Benjamin Stephens was the youngest of the twelve children of Benjamin Stephens & Agnes Nelson Stephens. In those days, if you couldn't sleep you tried to count your first cousins. This would have been a challenge to this particular Benjamin.
His branch of the Stephens family had been established on Riga run in Orange County, Virginia by Benjamin Stephens & Dorothy Jemima Waller Stephens. Their sons and daughters settled Kentucky & Georgia at the end of the 18th century.
When this Benjamin's parents were quite young they emigrated to Georgia with other members of the extended family. Trouble of some kind developed and it was necessary for his grandfather to go to their rescue. This about 1805.
About 1809, Benjamin's parents staked themselves on a west facing ridge in Boone county near Burlington. Theirs was the first farm to be established in this neighborhood. It was into this wilderness that Benjamin was born. He was a farmer and stockman all his life.