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J. W. P. Stephens

Abt. 1812 Birth, GA

Abt. 1836 Marriage, Pos. GA

1840 US Federal Census,
District 55, Emanuel Co., GA

J. W. P. Stephens
1 FWM under 5
1 FWM 20-29
3 FWM under 5
1 FWW 20-29

FWM: Free White Male
FWW: Free White Female (Woman)

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

Bef. 1870 Death, Pos. GA

Stephens Family History

Stephens Coat of Arms
Early English coat of arms
once associated with a bearer of the
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Stephens surname origin


The surname Stephens is derived from the Greek name Stephanos, meaning crown or garland. A common variation of the name is Stevens.

The name Stephens is typically of English origin, appearing after the Norman Conquest in 1066 AD; however, other common origins are Ireland, Scotland, Germany, and Wales.

Researchers speculate that our Georgia Stephens trace their origins to England, but currently there are no authoritative records to confirm this.

Jeremiah W. P. Stephens

JEREMIAH W. P. STEPHENS was born about 1812 in GA and died before 1870 in GA.

Jeremiah is possibly the son of William Stephens (b: abt.1789 in NC; died abt. 1850 in GA) and Mary Unknown (b: abt. 1795 in GA; d: Abt. 1860 in GA); however, this is speculation based on census records and other Stephens researcher's family trees. There are no official records to confirm the relationship.

Jeremiah married Sarah Sallie Meeks before 1836, possibly in Swainsboro, Emanuel Co, GA. Sarah, daughter of Allen J. Meeks and Susannah Tyson, was born in about 1816 in Emanuel Co., GA and and died about 1893 in GA.

In 1836 Jeremiah W. P. Stephens was awarded 1000 acres in Emanuel Co., GA as part of the Georgia Land Lottery (Volume AC, Page 599, Record ID 52057, Georgia Colonial and Headright Plat Index, Georgia's Virtual Vault, online).

Jeremiah and Sarah moved from Emanuel Co., GA to Wrightsville, Johnson Co., GA sometime before 1860. In the 1860 United States Federal Census he is listed as a farmer with real estate valued at $1150 and personal property valued at $700.

Jeremiah died sometime before 1870. Sarah is widowed and head of the household in the 1870 and 1880 Federal Census. Some researchers list Sarah's death as 1893 in Johnson Co., GA; however, there are no official records to confirm this.

Jeremiah's and Sarah's burial site is unknown.


Descendants of Jeremiah W. P. Stephens


  1. DELIA STEPHENS, b: 1836 in Emanuel Co., GA; d: 28 Dec 1916 in Johnson Co., GA.
  2. SUSANNAH JANE STEPHENS, b: abt. 1837 in Emanuel Co., GA; d: unknown.
  3. A. I. VALENTINE STEPHENS, b: 19 May 1838 in Emanuel Co., GA; d: 05 Nov 1911 in Scott, Johnson Co., GA; m: Mary Ann Meeks on 01 Oct 1866 in Johnson Co., GA.
  4. BELISANT JANE STEPHENS, b: abt. 1840 in Emanuel Co., GA and died Unknown.
  5. JULIA ANN STEPHENS, b: abt. 1840 in GA; d: unknown.
  6. REV. JOSHUA ALLEN STEPHENS, b. 27 Nov 1843 in Emanuel Co., GA; d: 02 Apr 1917 in Toombs Co., GA; married Elizabeth Smith, 22 Mar 1866 in Johnson Co., GA.
  7. DANIEL ALEXANDER STEPHENS, b: abt. 1845 in GA: d: unknown.
  8. WILLIAM J. STEPHENS, b: 1847 in Emanuel Co., GA: d: 1928 in Toombs Co., GA; m: Lucy Ann Lumley in 1874.
  9. ISHAM STEPHENS, b: 09 May 1848 in GA; d: 25 Apr 1924 in Johnson Co, GA; m: Mary Margaret Williams in 1871.
  10. TEMPY M. STEPHENS, b: abt. 1849 in GA; d: 18 Apr 1922 in Polk Co., GA; m: Allen Meeks on Feb 1877 in Johnson Co., GA.
  11. HENRY STEPHENSm b: 09 May 1858 in Wrightsville, Johnson Co., GA;: d: 03 Jan 1936 in Johnson Co., GA; m: Mary L. Davis, 27 Jan 1877 in Johnson Co., GA
  12. MARTHA STEPHENS, b:1852 in GA: d: unknown..
  13. GERONIA STEPHENS, b: abt. 1853 in GA; d: unknown.

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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.