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Leonard Waller Stephens
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Birth: Mar. 19, 1848
Arcadia
Bienville Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: Jan. 26, 1940
Coushatta
Red River Parish
Louisiana, USA

Pvt Co E 27th LA Inf C.S.A.
"Sparta Guards"
Proud Confederate Soldier

Commander, Henry Gray Camp #490, United Confederate Veteras, Coushatta, LA (one of last two surviving members)
was also a member of the Thomas Moore Scott Camp #545 in 1898

Commander in Chief, United Confederate Veterans 1931-1932

Commander, Army of Tennessee, United Confederate Veterans 1929

Commander, Louisiana Division, United Confederate Veterans 1927-1931

(From Booth's Records) Stevens, L. W., Pvt. Co. E, 27th La. Inf. Roll of Prisoners of War, C. S. A., Paroled Natchitoches, La., June 15, 1865. Res. Bienville Par., La.

Leonard Waller Stephens was the second of six children born to John F. and Elizabeth Wardlaw Stephens. The parents were born in South Carolina and Alabama, in 1813 and 1820, and died in Covington, Ky. and Coushatta, La., in 1883 and 1882, respectively.

The family came to Louisiana in 1848, where young Leonard attended school at Shasta until age 16. He then spent two years at Mt. Lebanon University. In January of 1865, he joined the Sparta Guards and served till the end of the war. After the war, he worked as a dry goods clerk at Sparta, La. He came to Coushatta in 1868, and the following year operated a mercantile business at Lake Village until 1883. He then returned to Coushatta, bringing his mercantile business there.

In July 1889, he was elected president of the police jury. He was a member of Silent Brotherhood Lodge No. 146, A.F. & A. M. of Coushatta.

He married his wife, Miss Sarah M. Sweat, in 1869, the wife having been born in South Carolina, March 23, 1847. The marriage produced the following children; Lawrence P., Benjamin S., John F., Harry T., Thomas P., and Lizzie. 
 
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 Parents:
  John Franklin Stephens (1813 - 1884)
  Elizabeth Wardlaw Stephens (1821 - 1882)
 
 Spouse:
  Sarah M Sweat Stephens (1849 - 1909)*
 
 Children:
  Elizabeth Susan Stephens Harper (____ - 1906)*
  Laurie P Stephens (1869 - 1905)*
  Edmond Lewis Stephens (1872 - 1877)*
  Benjamin Sweat Stephens (1874 - 1968)*
  John Franklin Stephens (1876 - 1938)*
  Harry Trotti Stephens (1878 - 1890)*
  Thomas Paxton Stephens (1881 - 1948)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mary Jane Stephens Paxton (1837 - 1922)*
  Edmund Lewis Stephens (1841 - 1864)*
  William Zachariah Stephens (1845 - 1907)*
  Leonard Waller Stephens (1848 - 1940)
  Lucy Wright Stephens McLemore (1850 - 1906)*
  Annie Stephens Fairchild (1852 - 1883)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Springville Cemetery
Coushatta
Red River Parish
Louisiana, USA
 
Created by: David Hill
Record added: Apr 23, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14047019
Leonard Waller Stephens
Added by: Mike Gahagan
 
Leonard Waller Stephens
Added by: David Hill
 
Leonard Waller Stephens
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- Duffie and Kathy
 Added: Jan. 4, 2013
Thank you veteran for your service during the War of Northern Aggression. I wish we had more like you today. May God bless you and your descendants forever.
- Wiregrass Irisheyes
 Added: Dec. 5, 2011

- Martha Reid 19 UDC
 Added: Aug. 25, 2010
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