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ISAIAH STEPHENS (JOSHUA2, JOHN1) was born 29 Oct 1762 in Virginia or Wilkes County, North Carolina, and died after 1828 in Tennessee. He married (1) ANN HENDERSON 1783 in Wilkes County, North Carolina, daughter of THOMAS HENDERSON and FRANCES. She was born Abt. 1765 in Loudoun County, Virginia, and died Bef. 1811 in South Tyger, Greenville, South Carolina. He married (2) POLLY. She was born Bet. 1775 - 1794.

"Levi, his third son, and Isaiah, the fourth, Joshua, the sixth, and Hezekiah, the seventh, were in after years residents of Tennessee...Isaiah was a Baptist preacher." - Elijah John Stephens Journal, 1898

Timeline of Isaiah Stephens:


Enumerated as Izaah Stephens on the federal census for the Greenville District, South Carolina

1799 - 1804

Appears on the membership roll of Head of Enoree Church, Greenville District, South Carolina; no other Stephens appears on the list

21 Aug 1814

Sold 127 acres for $200 to John Donahoo on the branch of S. Tyger River on Robert Nelson's line (the grave of Anne Henderson Stephens being excepted from this sale). The original grant was to Hugh Nelson in 1790. Witnessed by Wm. Chandler, Issac Chandler. Recorded on 1 Nov 1823, book N, page 157. Some Greenville County, S.C. deed abstracts


Enumerated as Isaiah Stephens on the federal census for Pendleton County, South Carolina

24 Oct 1828

Isaiah Stephens to Joseph Brewer Pickens District, South Carolina
Know all men by these presents that I Isaiah Stephens of said State and District aforesaid have granted sold and released a track of 250 acres lying on crooked creek waters of little river and by these presents do grant bargain sell and release unto Joseph Brewer of said state and District aforesaid 24 Oct 1828
Test. William Dodd, and James Evans.
sg Isaiah Stephens.
Polly Stephens released dower 25 Oct 1828
sg Polly Stephens X
Recorded in Deed Bk A-1, Vol. 1, page 1, year 1828-1831

Ministry of Isaiah Stephens:

"Secona Baptist Church was organized in 1786 by families that lived along the banks of the Twelve Mile River in Pickens County. The church and community were named for the Soconey Indians of the Cherokee Nation who also lived along the river. The tract of land on which the church was started was owned by William Murphree, the first pastor. His log home still stands on this land about two miles from the present church. The first church building was located on present day Secona Road. William Murphree, Elnathan Davis, Isaiah Stephens, Jacob Lewis, Thomas Dawson, Jesse Dean, David Blythe, and J.H. Burroughs served as pastors in this building. In 1802, Secona joined with the churches at Big Creek, Fork Shoals, Brushy Creek, Cross Roads, Keowee, Oolenoy, Middle Fork Saluda, and Shoal Creek to form the Saluda Association of Churches." - Secona Baptist Church, Pickens, S.C. Webpage

The Head of Enoree Church was organized about 1775. The first building was a one room log cabin with a dirt floor. It is believed to have been a short distance from Bellvue on land formerly owned by Mr. W.E. Hart. The congregation in 1799 was made up of 77 members. They came from a widely scattered area including what is now Tigerville, Travelers Rest, Locust Hill, Ebenezer,, Double Springs and Berea.
One of the first pastors was Reverend Thomas Musick. He served the church as pastor during the early 1790's.
A great number of men were ordained and licensed by the church in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Among them were Lewis Rector, James Fisher, Joseph Logan, Daniel Flannery, Isaiah Stephens, John Bourland and William King.

Was pastor between 1799 & 1804 of Head of Enoree Baptist Church (now Reedy River) from Bethel Assn. minutes 1799 p 3. See also SC Baptist, King p 109. It is also interesting that Head of Enoree was responsible for constituting Shoal Creek Baptist in 1799 on SC/GA border where brother-in-laws Pendleton Isbell (also Chauga Church) - Descendants of Thomas Henderson, Jr

Some of the earliest and strongest Baptist influence in Louisiana came from the churches of the northwestern area of South Carolina. One preacher who had a profound influence in southwestern Mississippi and the Florida parishes was a man by the name of Joseph Willis. The influence of churches he initiated in that area soon began to spread toward the Ft. Miro (Monroe) area and then into the rest of North Louisiana. Little is known for sure about the details of his birth and early life, though it is an accepted fact Willis was of mixed white, black and probably Indian blood. Many so-called definitive sources give different dates for his birth--ranging from 1748 to 1770. What is known about him is that he came to Mississippi from Main Saluda River Church in South Carolina--the same church which supplied such pioneer pastors as Abraham Hargess, Isaiah Stephens and James Fowler.
"A Faithful Witness" - The Years Prior To 1845


iv. SON STEPHENS, b. Abt. 1784.

v. DAUGHTER STEPHENS, b. Bet. 1785 - 1790.

vi. DAUGHTER STEPHENS, b. Bet. 1790 - 1800.

vii. SON STEPHENS, b. Bet. 1790 - 1800.

viii. JOSHUA STEPHENS, b. 1794, Pendleton District, South Carolina; d. Abt. 1873, Piney, Crittenden, Kentucky; m. ELIZABETH MORGAN, Abt. 1815, South Carolina; b. 1798, South Carolina; d. Aft. 1880, Newman, Haralson, Georgia.

ix. JOSEPH STEPHENS, b. 1800, Pendleton District, South Carolina; m. ANNA MORGAN; b. 1802, Pendleton District, South Carolina.

x. DAUGHTER STEPHENS, b. Bet. 1805 - 1810.

xi. DAUGHTER STEPHENS, b. Bet. 1805 - 1810.

xii. SON STEPHENS, b. Bet. 1805 - 1810.

Children of ISAIAH STEPHENS and POLLY are:

i. JOHN STEPHENS, b. Bet. 1810 - 1820.

ii. JEPTHA STEPHENS, b. Bet. 1810 - 1820.

iii. DAUGHTER STEPHENS, b. Bet. 1810 - 1820.


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