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Descendants of Evan Stephens

Generation No.1

EVAN STEPHENS was born 1690 in Wales, and died 1750 in New Britain, Bucks Co., PA.

Child of EVAN STEPHENS is:

JOHN STEPHENS was born 12 July 1714 in Wales, and died 12 May 1806 in Fayette Co., Pa. He married SARAH DUNGAN Abt. 1748 in Bucks Co., Pa.. She was born 1725 in Northampton, Bucks Co., Pa. and died 1790 in Fayette Co., Pa.

Child of JOHN STEPHENS and SARAH DUNGAN is:

Thomas Stephens b. 18 December 1766, Maryland; d. 26 May 1853, Wood Co. WVa.

Generation No. 3

THOMAS STEPHENS was born 18 December 1766 in Maryland, and died 26 May 1853 in Wood Co. WVa. He married ELIZABETH DAWKINS 31 March 1788. She was born 12 April 1769, and died 27 August 1831.

Notes for THOMAS STEPHENS:
West Virginia became a state in 1863, during the Civil War. The Western part of Virginia,in general, did not agree with holding slaves. However, Wood County was very much a
"border area" in this regard, and there were some slave holding families. The area around Washington Bottom (a rich bottom-land and farming area next to the Ohio River)
was especially known for its confederate sympathies, and maintained a Confederate Citizens Organization until the end of the war. Many families throughout the County were
split, sending some sons to fight for the North and other sons to fight for the Confederate Army in the South.

Children of THOMAS STEPHENS and ELIZABETH DAWKINS are:

John C. Stephens b.18 November 1774, Fayette Co., Pa. d. 19 December 1858, Wood Co. WVa; m. Frances Masters, 17
July 1810, Wood Co., WVa.; b. 12 December 1794, Fayette Co., Pa.; d. 24 August 1876, Parkersburg, Wood Co., WVa.

William Stephens,Sr. b. 21 August 1793, Harrison Co., Virginia; d. 05 July 1856.

Generation No. 4

WILLIAM STEPHENS,SR. was born 21 August 1793 in Harrison
Co., Virginia, and died 05 July 1856. He married (1) ANNA LOYD 12 September 1813 in Wood Co. Virginia, daughter of ELISHA LOYD. She was born Bet. 1775 - 1794, and died 16
July 1833. He married (2) CHLOE ANN HARRIS 24 January 1833 in Wood Co. West Virginia. She was born 16 January 1806 in Virginia or Maryland, and died 24 August 1897 in Wood Co. WVa.

Notes for WILLIAM STEPHENS,SR.:
History of Virginia/West Virginia:

From the original Shire came Charles City, formed in 1634. In 1703 Prince George was created from Charles City. Then in 1732 came Brunswick from Prince George. Augusta was formed from Brunswick in 1746. In 1776 Monongalia came from Augusta. Harrison was formed in 1784 from Monongalia. Wood was created in 1798 from Harrison. Hampshire County was created around 1754 from lands held by Augusta and Frederick Counties. From Mason and Kanawha and Wood counties was Jackson County in 1831. Wirt County was formed from Wood and Jackson in 1848.

8/17/08 - On this date I received an email message from Wayne Lee. He believes that his John C. Stephens is the brother of William and if correct then all descendents after William Sr. are connected. Keep in mind this connection has not been proven yet but the names have been added: Thomas, John, Evan.

More About CHLOE ANN HARRIS:

Burial: Riverview Cemetery (Cook), Parkersburg, Wood Co., WVa.

Children of WILLIAM STEPHENS and ANNA LOYD are:
? Stephens, b. Bef. 1820.

Lemuel J. Stephens, b. 1820, Wood Co. Virginia (now WVa.).

William Stephens, Jr., b. July 1824, Wood or Jackson Co., West Virginia (Va); d. 1905, Wirt Co., West Virginia.

James Stephens, b. Bet. 1827 - 1828, Virginia; d. Aft. May 1880.

Cincinnatus Stephens, b. 1832.

More About Cincinnatus Stephens:
Census: 1860, Parkersburg, Wood Co., WVa.

Children of WILLIAM STEPHENS and CHLOE HARRIS are:

Susan Stephens, b. 1837, Wood Co., Virginia (WV.).

