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Descendants of Solomon Butler Stevens / Stephens

Generation No. 2


      4. Solomon Butler2 Stephens II (Solomon Butler Stevens /1) was born Abt. 1799 in Huddelston, Bedford Co. Va., and died 18 Sep 1886 in White Gates, Giles County, VA.. He married Elizabeth Murdock 14 Jul 1824 in Bedford County Va.. She was born 22 Jan 1806 in Huddleston, Bedford County Va., and died 09 May 1885 in White Gate, Giles County Va..

Notes for Solomon Butler Stephens II:
      Bedford County, Virginia; July 14, 1824, Solomon B. Stevens & Betsey Murdock; Elijah Murdock, Surety; Married by John Ayers, July 16, 1824.
     

      THE LONG JOURNEY
      In the 1830's Solomon Butler Stephens Jr. and his wife Elizabath Murdock Stephens , packed their personal items , supplies and their children into a wagon. Then departed from Huddleston , in Bedford County Va . . They had heard of the good farm land in Kentucky , that was available for " homesteaders " . The fertile lands in Kentucky offered better opportunities to raise their family . Travel was difficult because the wildness trails were narrow and rough . There were no maps to go by in those days . The horse-drawn wagon was very slow and they lived in the wagon which was most undesirable .
      Solomon B. became very ill with Rubella Measles , in the White Gate area of Giles County, Virginia. They were forced to discontinue their Journey and care for him . Solomon developed complication and had a slow recovery . Their new friends and neighbors encouraged the Stephens family to buy land and settle in the White Gate area . They decided to remain in the area , because winter had arrived and it would not be safe in trying to cross the rugged mountains in harsh weather . They bought some land in Giles County and built a log cabin . Solomon Butler was very aggressive and prosperous , black smith by trade and also a successful farmer .

                              Submitted By ;
                        Allen & Marua Stephens , Finksburg , MD.


            1850 Giles County Virginia Census

      In the 1850 Census of Giles County Va. Solomon B. Stephens is shown in the same house hold , living with William Crawford and family . Solomon B . Stephens 48 , Elizabeth 44 , Elizabeth 24 , Martha 22 , Daniel 19 , William 19 , Thomas , Marian 12 , Sarah 10 , Nancy 8 , Solomon 4, and Louisa E. 3 Mo. .


            1860 Giles County Virginia Census

      Solomon Butler Stephens is listed in the 1860 Giles County Va. Census as follows; Solomon B. Stephens age 58 Farmer, wife Elizabeth age 53,
Children; Daniel age 27, farm laborer, William age 26, farm laborer, Thomas age 24, farm laborer, Sarah age 17, domestic, Nancy age 16, Solomon age 14,

Solomon B. died Sept. 18 , 1886 , 86 years. Elizabeth died May 9 , 1885, 78 years. Maria D/O Solomon, married Andreson James, April 7 1859 in Pulaski Co. Va. S/O O. & Mary James. Daniel married C. M. Brookman, Oct. 18 , 1860 Pulaski Co. Va. D/O Stephen & Malinda Brookman. William married Nancy J. Martin Dec. 11 , 1867 . D/O Mary R. Martin. Thomas married (1) Susan J Taylor, Feb. 24 1864 , D/O Robert & Martha Taylor , Henry Co. Va. Susan died May 5 , 1891 yrs. , Consumption ; (2) D. Thompson Nov. 10, 1892 , D/O James & A. Thompson. Sarah married William S . Woodyard , Jan. 12 , 1888.
Nancy married John G. Brookman Sept. 19 , 1867 , S/O Stephens & Malinda Brookman.

*Note ; Daniel Stephens, married C .M Brookman & Nancy Stephens, married & John G. Brookman, brother & sister, Brookman's children of Stephen & Malinda Brookman .

1880 census of Giles County Va. S. B. Stephens age 76, wife Elizabeth age 60 and Sarah age 32.


      LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF SOLOMON B . STEPHENS

      This 30th of Nov. 1885 , I Solomon B . Stephens being in right mind I make this my last Will and Testament .
      1st , I commend my soul to God who gave it.
      2ondly , I will Mary A . Tickle , Elizabeth Martin , Martha J . Murry , Mariah J . James and Nancy B. Brookman one dollar and on more .
      3dly , I will my daughter Sarah A. Stephens all my household and kitchen furniture . I also will her the house and land that I purchased of Issac Dehart . She is to have an equally Shar with my sons after my just and honest debts is paid out of what is left .
      4th , The residue to be equally divided between my sons to wit , Daniel , William , Thomas , and Solomon B . Stephens Jr .
      Witness Andrew J . Bane and G. M. Waddell .
      Virginia Giles County the 21st day of Sept . 1886 . A writing supporting to be the last Will and Testament of Solomon B . Stephens deceased was this day presented in Court , Partly proven by the testimony on oth of G. M. Waddell one of the subscribing witnesses here to and coned to the term of the court for future proof , Again on 19th , day Oct . 1886 was future proven by the testimony on oth of A. J. Bane , one of the subscribing witnesses there to and ordered to be Second .
                              Testee            Giles County Court House,
                        B . P . Watts ; Clerk.      Pearisburg, Virginia
                                          Book 5, Page 214

