Wondering if anyone can get further than my Great Grandfather

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I'm looking to try to get further than my great grandfather Willis Stephens. I'm reasonable confident through knowledge from my father and census records about my grandfather Waitman Stevens(1920-1990) and his father Willis Stevens(Stephens) (1852-1930). I'm wondering if anyone has them in there family tree. They are all from Calhoun County, West Virginia. Any information could be helpful including information on their wives as I have completely brickwalled with them.
WikiTree profile: Willis Stevens
in Genealogy Help by Timothy Stevens G2G Rookie (200 points)

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W. M. Stevens

West Virginia Deaths

Name W. M. Stevens
Event Date 05 Nov 1930
Event Place Calhoun, West Virginia
Gender Male
Age (Expanded) 78 years 3 months 9 days
Birth Date 1852
Birthplace W. Va.
Marital Status Married
Father's Name James Stevens
Father's Birthplace Va.
Mother's Name Pernelia Owens
Mother's Birthplace Va.
Occupation Farmer
Affiliate Repository Type County Records

Citing this Record

"West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F1P3-N29 : 11 February 2018), W. M. Stevens, 05 Nov 1930; citing Calhoun, West Virginia, County Records, , county courthouses, West Virginia; FHL microfilm 807,454.

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
West Virginia officially  became a separate state from Virginia in 1863.
Yeah, its why going back beyond that has been quite troublesome for me. I was aware of James Stevens and Pernelia Owens possible being the parents of Willis Stevens but I lacked really any information on them apart from that.  I checked around Family Search but it seems to die off at where you found it possible because it's only looking at West Virginia and wherever James and Pernelia were from was before than.

https://www.google.com/search?q=James+Stevens+and+Permelia+Owens+of+the+USA&spell=1&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwirv4qZgYnbAhXk8YMKHf9fDHkQBQgmKAA&biw=858&bih=835

Her name might be Permelia Owens. 

 .... in 1850 in Wirt, West Virginia, United States a bride named Permelia Owens.

Looking through the 1860 and 1870 Census it's clear that her name is written differently with the 1860 census it being Permelia and in the 1870 census it changing to Amelia but by age and family they are clearly the same person.

Also on the 1870 census they have an 80 Year old with the name Elizabeth Owens living them, I'm guessing this is her mother.

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZHS-W2M?from=lynx1&treeref=9X1M-K9Y
Something I noticed is a user on Family search has a William Stephens listed as the father of James Stephens but without a source link. I'm not going to say it's wrong but we need to find a source for his father. I looked for example in 1850s Census but I can't seen to find unmarried James there and I struggle to properly read older census records.
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Permelia Owens

mentioned in the record of James Stephens and Permelia Owens

Name James Stephens
Spouse's Name Permelia Owens
Event Date 1850
Event Place Wirt, West Virginia, United States
Affiliate Repository Type County Records

Citing this Record

"West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FBBX-RJP : 11 February 2018), James Stephens and Permelia Owens, 1850; citing Wirt, West Virginia, United States, , county clerks, West Virginia; FHL microfilm 1,887,414.

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
If West Virginia did not officially become a separate state from Virginia until 1863, why do the call it West Virginia in 1850?
Yeah that strange, I think you may be right with the name Permelia instead of Pernelia though that a simple enough mistake to be made on a record. Wirt County is right next to Calhoun so a marriage record being there isn't a long stretch of the imagination.  Not sure why it's referring to West Virginia before it became a state unless West Virginia retroactively changed previous records after achieving statehood .
Maybe some who lived there called it West Virginia before it became official.

The "Map Guide to the U. S. Federal Censuses 1790-1920" in the 1860 US Census on page 374 has a Note: West Virginia in 1860 was part of Virginia. Then in the 1870 US Census page 375 has a Note: West Virginia officially became a state in 1863.

The authors are William Thorndale and William Dollarhide. Sometimes it's interesting to see how the counties changed in size depending on what decade it was. Other changes are shown also.
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Permelia Stephens

United States Census, 1860

Name Permelia Stephens
Event Type Census
Event Date 1860
Event Place Wirt, Virginia, United States
Gender Female
Age 34
Race White
Race (Original) [Blank]
Birth Year (Estimated) 1826
Birthplace Virginia
Page 92

Household

Role

Sex

Age

Birthplace

James Stephens   M 33 Virginia
Permelia Stephens   F 34 Virginia
Willis M Stephens   M 7 Virginia
Cincinnatus Stephens   M 5 Virginia
John J Stephens   M 2 Virginia
Sarah E Stephens   F 2 Virginia

Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHM7-436 : 13 December 2017), Permelia Stephens in entry for James Stephens, 1860.

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United States Census, 1860

by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)

This may be Permelia's family. On the marriage bond her father is listed as George C Owens of Wirt County. 

George Owens

United States Census, 1850

Name George Owens
Event Type Census
Event Year 1850
Event Place Wirt county, Wirt, Virginia, United States
Gender Male
Age 54
Race White
Birth Year (Estimated) 1796
Birthplace Virginia
House Number 227

Household

Role

Sex

Age

Birthplace

George Owens   M 54 Virginia
Elizabeth Owens   F 45 Virginia
Mahala Owens   F 30 Virginia
Presley Owens   M 24 Virginia
George Owens   M 21 Virginia
Alfred Owens   M 18 Virginia
Sarah E Owens   F 16 Virginia
Willis Owens   M 13 Virginia
Virginia Owens   F 7 Virginia
Elizabeth Owens   F 65 Virginia

Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M8DY-1JH : 12 April 2016), George Owens, Wirt county, Wirt, Virginia, United States; citing family 227, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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United States Census, 1850

 

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