30 June 2013

Harriet Eleanor Johnson

Harriet Eleanor Johnson was my second great grandmother. She was born 19 January 1853 to James H. Johnson and Harriet Stevens Johnson in Johnston County, North Carolina. She was the fifth of six children. Her siblings:

Charity E. "Chilly"
Tabitha
James
George Washington
Benjamin

She married William Bennett Temple on 14 August 1873 in Johnston County, North Carolina. They had nine children:

Delma Latham
Mary Emma
Robert A.
William Oscar
James M.
Mattie Virginia
Ira L.
George Milton
Maton Alonzo

Harriet's death certificate indicates that she died on 18 July 1926; however, the date of death listed on her grave marker is 12 March 1926. She is buried with her husband in the Aldridge Partin Family Cemetery, which is privately owned and situated in the middle of a farm.

28 June 2013

William Bennett Temple

William Bennett Temple was my second great grandfather. He was born 22 December 1848 in Johnston County, North Carolina to Ransom H. Temple and Nancy Allen Temple. My records indicate that he had six siblings:

Alfred Henry
Mary
Nancy Emily
Sarah (aka Sallie)
Ransom Gideon
Roena Elizabeth

William married Harriet Eleanor Johnson 14 August 1873 in Johnston County, North Carolina. They had nine children:

Delma Latham
Mary Emma
Robert A.
William Oscar
James M.
Mattie Virginia
Ira L.
George Milton
Maton Alonzo

He died 16 March 1931 in Guilford County, North Carolina. His place of burial is the Aldridge Partin Family Cemetery in Wake County, NC (the cemetery sits in the middle of a cow pasture and is privately owned).

26 June 2013

Martha Marie Cannady

Martha Marie Cannady was my second great grandmother. She was born 22 March 1843 to Henry (aka Cannon) and Martha Jane (aka Patsy) Johnson Cannady in Johnston County, North Carolina. She was the fourth of ten children.

Martha's siblings:

William Henry
Sarah Jane
Liza Annie
James Thomas
John Henry
Mary Elizabeth
Frances
Amanda Cathrin
Ruffin Greene

On 22 March 1868, she married John Stephenson. They had seven children:

Selina Valerie
John Ajalon
Louis Golden
Zebulon Vance
Willie Horton
Martha Mariah
Rufus Ira

Martha died on 8 July 1917 in Johnston County, NC. She is buried with her husband in the David Stephenson Family Cemetery.




24 June 2013

John Stephenson (aka Long John Stephenson)

John Stephenson was my second great grandfather. He was born 14 June 1837 in Johnston County, North Carolina to David and Ann Clifton Stephenson. He was the sixth of nine children. John, and all seven of his brothers, served in the Civil War.

John's siblings:

Enoch
Quinton
Kimmons
David
Cornelius
Doctor (aka Dock)
Edith Ann
Israel Omega

On 22 March 1868, John married Martha Marie Cannady (I have seen her surname spelled a variety of different ways including Canady, Kenedy, Kennedy, and Canada). He and Martha had seven children:

Selina Valerie
John Ajalon
Louis Golden
Zebulon Vance
Willie Horton
Martha Mariah (aka Mattie)
Rufus Ira

John died 20 February 1915. He is buried in the David Stephenson Family Cemetery in Johnston County, North Carolina.


22 June 2013

Rufus Ira Stephenson

Rufus Ira Stephenson was the youngest child of John Stephenson and Martha Marie Cannady Stephenson. He was born 20 April 1886 in Johnston County, North Carolina. His siblings:

Selina Valerie
John Ajalon
Louis Golden
Zebulon Vance
Willie Horton
Martha Mariah "Mattie"

He married Ella Rossie Wallace on 21 May 1911 in Johnston County, NC. They had six children:

Furnefole Woodrow
Reona Gretchen
Velma Cleo
Leo B.
Hugh Talmadge
Rosa Lena

Rufus died 7 November 1960 in Wake County, NC.

21 June 2013

Martha Mariah "Mattie" Stephenson

Martha Mariah Stephenson was born 4 September 1881 to John Stephenson and Martha Marie Cannady Stephenson. She was the sixth of seven children. Her siblings:

Selina Valerie
John Ajalon
Louis Golden
Zebulon Vance
Willie Horton
Rufus Ira

She married James Lonzo Brannan on 6 April 1911 in Johnston County, North Carolina. My records indicate that they had six children:

James Lonzo, Jr.
Wilbur Shelbourne
Walter Thurman
Nancy Arrena (aka Rena)
Martha Adlina (aka Lena)
Vilas Ajilon

*Rena and Lena were twins (born 22 Feb 1921).

