John Samuel Stevens1,2

M, #126, b. 30 July 1837, d. 14 April 1921
Last Edited=26 Jan 2014
This photo was sent to me by researcher Harold Barger. He says it was found in the Bible of Ella Shanks Stevens, who was his daughter in law.
     John Samuel Stevens, son of James Stevens and Belinda Stevens, was born on 30 July 1837 at Clark County, Georgia.2 John Samuel Stevens was the son of James Stevens and Belinda Stevens.2

John Samuel Stevens appeared on the United States census of 1850 in the household of James Stevens at Pike County, Alabama.3

John Samuel Stevens married Mary Adams, daughter of John Adams and Epsey Young, on 14 December 1859 at Clarke County, Mississippi, The marriage was performed by Hanson Goss, M. G. It is only a best guess that this marriage is correct. The John Stevens who was the father of William Archie Stevens did live in Clarke Co., Mississippi and was on the census there in 1870 and previously. He married Rebecca Jane Adams, according to the family Bible. That marriage, according to Who Married Whom in Jasper County, Mississippi, in 1862.

Mary had a sister Jane Adams. I am conjecturing that John Stevens first married Mary Adams and that they had a son Rankin. Soon after Rankin's birth, Mary must have died and John married her younger sister, Rebecca Jane. This is substantiated in the written document that lists the Adams family information.

As of January, 2006, there have not been found death dates or burial places for any of John, Mary or Rebecca Jane Stevens. Other than the Stevens family Bible, there has not been found any birth record of Rankin Stevens, either. However, the Adams document records the birth of Christopher Rankin Stevens, whom is likely the same person.4,5

In 1860, John Samuel Stevens appeared on the United States Census, at Quitman, Clarke County, Mississippi.6

John Samuel Stevens began military service on 13 April 1861 at Crawford, Lowndes County, Mississippi. In a personal statement given a number of years later, a John S. Stevens stated that he enlisted 8 April 1861 at Crawford, MS, and continued until April 1865, in Company E, 11th Mississippi Regiment, as a private.

His military service records confirm that he enlisted in this company as a private..7,1

The military service record of John Samuel Stevens includes the following: In the Military Service Records for John S. Stevens, he was also referred to as Samuel J. Stephens. On several occasions he was detailed to drive wagons.

On 15 April 1863 he was admitted to the Poplar Lawn Hospital with Vulmus Sclopet, which means a gunshot wound. He was again admitted to the hospital with Vulmus Sclopet on 27 Sept 1864. He was in the hospital with chronic rheumatism 26 Feb 1865 until 24 March 1865.

On 4 April 1865 he was captured at Petersburg and was held prisoner until 19 June 1865, the end of the war.

The 11th Mississippi Infantry saw a great deal of action. Besides the wounds he received, the rheumatism he suffered from, and being captured and held as a prisoner of war, he would have participated in many historic battles of the Civil War:

1st Bull Runn (2 companies) (July 21, 1861)
Yorktown Siege (April-May 1862)
Seven Pines (May 31-June 1, 1861)
Seven Days Battles (June 25-July 1, 1862)
Gaines' Mill (June 27, 1862)
Malvern Hill (July 1, 1862)
2nd Bull Run (August 28-30, 1862)
South Mountain (September 14, 1862)
Antietam (September 17, 1862)
Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863)
Falling Waters (July 14, 1863)
Bristoe Capaign (October 1863)
Mine Run Campaign (November-December 1863)
The Wilderness (May 5-6, 1864)
Spotsylvania Court House (May 8-21, 1864)
North Anna (May 23-26, 1864)
Cold Harbor (June 1-3, 1864)
Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
Hatcher's Run (February 4-7, 1865)
Appomattox Court House (April 9, 1865).1,8

He ended military service on 19 June 1865 at City Point, Prince George County, Virginia. After his capture at Petersburg, he was released from Point Lookout on 19 June 1865 and provided transportation back to Crawfordsville, Mississippi on 22 June 1865..1

John Samuel Stevens married Rebecca Jane Adams, daughter of John Adams and Epsey Young, in 1862.9

In 1870, John Samuel Stevens appeared on the United States Census, at Clarke County, Mississippi.10

