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Stephens, Peter C.

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Stephens, Peter C.
March 16, 2007 01:03PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, Kniffin 2nd ed., 1885
Crittenden Co.

PETER C. STEPHENS is a native of Caldwell County, Ky., and the fourth of
a family of eight children born to Jonathan and Judith (Thurmond) Stephens.
Subject's grandfather was John Stephens, a native of Ireland. He came to
America in an early day, settling in Virginia, and later moved to Kentucky,
near Danville, where he died many years ago. Jonathan Stephens was born
in Kentucky and spent the greater part of his life in Caldwell County,
dying there in 1843. Subject's maternal grandfather was Elisha Thurmond.
He was born in Virginia, but came West about 1817, and settled in what
is now Crittenden County, about one mile from subject's present place of
residence. He was a civil engineer and farmer, and died about 1840, at a
ripe old age. His daughter, Judith Thurmond, subject's mother, was born
in Kentucky. She was cruelly murdered by a colored woman, one of the
family slaves, in 1844; the murderess was arrested, tried for the crime
and, one year later, hanged. Jonathan and Judith Stephens had a family
of eight children, viz.: James E. (deceased), Adaline E. (deceased),
Mary F., Peter C., Elisha M., Jonathan A., Rebecca A. and Be Judith
(deceased). By a previous marriage, Mr. Stephens had six children, only
one of whom is living: Mildred, wife of Mr. Cooksey. Peter C. Stephens
was born June 2, 1838. His parents dying when he was quite young, he
lived with his grandmother, Mrs. Thurmond, until his twenty-first year,
receiving a limited education in the common school of the county; he
afterward attended Bethel College several sessions, and commenced life
for himself as a carpenter, learning his trade in Crittenden County. He
also taught school for five years in Crittenden County, and in 1864
commenced farming. Four years later he purchased a part of his present
farm, to which he has made additions at different times, and now owns 290
acres of fine land, a greater part of which is in a high state of
cultivation. Mr. Stephens is a very successful farmer and an intelligent
business man. He was married March 14, 1866, to Mrs. Henrietta Bristow,
a daughter of J.P. Thurmond, of Simpson County, Ky. Three children have
been born to this marriage: James E., Elizabeth F. and Jonathan A. Mrs.
Stephens, by a previous marriage had one child - Marietta Bristow. Mr.
Stephens has filled several official positions, the first of which was
that of deputy sheriff. He served as constable a number of years also.
He read law for a number of years and received a license in 1867, but
never engaged in the active practice of his profession.

Stephens Thurmond Cooksey Bristow
Caldwell-KY Ireland VA Simpson-KY

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