Martha Mariah died 10 April 1956 and is buried in Thanksgiving Baptist Church Cemetery in Selma, NC.

20 June 2013

Zebulon Vance Stephenson

Zebulon Vance Stephenson was born 10 September 1876 to John Stephenson and Martha Marie Cannady Stephenson. He was the fourth of seven children (but definitely had the coolest name of all his siblings).

He married Elisabeth "Bettie" Stephenson on 19 December 1900 in Johnston County, North Carolina. They had 9 children, according to my records:

Vilas E.
Bettie Verna
Ethel Marie
Helen Ruth
C. Eunice
Laura Lee
Zebulon Vance, Jr.
Wilton Sherwood
George Graden

A retired farmer, Zeb died on 5 March 1954 in Duplin County, NC. He is buried in Montlawn Cemetery in Raleigh, NC.

19 June 2013

Louis Golden Stephenson

Louis Golden Stephenson was my great grand uncle. He was born 28 March 1873 to John Stephenson and Martha Marie Cannady Stephenson. He was the third of seven children. Louis' siblings:

Selina Valerie
John Ajalon
Zebulon Vance
Willie Horton
Martha Mariah "Mattie"
Rufus Ira

Louis married Annie Lee Stowers on 7 August 1901 in Raleigh, North Carolina. They had three children:

John Whitehurst
Edna Lee
Vergia Lina

Louis passed away on 14 March 1932 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is buried in Montlawn Cemetery in Raleigh.

17 June 2013

John Ajalon Stephenson

John Ajalon Stephenson was my great grand uncle. He was born 4 Oct 1870 to John Stephenson and Martha Marie Cannady Stephenson. He was the second of six children.

John's siblings:

Selina Valerie
Louis Golden
Zebulon Vance
Willie Horton
Martha Mariah "Mattie"
Rufus Ira

John was a farmer by trade. He married Pennie Harriet Stephenson on 8 Jan 1893 in Johnston County, North Carolina. According to my records, they had 5 children:

Walter
Minnie Maye
Alton Carr
Sebon Charlie
Grace

John passed away on 18 March 1950 in Oxford, North Carolina (Granville County). He is buried at Montlawn Cemetery in Raleigh, North Carolina.


16 June 2013

Selina Valerie Stephenson

Selina Valerie Stephenson was born December 1869 to John Stephenson and Martha Marie Cannady Stephenson. She was the oldest of seven children.

Selina's siblings:

John Ajalon
Louis Golden
Zebulon Vance
Willie Horton
Martha Mariah (aka Mattie)
Rufus Ira

Selina married William Parrott Creech 1 April 1894 in Johnston County, North Carolina. According to my records, they had five children (all boys):

Louis Decker
Earl H.
Carson Vasco
Seba Stephenson
Johnnie Paul

I have not located a death record for her, but it appears that she passed away between 1930 and 1940. I located a US Census record for her for 1930, but not 1940.

14 June 2013

Ruby Glenn Stephenson

Ruby Glenn Stephenson was born 7 Oct 1925 in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was the eighth and youngest child of Willie Horton Stephenson and Mattie Virginia Temple Stephenson.

Ruby's older siblings:

Cyrus Judson
Virginia Horton
Alice Edith
Numer Patrick
Martha Valeria
Margie Adrine
Margrette Etheleen

I have some information indicating that she was married to Julius Melvin Barbour (1922-1987), but I have not found a record of their marriage to verify this.

Ruby died 14 May 2004 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

12 June 2013

Margrette Etheleen Stephenson

Margrette Etheleen Stephenson was born 15 Jan 1923. She was the daughter of Willie Horton Stephenson and Mattie Virginia Temple Stephenson. According to my research, Margrette Etheleen went by the name Ethel.

Ethel was the seventh of eight children. Her siblings:

Cyrus Judson
Virginia Horton
Alice Edith
Numer Patrick
Martha Valeria
Margie Adrine
Ruby Glenn

Ethel died 5 April 1996 in Garner, North Carolina.

10 June 2013

Margie Adrine Stephenson

Margie Adrine Stephenson was born 15 Aug 1920 to Willie Horton Stephenson and Mattie Virginia Temple Stephenson. She was the sixth of eight children. Margie's siblings:

Cyrus Judson
Virginia Horton
Alice Edith
Numer Patrick
Martha Valeria
Margrette Etheleen
Ruby Glenn

Margie was married to Ira David Johnson.

She died 19 March 2001 in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is buried at Angier Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Angier, NC.

