my late father james r. stephens was a big family history enthusiast. i saw your post about william c.garnto and i went through some of his things. william c.garnto married my father's grandmother's sister elizabeth williams,"aunt lizzie". i think they had land in what was emmanuel county between wrightsville and tennille later johnson county. they were married as far i can decipher ninth day dec 1860. william c.died aug 1, 1904 wrigtsville reportedly struck by a train at a wrightsville and tenille r.r. crossing in wrightsville. i don't know what happened to them but i had hisconfederate army discharge and prisoner of war discharge. the prisoner of war parole was appamatox courthouse virginia apr 10, 1865. he was of company f, 48th reg., ga. infantry. william c and aunt lizzie, isham stephens,joshua stephens, jeremiah stephens, others,all lived vicinity of rehobeth church, wrightsville.
the church homecoming was like a stephens family reu
nion. i went to it several times. isham stephens house was about a half milewest from rehobeth church and the wrightsville hwy. willam c. garnto farm adjoined the stephens farm. dad's aunt lizzie (william c's wife) continued to live in the orignial farmhouse until she died in 1934 at age 83. she donated land for rehobeth church cemetery. it seems to me that wm. c. is buried in that cemetery. I'm not sure. about 1933 dad and family moved to elizabeth garnto's farm between wrghtsville and kite. aunt lizzie was old and feeble and nearly blind, and dad's mother took care of her while dad and his brothers and sisters did farm work, mostly picking cotton. wiliiam garnto had a brother a.d. garnto. dad had a letter written feb 3, 1862 written from a.d. of georgia state troops at that time at camp lee, chatham county, ga. wm. c's wife elizabeth had a brother john f.williams who wrote a marvelous letter from the civil war front lines and sent her a great poem about the yanks.the letter from j.f. williams was oct 21,1864 camp 59th ga regiment near richmond,va. he says he and the yanks are close together but we don't sharpshoot none at this place at all, he is nearly naked for clothing, he got a new pair of shoes yesterday. they are cannonading toward petersburg this morning. we are still throwing up breastworks to fight the yanks from behind. mama says you use the money i send well and i will do the best i can but i have to buy a great deal to eat for we are drawing one loaf of bread a day to the man and you know that's not enough for me for my health is better that "hit" ever was in my life.he had to draw his letter to a close because the body lice are biting co bad he can hardly rest a minute. getting back to aunt lizzie place as of 1988 all that leftthe concrete well curb. dad's brother's granddaughter rebecca (stephens) mcneal is the real family history buff. i haven't been in contact with her in awhile but she used to be at firstname.lastname@example.org
and went on ancestral digs chat room 10 pm every sat night. i can give her phone # and address if you contact me. i don't think she would mind about me giving out the email. but i am no ancestry expert.