Amanda M. Stephens, b. 1840, Wood Co., Virginia (WV.).

Nancy Stephens, b. 1841, Virginia.

Monroe Stephens, b. 1843, Virginia.

Generation No. 5

LEMUEL J. STEPHENS was born 1820 in Wood Co.Virginia (now WVa.). He married CANZADA RUBLE 31 January 1856 in Wirt Co. West Virginia (Virginia), daughter of APPOLOS RUBLE and ANNIE MASTERS. She was born 1831 in Wood Co. Virginia (now WVa.).

More About LEMUEL J. STEPHENS:
Occupation: 1850, Boatman
Resided: 1832, Wirt Co., Wv.
Marriage Notes for LEMUEL STEPHENS and CANZADA RUBLE:
William Kennedy officiated the wedding ceremony.

Children of LEMUEL STEPHENS and CANZADA RUBLE are:

Owen Cincinnatus Stephens, b. 31 December 1856; m. Viola Elizabeth Ruble.

Polser Stephens, b. 1858, Virginia; m. Elizabeth Athey.
More About Polser Stephens:
Occupation: 1880, Farm Laborer

William Stephens, b. 1860, Virginia; m.Mary Eva Allen.

More About William Stephens:
Occupation: 1880, Farm Laborer

Monroe Stephens, b. Abt. 1863; m. Maragret Collins.

Mary E. Stephens, b. 1866, Wood Co., West Virginia.

Charles H. Stephens, b. Abt. 1869; m. Summerville C. Ruble; b. Abt. 1856.

Susan D. Stephens, b. 1870; m. Isahiah Collins.

Lemuel Stephens, Jr., b. 1873, Wood Co., West Virginia; m. Eva Allen.

Rowena Stephens, b. 1875, Wood Co., West Virginia; m. Henry Jackson.

WILLIAM STEPHENS, JR. was born July 1824 in Wood or Jackson Co., West Virginia (Va), and died 1905 in Wirt Co., West Virginia. He married (1) SARAH S. STEED 18 October 1845 in Wood Co. Va. (Wv.). She was born 1826 and died 1905. He married (2) NANCY D. LOCKHART 21 February 1858 in Jackson Co. Virginia (Wv.), daughter of ISAAC LOCKHART and SARAH SHEPPARD. She was born 19 September 1826 in Wirt Co., West Virginia, and died 23 August 1877 in Lockhart's Fork, Sandyville, Jackson Co., West Virginia. He married (3) MARY COURTNEY 17 October 1880
in Wirt Co. West Virginia, daughter of MASON COURTNEY and SARAH COLLINS. She was born 10 September 1833 in Warren Co.,Virginia, and died 19 January 1908.

More About WILLIAM STEPHENS, JR.:
Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Elizabeth, Wirt Co., Wv. (Courtney Ridge)
Military service: Civil War - Union Army
Occupation: 1880, Farmer
More About SARAH S. STEED:
Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Elizabeth, Wirt Co., WVa.

More About NANCY D. LOCKHART:
Burial: Shappard Chapel Cemetery, Wiseburg, Jackson Co., West Virginia

More About MARY COURTNEY:
Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Wirt Co. Elizabeth, Wv. (Courtney Ridge)

Children of WILLIAM STEPHENS and SARAH STEED are:

Penelope Isabelle Stephens, b. 07 March 1847, Wood Co. Virginia; m. Jesse McPherson, 05 December 1867; b. Harrison
Co., Ohio.

William A. Stephens, b. 1849, Wood Co. West Virginia; m. Nancy C. Williams, 16 January 1883, Wirt Co., West Virginia.

More About William A. Stephens:
Occupation: 1880, Farmer

Children of WILLIAM STEPHENS and NANCY LOCKHART are:

Amy Alice Stephens, b. 13 March 1859, Limestone Hill, Jackson Co. West Virginia; d. 15 September 1899.

Sarah A. Stephens, b. 29 June 1862, Jackson Co. West Virginia.

More About Sarah A. Stephens:
Occupation: 1880, Housekeeping

Henry H. Stephens, b. January 1866, Jackson Co. West Virginia; d. 1940, Akron, Ohio.

Samuel Monroe Stephens, b. February 1868, Jackson Co. West Virginia; d. 1928.

