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Thomas Pleasant Stephens (abt. 1869 - 1940)

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Thomas Pleasant Stephens
Born about in Arkansas, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married in Fulton, Arkansas, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Fulton, Arkansas, United Statesmap [uncertain]
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Thomas Pleasant Stephens was born Oct 1869 in Arkansas[1] to W. L. and Malisa E. Stephens.[2][3][4][5][6]

He was first married to _____ who died by 1900 when Thomas appears on the census as widowed.[1] and the couple had the following known children:

  1. Ruth Stephens was born about 1898 in Arkansas.[6]

He then married Zilphia Wood on 07 Oct 1906 in Fulton County, Arkansas[7] and the couple had the following known children:

  1. Paul Stephens was born about 1909 in Texas.[5][6]
  2. Mace Stephens was born about 1911 in Arkansas.[6]
  3. Grace Stephens was born about 1911 in Arkansas.[6]
  4. Helen Josephine Stephens was born 19 Oct 1912 in Myatt, Fulton County, Arkansas, died 17 Feb 2013 and was buried in Mission Park North Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.[5][6][8]
  5. James P. Stephens was born about 1915 in Arkansas.[5][6]
  6. Katherine Stephens was born about 1917 in Arkansas.[6]
  7. Thomas Buster Stephens was born about 1918 in Arkansas.[5][6][9]
  8. Edwin Anderson Stephens was born 15 Apr 1920 in Mammoth Spring, Fulton County, Arkansas and died 26 Oct 1956 in Katy, Harris County, Texas.[10][11]
  9. Elizabeth Stephens was born about 1923 in Arkansas.[5]
  10. Robert L. Stephens was born about 1925 in Arkansas.[5]

