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Gardner STEPHENS Patrick Co., VA >Rockingham Co. NC >Stokes Co. NC
Posted by: Victoria Evans (ID *****1791) Date: November 09, 2002 at 17:31:58
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I am looking for information about Gardner STEPHENS, born in VA between 1777 and 1800. He was married to a woman named Bettie or Betsey sometime before 1825. She was also from VA.

On the 1830 Patrick Co. VA census, a Gardner Stephens is listed with the following information:

1 male under 5
1 male of 30 and under 40
1 female of 5 and under 10
1 female of 20 and under 30

I believe the male under 5 was John H. Stephens, born in Virginia in 1825, who married Susannah Throckmorton in Stokes Co. NC and died in 1861 in Front Royal VA while a soldier in the Civil War.

On the 1840 Rockingham Co. NC census, a Gardner Stephens is listed with the following information:

1 male of 10 and under 15
1 male of 40 and under 50
1 female of 5 and under 10
1 female of 10 and under 15
1 female of 30 and under 40
1 female of 60 and under 70

On the 1850 Stokes Co. NC census, a Gardner Stephens is listed with the following information:

Gardner Stephens, age 50, farmer, from VA, can't read or write
Betsy Stephens, age 45, from VA, can't read or write
Katherine Stephens, age 16, from NC

Also in the 1850 Stokes Co. NC census appears John H. Stephens, age 24 from VA, with wife Susannah and children Mary, 4, William, 2, and Sarah, 1.

On the 1860 Stokes Co. NC census a G. Stephens is listed with the following information:

G. Stephens, age 72, farmer
Bettie Stephens, age 60

In September 1862 Gardner Stephens married Polly Shelton in Stokes Co. NC.

On the 1870 Stokes Co. NC census, a Gardner Stevens is listed with the following information:

Gardner Stevens, age 93, Farmer from VA, can't read, can't write
Polly Stevens, age 30, from NC, can't read or write
Elizabeth Stevens, age 5, from NC
Martha Stevens, age 2, from NC

I have also noted that a Lewis Stephens and a William Stephens, both from VA, were in the Rockingham/Stokes area, and I wonder if they were all related.

Despite the variance in age, I believe this is the same person in all census periods listed. If anyone has any information confirming the identities of Gardner Stephens' children, who Gardner Stephens' family was in VA, and whether this family was related to other Stephens families from VA that moved into the Stokes Co. NC area, I would appreciate the info.


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