Matilda Stephens.

JAMES STEPHENS was born Bet. 1827 - 1828 in Virginia, and died Aft. May 1880. He married PERMELIA OWENS 03 October 1850 in Wirt Co. West Virginia, daughter of GEORGE OWENS and ELIZABETH ?. She was born 1826 in West Virginia.

More About JAMES STEPHENS:
Occupation: 1850, Laborer

Children of JAMES STEPHENS and PERMELIA OWENS are:

Willis M. Stephens, b. 1853, Wirt Co., Virginia.
More About Willis M. Stephens:
Occupation: 1880, Farmer

Owen Cincinnatus Stephens, b. 12 June 1855, Wirt Co., West Virginia.

Sarah E. Stephens, b. 1858, West Virginia.

John I. Stephens, b. 1858, West Virginia.
More About John I. Stephens:
Occupation: 1880, Farm Laborer

P. Ann Stephens, b. 1861, West Virginia.

Amanda Matilda Stephens, b. 1862, West Virginia.

SUSAN STEPHENS was born 1837 in Wood Co.,Virginia (WV.). She married WASHINGTON MUNCEY 30 March 1854 in Wood Co., Virginia (WV), son of ELIJAH MUNCEY and SALINA ?. He was born 1833 in Wood Co., Virginia (WV.).

Child of SUSAN STEPHENS and WASHINGTON MUNCEY is:

Mollie Muncey, b. 1855.

AMANDA M. STEPHENS was born 1840 in Wood Co.,Virginia (WV.). She married LEVI L. HALL 27 November 1860 in Wood Co., Virginia (WV), son of HARVEY HALL and ELIZABETH ?. He was born 1838 in Wheeling, Ohio Co., West Virginia.

More About LEVI L. HALL:
Occupation: 1870, Merchant/Dry Goods Parkersburg 1st Ward

Child of AMANDA STEPHENS and LEVI HALL is:

Minna Hall, b. 1867.

Generation No. 6

AMY ALICE STEPHENS was born 13 March 1859 in Limestone Hill, Jackson Co. West Virginia, and died 15 September 1899. She married EDWIN CREEL 27 August 1883 in Jackson Co., West Virginia, son of JOHN CREEL and NANCY FRAIZER. He was born 15 September 1858 in Davisville, Wood Co.,
Virginia (West Virginia), and died 09 September 1941 in Clay Co., West Virginia.

More About AMY ALICE STEPHENS:
Occupation: 1880, Housekeeping

Children of AMY STEPHENS and EDWIN CREEL are:

Lula Mae Creel.
Samuel Henry Creel.
Elsie Laverne Creel.
Donald Clarence Creel.

HENRY H.STEPHENS was born January 1866 in Jackson Co. West Virginia, and died 1940 in Akron, Ohio. He married (1) JANIE M. DENNIS 06 March 1892 in Wirt Co. West Virginia, daughter of LEMUEL DENNIS and HANNAH WINLAND. She was born 26 September 1874 in Pos. Monroe Co., Ohio, and died
27 March 1900. He married (2) ANNA BELL COURTNEY 08 August 1902 in Wirt Co. West Virginia, daughter of LUITER COURTNEY and EMILY ?. She was born February 1873 in Wood Co. West Virginia.

More About HENRY H. STEPHENS:
Burial: Unknown, Akron, Ohio
Occupation: 1880, Farming
Resided: Akron, Oh.

More About JANIE M. DENNIS:
Burial: Center Valley Church Cemetery, Wirt Co., WV.

Children of HENRY STEPHENS and JANIE DENNIS are:

Roy Stephens, b. 22 December 1891; d. 18 August 1893.

More About Roy Stephens:
Burial: Center Valley Church Cemetery, Wirt Co., WV.

Clarence Stephens, b. 20 January 1893; d. 18 August 1893.
More About Clarence Stephens:
Burial: Center Valley Church Cemetery, Wirt Co., WV.

Herman Nolan Stephens, b. 31 January 1897, Le Roy, West Virginia; d. 02 April 1964, New Philadelphia, Ohio.

Orvan Oland Stevens, b. 04 December 1899, Le Roy, West Virginia; d. 29 August 1963, Brunswick, Ohio.

