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Capt John Stephens

Capt John Stephens

Birth
Birr, County Offaly, Ireland
Death 26 Jul 1896 (aged 62)
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Burial Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 53221436 · View Source
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John Stephens was born near Parsons Town, King's County, Ireland. As best I can figure, that's now Birr, County Offlaly. As a young man, he joined an older brother who had established himself as a merchant in Augusta, Georgia. He was graduated from Hiawassee College in Tennessee in 1856, and lived at Morganton, Tennessee, where he was post master for the next four years.

In 1860, with War seemingly imminent, he returned to his family in Augusta. He joined the 9th Georgia Infantry Regiment, Confederate States Army, and rose to the rank of Captain. He spent much of the War in the vicinity of Atlanta, where he moved after Apppmattox.

On 14 April 1863, John Stephens married Ann/Anna Elizabeth "Annie" Fitzgerald (22 Dec. 1844-17 Feb. 1934). She was a daughter of Philip Fitzgerald (1798-1880) and his wife Eleanor McGhan (1818-1893) of Rural Home, Clayton County, Georgia.

After the War Between the States, Capt. and Mrs. Stephens made their home in Atlanta, where he became a very prosperous merchant and real estate developer. They had twelve children, seven of whom were still living in 1900. I am still working on a list of them.

The children I have so far are: Philip Stephens (born & died during the seige of Atlanta, late summer 1864), Infant son (born & died 1865), Eleanor Estoria Stephens (c. 1867-d. between 1880/1900), Annie E. Stephens (c. 1868-betw. 1900/1910), two more daughters (born betw. 1865/1872, and died young), Mary Isabel "Maybelle" Stephens (1872-1919, m. Eugene Muse Mitchell), Eugenia V. Stephens (c. Oct. 1873/6-1964, m. Morgan Valentine Gress), Edith Stephens (c. May 1874/6-1954, m. Edward Ney Morris), John J. Stephens (c. Sept. 1877-aft. 1919), Ruth Stephens (1880-1965, m. David T. Crockett), Alexander H. Stephens (June 1882-aft. 1919).

Maybelle Stephens married Eugene Muse Mitchell (1866-1944) in 1892, and they had three children: Russell Stephens Mitchell (1894-1894), Alexander Stephens Mitchell (1896-1983) and Margaret Munnerlyn "Peggy" Mitchell (1900-1949). Margaret Mitchell wrote a rather famous book called "Gone with the Wind."

Thanks to Find A Grave Contributors Jean Avery Feaster and L Ferree for the tombstone photographs, and to L Ferree for the date correction.



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  • Created by: John Field Pankow
  • Added: 4 Jun 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 53221436
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt John Stephens (12 Aug 1833–26 Jul 1896), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53221436, citing Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by John Field Pankow (contributor 46637223) .