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Joshua Allen Stephens

1843 Birth, GA

1850 US Federal Census
District 28, Emanuel Co., GA

Jeremiah W P Stephen 38 Sarah Stephen 34
Delila Stephen 14
Susanah Stephen 13
Aivaential Stephen 12
Belicen Stephen 11
July Ann Stephen 10
Joshua Stephen 9
Alexander Stephen 8
William Stephen 6
Isham Stephen 3
Sepy Stephen 0

1860 US Federal Census
Wrightsville, Johnson Co., GA

J. W. P. Stephens 47
Sarah Stephens 42
Delia Stephens 24
Susan J Stephens 28
Valentine Stephens 22
Belisant Stephens 20
Julia Stephens 19
Jashua Stephens 16
Daniel C Stephens 15
William Stephens 14
Isom Stephens 12
Tempy Stephens 11
Grove Stephens 10
Martha Stephens 8
Henry Stephens 2

1862-1865 Civil War Service

1866 Marriage, GA

1870 US Federal Census
District 56, Johnson Co., GA

Joshua Stephens 27
Lizzie Stephens 24
Catherine Stephens 2

1880 US Federal Census
District 61, Cedar Ridge, Johnson Co., GA

J. A. Stephens 37
Elizabeth Stephens 34
Sarah Stephens 11
William Stephens 9
Mary Stephens 6
Jane Stephens 4
G. L. Stephens 2
Martin Stephens 1M

1900 US Federal Census
District 1192, Blue Ridge, Tattnall Co., GA

Joshua Stevens 56
Lizzie Stevens 53
Sarah C. Stevens 33
Mary G. Stevens 26
Julia B. Stevens 24
Martin L. Stevens 20
Ruthie Stevens 10
Bessie A. Stevens 3 (granddaughter)

1910 US Federal Census
District 1192, Blue Ridge, Toombs Co., GA

Joshua H. Stephens 66
Elizabeth Stephens 63
Sarah C. Stephens 40
Julia L. Stephens 30
Bessie H. Williams 13 (granddaughter)

1917 Death
Toombs Co., GA

William J. Stephens

Joshua Allen Stephens
Joshua Allen Stephens
Photo courtesy of Shirley Locke Campbell

JOSHUA ALLEN STEPHENS was the son of Jeremiah W. P. Stephens (middle name possibly Pool) and Sarah & "Sallie" Meeks.

Joshua was born 27 Nov 1843 in Emanuel Co., GA and died 2 Apr 1917, possibly Toombs Co, GA and buried in the Ohoopee Cemetery in Ohoopee, Toombs Co., GA.

He was listed with his parents and siblings in the 1850 Federal Census for Emanuel Co., GA and the 1860 Federal Census for Johnson Co., GA.

Civil War

At the age of 18, Joshua enlisted on 22 Feb 1862 as a private in Company F, 14th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, CSA. His unit was called the Johnson Greys. The 14th Regiment was organized by Colonel A. V. Brumby during the spring of 1861 with men recruited from Jasper, Johnson, Pierce, Dougherty and Worth counties in Georgia.

The regiment was sent to Virginia and was active in the following battles:

Joshua was at the CSA General Hospital in Danville, VA from 20 June 1862 to 2 July 1862 for debilitas (weakness and feebleness). On 1 Feb 1865 he was appointed 4th Corporal. On 12 Feb 1865 Joshua was on furlough for 30 days. He surrendered and was paroled in Augusta, GA on May 20, 1865, in accordance with the terms of the Sherman-Johnston military convention.

Post Civil War

After the Civil War, Joshua married at the age of 22 on 22 Mar 1866 in Johnson Co, GA to Elizabeth "Lizzie" Smith, age 19. She was born 3 Oct 1846, possibly in Washington Co, GA. Her parents were Samuel Smith and Catherine (unknown maiden name).

Lizzie Smith Stephens
Lizzie Smith Stephens
Photo courtesy of Shirley Locke Campbell

Per family oral history, Joshua was baptized in a river in VA during the Civil War. After returning home from the war, he decided that he needed schooling to become a minister. He went to school with his eldest daughter Sarah, possibly around 1874. He became a Baptist minister, as well as being a farmer. He might have been a circuit minister. Rev. Joshua was a delegate form Ohoopee Baptist with a W L Geiger at the 6th annual session of the Daniell Association held at Bear Creek Baptist Church in Beulah, Montgomery County, GA from Oct 23-25, 1895.

Sometime between 1880 and 1900, the family moved to Tattnall Co., GA. According to the 1900 Federal Census, Joshua and Elizabeth had a total of 10 children, of which 6 were living. Three children were probably born between 1880 and 1890 but died as infants. The fourth child was Elizabeth Jennie who died in 1893.

The Federal Census shows the family living in Tattnall Co., GA in 1900 and in Toombs Co., GA in 1910; however, the family probably did not really move. The county change was likely due to the creation of Toombs Co., GA in 1905 from parts of Tattnall, Emanuel and Montgomery counties.