In 1880, John Samuel Stevens appeared on the United States Census, at Jasper County, Mississippi.11

In the Paulding newspaper Wednesday, October 24, 1894:

     John Stevens, SE Beat farmer, gathered 1400 bushels of corn this year.12

In 1900, John Samuel Stevens appeared on the United States Census, at Jasper County, Mississippi.13

In 1910, John Samuel Stevens appeared on the United States Census, at Jasper County, Mississippi, listed as a farmer. With John Stevens are his daughter Mollie and her 3rd husband John McCain and their combined family.14

John Samuel Stevens died on 14 April 1921 at Jasper County, Mississippi, at age 83.15 and was buried at Souenlovie Cemetery, Clarke County, Mississippi.16,17

Child of John Samuel Stevens and Mary Adams

Children of John Samuel Stevens and Rebecca Jane Adams

Citations

  1. [S217] Civil War Military Service Records, National Archives (Washington, D.C.: U.S.Government). Hereinafter cited as Military Service Records.
  2. [S9] Family Bible with births & deaths of Stevens Family, Stevens Family Bible Inscriptions
    , unknown edition (unknown publisher address: unknown publisher, publish date unknown); presently in the possession of Dell Mayfield, Jackson, Mississippi. Hereinafter cited as Stevens Family Bible.
  3. [S37] 1850 United States Census, population schedule, Pike County, Alabama, p. 222, family 1184, a farmer.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  4. [S96] Glennie W. Kamper, compiler, Marriage Record Book A, Clark County, Mississippi 1853-1865 (n.p.: Lauderdale County Dept. of Archives & History, Inc.), Page 35.. Hereinafter cited as Clarke Co. Marriage Book.
  5. [S48] "Adams Family Notes," (MS, about 1850; Lakewood, New Mexico); old papers, hand written, a printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher; Florence, Pinal County, Arizona. Hereinafter cited as "Adams Family Notes."
  6. [S33] 1860 United States Census, population schedule, Quitman, Clarke County, Mississippi, p. 614, family 185, farmer.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  7. [S148] National Park Service Collections, online http://www.civilwar.nps.gov/cwss, Regimental History 11th Infantry, Mississippi.. Hereinafter cited as NPS Collections.
  8. [S235] Stewart Sifakis, compiler, Compendium of the Confederate Armies, Mississippi (New York: Facts on File, Inc., 1995), pages 90-91. Hereinafter cited as Compendium of the Confederate Armies.
  9. [S28] Patricia and Edwards, Patricia N. Strickland, compiler, Who Married Whom in Jasper Co., Mississippi (P.O. Box 5147, Moss Point, MS 39563: Self published, 1994). Hereinafter cited as Who Married Whom in Jasper Co.
  10. [S34] 1870 United States Census, population schedule, Clarke County, Mississippi, p. 737, family 533, farmer.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  11. [S35] 1880 United States Census, population schedule, Jasper County, Mississippi. Enumeration District 112, Sheet 4, Line 27. Listed as a farmer.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  12. [S115] Jean and Edwards, Patricia N. Strickland, compiler, Jasper County, Mississippi, Paulding Newspaper Items (Moss Point, Mississippi: Ben Strickland, 1997). Hereinafter cited as Jasper County Newspaper Items.
  13. [S1] 1900 United States Census, population schedule, Jasper County, Mississippi, E.D. 57, sheet 3, line 92.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  14. [S2] 1910 United States Census, population schedule, Beat 5, Jasper County, Mississippi,Supervisor's District 5, Enumeration District 22, stamped page 322, family 16.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  15. [S101] Stevens Family, Turney Family Bible (n.p.: n.pub., unknown publish date); Joanne Stevens Dalton, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Written on a note inside the Bible.. Hereinafter cited as Turney Family Bible.
  16. [S138] Harold Barger, "E-mail Correspondence with Harold Barger, Descedent of Christopher Rankin Stevens," E-Mail message from (author E-Mail address private) at (Texas) to this researcher, 2005. Hereinafter cited as "Correspondence - Harold Barger."
  17. [S451] Headstone and Cemetery Collection, Created by: flgrl, Record added: May 17, 2009, Find A Grave Memorial# 37201749., Findagrave.com.