Children of HENRY STEPHENS and ANNA COURTNEY are:

Mary Stephens, d. 1987, Akron, Ohio.

Bert Stephens, b. Akron, Ohio; m. Ellan ?.

Notes for Bert Stephens:
Bert lived in Akron, Ohio. He had five children.

SAMUEL MONROE STEPHENS was born February 1868 in Jackson Co. West Virginia, and died 1928. He married MARY ROSEANNE
COURTNEY 23 December 1891 in Wirt Co. West Virginia, daughter of WILLIAM COURTNEY and MARTHA WINE. She was born January 1869 in West Virginia.

More About SAMUEL MONROE STEPHENS:
Occupation: 1880, Farming

Children of SAMUEL STEPHENS and MARY COURTNEY are:

Harley Stephens, b. October 1892, Wirt Co., West Virginia.

Sivy Stephens, b. November 1893, Wirt Co., West Virginia.

Homer G. Stephens, b. July 1895, Wirt Co., West Virginia.

Mary Gracie Stephens, b. January 1897, West Virginia.

Delbert N. Stephens, b.August 1899, Wirt Co.,West Virginia.

Paul C. Stephens, b. 1901, Wirt or Mason Co.,West Virginia.

Clara Belle Stephens, b. 1903, Parkersburg, West Virginia.

Ervin N. Stephens, b. 1905.

Erma E. Stephens, b. 1907, Parkersburg, West Virginia; d. 17 April 1995, Lake Park, Florida; m. Louis Jacob Sorg; d. 1966.

More About Erma E. Stephens:
Burial: Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Parkersburg, West Virginia
Resided: 1964, Lake Park, Florida

Samuel Kermit Stephens, b. 1910.

OWEN CINCINNATUS STEPHENS was born 12 June 1855 in Wirt Co., West Virginia. He married FRANCES FISHER.

Children of OWEN STEPHENS and FRANCES FISHER are:

Minnie Stephens, b. 16 November 1883; d. 12 October 1964, Palestine, Wirt Co., West Virginia.

Charlie A. Stephens, b. 21 October 1888, Palestine, Wirt Co., West Virginia; d. Palestine, Wirt Co., West Virginia.



SARAH E. STEPHENS was born 1858 in West Virginia. She married SAM E. WARDS, JR., son of SAM WARDS. He was born 1851 in West Virginia.

Child of SARAH STEPHENS and SAM WARDS is:

Robert Wards, b. August 1879.

Generation No. 7

HERMAN NOLAN STEPHENS born 31 January 1897 in Le Roy, West Virginia, and died 02 April 1964 in New Philadelphia, Ohio. He married PHILOMILLA ADALINE MABRY 01 September 1923 in Medina Co. Ohio, daughter of FREDERIC MABRY and LILLIAN HEWES. She was born 30 May 1904 in Lafayette, Madison Co., OH, and died 30 August 1998 in Dover, Ohio.

Notes for HERMAN NOLAN STEPHENS:
Herman was a tobacco chewing traveling salesman in the 1950's and early 1960's. Prior to that he had worked as a coal miner and was injured in a cave-in. This may have
occurred at the Wolf's Run mine in Amsterdam, Ohio in the late 20's. Though his leg had been broken he managed to pull himself and others to safety. He was labeled a hero as a result of his actions and walked with a limp the remanded of his life. Before his mining days he had a job as a cook on a Chuck wagon.

He first married a gal from the Chicago area who was only 15 years old. The new Mrs. Stephens refused to stay at home and perform the functions of a wife so their marriage
lasted only six months. Sometime later Herman met Adaline Mabry and after three weeks of dating they married.
It's common knowledge that the Mabry boys disapproved of Herman and didn't want their sister dating or marrying him.
Two stories have surfaced regarding this matter. The first comes from the Mabry camp which indicates that Jack and Ed learned that Mila (Adaline) had been dating Herman and
was planning on marrying him so they took Mila out to dinner at some fancy restaurant with the intent of talking her out of the marriage. Ed, who liked to get right to the point,stated, "What the hell is this we hear you are dating a worthless hillbilly", at which point Mila got up from the table and left marring Herman within 24 hours of the meeting with her brothers. She was forever excluded from all family matters but the boys financially help her out over the years.