     
Children of Solomon Stephens and Elizabeth Murdock are:
+ 12 i.   Mary Elizabeth3 Stephens, born Abt. 1826 in Pulaski County Va.; died 02 Jun 1868 in Pulaski County, VA..
  13 ii.   Martha J. Stephens, born Abt. 1830 in Bedford, Virginia; died 24 Jun 1876 in Giles County Va.. She married William Murray; born Abt. 1826; died Abt. 1900 in White Gate, Giles County Va..
+ 14 iii.   Daniel Stephens, born 28 May 1831 in Giles County, VA.; died 11 Jul 1900 in Giles Co. Va..
  15 iv.   Elizabeth Stephens, born Abt. 1832 in Bedford Va.. She married Charles W. Martin 30 Aug 1859 in Giles County Va.; born Abt. 1840 in Giles County Va..
  Notes for Elizabeth Stephens:
      Giles County Marriages , shows that on Aug. 30, 1859, Elizabeth Stephens single 27, born Bedford County Va. daughter of Solomon & Elizabeth , married Charles W. Martin 19, single , born Giles County Va. son of Polly (Mary) Martin.


+ 16 v.   William Stephens, born 1834.
+ 17 vi.   Thomas Stephens, born 29 Feb 1836 in Giles Co. Va.; died 26 Jan 1920 in Giles County Va..
+ 18 vii.   Mariah B. Stephens, born Abt. 1838 in Giles County Va.; died 24 Jun 1876 in Giles Co. Va..
  19 viii.   Sarah A. Stephens, born 05 Aug 1842 in Giles County, VA.; died 23 Oct 1904. She married William S. Woodyard 12 Jan 1887 in Giles County, VA.; born 30 Dec 1829 in N.C.; died 30 Jan 1904 in Giles County Va..
  Notes for Sarah A. Stephens:
      Giles County Marriages, On Jan. 12, 1888, Sarah A. Stephens, 40, daughter of Solomon B. & Elizabeth Stephens, married William S. Woodyard 56, born N.C. , son of James Woodyard.

+ 20 ix.   Nancy Bain Stephens, born Abt. 1846 in Giles Co. Va..
+ 21 x.   Solomon Butler Stephens, #3, born 13 Nov 1846 in Giles Co. Va.; died 11 Jan 1900 in Giles County Va..
  22 xi.   Louisa E. Stephens, born 1850.


      5. Daniel Butler2 Stevens (Solomon Butler Stevens /1 Stephens) was born Abt. 1806 in Huddleston, Bedford County, VA., and died 28 Dec 1871 in Huddleston, Bedford County, VA.. He married (1) Priscilla Dowdy 16 Nov 1829 in Bedford co. Va.. She was born Abt. 1808 in Bedford County Va., and died in Bedford County Va.. He married (2) Agnes Overstreet 09 May 1854.

Notes for Daniel Butler Stevens:
     
      Daniel Stephens could not write his name as found on his will where he marked an ( X ). He was a farmer by trade and lived in the Huddleston area of Bedford County Virginia. His five sons by his first marriage all faught in the Civil War on the CSA side. Their fighting unit was the 28 Va. Regiment, Company G., all of them were privates. As a result of the war he lost two sons, and one was wounded. This regiment was mustered into service in May 1861, and assigned to Hunton's Brigade, Pickette's Division. Its first engagement was the first Manassass battle. Its winter quarters, 1861-62, were Centerville, in Fairfax County, in March 1862, moved via Orange Courthouse and Fredericksburg to Richmond, where the men embarked on steamers for Yorktown ; remained about a month in Yorktown, with some skirmishing, then fell back to Williamsburg, engaged with the enemy there May 1 1862, and moved on to Richmond the following day. In the latter part of May moved toward Fair Oaks, or Seven Pines. Engaged there May 31st , Gen. J. E. Johnston commanding against Gen. McClellan's forces. The 28th took gallant part in this battle, then marched back to Richmond, remaining there until June 25 Th then joined Jackson's command at Mechanicsville, and took part in the seven days fighting around Richmond. In August, moved from Richmond, via Gordonsville, Cross Keys, and Manassa Gap to take part in the second Manassa battle. Invaded Maryland, took part in the battle at Sharpsburg, thence fell back up the valley to Staunton. Camped at Fredricksburg winter of 1862-63. In Feb. 1863, moved to Petersburg, thence to North Carolina, participating in engagements at Plymouth and Washington. Back to Virginia engaged at Suffolk, then back to Petersburg, where Pickett's Division was again attached to Lee's force. From Petersburg, marched into the valley again, via Gordonsville, Orange Courthouse and Cross Keys, engaged the enemy at Stegers Gap, thence moved down the valley, via Winchester to Williamsport, Maryland. Shared in the Pennsylvania campaign, including the Gettysburg battle and Picket's glorious charge there, in which 4/5's of the men of the 28th were killed, wounded,or captured. Fell back to Williamsport, Maryland thence via Winchester and Gordonsville to Richmond, where the regiment was recruited. Camped near Petersburg and move into North Carolina in spring of 1864. Camped about a week, at Goldsboro moved to Newbern and had engagement there then returned to Petersburg. After this they participated in engagements at Drewry's Bulff,Hanover Junction, Hatchers Run and Five Forks. Retreated to Appomattox Courthouse, surrendering with Lee. Companies A, C, F, & G, the were enlisted and recruited largely in Bedford County Virginia.
                                          Anne P. Lohmann
                                          Aug. 15, 1990


