Am I Related to Alexander Hamilton Stephens?
Alexander Hamilton Stephens
We all have those stories in our family lore— the famous person, the celebrity, the person with the desired racial heritage. The person you hear about over the years that you “must be related to.”
One of mine is Alexander Hamilton Stephens. In case you’ve forgotten your early American history, he was the Confederate vice president during the American Civil War. This is the same man who was arrested for treason and imprisoned for five months after Lee’s surrender and emancipation took place.
I’m not proud of this supposed cousin—he supported states’ rights to allow slavery—but, if I am related to him, I would like to know.
A couple of years ago I began researching and trying to find my connection to the man through my own Stephens lineage. Fast forward to now — I have yet to find the answer. Actually, I kind of hope that I never will! The only possible explanation I find is that my Stephens family resided in Hamilton, Florida—a small community just below the Georgia line that is named for Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Someone may have confused the two men; whose names are so similar.
My Stephens line has been rather difficult to accurately and definitively trace, no matter who it is I am trying to find. As one goes back in time, there’s quite a bit of discrepancy amongst researchers about the Stephens family residing in Hamilton, Florida– especially back to the early 1800s.
This week I will be posting the lineages of my 3rd great grandfather, Henry Monroe “Hamp” Stephens (b. 03 Feb 1823 Tattnall, GA – d. 15 Aug 1871 Hamilton, FL), as I believe it to be correct. As well, I will post my findings on the lives of his parents and siblings in a separate post.
I will start Part 1 with the life story of his father, Henry Stephens (b. abt. 1800 GA – d. bef. 17 Jan 1849 Hamilton, FL).
Part 2 will address the life of Henry Monroe Stephens.
If you are related to these persons, please contact me!