I really enjoy reading Randy Seaver’s blog at http://www.geneamusings.com.  I find it educational as well as entertaining!  Last May, Randy posted a list of databases at Ancestry.com that don’t have name indexes.  http://www.geneamusings.com/2010/05/finding-ancestrycom-databases-without.html There very first database on the list was the Missouri Still Birth & Miscellaneous Records, 1805-2002.  Because I haven’t had alot of luck finding records in Missouri, I thought I’d give it a try.  I used it to look for all Stephens families in Ripley County between 1950 and 1860.  Taking that information and combining it with census records, I thought I might be able to find a family with a Lucy Stephens of the correct age to match the Lucy who married Andrew Stephens in 1858.  Although I didn’t find a family with a Lucy, I thought I’d post what I did gather in case it helps someone else.  And who knows, these families just might be related…I just haven’t made the connection yet.

Ripley County is on the Southern edge of Missouri directly north of Arkansas.  It borders Clay Co, Arkansas, and Missouri Counties Butler, Clay , Carter, Randolph and Oregon Counties.

According to her gravestone, Lucy was born 16 Dec. 1842.  At the time of the 1850 census, she would have been about 8 years old and should show up in the census.

1850 Ripley Co. Census
Washington Stephens – age 73, born in Virginia

Juda Stephens – age 65, born in NC

Jackson Stephens – age 24, Tenn

Marshal Stephens – age 22, Tenn

George Stephens – age 17, Tenn

1851 “I do certify that I did solemnize the rights of marriage between Jackson Stephens and Elizabeth York on the 22th day of June 1851 Griffin Eldridge JP (the images do NOT look like Eldridge, but web site http://tmsnyder.tripod.com/Ripley.htm_ has a list of JPs and ministers)  Recorded this 1 day of July  (Ancestry, Missouri Marriage Records, Ripley Co, Image 1)

1851 “Martial” Stephens and Samantha Smelser married 1851, returned Oct. 1851

“I do certify that I did celebrate the rights of matrimony between Martiel Stephens and Samantha Smelser in year 1851 Griffin Eldridge Recorded this October 1851 A. Dearmon JP Clerk. (Ancestry, Missouri Marriage Records, Ripley Co, Image 1)

1852 George Stephens and Sarian Kinsy – 10 Sept. 1852

“Be it remembered that I have this day solemnized the rights of matrimony between George Stephens and Sarian Kinsy the the 7th day of Sept. A.D. 1852.  Recorded this the 10th Sept. 1852. (Psonn?) W. Pennington minister the gospel. (Image 4)

1853 George Washington Stephens died intestate.  Marshal Stephens named administrator.  George Stephens mentioned, but difficult to read.  (Missouri Still Birth & Miscellaneous Records, 1805-2002 Image 534)

1853 William Stephens died intestate.  Marshal Stephens named administrator. (Missouri Still Birth & Miscellaneous Records, 1805-2002 Image 535)

1860 Ripley Co, Census

Marshal Stephens – age 30, Tenn

S. Stephens – age 25, Ark (Samantha Smelser)

S. Stephens – age 7, Missouri (m)

E. Stephens – age 3, Missouri (f)

Isaac Stephens – age 8/12, Missouri

Newton Smelser – age 18, Ark

M. Williams – age 12, Missouri (f)


1850 Ripley Co, Census

ZW Stephens – age 24, born in Missouri  (Zebedee – son of George Washington and  Juda?)

Malissa M Stephens – age 25, Tenn

Wm T Stephens – age 3, Missouri

Selianne Stephens – age 1, Missouri

James C Stephens – age 2/12, Missouri

1860 Ripley Co, Census

Z.W. Stephens – age 35, Missouri

M.M. Stephens – age 36, Tenn (Mary Melissa Wood)

W.J. Stephens – age 13, Missouri (male)

S.A. Stephens – age 12, Missouri (f)

J.C. Stephens – age 11, Missouri (m)

S.T. Stephens – age 10, Missouri (f)

M.J. Stephens – age 6, Missouri (f)

M.E. Stephens – age 4, Missouri (f)

N.E. Stephens – age 2, Missouri (f)

(living near Pyburn family)


1850 Ripley Co, Census

Robert Stephens – age 43, born in Tenn

Susan Stephens – age 41, Virginia

James Stephens – age 16, Tenn

Eliza Stephens – age 12, Georgia

George W.F. Stephens – age 6, Missouri

Wm L Russell – age 28, Tenn

Emaline Stephens – age 21, Tenn

John B Patterson – age 23, Tenn

John A York – age 21, Tenn

1856 I Joseph (Thomaseh?) a justice of the peace do certify that I did solemnize the rights of matrimony between James M Stephens and Lena Buckaloo on the 17th day of January A.D. 1856 (Image 6)

1860 Ripley Co, Census

Susan Stephens – age 46, born in Va

J. M. Stephens – age 25, Tenn (head)

Emerline Stephens – age 25, Tenn

G.W. Stephens – age 17, Missouri

Robert Stephens – age 6, Texas

E Piburn – age 13, Missouri (female)


1850 Ripley Co, Census

Benjamin Stephens – age 40, born in Tenn

Elizabeth Stephens – age 40, Tenn

Emaline Stephens – age 20, Tenn

Lucresa Stephens – age 16, Tenn

Orlena Stephens – age 14, Georgia

George W Stephens – age 9, Georgia

Wm L Stephens – age 7, Alabama

Basil Stephens – age 5, Missouri

Marshal Stephens – age 4, Missouri

1860 Ripley Co, Census

Wm Stephens – age 28, born in Tenn

Marinda Stephens – age 23, Tenn

George W Stephens – age 3, Missouri

Cintha Stephens – age 1, Missouri


1858 This is to certify that I the undersigned a Justice of the Peace within and for the county of Ripley in the state of Missouri did in and at said county of Ripley solemnize the rites of matrimony between Andrew J Stephens and Lucy Stephens on the 25th day  of April 1858 Given under my hand on the 27th day of May AD 1858.  Paulsen M Smelser Justice of the Peace.  (Book C pg 56)  NOTE: Ancestry has this indexed as 1881.  (Image 8 )