The second story comes from the Stephens side and simply states that Ed requested Mila leave Herman after their first child, Richard, was born because Herman drank and
smoked. The tragedy in all this is that the Stephens and Mabry families never got to know each other, even to this day.

More About HERMAN NOLAN STEPHENS:
Burial: 04 April 1964, New Philadelphia, Ohio
Occupation: Salesman
Resided: 01 April 1964, New Philadelphia, Oh.

Notes for PHILOMILLA ADALINE MABRY:

Services were handled by Linn-Hert Geib Funeral Home. Rev. Terry Kidd officiated.
More About PHILOMILLA ADALINE MABRY:
Burial: 02 September 1998, New Philadelphia, Ohio
Church membership: New Philadelphia, Oh.
Resided: New Philadelphia , Oh.

Children of HERMAN STEPHENS and PHILOMILLA MABRY are:

Richard Edwin Stephens, b. 19 June 1924, Akron, Ohio; d. 08 May 1995, Victorville, California; m. (1) Joann Mabel
Herron, 17 March 1951; b. 25 September 1927, Schoenbrunn, Tuscarawas Co., Ohio; d. 22 March 1953, East High Ave.
New Philadelphia, Ohio; m. (2) Kathleen Rhodora McClung, 10 February 1956, Pascagoula, Mississippi; b. 08 December
1929, Cunard, West Virginia.

More About Richard Edwin Stephens:
Burial: Desert View Memorial Park, Victorville, California
Cause of Death: Massive Coronary
Graduation: 1947, New Philadelphia High School
Military service: WWII
Retirement: Postal service Barstow, Ca.

More About Joann Mabel Herron:
Cause of Death: Uterus & Ovarian cancer
Medical Information: Family had a history of cancer

Christina Marie Stephens, b. 13 November 1925, Akron, Ohio; m. (1) Jack Bernard, 25 May 1946; m. (3) Robert Wustefeld,
14 August 1964; b. Kansas; d. 24 April 1988; m. (4) Robert Moss.

More About Christina Marie Stephens:
Resides: Sarasota, Fl. 34242

Orval Theodore Stephens, b. 22 January 1928, Sawyerwood, Ohio; d. 18 November 2001, Saint Cloud, Florida; m. Josephine Pullman, 16 November 1951, Rapid City, S.D.; b. South Dakota.

Jeannette Lillian Stephens, b. 23 February 1929, Amsterdam, Ohio; m. Robert Charles Wood, 19 May 1951, New
Philadelphia, Ohio; b. 14 June 1927, Dover, Ohio; d. 06 November 2003, Dover, Ohio.

Notes for Jeannette Lillian Stephens:
Adeline went to a neighbor and requested a Doctor be summoned as she was in labor. The neighbor telephoned a Doctor , who asked if Adeline was in "Hard Labor". The neighbor indicated "No" so the Doctor took his time getting to the house. In fact, the Doctor went rabbit hunting on his way out to the house. By the time he arrived Jeannette had already been delivered. Not only did the good Doctor fail to make the birth, he, according to Jeanette, provided the Department of Health with the wrong name. The doctor gave the Health Department the name - Janet Lillian Stevens and listed her fathers name as Herman N. Stevens (note the spelling of his last name). So her birth certificate indicated one name and Jeannette has gone by another name all her life. In 1932 Jeannette became the 54th reported case of Polio in Tuscarawas Co. Ohio, only the 10th in New Philadelphia.

More About Jeannette Lillian Stephens:
High school graduation: 1947, New Philadelphia, Oh.
Illness: 1952, New Philadelphia, Oh.
Occupation: Press Operator

Notes for Robert Charles Wood:
Robert served 18mths in the Navy on the U. S. Midway. His job was attending the anchor.
More About Robert Charles Wood:
Burial: Dover Burial Park, Dover, Ohio
Military service: 07 March 1945, Navy/1st Division-anchor/40mm guns
Occupation: 1944, Press Operator
Resided: 1955, 130 9th St. SW New Philadelphia, Ohio
Residence: 1963, Winkler Addition New Philadelphia, Ohio
Retirement: 01 April 1990, Union Camp Dover, Oh.

