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General Leonard Stephens

About General Leonard Stephens and the Benjamin Stephens family of Virginia and Kentucky.

Letters of Leonard Stephens from Beech Woods, Kenton County, Kentucky to his brother, William Stephens of Monroe County, Missouri

  1. 10 May 1838 - New neighbors and a growing family
  2. 12 September 1839 - Deaths of their father, Benjamin Stephens, and of some neighbors
  3. 13 February 1840 - Money and property matters, son Napoleon at Legislature
  4. 24 February 1840 - More money and property matters; Leonard becomes sheriff
  5. 3 March 1840 - A shopping spree in Cincinnati; money matters resolved
  6. 27 August 1843 - Death of his wife, Catherine Sanford Stephens
  7. 10 Oct 1854 - Neighborhood and church news; Boone & Kenton fair; Leonard admires a widow
  8. 19 May 1856 - Death of their brother, John Stephens
  9. 18 October 1861 - Son-in-law Reuben Bristow in train wreck; neighborhood deaths; reflections on the growing conflict
  10. 29 January 1863 - Leonard invites William to visit; snowfall; pig problems
  11. 12 December 1863 - Family news at the holiday season; unrest among farmhands
  12. 7 Jul 1864 - Death of brother, Edmund Stephens; the army drafts servants
  13. 16 August 1864 - Niece Betsy Haden returns to war-torn Missouri; arrests of pro-Southern neighbors
  14. 12 January 1865 - Deaths in the family; a scandalous separation; war news
  15. 22 October 1865 - Problems of postwar adjustment
  16. 5 January 1866 - Mild weather for Christmas dinner; Mrs Clotterbuck burns to death
  17. 20 February 1866 - Family visits; new grandchildren; an election upset

Diaries of Leonard Stephens on his travels

  1. Diary of 1855 trip with son Napoleon to Orange County, Virginia by steamboat and buggy through the Appalachians
    • Part 1 - Steaming up the Ohio and trotting through the mountains
    • Part 2 - Visiting old friends in Orange County
    • Part 3 - Sightseeing at the Springs and along the Kanawha
    • Map of Route
  2. Diary of 1857 return trip with brother William to Orange County and Washington City, etc. by steamboat and railroad
  3. Diary of 1859 trip to visit brother William in Monroe County, Missouri by new railroad lines (Incomplete)

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Editor's note:

I have tried to identify all those whose names appear in the General's writings, as well as to provide some background information to assist the modern reader in understanding daily life in the time of my great-great-great grandfather, but there are still too many persons who remain phantoms. Your help in filling in the blanks would be appreciated.

I invite your comments and corrections. Drop me a note.

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