Per family oral history, Joshua was 6' 5" tall. He died in a fire on 2 Apr 1917. While he was burning a field, he got caught in a fence and the fire overtook him. He was buried in the Ohoopee Cemetery, Toombs Co., GA.

Joshua's wife Lizzie is listed with her daughter Sara and Sara's husband George L. Lane in the 1920 Federal Census. Lizzie died 1 Aug 1927, possibly in Toombs Co., GA. She was buried in the Ohoopee Cemetery.

Headstone JA and Elizabeth Stephens Joshua A. Stephens Headstone

By 1910, William was living with daughter Fannie, who was now married to Joseph J. Smith. William's whereabouts between 1910 and 1928 are unknown, however. By the time of the 1920 census, he was no longer living with daughter Fannie. He was possibly living with daughter Mary Stephens Rolison, but there are no records to confirm this.

William died in 1928. There is no death certificate; however, son Isham filed an Application for Pension Due Decease Pension to pay for last illness or funeral. In the application, Isham listed 2 Jun 1928 as William's death date and requested $100 for final expenses ($5 for doctor bills, $65 for a casket, $10 for a shroud, $5 for grave digging, and $15 for hearse hire).

William was buried in Mount Zion Cemetery in Ohoopee, Toombs Co., GA, where Lucy Ann was buried. The family later placed headstones on their graves.


Stephens Group  Stephens Group
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Descendants of Joshua Allen Stephens

Children of Joshua Allen Stephens and Elizabeth Smith:

  1. SARA CATHERINE STEPHENS,, b: 20 Oct 1868 in Johnson Co., GA; d: 12 Nov 1940 in Toombs Co., GA; m: 1) possibly Unknown Williams; 2) George L Lane (possibly the same person who first married her sister Julia); burial: Ohoopee Cemetery, Toombs Co, GA.
  2. WILLIAM JEREMIAH "WILLIE" STEPHENS, b: 31 July 1872 in Johnson Co, GA; d: 21 Sep 1927 in Tattnall Co, GA; m: Mollie Lenora Warren ca. 1893 in GA; burial: Sunlight Baptist Cemetery, Cobbtown, Tattnall Co, GA. (Shirley Campbell's ancestor).
  3. MARY G. STEPHENS, b: June 1874 in Johnson Co, GA; d: unknown; m: Alfred A. Webb in 1901, GA (he is brother to John who married Mary's sister Ruthie).
  4. ELIZABETH JENNIE STEPHENS, b: 16 Jan 1876 in Johnson Co, GA; d: 2 Nov 1893 in Tattnall Co, GA; never married; burial: 1) 2) Ohoopee Cemetery, Toombs Co., GA.
  5. JULIA B. STEPHENS, b: 24 Apr 1878 in Johnson Co, GA: d: 8 Feb 1913 in Toombs Co, GA; m: G. L. Lane ca. 1912 in GA (possibly the same person who married her sister Sara); burial: Ohoopee Cemetery, Toombs Co, GA.
  6. MARTIN LUTHER STEPHENS,b: Jan 1880 in Johnson Co, GA; d: unknown; m: possibly Margaret "Maggie" ca. 1908 in GA.
  7. RUTHIE V. STEPHENS,b: Jan 1890 in Johnson or Tattnall Co, GA; d: unknown (possibly in FL); m: John W. Webb ca. 1908 in GA (brother to Alfred Webb who married her sister Mary).

Primary Resources

Civil War:

Civil War Soldiers and Sailor System. U. S Department of the Interior National Park System. [online:]. Compiled Civil War service records. Georgia Department of Archives and History. [online:]. USGenArchives. Johnson County, GA Military - Co. F 14th Regiment by Virginia Crilley. [online:].


Oral history of Stephens family by Myrtice (Stephens) Locke, Ouida (Stephens) Cheney, and Maudie H. Stephens. Compiled and transcribed into this narrative by Stephens researcher Shirley Campbell. Shirley is the daughter of Myrtice (Stephens) Locke, granddaughter of Maudie H. Stephens, and niece of Ouida (Stephens) Cheney. United States Federal Census [database online]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004. Public trees submitted by members.
Ohoopee Cemetery, Transcript and photos by Shirley (Locke) Campbell. Ohoopee, Toombs Co., GA.
Marriage certificate of J.A. Stephens & Elizabeth Smith. Georgia Johnson County Clerk's Office.
Thompson, Scott B., Sr., Ohoopee Kinfolks - Brief Sketches of Those Families Who Lived Along & Near the Ohoopee River. Laurens Co., GA Library.
USGenArchives. Montgomery County, GA Churches - Bear Creek Baptist Church by Olivia Morris-Saffold. [online:].

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Every effort is made to verify the information posted on this site is correct; however, the information is collected from many many different sources and at times is conflicting. In such cases I have used what I thought was the most reliable source.