James Henry Stephens, b. 17 December 1930, Amsterdam, Ohio; m. (1) Nora Ellen Sewell, 02 November 1952; m. (2)
Patricia Espenschied, Aft. 1964.

Robert Franklin Stephens, b. 17 February 1934, Harlem Springs, Ohio; m. Patricia Ridenour, 16 October 1955; b. 28
February 1936.

Frederick Willard Stephens, b. 17 November 1935, Mineral City, Ohio; m. Johanna Miller, 29 May 1953.


ORVAN OLAND STEVENS born 04 December 1899 in Le Roy, West Virginia, and died 29 August 1963 in Brunswick, Ohio. He married (1) IRENE CUNNINGHAM. He married (2) ESTHER MAE
SHARPLESS 27 February 1937 in Akron, Ohio, daughter of WILLIAM SHARPLESS and ALICE BLAIR. She was born 16 May 1911 in Clymer, Pennsylvania, and died 06 March 1990.

Notes for ORVAN OLAND STEVENS:
Orvan seems to be one of the more interesting members of the family. Many relatives believed his name was Orval and even had a nephew named after him. It turns out that
was not the case but stories persist about what his real name was. Documents show Orval, Orrin and Orvan.
At the tender age of 14 years Orvan ran off and joined the Army. By age 16 or 17 he was asking his father for help in getting out of the Army because of the start of WWI. His
father refused to assist him and he eventually was sent to France with some of the very first troops. He fought in many of the major battles including the Battle of Argonne Forest. Once he returned Stateside, Orvan faked being unable to speak and after weeks of testing by the Army he was medically discharged. He literally walked out of the Army and across the street and into the Navy. As he did this he turned to the Army boys waved and said "good bye". It's been said Orvan didn't care much for the Army but he loved the Navy. It is believed it is at this point that Orvan changed the family name from Stephens to Stevens, but this remains an item of debate. Shortly after leaving the Navy Orvan was hired on as a motorcycle police officer for the city of Akron. Though no records exist showing when he was hired it appears he was with the Police Department about three years. On November 4, 1936 Orvan resigned his
commission with the P.D.

More About ORVAN OLAND STEVENS:
Military service: Bet. 08 November 1915 - 03 July 1920, WWI-126544 White, Columbus, Ohio
Move: 1948, Lodi, Oh.
Occupation: 1934, Policeman

Notes for ESTHER MAE SHARPLESS:
Esther worked outside the home as a waitress, managed a Drive-In and was a seamstress
for J. C. Penney's. All her jobs were in Ohio in the 1920's and the 30's. While working at a Restaurant in the 1930's, that was a local hangout for cops, Esther met and eventually married Orvan Stevens, who was a motorcycle cop for the Akron Police Department.

More About ESTHER MAE SHARPLESS:
Resided: Akron, Ohio 44301

Children of ORVAN STEVENS and IRENE CUNNINGHAM are:

Carl Stevens, b. 1924; m. Private.
More About Carl Stevens:
Occupation: 1963, Summit County Deputy Sheriff

Mary Lou Stevens.

Child of ORVAN STEVENS and ESTHER SHARPLESS is:

Louise Stevens, b. 22 January 1945, Munster, Indiana; m. James William Truman, Jr.

More About Louise Stevens:
Education: Medina, Oh.
Occupation: Travel Agent
Resides: 07 July 1989, Maui, Hi.

More About James William Truman, Jr.:
Resided: 1985, 2207 N. Van Dorn St. Apt204 Alexandria, Va.

MARY STEPHENS died 1987 in Akron, Ohio. She married ? FORD.
Child of MARY STEPHENS and ? FORD is:

Virginia Ford.

SIVY STEPHENS was born November 1893 in Wirt Co., West Virginia. He married GULA SOMERVILLE 15 December 1923 in Wirt Co., West Virginia, daughter of JOHN SOMERVILLE and JANE WELLS. She was born 10 November 1902 in Jackson Co., West Virginia.

More About GULA SOMERVILLE:

Resided: Akron, Summit Co., Ohio

Children of SIVY STEPHENS and GULA SOMERVILLE are:

Wilma Stephens, m. ? Stalnaker.

Lionel Stephens, m. Martha Kelley.