I came across your message while researching some families (including Stephens) living in Amherst County, and thought that you and fellow researchers of the Stephens family would appreciate some additional information on Phillip & Mary Stephens.
Phillip & Mary Stephens lived in Burke County, N.C. during the1780’s and through the 1790’s. Phillip is listed as head of the family in the 7th company of the 1790 Burke County federal census: white male 16 years and upward – 1 (Phillip); white males under 16 years – 3;white females – 7 (Burke Co, N.C. census; series M637, roll 7, page 97).
A lady named Edith W. Huggins has transcribed many old records of Burke County in a 4 volume work (in the 1980's). In volume 3 she has transcribed many miscellaneous papers of civil and criminal cases from 1755 – 1790 (these original records are located at the State’s Archives in Raleigh N.C.) In volume 3, page 153, she has this listed from file #2 of the year 1789:
“John Blanton vs. Joseph Baker, attendance ticket of Philip Stephens and wife Mary.”
I know nothing of this case, but present this merely to help establish that Phillip and Mary had lived in Burke County. When exactly the Stephens removed from Burke County to Tennessee, I don’t know, but it was probably in the late 1790’s or early 1800’s, as he is not listed in the 1800 Burke County census.
Mary’s maiden name was actually Lane, not Howard, as evidences in a pension record (pension file #1783, series M805, roll 511, page 62-62). Mary had a brother named Joseph, who was a Revolutionary soldier. Joseph applied for pension in 1832 (Roane Co., Tenn.). Joseph’s wife, Rebecca (Bowman) Lane, made application for pension in 1846 (Bradley Co., Tenn.). Phillip & Mary’s daughter, Winniford, testified in behalf of Rebecca that Rebecca was the widow of Joseph (their marriage record was lost) and stated that she (Winniford) was a daughter of Phillip Stephens, and that her mother was Joseph’s sister.
Mary’s parents were Thomas & Mary (maiden name ukn) Lane/Layne of Amherst County (this is based on the research of Benjamin F. Layne in his book, Layne, Lain, Lane Genealogy, publish in the 1960’s) Mary’s siblings were: William, James, Joseph (died in Bradley County, Tenn., 03/15/46), Thomas (possibly the Thomas Lane in 1790 Burke Co. census), John (possibly the John Lane in 1790 Burke Co. census), Charles (died in Bradley Co, Tenn.), Randolph (or Randle; lived in Burke Co. c.1800 till his death in 1830’s), Elizabeth (m. Thomas Robertson) and Sarah (or Sally).
I hope that this information will prove to be interesting and helpful in the research of the Stephens family.
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