Needham Stephens was my 2nd great grandfather on my Mom’s side. He has been my brick wall for a very long time! I remember hearing my grandmother talk about him and how he died in the Civil War. According to my grandmother, when his wife went to get his pension, she was asked how to spell the name Stephens. She did not know how to read or write so she picked the biblical spelling of Stephens. I have often wondered if this might be the reason for my brick wall…but I have tried other spelling as well! Any help would be appreciated…below is the information I currently have on him.
Needham Stephens was born in 1812 in North Carolina, USA. He died in 1869 in Batesville, Independence, Arkansas, USA. When he was 40, He married Margaret I. Jones,daughter of William E Jones and Altha Leoner, on 11 Apr 1852 in Lafayette, Arkansas, USA.
He lived in Carouse, Hempstead, Arkansas in 1860.
Needham Stephens and Margaret I. Jones had the following children:
- Elizabeth Hawkins Stephens was born on 08 Nov 1854 in Alabama Township, Arkansas, USA. She died on 13 Feb 1944 in Rocky Mound, Arkansas, USA. She married William L Browning on 08 Nov 1878.
- James Owens Stephens was born on 01 Sep 1856 in Alabama Township, Arkansas, USA.
- William Thomas Stephens was born on 13 Nov 1861. He died on 27 Feb 1933. He married Mary Ellen Piercy on 24 Nov 1889 in Nevada, Arkansas, USA.
It was 3 years ago today that my mom died. I think about and miss her each and every day. She was quite an amazing person. She bucked all the trends as we were growing up. She initially started college with the intent on being a Doctor. Then, as so often happens, she met my Dad. After having five children, and when I was just starting the 1st grade, she started working. What a shock went through the neighborhood! A working mom – rarely heard of in those days. She continued working and started classes at University of Colorado, Boulder. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Technology. She worked at a local hospital. She was even named Medical Technologist of the year! We moved around a lot when I was young…part of my Dad’s job. My mom would get things organized, houses sold, new houses found and purchased, moving done, kids enrolled at school, etc. She continued working and again went back to school, Sarah Lawrence College, and received her Master’s Degree in Human Genetics. She became a Genetic Counselor for people with high-risk pregnancies. She worked until she retired many years ago. She spent her last few years enjoying life, her dogs, working out to stay in shape, and any time she could get with her family. She was an inspiration. We talked every day on the phone…mainly about trivial things. I sure miss those calls. Find myself picking up the phone to call her all the time…missing her a lot – especially today.
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
I created this video and it was played at her funeral, January 10, 2009.