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William J. Stephens

1847 Birth, GA
1864-1865 Civil War Service
1874 Marriage, 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

1900 US Federal Census
Militia Districts 351, Cobbtown & 1192,
Blue Ridge, Tattnall Co., GA

Wm J. Stevens 53
Lucy Stevens 47
Fannie Stevens 25
Mary L. Stevens 23
Isam Stevens 21

1910 US Federal Census
Militia District 1192, Toombs Co., GA

Joseph J. Smith 51
Fannie Smith 35
Willie M. Smith 5
Ezzie Smith 3
Henry Smith 2
William J. Stephens 63 (widowed)

3 Jun 1928 Death
Toombs Co., GA

William J. Stephens

William J. Stephens, one of the six sons of Jeremiah W. P. Stephens and Sarah Sallie Meeks, was born 1847 in Emanuel Co., GA. He died 1928 in Toombs Co., GA.

William married Lucy Ann Lumley about 1874 in GA. Ann, daughter of Henry T. Lumley and Falby (or Talby) Unknown, was born about 1852 in Emanuel Co., GA and died 1901 in GA

On 24 May 1864 at about age 17, William enlisted in Company F, Georgia 14th Infantry Regiment, CSA (also known as the Johnson Greys), where older brothers A. I. Valentine Stephens and Joshua Allen were serving. Another brother, Isham, was serving in Company E, 63rd Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, CSA.

A. I. Valentine was the first Stephens brother to join the Confederacy, enlisting on 07 Nov 1861. Joshua followed on 22 Feb 1862, Isham on Aug 1863, and William on 24 May 1864.

Of the six Stephens brothers, only two did not serve in the Confederacy. The youngest Stephens Henry, born 1858, was too young to serve. There are no records for Daniel Alexander after the 1850 census. Born in 1845, it is presumed he died sometime between 1850 and 1860 or would likely have enlisted.

The Stephens brothers participated in many major campaigns until the end of the war in 1865. William and a handful of Johnson Greys were present at the surrender at the village Appomattox Court House, VA on 09 Apr 1865 after a long and bloody battle.

Joshua had surrendered, Augusta, GA 20 May 1865. A. I. Valentine and Isham were not present at the time of final surrender, however. Both were at home, released due to injuries.

Lucy Ann Lumley
Lucy Ann Lumley
Photo courtesy of Carolyn Morris Fountain

After the Civil War, William returned home to the Stephens farm in Johnson Co., GA. It is unknown if his father Jeremiah was still alive. By 1870, William's mother Sallie was widowed and listed head of the household in the census.

In 1874, William married Lucy Ann Lumley, younger sister of Leroy G. Lumley, who had served with William in the Johnson Greys and was also present at the surrender at the Appomattox Court House in 1865.

There are no records of the William Stephens family until the 1900 census, where they are listed as living in Blue Ridge/Cobb Town, Tattnall Co., GA. By this time, William and Lucy Ann had been married 26 years. Their home was rented. William (age 53) was a farmer. Children Fannie (age 25), Mary (age 23), and Isham (age 21) were still living at home and were day laborers.

Lucy Ann died in 1901 and was buried in Mount Zion Cemetery in Ohoopee, Toombs Co., GA. Her death date is based on personal family memory. There is no death record.

Afer his wife's death, William remained in the Toombs Co., GA. In 1909, he filed an Indigent Pension Application Pension for Confederate Soldiers and Widows. In a witness statement dated 23 Aug 1909, his brother Joshua wrote that William had no property, effects or income, had no family, and was worn out from old age.

Lucy Ann Lumley Headstone
William J Stephens Headstone
William Stephens and Lucy Ann
Lumley Headstones
Photos submitted by Billie Lumley
to Lumley Family in Georgia,
public tree

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.


Descendants of William J. Stephens

Children of William J. Stephens and Lucy Ann Lumley are:

  1. FANNIE STEPHENS, b: Jan 1875 in GA and d: 11 Dec 19 in Glynn Co., GA; m: Joseph L. Smith in 1904.
  2. MARY LEILA STEPHENS, b: 2 Feb1876 in GA: d; 27 Feb 1964 in Toombs Co., GA; m: William Henry Rolison in 1903.
  3. ISHAM MADISON STEPHENS, b: 22 Feb 1880 in Toombs Co., GA and d: 7 Mar 1932 in Reidsville, Tattnall Co., GA; m: Dovie Lindsay on 30 Apr 1916.

Primary Resources

Civil War: Historical Data Systems, comp., U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles [database online]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2009. Georgia, Confederate Pension Applications, 1879-1960 [database online]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2009.
Civil War Soldiers and Sailor System. U. S Department of the Interior National Park System.
The USGenWeb Project. Company E, 63rd Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, CSA.
Ranger95. Company F, 14th Regiment Johnson County "Johnson Greys".
Georgia's Virtual Vault.

Other: United States Federal Census [database online]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004. Public trees submitted by members, in particular: Morris /Rolison Family Tree, Norfleet & Susan Horne/Horn of Carolina, Lumley Hutcheson Johnson Kin in Ga Ala Miss, Locke Stephens Ancestry, Knight/Eubank Family Tree.
Find A Grave.
Georgia's Virtual Vault.
Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project.
Emanuel County Facts.

Genealogy Disclaimer

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.