1.EZEKIEL1 STEPHENS was born Abt 1794 in Kentucky, and died 1872 in Cobb County, Georgia1.He married (1) FANNIE BRIANT August 17, 1813 in Christian County, Kentucky2.He married (2) SARAH STEPHENS Abt September 1815 in Madison County, Georgia3. Notes In the Book, Cobb County, The First One Hundred Years, pg. 70, the author (Sarah Gober Temple) says, "On the Shallowford Road, not far from the Canton Road and about a quarter of a mile from Thad H. McCleskey's place, was the home of Ezekiel Stephens.The little boys of the neighborhood, in the late eighteen forties (he does not show up in the 1850 census but he submitted a pension application from Cobb Co., in November of 1850), and early fifties, would gather at Mr. Stephens's place to listen to his stories of the War of 1812, for he had fought with Andrew Jackson at New Orleans, and he could tell many a tale of those stirring days.The little boys never tired of listening to the song which the soldiers sang at New Orleans:(Here follows the words of a marching song).This stirring ditty, sung by Mr. Stephens in war like tones, brought the greatest delight to the little boys. Ezekiel first appears on the rolls of a Company of Kentucky Volunteers from Christian Co. KY.In a report issued by the Treasury Dept., Commissioner of Pensions, it was certified that Ezekiel was a private in the Company of Captain Dudly Williams Kentucky Volunteers.That he entered this service on the 14th of October 1812 and served until November 5, 1812.Ezekiel says he volunteered at Hopkinsville, KY for 3 months and served the whole 3 months and that it was a regiment of mounted volunteers.He says it was against the Shawnee or Peori Indians on the Mississippi and that he volunteered on October 1, 1812 and was honorably discharged on January 1, 1813. According to the marriage records of Christian Co., KY, he was joined in matrimony with a Fannie(hannah) Briant in Christian Co., on August 17, 1813.The bond was signed by Ezekiel (his mark) and a Wm. Cooper. In his application for Bounty land dated November 9, 1850, Ezekiel says he volunteered for 3 months at Clarksville, TN on December 1, 1813 in a regiment of volunteer foot men.His Captain was James K. Allen under a Col. Copeland, MG Andrew Jackson commanding.In his Declaration for a Pension dated March 18, 1871, Ezekiel claims to have been at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend (March 27, 1814). In the same Treasury Dept. report, dated July 18, 1851 (prepared and sent in response to Ezekiel's application for bounty land dated November 9, 1850), it was certified that Ezekiel served in Captain John Weekly's Company of Tennessee Volunteers from November 13, 1814 to May 13, 1815.It states that his name does not appear on the Rolls of Capt. James K. Allen's Company.However, according to a Mrs. Bea Commander, she had records that Ezekiel was in Cpt. Abraham Allen's Company, 1st. Reg. (napiers) West Tennessee Militia from January 28, 1814 to May 28, 1814.This would fit the time frame and would be consistent with his claim that he was at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. In his application for Bounty Land, Ezekiel says he volunteered in Clarksville, TN on or about November 1, 1814 for 6 months in Cpt. Weekly's company of volunteer foot soldiers and that he served until about May 1, 1815 when he was honorably discharged at Nashville, TN.He served at the Battle of New Orleans and was in MG William Carroll's command, under a Col. Henderson. Ezekiel states in his Bounty Land application that "I had a written discharge from each term of service which I left at the house of my mother in the State of Illinois in the fall of the year 1815 and have never seen them since." Ezekiel thought that with his 3 terms of service he would be entitled to 160 acres of bounty land.The Commissioner of Pensions would only allow 80 because they could find no record of his service with Cpt. Allen's Company.Ezekiel had a letter written that said: " Dear Sir, I am informed that my claim to bounty land has been suspended because the time upon the muster rolls did not entitle me to more than 80 acres and I claimed to have served long enough to entitle me to 160 acres, which I did indeed, but as you have been pleased to determine otherwise you will please send me a warrant for 80 acres....or if you intend to allow me nothing say so and I will end this perplexing suspense...." Ezekiel appears on the Christian County, KY tax list for 1815.He says in his 1850 Bounty Land application that he left his discharge papers in Illinois in the fall of 1815.He says on his Pension Application in 1871 (the year before he died) that his wife's name "was" Sarah Stephens and that he married her in Madison Co., Georgia in the fall of 1815.We know he was discharged from his Company of Tennessee Volunteers in Nashville, TN on May 13, 1815.His son (my GGG Grandfather William Lewis Stephens), was born in Hopkinsville, KY on April 16, 1816 (thus he was conceived in July of 1815?). In 1817 and in 1820, Ezekiel appears in the tax digest of Madison Co., Georgia.There is no record of his marriage with Sarah in Madison Co., Georgia.He is living in Capt. Williford's