Am looking for any info on Benjamin Stephens/Stevens, born abt. 1735, m. 1758 in Somerset Co., MD to Rebecca Caldwell, d. in 1814 in Bedford Co., PA. Had a son Samuel in 1769 in Kentucky. Benjamin may be related to Isaac and Richard Stevens of Accomack Co., VA.
Hi. We are from that same line if you wanted to contact us.
I firmly believe I am related somehow to this family that appears to have had its origin in Somerset Co., Maryland.
My earliest documented ancestor, Rev. Richard Stephens, Baptist preacher, was born in Maryland 1767-68. He migrated from Surry Co., N.C. to Kentucky about 1797 where he lived for the rest of his life.
His father was most likely JOHN STEPHENS, who died sometime after 1800 census, presumably in Surry Co., NC.
This family had many, many interactions and migrated into Tenn., and Kentucky with members of the SPEERS family that originated in Somerset Co., Md. In fact, I strongly suspect that John Stephens' wife was the sister of Aaron Speer (1734-1815) who migrated from Somerset Co., MD into Surry Co., NC ca. 1770 along with other members of the Speeers family.
I was intrigued to see the name Benjamin Stephens as I had run across him elsewhere, and I suspect he had descendants in Kentucky as well. Do you have any further information on this Somerset Co. Stephens family?
This John appears to have had sons Edward, William, Thomas Richard, John and James that all made their way into Kentucky by 1815, most with members of the Speers family.
I think there was one daughter, Mary Ann, that married James Burnside in Surry Co., NC.
I would be glad to hear from you,
There are 4 Stevens families in the Somerset County lines. 2 of them I still haven't ruled out that they aren't related.
The first family is that of Edward Stevens and Florence Tucker that ends up in Pocomoke Hundred which was in what is now Worcester County but their land split across both counties. Most of the descendants end up in the Dublin area of Somerset County right on the Pocomoke River because they were in charge of running the ferry for generations. This after a lot of looking ends up being our line since we've had 2 years to differentiate since the last post.
The second family is that of John Stevens of Ledbourn, Buckinghamshire, England but beware to look for published histories and not online trees for this line. There is a lot of bad information out there on them compared to what is stored in the Eastern Shore libraries and records. This line includes Col William Stevens, Richard Stevens, and Issac Stevens that were at first on the Eastern Shore of Maryland before moving to Maryland. That is also where it seems that our line came from but we don't have paper proof to tie them. We've been looking for anyone with this Stevens name that has done any type of DNA studies. We've had ours done and only found one match that is currently in Georgia but he's never contacted us back to find out more.
The third family is that of John Stevens and Margaret Cox of Wicomico Hundred. This line involves a Benjamin and Thomas Stevens.
The fourth is the one line I don't know much about is the Thomas Stevens family of Nanticoke Hundred.
If you want any information on any of these let me know. The have the published history of them and have looked up the things for a few years. The 1760-1820 time period has a lot of holes in Somerset County because a lot of records got burned but before that and after it are pretty well documented here at the courthouse.
I would be grateful for any information that could possibly tie to the Surry Co. Stevenses.
The names used in my family of Stevenses are not exclusive to them, but certainly John, Wm, Thomas, Richard and Edward are among them. Curiously, the name Shipton as a given name appears once. I did find that a Mary Speer married in Baltimore Co., MD in 1758 to John Shipton, but this is a shot in the dark.
The Speer family appears to have followed a straight shot from Somerset Co., MD to Surry Co., NC and although the Stevenses may have as well, it seems like some members of this family took the scenic route to get there. This may have included northern Virginia, or southern Virginia, Mecklenburg County, where this mysterious Thomas Stevens died in 1795 that may be connected to John.
I did find one online source (no documentation whatsoever) which stated that this family was founded by a James Evan Stephens and wife Marie Latourrette, the latter borm in Normandy in 1716. One Latourrette authority indicated his thoughts were that this was bogus.
One distant Stephens cousin has just submitted his swabs to Family Tree DNA in Houston for analysis. We are hopeful that this will point us in the right direction.
Look forward to hearing from you,