John Stephenson 20milesn. of Belfast, Antrim, Ireland, sailed with his family to America in 1768, and they were fifty-six days at sea. His son Thomas was at that time thirteen years old. On the same ship was the Waddell family (refer to Hamden Sidney College). That could have been the beginning of a romance for years later Thomas and their daughter Mary Waddell became man and wife. John Stephenson's brother, William,may have been on this ship or may have preceded him. John and his family settled in Iredell County, North Carolina.
There are records of Stephensons in Iredell County, NC, as early as 1740.
The fact that they came from Ireland and were Presbyterians suggests that John Stephenson and his brother, William, might have followed the lead of some relatives.
Among the possessions John brought with him to this new home was a book by Richard BAXTER 'Saints Everlasting Rest'. The first part of the book was written in 1649, the second part in 1656. The religious character of the book, and the fact that is has been preserved speaks emphatically for the character of the owner. This volume is still a prized relic owned by a sixth generation descendant, Kiser ADAIR Stephenson, who lives on Chatam Road, N.W. Atlanta, Georgia. Soon after the Revolutionary war, John Stephenson's son, Thomas, who had served in the Continental Army throughout the Revolutionary war, moved to Georgia. The First Generation: John Stephenson -- b 1733-34(?)(died Green County Georgia d 1794 Wife Hannah
Children: 1. Thomas Stephenson (1755 -1799) married Mary Waddell 1781 2. William Stephenson 3. Joseph Stephenson 4. Mary Stephenson 5. Elizabeth (Ann?) Stephenson (married John Callahan Oct. 25, 1784)
John's brother : William Stephenson -- wife Martha
Children: 1. Elizabeth 2. Rebecca 3. Moore (Franklin County)
The Stephenson brothers were born in Ireland, twenty miles north of Belfast. They were Scotch- Irish Presbyterians. John and his family came to America in 1768, and settled in Iredell County, N.C. After the Revolutionary War he moved to Georgia and died in Greene County 1794. His will, written in 1793 and probated in 1794 in Greene County, named his wife Hannah, and his sons, Thomas and William executors. Other children: Mary, Elizabeth and Joseph. A certificate from his brother William in Iredell County mentioned lands in North Carolina.
Note: Some of this data culled form the records kept in the Rhodes Memorial Building in Atlanta, Georgia. Some of it from family records.
The Second Generation: Thomas Stephenson Born in Ireland -- 1755 Died in Greene County Georgia, 1799 Married in 1781 or 83 Wife Mary Waddell Born in Ireland -- 1756 Died in DeKalb County, Georgia 1840
Would the above Stephenson family have been relatives of David Stephenson, father of Ann who m. James Adair, of Chester Co SC ?
Did this James Adair emigrate about the same time with a brother Edward (refer Doyle Baker) ?
This Edward Adare may have witnessed the will of Miss Stephenson.