District and paying taxes on 150 acres on Matthews Creek (not granted) adjacent to W. Stephens. He appears in the 1820 Census living in Madison Co., GAwith 1 male not 10; 1 male 26-45, 1 female not 10 and 1 female 16 - 26. He then appears 1822 paying taxes on: 100 acres on the Broad River adj. Alexander, and; 202 & 1/2 acres in G C Lot 37, 1st District, and: For Joseph Stephens, 150 acres in Madison County on the Broad River adj. Alexander. In 1825, Ezekiel pays taxes on 200 acres in Madison County on Broad River granted McConnel adj. Garrow. In 1827, Ezekiel enters the Land Lottery in Madison County, GA. In 1828 he is only paying a Poll Tax in Madison County, GA. He appears in the 1830 Census in Madison Co., GA., with 1 male not 5, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 30-40, and 1 Female 2 not 5, 1 5-10, and 1 20-30. In 1832, Ezekiel enters the 1832 Gold Lottery as a resident of Madison County, GA living in Cleghorn's District.He drew, Lot # 502, District 18, Section #3. According to the 1840 census Ezekiel is living in Franklin County, GA., with 2 males not 5; 2 males 5-10; 1 male 40-50 and 1 Female 5-10; 1 Female 10-15; 1 female 15-20 and 1 female 30-40. Ezekiel does not appear in the 1850 census but by November 9, 1850, he was in Cobb County, GA (see his Bounty Land Application). The 1860 census shows Ezekiel in Milton Co., formed out of Cobb County.The census shows he is 66 years old, a carpenter and that he was born in Georgia.There are 3 kids in the house, Thomas 12, Sarah 11, and Wesley 5. The 1870 Census shows him in Cobb Co., Ga, with Ezekiel born in GA, about 1794 and Sarah Stephens born about 1802 in Georgia, and Sarah E. Stephens age 28 born in GA, and Wylie H. Stephens age 15, born in Georgia. On March 18, 1871, he filed his Pension Application in Cobb County, GA. Ezekiel died on _________. The rest of the information we have on Ezekiel comes from various undocumented sources but are fairly reliable having come from interviews of his living grandchildren back in the 1930's and 1940's. According to Mr. R.L. Guffin, in a letter dated February 25, 1990, there used to be a picture of Ezekiel and he looked like George Washington.Mr. Guffins mother was 82 in 1990 and living in Marietta, GA.Her name is Mary Lou (Stephens) Guffin and her grandfather was Joshua Pitchford Stephens.Ezekiel's son by Sarah. Mrs. Bea Commander and her sister (by trade they were court reporters), interviewed several of the grandchildren and great grandchildren of Ezekiel.The following is information from her notes: 1.Interview with Mrs. Tom McGarrity, the granddaughter of Elizabeth (lizzie) Stephens, daughter of Ezekiel in 1939 - 1940, in Atlanta, GA. Her father had her grandmother's (lizzie's) family bible.Her step-mother got it.Her stepmother lived in Hall County, GA near Duluth, out in the country, she died this past Spring.Stepmother lived with her sister, Mrs. Corley, and her stepmothers people had the Bible.Mrs. McGarrity has a sister named Mrs. Garrett.Lizzie died in the same house where A.E. "Biney" Davis lives.Lizzie is buried in the Davis Cemetary in Cobb County. 2.Interview by Mrs. Commander with James Linton Stephens, son of Joshua Pitchford Stephens on February 19, 1939.He says that Ezekiel is buried in Cobb Co., near the line of Cherokee County.He says that his grandfather Bannister served in the War of 1812 and is buried near Sandy Springs, GA, near or in a churchyard.He says Nelson Stephens married and had kids but they are unknown to him. 3.Interview by Mrs. Commander with Mrs. Felix Garrett, Mrs. Tom Willis McGarrity, and Mrs. Benson Hill Bell, all living in Atlanta, and all of them granddaughters of Elizabeth "Lizzie" Stephens.One of them said that Samuel Ramsey Stephens was the son of Ezekiel and that he had disappeared.Mrs. Garrett, 19 No. Center Hill, Ave., Atlanta, had a picture of Lizzie Stephens and a picture of their immediate family group.Ezekiel and Sarah were known as Pappy and Mammy Stephens.Lizzie was also known as Mammy.Mrs. Garret said there were 8 or 10 of Ezekiels immediate family buried in the old Holly Springs cemetary and they had tried to get a stone for Ezekiel's grave for his service in the war of 1812.Lizzie had a picture of her father Ezekiel and he looked like George Washington.They said that Lizzie and some other girls went to a camp or protracted camp meeting and that the Methodist Minister named Smith, slipped a note in Lizzie's hand and "they were married afterward".But she found a note in his pocket later on from his wife and left him.She was pregnant and called her child Nancy Kathleen Stephens instead of Smith.
Marriage Notes We do not know much about these two.We know that Fannie (Hannah) had children with her when she was married.We do not know if she was married to a Briant or if her maiden name was Briant, or anything else about her prior to the marriage.There is speculation.She came to this marriage with the following children: Child of Ezekiel Stephens and Fannie Briant is:
WILLIAM LEWIS2 STEPHENS, b. April 12, 1816, Hopkinsville, Kentucky; d. June 16, 1894, Cedar County, Missouri.
Children of Ezekiel Stephens and Sarah Stephens are: