About Capt. Alexander Stephens
17 Mar 1727 - 15 Mar 1814
* BIRTH: 17 Mar 1727, Leith, Scotland
* DEATH: 15 Mar 1814, Crawfordville, GA USA
Family 1 : Catherine BASKINS
* MARRIAGE: 1766, Paxton, Penn USA
1. +Nehemiah STEPHENS
2. +James STEPHENS
3. +Andrew Baskins STEPHENS
4. +Sarah STEPHENS
5. Mary Stephens (1)
6. Jane STEPHENS
7. Catharine STEPHENS
8. Elizabeth Stephens (1)
This was the first Stephens in the New World that is a direct ancestor of our family. Came to the New World from Leith, Scotland, the port of Edinburgh.worked along the water front in Leith the Saint Andrews District of Midlothian. A Jacobite - Scottish "rebel" who participated in trying to overthrow King George II of Great Britain. Alexander is listed as a "porter or throne" supporting Charles Edward Stuart "The Pretender." George II put a price on the head of everyone who had a part; . Alexander came to the New World as a result of the price on head in Great Britain. One report says that he was given a conditional pardon by the King. He could leave Great Britain or face death. The other report says that he left before he could be put to death. Either version could be true.
He arrived in the New World (America) and settled in or near Paxton (now Harrisburg Pennsylvania), Pennsylvania. He worked as an Indian trader along the river near Paxton. Some report he lived among the Shawnee for some time. Paxton was a Scottish Irish settlement. He there met and married an Irish girl by the name of Catherine Baskin. Catherine's family operated a ferry on the river near Paxton. Alexander was neither a person of wealth nor was he well respected because of his occupation and his past. This lead to Catherine's father to disinherit her for marrying Alexander. now Harrisburg Pennsylvania. Alexander served under the British General Braddock during the French and Indian Wars in or around the year 1755. Alexander had knew the local Indians as a Trader and he knew the land. This allowed him to be a valuable scout on the lookout for the British troops. It was not long before these traits were used against the British during the American Revolution (1775 - 1783) Alexander reached the rank of Captain in the Colonial Army, the North Cumberland company. He received a total of seven pounds for his services. Sometime after the American Revolution, Alexander was awarded a grant for meritorious service in Warren County, Georgia. The youngest son of Alexander and Catherine bought the first home that the Stephens family owned in the new country. This home later became known as Liberty Hall (extant in Crawfordville)- this homestead later became part of the Alexander H. Stephens Memorial State Park, in Crawfordville, Georgia.
Near the grounds of Liberty Hall there is a family cemetery that contains the graves of several of our early ancestors.Alexander's tombstone carries the following inscription: "In the memory of Alexander Stephens. He died March 15th 1813. Aged 87 years lacking 2 days, born in England, He emigrated to Pennsylvania early in life, and was Captain in the first War for the Sovereign Rights of local self Government on the part of the People's of the several States of this Continent."
Capt. Alexander Stephens's Timeline
March 17, 1727
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
March 15, 1814
Crawfordville, Taliferro, Georgia, United States