                  Will of Daniel Butler Stephens

      I Daniel Butler Stephens of the County of Bedford and the state of Virginia, Being of sound mind and disposing memory do make this my last will and testament in manner and force following to wit. First, It is my will that all my just debts be paid. Second that my beloved wife ANGES have one third of my estate real and personal, during her natural life. Third that the remainder of my estate be sold and equally divided between my four children to wit, WILLIAM H. STEPHENS, ALFRED S. STEPHENS, JESSE C. STEPHENS and MARY JANE AUTHUR. The last one to these Mary Jane Authur I give to her and her children after her, 4th it is my will that after the death of my wife that out of her estate that MATHEWS STEPHENS my grand-son shall have twenty dollars and also OLIVER STEPHENS-have twenty dollars. DANIEL STEPHENS to have one dollar and JAMES STEPHENS one dollar. The residues of wife estate to be equally divided between JAMES F. STEPHENS, JOHN STEPHENS, HARRIET V. STEPHENS, NANNIE M. STEPHENS. It is further my wish that my wife do not allow any of her brothers or sisters to come to live with her, and that proper care be taken with all the proper. It is my will that Griffin Dobyns be appointed my executor of this will, and in the event that he refuses to act that William H. Stephens and Jesse C. Stephens be appointed. Given under my hand this 19th day of October 1871signed in the presents of William W. Reese and James F. McBride.

In Bedford County October 31st. 1871,
      This last will and testament of Daniel B. Stephens deceased was produced Court proved according to law, by the oaths of William W. Reese and James T. McBride subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be Record as the true last will and testament of said Daniel B. Stephens deceased, and therefore on the motion of William H. Stephens and Jesse C. Stephens the executors in said will named who made oath thereto , and together with Michall Debo Griffie into and acknowledger a bond in the penalty of Two thousands dollars conditioned according to law, certificate is grated there for obtaining a probate of said will in due form, and said bond is ordered to be recorded.
                                                Testee,
                                                R. S. Quanles
                                               
                                                Daniel B. ( X ) Stephens


     
Children of Daniel Stevens and Priscilla Dowdy are:
+ 23 i.   Jesse C3 Stevens, born 1842 in Huddleston Bedford Co.Va.; died 1924.
+ 24 ii.   Alfred Solomon Stevens, born 06 Jan 1839 in Huddleston Va.; died 14 May 1905 in Missouri.
  25 iii.   Daniel T. Stevens, born 1844 in Huddleston Va.; died 03 Mar 1863 in Farmville Battle.
+ 26 iv.   Mary Jane Stevens, born 03 Nov 1839 in Huddleston Va.; died 14 Aug 1912 in Huddleston Va..
+ 27 v.   Meredith Wright Stevens, born Abt. 1839 in Huddleston Va.; died 27 Jul 1862.
+ 28 vi.   William Henry Stevens, born 25 Feb 1831 in Huddleston Va.; died 19 May 1924.
     
Children of Daniel Stevens and Agnes Overstreet are:
  29 i.   Oliver3 Stevens, born 1862.
+ 30 ii.   James F. Stevens, born Mar 1855.
+ 31 iii.   John M. Stevens, born 1857; died 01 Jul 1891.
  32 iv.   Nannie Stevens, born 1858.
+ 33 v.   Harriet Victoria Stevens, born May 1858; died 11 Jun 1935.
  34 vi.   Meadora Stevens, born Abt. 1861.


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