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Re: William Eli Stephens, Gonzales mid 1800
Posted by: Sylvia Chick Date: July 13, 2001 at 19:37:00
In Reply to: Re: William Eli Stephens, Gonzales mid 1800 by Bill of 399

Bill, Jerry is my brother. Below is a the followup message to Pat that I put on the Texas Forum today. Hope it is not too confusing.

My brother and I are also researching Elisha Stevens (b. abt 1805) and would appreciate any information concerning the Stephens, Stevens, and Steen families that settled in West Texas.

Information that we have gathered on Elisha Stevens:

His father was also named Elisha (b. 21 Jul 1776 in SC) and his mother's maiden name was possibly Sessions.

Children of Elisha (Sr.) were: Elisha, Elizabeth Deborah, Joseph E. and Martha Anne.

Elisha's (Sr.) second wife was Mary Smith, m. 15 Mar 1846 in Rankin Co., MS.
Elisha Sr. died 15 June 1851. Buried in the Stevens Cemetery, 5 miles N. of Cuero, TX.

Elisha Stevens (Jr.) was the brother-in-law to Barnabus Stephens by his second wife, Francis E. Stephens.

Elisha's (Jr.) first wife was Asenath Steen, the daughter of William Steen, they were married 10 Jul 1838 in Rankin Co., MS.
Children: James (possibly), Stiring Ellis (our ggrandfather), William F, Sarah Elizabeth, and Susanna Sessions.
Asenath Steen Stevens died on 16 Nov 1841 and is buried in the Florence Cemetery in Rankin Co., MS

Elisha's (Jr.) second wife was Francis E. Stephens (daughter of Eli and Susanna Thompson Stephens)m. 26 Feb 1846. in Rankin Co., MS.
The Gonzales County, TX 1850 Fed Census has Nancy (4), Harriet (2), Frances (6 mo.) living with Elisha (Jr.) and Francis. I don't know if these are their children or Eli's.

The Stevens, Stephens and Steens seem to be very intertwined.

Other Info:
Francis E. may have married James Wiley Steen (brother of Asenath) after Elisha's death.

Joseph Stevens b. 16 Jun 1810 (brother of Elisha) married Sara Ann Steen (sister of Asenath)on 17 May 1840.

Alexander Stephens b. 20 Jan 1820 married Mary Agnes (Nancy) Steen (sister of Asenath)on 5 Mar 1846. Alexander died 1 Jan 1896 - Buried in Stevens Cemetery, Dewitt County, Tx

John Henry Stephens b. 23 Dec 1829 married Narcissa Steen (sister of Asenath) on 7 Aug 1851. John Henry died 17, July 1908 - Buried in Stevens Cemetery, Dewitt County, TX

Arabella Stephens married Enoch Miles Steen (brother of Asenath)

The Stevens, Stephens, and Steen families intermarried and migrated to Texas in 1846.

Information obtained from the Genealogical information of a Merrill J. Smith of Georgia, Mississippi and Texas:
On 30 October 1846, a wagon train began it's way to the area of the DeWitt Colony on Gonzales County, Texas from Rankin County, Mississippi. Rankin and other Counties of Mississippi had suffered a terrible epidemic of Yellow Fever during the later part of the 1830s and early 1840s. Many families had lost loved ones which may have caused them to consider moving elsewhere. Some of the families that were known to have been members of this 1846 wagon train were:
1) William Steen, 58, and nine children (his wife Mary Rumley Enochs Steen, had just died 19 August 1846), some married themselves. His son, Carroll Jefferies Steen had just married on 8 October 1846, Margaret Ann Neely. His daughter, Mary Agnes "Nancy" Steen also had just married Alexander G. Stevens on 25 February 1846. Another daughter, Sarah Ann Steen had married Joseph E. Stevens on 17 May 1840. Others in his party were daughters: Narcissa Steen 22 (she later married John Henry Stevens): and Mary Steen, 15 (remained unmarried). Sons: John Rumley Steen 21 (he later married Mahala Burkett); William Steen, 16 (he later married Elvira Louisa Hall); James Wiley Steen 13 (he later married Frances E. Stevens); and Enoch Miles Steen 20 (he later married Arabella Stevens).

2)Eli Stevens 54, and wife, Susanna Thompson Stevens, 46, and family. In addition to the sons mentioned above included sons Baranbus Stevens and wife, Christine Townsend; and Joseph Stevens 7. Daughters: Mary E. Stevens 21; Frances "Fannie" E. Stevens 20; Ann Elizabeth Stevens 28; Martha Ann Stevens 15; Susan Caroline Stevens 12; Harriett Jane Stevens, 11; Adeline Malissa Stevens 9 and Arabella Stevens 3.

On the way, William Steen became ill and the wagon train stopped in Nacodoches County, Texas where William Steen died at the home of his sister and brother-in law, Levi and Jane Steen Noble. The wagon train continued on after his funeral and eventually settled near Hell's Gate on the Gudlupe River north of Cuero in what was then Gonzales County, Texas.

Carroll Jefferies Steen and family returned to Cato, Rankin County, Mississippi after about two years in Texas and remained there. He supposedly traded his brother-in-law, Elisha Stevens, his holdings in Texas for the land in Mississippi.

Hopefully we can share more information.

Sylvia Stevens Chick
wchick@bellsouth.net



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