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Elvira Amanda Stephenson Maddox
Birth: Mar. 23, 1809
Whippoorwill
Logan County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Nov. 6, 1881
Carlinville
Macoupin County
Illinois, USA

Younger daughter of Colonel Benjamin and Lucy Eleanor (Swearingen) Stephenson, Elvira Amanda was born 23 Mar 1809 in Logan County, KY. She married William Elihu Starr in Edwardsville, IL, on 26 Apr 1827. Widowed while still in her thirties by the death of William Starr, Elvira married Enoch Wall, of Carlinville, IL, on 16 Nov 1850 in Fayette, Howard County, MO. The couple lived in Carlinville and after Mr. Wall's death, she married William Maddox of Carliville on 16 Feb 1860. Extensive Stephenson family research completed by Karen (Campe) Mateyka provided the information on Elvira Stephenson - William Starr marriage and subsequent marriages of the widow, Elvira.
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According to Mrs. Maddox' obituary, her friends and family fondly addressed her as Auntie Maddox in her later years:
Mrs. Maddox had remarkable experience and passed through almost all the vicissitudes of human life. Reared amid wealth and fashion she became one of the gayest of the gay, and a belle among those of the first families of the Territory and the State. By the fluctuations of fickle fortune, she was reduced in circumstances to the extreme of bitter poverty. But her habits formed in early life continued with her to the last. Auntie Maddox was of a kindly disposition, ever ready to lend a helping hand to the destitute and the afflicted, and while disposed to look upon the bright side of life, she realized its bitterness in disappointments in various ways. The remembrance of her kindly acts will live in the hearts of many of those by whom she was surrounded in life. After her death her remains were tenderly cared for and laid away in her own lot in the city cemetery, there to await the Resurrection morn. W.W.F. (Carlinville Democrat: Thursday, 17 November 1881, p. 1)
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Built by Elvira's parents, the 1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House, photos to right, is owned by the city of Edwardsville, administered by the Friends of the Stephenson House, and on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is an important landmark in the establishment of Edwardsville -- the third oldest city in Illinois -- as a center of government and commerce. Benjamin Stephenson also played an important role in the emergence of Illinois from a "territory" into the nation's 21st state in 1818. Information on the house, along with additional Mateyka information on the Stephenson family, is available at the Colonel Benjamin Stephenson homepage:
http://www.stephensonhouse.org/
 
 
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 Parents:
  Benjamin Stephenson (1769 - 1822)
  Lucy Eleanor Swearingen Stephenson (1788 - 1850)
 
 Spouses:
  William Elihu Starr (1803 - 1843)*
  William M. Maddox (1806 - 1881)*
 
 Children:
  William Henry Geyer Starr (1831 - 1905)*
 
 Siblings:
  Julia Eleanor Stephenson Winchester (1803 - 1880)*
  James W. Stephenson (1806 - 1838)*
  Elvira Amanda Stephenson Maddox (1809 - 1881)
  Benjamin Van Stephenson (1812 - ____)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Carlinville City Cemetery
Carlinville
Macoupin County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Jane Denny
Record added: Jun 04, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37917904
Elvira Amanda <i>Stephenson</i> Maddox
Added by: Jane Denny
 
Elvira Amanda <i>Stephenson</i> Maddox
Added by: Jane Denny
 
Elvira Amanda <i>Stephenson</i> Maddox
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