Re: [jacksongenealogy] Morrow-Stephens-Padgett families
- Quick scan of the census for ya...
Well, Nicholas Stephens is in the 1850 census, in Marshall county, not
Jackson. He is 44 years old. His wife is Mary. Children
are Henry 18, John 15, Jesse 13, Margaret 11, Willis 8, Mary 6, James 4, and
Elizabeth 2. Same census has another Willis Stephens, 20, living next door
in the home of one John Stacy.
Going back 10 years we find Nicholas in Marshall county also. 5 young
children plus self and wife. Ages generally add up
(Nicholas is between 30-40 in 1840, so could have been 44 in 1850).
Before 1840 all the Nicholas Stephens are yankees. None south of Pa. 1840
and earlier they only named head of household,
everyone else was just a number.
Earliest Willis Stephens is 1830 in Georgia. Born about 1780-1790.
OK, some marriage records. You may already have these. Willis Stephens
married Cynthia Walker, May 24, 1819, in Madison county, Ala. Then we have
Willis Stephens married Elizabeth Tate, Dec 8 1840 in Limestone county, Ala.
A different Willis the
second time, based on what you've noted below. And a third Willis, Willis
B., married Sophie Knight Jan. 3, 1893 in Jackson
All the early records for Gabriel Stephens reference Kentucky or Missouri.
He is probably a descendant of the famous
Peter Stephens, the German immigrant who helped settle the Shenandoah Valley
of Virginia. (This is where I live today,
though Peter Stephens is a distant relative at best.) Can't say whether
this is relevant to your people. Not too many went to
Alabama from Missouri, though. Most Alabama pioneers and settlers came from
east (Va., Tenn., Carolinas, Ga.) .
Now, substituting 'Stevens' for Stephens gives no help at all. No relevant
So, I am sorry, but so far I can't find any good early references for
Gabriel or Willis Stephens in Alabama. But there are many
more records out there. This research was done on ancestry.com, they are the
best in my opinion. You need to be
subscribed to one of these services if you are going to do a lot of
Glory to God,
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Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2005 12:38 PM
Subject: Re: [jacksongenealogy] Morrow-Stephens-Padgett families
> David, the earliest Stephens info I have is Ephriam Stephens, poss born in
> Scotland, and died in Scotland, his son Garbiel Stephens b. Scotland?,
> Muscle Shoals Ala at age 75, he supposedly lived in SC. I have no dates
> either of these, the names came from a Stephens Bible record, the only
> I have starts with Gabriel's son Willis, he lived at Lem Rock Hollow, his
> wife Dicy died at abt age 35, they had two known children, Nicholas b.
> Ala., and Henry b. 1813 Ala., and (Willis Jr. b. 1824 Ala,by 3rd wife) so
> sure there were more children between these gaps-2nd marriage was to
> a Cherokee Indian, no children, and 3rd to Cynthia Walker, married 1819,
> he had 4 known childen by. I have never been able to find a "Gabriel"
> Stephen's, and am wondering if the family knew him as Gabriel, and public
> of had a different name? My grandfather Thomas Jefferson Stephens was b.
> Larkinsville Ala. in 1879.
> By the early records we know this Stephens line was in Ala pretty early,
> Willis Sr. owned some Indian Reservation land, from his marriage to
> which was in Court for abt 30 yrs, before being settled. Our Stephens very
> well could be connected somewhere along the line, I just don't have enough
> data on Gabriel and father Ephriam Stephens. They are my brick walls. If I
> across anything that might tie in I will post for you, hope we can find a
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