Thomas died in 1940 and is buried in Shiloh Cemetery, Fulton County, Arkansas.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 10 October 2018), Thomas Stephens, Afton & Myatt Townships, Fulton, Arkansas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 20, sheet 7B, family 123, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,059.
  2. "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Thomas Stevens in household of W L Stevens, Arkansas, United States; citing p. 70, family 9, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,552.
  3. "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 24 August 2017), Thomas P Stephens in household of Malisa E Stephens, Myatt, Fulton, Arkansas, United States; citing enumeration district ED 66, sheet 6D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0045; FHL microfilm 1,254,045.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Tombstone photograph for Thomas P. and Zilphia Stephens at FindAGrave.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 10 October 2018), Thomas Stephens, Myatt, Fulton, Arkansas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 11, sheet 4B, line 95, family 78, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 74; FHL microfilm 2,339,809.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 10 October 2018), Thomas P Stephens, Myatt, Fulton, Arkansas, United States; citing ED 13, sheet 8B, line 74, family 143, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 62; FHL microfilm 1,820,062.
  7. "Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 18 October 2017), T P Stephens and Zilphia Wood, 07 Oct 1906; citing , Fulton, Arkansas, United States, county offices, Arkansas; FHL microfilm 1,290,016.
  8. Kerrville Daily Times. Kerrville, Texas. 20 Feb 2013.
    BOERNE — Helen Josephine Stephens Nicholson, 100, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, entered into eternal peace on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013.
    Helen was born Oct. 19, 1912, in the Myatt settlement near Mammoth Spring in Fulton County, Ark., one of 10 children born to Thomas Pleasant and Zilphia Wood Stephens.
    She married Troy Wesley Nicholson on March 15, 1934, in Mammoth Spring, Ark. After returning from Europe in World War II, Troy remained in the U.S. Army and the family eventually moved to San Antonio (Fort Sam Houston), Texas.
    They were married for 65 years before Troy's passing in 1999.
    Troy and Helen had eight daughters: Mary Wilkins of Pasadena, Texas, Norah "Jitter" Denman of Bandera, Texas, Paula Jean Nicholson (deceased at age four), Alice McDaniel of Kerrville, Texas, Carolyn Dunkin (John) of Gatewood, Mo., Jo Nicholson-Schneider (Bob) of San Antonio, Texas, and Mammoth Spring, Ark., and twins, Denise Nicholson and Deborah Nicholson-Waddell (Joe) of Bandera, Texas. Other survivors include her beloved grandchildren, Lynnda Kiesel, Charles Cloninger (Tonia), Kathy West, Philip McDaniel (Tammy), Steve Cloninger, Donald McDaniel (Regina), Bobby Dunkin (Robyn), Peggy Salathe (Billy), Carolyn Coke (Justin) and Troy Jacques; beloved great-grandchildren, Kari Latronico (Patrick), Stacie Otte, Chuck Cloninger (Ana), Keli Kiesel, Linsey Cloninger, Jeremy Callaway, Cody Cloninger, Katherine and T.J. McDaniel (Heather), J.D. West, Josh Macias, Carley and Colby Chapmond, Clay, Kendall and Meredith Dunkin and Kenly and Logan Coke; and her beloved great-great-grandchildren, Evan and Harper Cloninger, Sheridon Graves, Rylee Gembler, Adyson Otte and Gary and J.C. McDaniel.
    Both Helen and Troy grew up on neighboring farms and attended school together in a one-room schoolhouse. Helen and Troy were active members in the West Avenue Church of Christ, where they served as Sunday school teacher and deacon, respectively. She was a life-long Democrat and participated in every election. She was a life-long league bowler from the late 1960s until 2006. She won many trophies and championships and represented the state of Texas in a national senior's tournament in Nevada. She was active in and supported many charitable causes. After he retired, Troy joined her in the bowling activities, and they traveled to many states across the country and shared many happy memories and friendships. She told her children her goal in life was to be a good wife and mother, and they all agreed that she far surpassed her goal in both jobs.
    She is dearly beloved by her grand, great- and great-great-grandchildren. She established a special relationship with each one of them that made them feel they were the most loved of all.
    She also wrote many poems from her life experiences, copies of which have been bound for each of her daughters. She was an artist who painted in watercolor and charcoal.
    A spirited, spiritual and active woman, she was determined to remain independent as long as possible. Into her old age, she remained witty and fun and never lost her ability to enjoy life no matter where she was.
    She was a partner in a marriage that raised their daughters to be independent, self-sufficient, giving and loving — selfishness and prejudice was not permitted in their home. Her greatest wish was that all her descendants be good Christians and be good to their fellow man.
    Visitation, memorial services and burial will be Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m., services at 2 p.m. and graveside services at 2:30 p.m. (approximate) at the Mission Park North Chapel at 20900 IH-10 West, San Antonio, Texas. Condolences and farewell messages may be left at the Mission Park website: In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the University Oaks Church of Christ Building Fund, 4687 Lockhill Selma Road, San Antonio, TX 78249.
  9. "Virginia, Marriage Certificates, 1936-1988," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 20 August 2018), Thomas Stephens in entry for Thomas Buster Stephens and Annie Sue Denning, 10 Aug 1946; from "Virginia, Marriage Records, 1700-1850," database and images, Ancestry ( : 2012); citing Newport News, , Virginia, United States, certificate 27414, Virginia Department of Health, Richmond.
  10. "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 March 2018), Thomas Pleasant Stephens in entry for Edwin Anderson Stephens, 26 Oct 1956; citing certificate number 54082, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,114,935.
  11. "Arkansas First Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 March 2018), Edwin A Stephens, 1940-1945; citing Mammoth Spring, Fulton, Arkansas, United States, National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas; FamilySearch digital folder 005150881.
  • "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 December 2018), Thomas P Stephens, Justice Precinct 6, Dallas, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 99, sheet 10B, family 197, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1545; FHL microfilm 1,375,558.
  • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 15 March 2018), Tom P Stephens, Mammoth Spring Township, Fulton, Arkansas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 25-9, sheet 10B, line 43, family 200, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 136.

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