Elam Stevenson, is the grandfather of Eliza C. Andrews, wife of W. T. Andrews.
ELAM STEVENSON is the son of James Stevenson, II and Jane (Stevenson) Stevenson. Elam was born on September 24, 1787 in North Carolina. In 1805, Elam Stevenson married Lydia Catherine Payne. Lydia was born on August 16, 1787 in Burke County, North Carolina and is the daughter of William Payne and Catherine (Arnold) Payne. Elam was a Methodist minister and founded the Old Bee Spring Church where they were buried. Elam and Lydia Stevenson lived near Bunker Hill, Tennessee.
Four of Elam and Lydia Stevenson's children were ministers. One son, Reverend John Baxter Stevenson, wrote, "My mother was born in Burke County, North Carolina to William Payne and Catherine Arnold. Her ancestry was of English extraction. Her father belonged to the militia during the Revolutionary War, and was in the service six months. She made a profession of religion in August of 1802 and soon after joined the Methodist church. Her ancestry was of the Episcopal church though her parents were both of the Methodist Church. Elam Stevenson, the husband of the above named lady, and grandfather of Eliza C. Andrews, wife of W. T. Andrews, came to Giles County, Tennessee from North Carolina, and settled near Bunker Hill when the county was a little less than a vast canebrake."
McFerrin's History of Methodism in Tennessee includes the following information: "Reverend Elam Stevenson was the son of James Stephenson of Iredell, now Alexander County, North Carolina, who was a Captain in the Revolutionary War. Elam was the third son (?) and the first of the family to join the Methodist Church. He professed religion in 1804 and joined the church in 1806. He was much opposed by his parents, who were Presbyterians, and honestly thought he was being deceived by the false teachers who were to come in the last days. He was licensed to preach in 1813 and the same year moved to Tennessee."
In the Bee Springs Cemetery, Bryson, Tennessee is the tombstone of the Reverend Elam Stevenson and wife, Lydia. This stone bears the following inscription, "Erected to the memory of Reverend Elam Stevenson, born September 24, 1787, died March 13, 1875. Nearly 62 years a minister of the gospel. He was pure in heart and life. On the reverse side of the same stone appears the following, Erected to the memory of Lydia Stevenson, born August 16, 1787, died March 6, 1872. Nearly 70 years a Methodist. She consecrated her household to God and the church." Elam and Lydia Stevenson were the parents of eleven children:
Catherine A. Stevenson, b. October 2, 1808, North Carolina
William Payne Stevenson, b. September 27, 1810, North Carolina
James Calvin Stevenson, b. June 23, 1813, North Carolina
Abner Arrington Stevenson, b. March 16, 1816, Giles County, Tenn.
Willis McKendree Stevenson, b. January 18, 1818, Giles County, Tenn.
Minerva J. Stevenson, b. October 29, 1820, Giles County, Tennessee
John Baxter Stevenson, b. 1821, Giles County, Tennessee
Thomas Coleman Stevenson, b. January 28, 1825, Giles County, Tenn.
Lydia Amanda Stevenson, b. April 28, 1827, Giles County, Tennessee
Elam Augustus Stevenson, b. Giles County, Tennessee
Gilbert Worth Stevenson, b. 1830, Giles County, Tennessee
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From 1850 to 1870, Elam and Lydia Stevenson were living in Giles County, Tennessee. Lydia (Payne) Stevenson died on March 6, 1872 in Giles County, Tennessee and Elam Stevenson died on March 13, 1875 in Giles County, Tennessee. Both were buried there in the Bee Spring Cemetery. Minerva Stevenson died as an infant in December of 1820. Elam Stevenson, Jr. was a minister. Elam Stevenson married Mrs. Hannah Celia Wright. Gilbert Stevenson married Martha J. Tharp (born 1834 in Tennessee). In 1860, Gilbert and Martha Stevenson were living in Giles County, Tennessee. Gilbert Stevenson was a school teacher and a minister. Gilbert Stevenson died in Tennessee.
CATHERINE A. STEVENSON is the daughter of Elam Stevenson and Lydia Catherine (Payne) Stevenson. Catherine was born on October 2, 1808 in North Carolina. Catherine Stevenson married William Hamilton (born 1809 in South Carolina). William and Catherine Hamilton were the parents of nine children:
Lydia J. Hamilton, b. 1832, Tennessee
Mary A. Hamilton, b. 1834, Tennessee
James Hamilton, b. 1839, Tennessee
Elam Carr Hamilton, b. February 1, 1842, Giles County, Tennessee
Clatinda I. Hamilton, b. January 20, 1844, Tennessee
George Worth Hamilton, b. 1846, Tennessee
Thomas C. Hamilton, b. 1848, Tennessee
Gilbert William Hamilton, b. 1850, Alabama
John Baxter Hamilton, b. April 30, 1853, Limestone County, Alabama
From 1860 to 1870, William and Catherine Hamilton were living in Limestone County, Alabama. A grandson, Robert J. Hamilton of Ripley, Alabama, described Catherine (Stevenson) Hamilton as being a short, chubby, and very cheerful little lady. William Hamilton died on September 8, 1872 and was buried in the Wallace Cemetery in Limestone County, Alabama. In 1880, Catherine (Stevenson) Hamilton was living in Limestone County, Alabama. Catherine (Stevenson) Hamilton died on December 2, 1888 and was buried in the Wallace Cemetery in Limestone County, Alabama. Catherine's tombstone reads, "Mrs. C.A. Hamilton born October 2, 1808 died in great peace December 2, 1888. They who bear the cross shall bear the crown." Clatinda Hamilton never married and died on March 4, 1892. George Hamilton was a Methodist minister.
William Thomas Andrews (1838 - 1921)
James David Andrews (1857 - 1937)*
Charles Fletcher Andrews (1861 - 1929)*
William Brown Andrews (1863 - 1961)*
Milton Andrews (1875 - 1956)*
Created by: John Early Andrews
Record added: Feb 19, 2012
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