mar. 21, 1704/5, Stonington, New
London Co., CT; d. Mar. 1782, Jones Co., NC. Son of Richard
Sarah HARKER. John STEVENS appears in District
1 on the 1779 Tax List of Carteret Co., NC. His will, written
on Mar. 12, 1782, and proved the same month, names wife, two sons,
five daughters and one granddaughter. Married by 1738.
Elizabeth - b. say 1721, Chowan Co., NC. She may be
the Eliza STEVENS in the Sep. 1786 census of Jones Co., NC with
2 males under age 21 and 2 females. Possibly she was living with
her son George in 1790.
From Ebenezer Harker, Island Namesake, by Robert
G. Lewis, page 3
(1999, Carteret County Historical Society, Inc., Morehead City, NC
Three years after he purchased the island, Ebenezer Harker sold one-half of it, or
1200 acres, to John Stevens (Stephens) of Onslow precinct on March 8,
1733, for £300 "good & lawfull money of Boston" [Carteret
County Deed Book D, p. 159, Original, North Carolina State Archives,
Raleigh, NC]. However, he made Stevens agree that he would neither
erect nor remove any fences, "nor tend any land already cleared ...
or shall hereaffter be cleared ... nor suffer any horses or cattle be
brought ... on ye sd island" except for his personal benefit, "nor
bargane sell nor make over ... any parte or parcell thereof to
any person or persons on aney (sic) accot whatsoever ... nor
permitt nor suffer any family or familyes to use reside or inhabit on
ye sd Island" other than his own family. After four years, Stevens
must have decided that he could not live by these conditions and sold
his half of Craney Island back to Harker on June 9, 1737, for only
£200 [ibid., p. 184]. John Stevens was Ebenezer Harker's
nephew, the son of his sister Sarah from Boston. Perhaps he simple
could not get along with his uncle.
From Records of Onslow County, North Carolina
Deed Book A (1734-8 - 1740-44)
23 - Dec. 4, 1740. Ebenezer Harker to his nephew John Stephens.
Harker of Carteret Co., N. C., gave to John Stephens 577 acres of land
on Whiteoak River in Onslow Co., N. C., which he patented in 1730.
Test: Resolve Walden, John Shackleford. John Stephens assigns over the
land to Phillip Pollard, July 7, 1741.
[The above and following entries are different sizes and from
27 - July 7, 1741. John Stephens to Phillip Pollard of Carteret
Co. for 300 pounds 537 acres on Whiteoak River bought of Joseph Perry.
Tests: Saml. Stanton, Eben Harker, Jos. Perry.
Will of John Stephens - 12 March 1782
Probated March 1782, Jones Co., NC
To wife Elizabeth, I lend all my estate during her natural life
in a peacable and quiet possession and when it please God to take her
out of this transitory life, my sons Joseph and George Stephens to have
my land divided equally between them: All else divided to all children:
Joseph, George, Barsheba, Mary, Rachel, Nancy, Sophia. One heifer and
one feather bed and furniture to granddaughter Elizabeth Harper.
Executors: wife Elizabeth, Joseph and George Stephens.
Witnesses: George Hendry Sr., Joshua Dennis, George Hendry Jr.
Children of John Stephens and Elizabeth
- Joseph - b. about 1740, probably in
Carteret Co., NC; d. after Oct. 18, 1815, probably in Madison Co., GA.
- George - d. by 1802/3. Deeded land in 1787 by brother Joseph,
"reserving life estate of my mother." Last record of George is as
witness to a deed recorded Feb. 1802. A deed from James STEPHENSON to
Esther STEPHENSON was recorded Nov. 1807, and one from Esther STEPHENS
to Abraham and Alex. MITCHELL was recorded Feb. 1811. In the latter she
stated that she was the relict of George STEPHENS. George married first
Nellie MITCHELL, and second Esther (Eleanor?) MITCHELL. One source
indicates that daughter Frances married Mr. BENDER.
- Elizabeth - d. before 1782. Married Mr. HARPER. Daughter:
- Barsheba - Married John MORTON.
- Mary - b. by 1768. According to some researchers, either she or
one of her younger sisters married Josiah STEPHENS II.
- Nancy - b. by 1768. See under comment sister Mary.
- Sophia - b. by 1768. See under comment sister Mary.
- Rachel - Left will in Jones Co., NC in 1825 with bequests to
George BENDER and John BENDER, Jr.
- Others - It is probable that other children were born to John and
Joseph STEPHENS - b. about 1740, probably in Carteret
Co., NC; d. after Oct. 18, 1815, probably in Madison Co., GA.
Son of John STEPHENS and Elizabeth.
Called "of Chatham Co." in land deed from him to brother
George in 1787, "reserving life estate of my mother."
One source reports that Joseph was in Madison Co., GA by 1807.
He and wife Rachel signed a deed on Oct. 18, 1815 in Madison Co.,
GA. The name of his wife is not known but is suggested as either
Isabel HAMILTON or Eleanor GUY. He married first about 1759, and
was remarried about 1791 in Jones Co., NC to Rachel.
Children of Joseph and his first wife
- John - b. about 1760, NC; d. 1810,
Pendleton District, SC.