09 June 2013

Martha Valeria Stephenson

Martha Valeria Stephenson was born 8 April 1918 to Willie Horton Stephenson and Mattie Virginia Temple Stephenson. She was the fifth of eight children. Martha's siblings:

Cyrus Judson
Virginia Horton
Alice Edith
Numer Patrick
Margie Adrine
Margrette Etheleen
Ruby Glenn

Martha was married twice. Her first husband was Wilard Valton Barbour (1915-1945). They had one child together: Linda Gray Barbour (1940-2008).

Her second husband was William Dean. They had one child: Eric Dean.

Martha died 28 Dec 1992 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

08 June 2013

Virginia Horton Stephenson

Virginia Horton Stephenson was born 14 June 1910 to Willie Horton Stephenson and Mattie Virginia Temple Stephenson. Born and raised in Johnston County, North Carolina, Virginia was the second of eight children.

She married Elam Perry Johnson on 20 May 1933. According to my records, they had three children:

Stacy
Reta Maie
Billy Dean

She died 19 Jan 2007 in Benson, North Carolina. She is buried at the Johnson-Stephenson Family Cemetery in Johnston County, NC.


07 June 2013

Numer Patrick Stephenson

Numer Patrick Stephenson was born 3 Nov 1915 to Willie Horton Stephenson and Mattie Virginia Temple Stephenson. He was the fourth of eight children. His siblings:

Cyrus Judson
Virginia Horton
Alice Edith
Martha Valeria
Margie Adrine
Margrette Etheleen
Ruby Glenn

Numer's name has presented some problems for me in terms of research. The North Carolina Birth Index has it listed as Numer Patrick Stephenson, so I use that as the official version of his name. However, I've also seen it listed as Numa and Munir on various documents.

At this time, I haven't found a marriage record for Numer.

He was a World War II veteran (U.S. Army).

06 June 2013

Alice Edith Stephenson

Alice Edith Stephenson was born 9 June 1913 to Willie Horton Stephenson and Mattie Virginia Temple Stephenson. She was the third of eight children.

Alice's siblings:

Cyrus Judson
Virginia Horton
Numer Patrick
Martha Valeria
Margie Adrine
Margrette Etheleen
Ruby Glenn

Alice married Archie Rubin Langdon 19 Dec 1931 in Johnston County, North Carolina. Records indicate that they had two children:

Bettie Jackquelin
Louis Harold

Alice died 31 Jan 2009 in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina. She is buried at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Wake County, NC.


05 June 2013

Stephenson-Temple-Campbell-Chaney

These are the four main branches of my family tree (the paternal part of it, anyway). These families have been the main focus of my research for the past couple of years. I try to conduct research every week, but of course sometimes life just gets in the way. :-)

While I'm also still actively researching the maternal side of my family, I haven't spent as much time on that recently simply because I'm still working on gathering evidence to verify all four family lines. If you've read my previous posts about the Kendalls and Lands, you'll of course know the situation which I'm referring to. Until I feel more confident that I can verify the story that's been given to me (by people who were present at the time in question), I don't really want to spin my wheels by pursuing lines of research that may not pan out.

At this time, I can only be absolutely certain about two of my maternal lines: Hooker and Peel.

By continuing to publish information about my family, it is my hope that I'll in some way be able to help others who may be researching some of my ancestors.

03 June 2013

Mattie Virginia Temple Stephenson

Mattie Virginia Temple was born 7 May 1884 to William Bennett Temple and Harriet Eleanor Johnson Temple. Born and raised in North Carolina, she was the sixth of nine children.

Mattie's siblings:

Delma Latham
Mary Emma
Robert A.
William Oscar
James M.
Ira L.
George Milton
Maton Alonzo

She married Willie Horton Stephenson. From this union, eight children were born:

Cyrus Judson
Virginia Horton
Alice Edith
Numer Patrick
Martha Valeria
Margie Adrine
Margrette Etheleen
Ruby Glenn

Mattie died 16 Jan 1975 in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is buried at Angier Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Angier, North Carolina.

02 June 2013

Willie Horton Stephenson

Willie Horton Stephenson was born 22 Dec 1878 to John W. Stephenson and Martha Marie Cannady Stephenson. Born and raised in North Carolina, he was the fifth of seven children.

The records that I've found for him provide conflicting information regarding Willie's middle name (the two names up for debate are Horton and Harton). At this time, I don't have any definitive proof for either name.

He was married to Mattie Virginia Temple. According to my records, they had eight children:

Cyrus Judson
Virginia Horton
Alice Edith
Numer Patrick
Martha Valeria
Margie Adrine
Margrette Etheleen
Ruby Glenn

Willie died 2 Sept 1961 in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina at the age of 82. He is buried at Angier Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Angier, North Carolina.