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Deborah Wood (#46940039)
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Bio Photo Proud to be Virginia, born and bred!

FYI - Be aware that....

For the past several months, Bob Stephens (#48917403) along with other kinfolk, insisted they found new information on our German line of Peter Stephens and wife, Maria Christina. They said they found in a Nebraska farmhouse, journals written by Peter and Maria (not realizing those, if they existed, would have been written in German script).
Bob and some of his cousins convinced FAG members to change memorials of the descendants of Peter Stephens and change them to show English parentage and would ask to have memorials transferred to them. They would then pass the memorials back and forth between themselves, to avoid being caught with duplicates.
When asked for proof of a bible or journal, a photocopy of anything they claimed to have, they did not send any of us one shred of proof, making excuse after excuse. They even announced there would be a museum showing of their finds. Never happened.

When Bob and another cousin posted their g-grandparent's names, places and dates, I was able to prove to them that their line went to another Stephens family altogether. Some of them realized their line goes to Andrew J Stephens b 1810, Ohio. They accepted it and thanked me for the work.

However, Bob continues to this very day emailing us, the descendants of the German Peter Stephens lines and holding onto those memorials which have been proven to be not of their lineage.

And as you can see from Bob's profile, he is now pretending to be looking for whomever was claiming to have new info, while it is he, Bob Stephens who made that claim several times over the past year. I have kept his postings and emails. So beware if contacted about your Stephens line and don't be fooled. One way to recognize them is by the short period of time listed as a member, on their findagrave pages and by their broken English, distinctive style of grammar.
There were over 60 duplicate memorials created by them that had to be removed by deletion or merger. Even the Peter Stephens memorial was duplicated 8 times to try to get it their way. Proof of the new findings has never been produced although continually asked for by several contributors, but each time denied, and now they say the information will be kept private until further notice.

Additionally, it has been claimed that new information in a bible and journals found by Bob Stephens has been presented to the Newtown History Center in Stephens City in VA with positive response. This is FALSE. Author and historian, Daniel Bly has received confirmation from the Newtown History Center that "no new information regarding Peter Stephens family history has been brought to their attention; they have not met nor even heard of this group of people which includes Bob Stephens, claiming to have met with them."

To those interested in the PETER STEPHENS,SR ancestry, please note that aside from my own research, there are excellent & well documented sources for the immigration, naturalization and life courses of Peter Stephens and his descendants.

One of the better authors and historians is Daniel Bly and he is among us here on findagrave (#48940997). One of his many works is FROM THE RHINE TO THE SHENANDOAH, Volume III (Baltimore, MD 2002), Stephens Chapter, pages 171-183.

Another well documented work is that of Linton E Love. Proving that the wife of Peter Stephens of Germany, had wife, Maria Christina. Her maiden name remains unknown, even though some insist she was a Rittenhouse, daughter of Nicholas Rittenhouse. That is FALSE.
Linton E Love documents the Rittenhouse family immigrants & descendants in his RITTENHOUSE GENEALOGY CD version 20 March 2005" see page 13. Anyone wishing to learn should have a look at both of these works via Google books; the Rittenhouse work is available for free download in PDF form.
Now that Bob is denying that he made those claims, here are some of the postings I've saved.

From a FAG posting by Bob Stephens,
RE: Peter Stephens of Virginia

Dan V Stephens , several of my ,Uncles and Aunt and of course my mom knew him. He is from Fremont, Nebraska. He passed away there. I have the same books you have. I used the older books for my research , alongside of the Journals and Stephens Bible.
I used other good resources to.
We found the journals in 1960. At first we thought it was just stories. They was not , they had factual truth in them. In 1965, we moved to Virginia and research the Stephens line. Right now, I working on several websites to post all the journals and the Bible .
Here is my lineage Peter, Sr. Peter Jr, Joseph SR, Joseph Jr. , George , Thomas Stephen , my dad and me.
We had a showing of the Journals and the Bible. this month. We cancel it because I could not post it in time on my profile page.
Added by Bob STEPHENS on Jul 21, 2016 4:04 PM

AND Bob wrote:

Peter and his family live in Stephens City, Virginia when the settlers were caught up in the turmoil of the French and Indian War.
ON December 6, 1757 Peter and his wife Maria died during this uprising, they were killed together. Their son Lewis and a friend found them. They were bury( what is now ) at the Old Graveyard in Stephens City,
This factual information are from the Stephens Bible and journals.
NOTE: On this memorial the facts and information are from several resources , plus the Stephens Bible and the Journals.