- Daniel - b. 1762, Chatham Co., NC; d. 1833, Pickens Co., SC.
Served in the Revolution from Chatham Co., NC in 1782. Witnessed
brother John's will in 1810. Married Mourning BARNETT. Children of
Daniel and Mourning STEPHENS: Samuel; William; Patsy; Linny; and
- A daughter - b. about 1764.
- A daughter - b. about 1766.
- A daughter - b. about 1768.
- A daughter - b. about 1771.
- Joseph - b. 1773; d. by Oct. 1847, Maynard's Cove, Jackson Co.,
AL. Moved to GA about 1805. Married Barberry (b. 1775, NC; d. 1850
Jackson Co., AL), perhaps ELLIS. Children, born in NC per census:
Daniel (b. 1793); Ellis b. 1799); John W. (b. 1800, SC; d. 1856/7,
Tishominga Co., MS); Alexander H.; Josiah (b. 1810/20); and 2 or 3
H. - b. about 1775, Chatham Co., NC; d. May 26, 1824, Pendleton Dist.,
SC. Samuel operated a forge, or "Iron Shop." Married about 1792 in NC
to Mary Ellen POWELL (b. about 1764, NC; d. about 1862, Pickens Dist.,
SC), daughter of James POWELL and Alice. Basic family information
shared by David YOUNGBLOOD in Mar. 2004, and is supplemented from other
sources. Children of Samuel and Mary STEPHENS: James married Mary
FERGUSON; Milley married Peyton HARRIS; Dison married Sarah 'Sallie'
JONES; Sarah 'Sallie' married Tobias Gibson 'Gip' DILLARD; William
'Billy' married Milly JAMESIN; Daniel married Celia HENDRIX; Green
Berry married Alpha Omega STEWART; Elender 'Nellie' married Joel
DURHAM; Benson married Eleanor 'Nellie' MORGAN; Malinda 'Mila' married
Lawrence HUNTER; Baylus Earle married first Elizabeth 'Bettyy' STEWART,
and second Louisa A. HUGHES.
- Solomon - b. about 1777, Chatham Co., NC. Solomon witnessed a
deed in Jones Co., NC in 1796. Married Sarah MUNDINE (d. before 1813,
probably in Wilkes or Wilkinson Co., GA), probably the daughter of
Kittrell MUNDINE of Jones Co., NC. Supporting Sarah's identification is
a great grandson whose information was that her name was Sarah MONDINE.
The family was in Wilkes and Wilkinson Cos., GA 1800-1815, where
Solomon was married second by 1813 to Bethany LAMBERT, daughter of
James LAMBERT (d. 1813, Wilkinson Co., GA). Solomon STEPHENS appears in
the 1830 census of Autauga Co., AL. Daughter of Solomon and Sarah
STEPHENS: Rachel married Thomas MOORE.
- Levin - b. about 1779, Chatham Co., NC. Married by 1800 in
Chatham Co., NC to Sally PRITCHARD. Levin was living on Aug. 16, 1802
in Dorchester Co., MD.
- A daughter - b. 1781-1787. Married Benjamin BARTON.
- A daughter - b. 1781-1787.
- A daughter - Joseph had 8 daughters by his first marriage.
- William? - b. 1781-1787. Reported as son of Joseph by one source.
Son: Hardy, perhaps the Hardy STEPHENS of
Wayne Co., TN in 1830.
- A son - b. 1781-1787. Joseph had 8 sons by his first wife.
Children of Joseph and Rachel Stephens
- Josiah - b. about 1792, Jones Co., NC. Son of Joseph and Rachel.
- George - b. about 1794, poss. Jones Co., NC. Living in GA in
1850. Married Esther LAMBERT (b. 1796; d. after 1850). Sons of George
and Esther STEPHENS: George A.; Allen G. W.; and Josiah L. G. Daughters
of George and Esther STEPHENS: Telijah and Talitha married Mr. EUBANKS
and Mr. EWING.
- Rachel - b. 1796. Married in 1813 in GA to Thomas MOORE.
John and Lucy (Collins) Stephens
John STEPHENS - b. about 1760, NC; d. 1810, Pendleton
District (now Anderson Co.), SC. Son of Joseph
STEPHENS. Name usages suggest that John may be related to
the STEPHENS families of Wake Co., NC (1800 Census). John served
in 1780 as a NC Militia Pvt. in the Revolution. Moved from Jones
Co. to Chatham Co., NC about 1782, and to Pendleton District, SC by
1810. John's will
was dated May 31, 1810, and was proved Oct. 22, 1810 in Pendleton
District, SC. In his will, John names wife Lucy as Executrix,
Daniel STEPHENS as Executor, and children Edward, John, Sarah
PENDERGRAFT, Jeremiah, Rebecca, Joseph, Zachariah, Frances, William,
Nancy, Elizabeth, and Susannah. John was married first about 1777
in Jones Co., NC to Sarah BENSON (b. about 1760; d. about 1783).
John was married second about 1784 in Chatham Co., NC to Frances
BYRD (b. say 1767; d. about 1790). John was married third around
1792, probably in Chatham Co., NC.
