Linda Stephenson Recca

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My mother was a Stephenson. After she died, I found a photo of her grandfather, William Francis Stephenson. That led me on my genealogical journey to his grave in rural Barber County, Kansas, and all the way back to the Bullskin Presbyterian Churchyard on the margins of a racetrack in eastern West Virginia. I obtained permission to go look at the graves of my 7-times-great grandparents, Richard and Honora Stephenson and their son, Col. Hugh Stephenson, a distinguished leader in the Revolutionary War, who died in 1776. They were supposed to be buried 100 yards north of the headsprings of the Bullskin Run on the western end of their property, which is now called Burns Farm. However, I only found the graves of a Throckmorten and a Thomson, as well as three small unmarked headstones. I will keep looking for the Stephenson graves and now think they may be located in SW Pennsylvania, where Col. Stephenson was posthumously awarded 6,000 acres for his military service.

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