William Stephens Jr.Mathira (Childress) Stephens

William Stephens Jr. and his only wife Mathira Childress.

William Stephens Jr. b. Oct 12 1824 Eng. d. May 9 1900 Butler County KY, bur. Bethlehem Church of Christ Cem. hwy 185 Reedyville
m. Dec 9 1874 Butler Co. KY to Mathira "Thire" Childress b. Jan 2 1833 Butler County KY d. Apr 14 1900 Butler County KY, bur. next to Wm.
Henry Stephens b. 1874 Butler County KY d. 1931 Edmonson Co KY m. circa 1895 Butler Co KY to Sallie Jean Basham
Elizabeth "Lizzie" P. Stephens b. 1878 Butler Co KY m. 1893 Butler Co KY to Charles "Chas" Franklin Moats

Other marriages of Mathira Childress;

1st Isaac Grable, m. 1 June 1857, Edmonson County, KY
Mary (Gravel) Gravill b. 13 April 1855, Edmonson County, KY
John (Gravel) Gravill b. 1857, Edmonson County, KY

2nd Abraham Johnson, m. 21 May 1860, Edmonson County, KY
One child; William C. Johnson b.1867 Butler Co KY
I have info following the Stephens family back to England in 1720 including marriages, children ect.
I also have many original family docs and letters dating to 1836. My family has donated other documents and letters to the Filson Club in Louisville, KY. The Stephens families were gun and boat makers from England and arrived in Butler County in 1854. In 1969 a historical marker was erected in Reedyville by the Butler County Historical Society to honor of the Stephens family business although they were making guns for the Confederacy. My grandfather, Stephens, is in possession of one of the rifles made and stamped circa 1855-1861 by William Stephens.

Ancestors of Mathira Childress of Butler and Warren Counties
are said to have been part Cherokee Indian from NC and, possibly TN
Picture; William Stephens Jr. and Mathira Childress circa 1880

Picture Provided by:  Trish Conley