You may well be right but I am still looking at several options. I have followed up on the Stephen Stephens postings and do not find any evidence that proves John Doc Stephens descends from this family. I don't think that the Ripley Washington is my Stephens, but want to find more on the one that settled in Jefferson Co, MO just to rule in or rule out. Thanks to all of you who have searched, shared, commented. I have gotten lots of leads by communicating like this on the message boards. I have noticed that ancestry is putting more and more online and also that the data base at familysearch.org is also growing week by week, especially with official documents that have been transcribed.
If any of you happen to see something you think might apply to my Stephens who moved likely from VA to NC to KY/TN to GA or MO in particular.