AND Bob wrote: " We have evidences on all our family ancestors, we been to Jamestown and various cities in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri. we did research at county records. We wrote several books on the Stephens families. We found a Stephen family Bible, (Peter Stephens and Maria Christina Rittenhouse) and several old journals. The first journal was Richard Stephens, was the first Stephens to come to Virginia. Rom him we found down the line is Peter Stephens, SR. This is documented.

As historians, we research the information in the Bible and the journals, we found the information true and authentic, These document as originals. It took us several years for this research. Bob had the Stephens Bible, the journals and several items Authentic and Documented. After we got those Items document as originals and first hand evident, all of us wrote several series about our findings. Several of these books, we record our findings and who we got in contact with and their reacting. We share the Bible and the journals, one of the contact will not accept theses documents being first hand and true. In the journals was also included Johannes Peter Steffens (Peter Steffens). He was from Germany and married to Maria Bart and 3 girls, and then he remarried.

Maria R. Stephens brought Her husband and Peter Steffens together. She help Peter Steffens learn English and with several others things. Peter Stephens and Peter Steffens became very close friends. IN the journals states that people get them mix up.
I am proud of our findings . These findings enrich our Stephens family. I am proud of my heritage..

Many personal emails and postings I have saved that were written by Bob to me and my Stephens cousins. There is no denying what Bob claimed.

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Little Deb
RE: Lil Deb
Big Deb You are doing a great job.
Added by Little Deb on Sep 13, 2016 1:42 PM
Bob Stephens
RE: Your line of Stephens
Hello Deborah

Yes I am the same Stephens family as my cousin Deb Roe. The Andrew J. Stephens family.

Thank you for working on my Stephens line. I will love more information on Andrew J. Stephens line. he

You are remarkable person.
Added by Bob Stephens on Sep 02, 2016 4:52 PM
Cassie Hill
Stephens Green County Ohio
War of 1812 pension files.
Added by Cassie Hill on Sep 02, 2016 11:29 AM
Little Deb
RE: Green Co OH
That is wonderful Debbie. I hope it leads to Peter Stephens line. Then we be official cousins. You are a wonderful genealogist. I can tell you love genealogy. I so happy that my own mistakes are corrected. thank you Debby
Added by Little Deb on Sep 02, 2016 11:29 AM
Cassie Hill
Oh, you know, this can all be settled rapidly with a 99$ DNA test. I'm getting one done at Ancestry for Dennis because my 23andme doesn't play nicely with the other companies.
Added by Cassie Hill on Sep 02, 2016 11:24 AM
RE: Your line of Stephens
I so happy that I am jumping with joy. I definitely related to Daniel. He my uncle. I see my cousin Debby talking to my Family is helping out.
My cousin Debby realized that her Uncle Bob and Aunt Margie research has several errors in it. And she realized my uncles had several mistakes in their writing, and ect.
Added by HANNAH STEPHENS on Sep 02, 2016 8:46 AM
RE: Yes
Since my brother Bob and my cousin Deb realized that Andrew J Stephens is their family line. I am very interested of your finding about Andrew Stephens.
I am sorry for all the mistakes on my own research. Now, I have to start over on my research. I so glad Debby you point this out to me. I will start over completely on my research.

Added by Daniel on Sep 02, 2016 7:59 AM
Little Deb
RE: Andrew in Indiana
To me, Andrews Stephens parents pass away in Indiana . I am having my cousins, both the Haneline and Stephens, check Nemaha County, records.
I appreciate all you are doing Deborah.
Added by Little Deb on Sep 02, 2016 7:38 AM
RE: You know what I mean....
There are several books I had written Deborah. Quit asking about them if you don't want them. That fine with me. ar
Added by Daniel on Sep 01, 2016 4:51 PM
Cassie Hill
The Nebraska Stephens
Debbie, the only way these people can be handled is to realize that they are just internet trolls. They do not descend from our family, they refuse to give information they say they have released, and they don't tell the truth. Just giggle at them for their entertainment value.
Added by Cassie Hill on Aug 30, 2016 7:34 AM
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