Stevens/Stephens DNA Testing
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From: Ann B. Chambless<mailto:rabc123@...>
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 8:12 PM
Subject: [jacksongenealogy] TWO SEPARATE STEPHENS FAMILIES IN JACKSON COUNTY, ALABAMA
Many years ago I did a great deal of research for Frances Widener of
Gordon, Texas, on her Josiah Stephens family. During this time it
became evident there were two separate Stephens families in Jackson
County, Alabama, between 1830s and 1860s. THE SAD PART IS SO MANY
PEOPLE HAVE TRIED TO COMBINE THESE TWO FAMILIES.
One family was _headed by Josiah and Nancy (Vann) Stephens_ who moved
from South Carolina to Franklin Co, Tennessee, in time to make the 1812
Franklin Co, TN Tax List. They had moved to Jackson County, AL, by
1830. They were both born in SC and can be found in SC records.
The other Stephens family consisted of _Barbarry/Barbery (Ellis)
Stephens and her husband _who died before the 1850 census. This
Stephens family seems to have migrated from North Carolina to Blount Co,
AL, and then to Jackson County, AL. I have never been able to determine
if Barbery (Ellis) Stephens' husband died in Blount County or Jackson
In the printed 1830 Jackson County, AL, census, Josiah Stephens was
inadvertently transcribed as Josiah Sterns. However, this man's
children aptly fit the ages of Josiah and Nancy (Vann) Stephens'
children based on later censuses. ALSO, his neighbors include his
sons, Sutton and William Stephens, and the Peters and the Moses Maples
families. This is proof that Josiah and Nancy Stephens lived in what
became known as Peters Cove. This area is about 6 to 7 miles WEST of
NOTE TO D. Malbuff: I took you to Peters Cove area several years ago.
In the 1830 Jackson County, AL, census, DANIEL STEPHENS, son of Barbery
(Ellis) Stephens, lived in a completely different area of the county in
what is now known as Tupelo/Maynards Cove area. As some of you know,
Daniel Stephens married Edith (Eady) Murphree. The Murphrees, Stephens,
and Bynums were from North Carolina and all very early settlers in
Blount County, AL, BEFORE they came on to Jackson County, AL. Old
Isaac Bynum's first wife is thought to be nee Ellis and was probably
related to Barbery (Ellis) Stephens.
At the time of the 1840 Jackson County, AL census, Daniel and Eady
(Murphree) Stephens still lived in the same area as the Bynums. John W.
Stephens and Elijah Brazure/Brashier had also moved to this same
neighborhood which is 7 to 8 miles due NORTH of Scottsboro. Early deed
records for Daniel Stephens confirm the area in which he lived.
In 1850, Barbery Stephens, age 75, born in NC, was living with her son,
Daniel Stephens, and they were still in the Maynards Cove area, as was
Elijah Brazier and Ellis Stephens.
Nancy (Vann) Stephens' husband, Josiah Stephens, died on June 26,
1848, and in 1850 she was living with their son, William Stephens.
They were still in the Peters Cove area where they had been for at least
20 years. Josiah Stephens' death and military service record were
proved by his widow, Nancy (Vann) Stephens. Nancy migrated to Texas
with other family members and died there.
I am not familiar with Don Stephens OR his website. IF this same
information appears on his website, please accept my apology for any
duplication I have included in this message. My goal was to let all our
members know there were two completely separate Stephens families in
this county before 1850.
Ann B. Chambless
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