Lucy COLLINS? - b. by 1772; d. after May 1810. Listed
in the 1810 Census as Mrs. Lucy STEPHENS, her name at marriage
has been reported as COLLINS.
Children of John and Sarah Stephens
- Sarah - b. about 1778, Jones Co., NC; about 1855. Sarah appears
in the 1850 Census of Barry Co., MO, which shows her as age 72 and born
in NC. Married about 1807, Pendleton Dist. (now Anderson Co.), SC,
William Titus PENDERGRAFT. The family is in Blount Co., TN in 1830, and
Henry Co., TN in 1840. Sarah's daughter-in-law Jane (KENDRICK)
PENDERGRAFT was the daughter of Jesse KENDRICK and Mary PARKER. Mary
(PARKER) KENDRICK and many of her PARKER siblings were early settlers
of Texas, with Parker County named for a brother. Her niece was the
noted Cynthia Ann PARKER, mother of Quanah, Pecos and Topasannah
'Prairie Flower' PARKER by Comanche Chief Peta Cocona. Children of
Sarah and Titus PENDERGRAFT: poss. Job died young; Martha died young;
John Hamilton Stephens married Jane KENDRICK; Nancy; Lemuel Guy married
N. H.; Jesse Wilson married Ann Eliza QUINCY; Titus married Hannah;
Caleb Murphy 'Capp' married first Susannah WALLER, and second Malissa
Ann HAGGARD; and Sarah.
Note: There is a marriage record in Garrard Co., KY on 15
Mar 1800 for Thomas LIVINGSTON and Sarah STEPHENS, daughter of John and
Lucy STEPHENS. However there is no documentation that the said Sarah
was the same Sarah PENDERGRAFS [likely PENDERGRASS, which later became
PENDERGRAFT] named as daughter of John STEPHENS of Pendleton District,
SC in his 31 May 1810 will, and no evidence has been found that said
John STEPHENS or any of his 12 children ever resided in KY. Sarah
(STEPHENS) PENDERGRAFT was the mother of eight or nine children born
between 1810 and 1829 in SC and AL.
- Edward - b. say 1780; d. after 1830. Appears in 1830 Census of
Williamson Co., TN. Moved to Franklin Co., TN by 1824.
- Jeremiah - b. say 1781/2. Appears in the 1820 Census of Franklin
Co., TN, the 1830 Census of Blount Co., AL, and the 1850 Census of
Williamson Co., TN. Married Mary (b. 1782).
- John Andrew - b. Oct. 23, 1783, Chatham Co., NC; d. Mar. 18,
1837, Cherokee Co., GA. Married by 1807, Chatham Co., NC, Mary MURPHY,
daughter of James. Children of John and Mary STEPHENS: Annie m. Mr.
HENDRIX; Millie married Mr. HAYNES; Lucy married Mr. COBB; James Murphy
married Lucinda KEITH; and Uriah married Hannah A. McCONNELL.
Children of John and Frances Stephens
- Elizabeth - b. about 1784, NC; d. after 1880, Itawamba Co., MS.
Never married. She has been called the daughter of Frances BYRD, but
her birth year is also given as possibly 1794. Elizabeth appears in the
1880 Census in the household of Abel, son of her brother Zachariah.
- Joseph - b. about 1785/6, Chatham Co., NC.
- Zachariah - b. Feb. 8, 1787; d. Oct. 2, 1881, Itawamba Co., MS.
Moved to Itawamba Co., MS about 1844, settling near Mantachie. Married
about 1816, possibly in SC, Tabitha POWELL (b. Feb. 14, 1799; d. Aug.
8, 1872). Both Zachariah and Tabitha were buried in Stephens Cemetery,
Itawamba Co., MS, as were daughter Elizabeth HODGES (d. 1853) and
daughter-in-law Anne (LAWSON) STEPHENS (1822-1905). It is believed that
Anne was the daughter of Amos Banks LAWSON, brother-in-law of
Zachariah's sister Frances (STEPHENS) LAWSON. Children: Abel Bee
married Anne LAWSON; Green Shelton m. Mary Delia CAMP; James Milton
married Vashti R. KIRKSEY; John R. married first Sarah CAMP, and second
Frances J.; Redden Byrd married Isabella DURRETT; Elizabeth married
Edmond HODGES; and Zachariah married Nancy C. McVAY. One source also
adds: Caleb married Mary C. MITCHELL.
- Rebecca - b. late 1790; d. after May 1810. She does not appear in
the 1790 Census, but is named in her father's will.
Children of John and Lucy Stephens
- Frances - b. Oct. 22, 1798; d.
Jan. 3, 1868, Lee Co., MS. Married Mordecai
- William C. - b. about 1800. Named in father's will of 1810.
Perhaps the father of the William C. STEPHENS who married Rebbeca in AL
in 1838, lived in Itawamba Co., MS in 1849, and moved to Fannin Co., TX
- Nancy - b. about 1801/2. Named in father's will of 1810. Said to
have been married on May 24, 1821 to Samuel HOUSTON, who was second
cousin of the Texas Governor.
- Susannah - b. about 1802/3. Named in father's will of 1810.