Leavell Family Genealogy Forum
The Stephenson/Leavell families went to MO from Garrard Co. KY.
From A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri by Bryan and Rose, pages 275-276.
"LEAVELL-- Edward Leavell, of Virginia, married Elizabeth Hawkins, and settled in North Carolina. They afterward removed to Garrard Co., KY., where they both died. Their children were -- Benjamin, Joseph, James, John, Edward, Nathan, Mary, Nancy, Elizabeth, Catharine, Sally, and Mildred. Benjamin, Joseph, and John lived in Kentucky. Nathan died in North Carolina. James married Rebecca Stinson, who cut the throat of a mad wolf, that had bitten her father, while he held it. Their children were-Margaret, Elizabeth, Jane, Julia A., William H., James M., Benjamin F., and Edward. Margaret married John Stevens. Elizabeth married Randolph Boone. Jane married Mr. Carnifix. Julia A. married M.B. Snethen. William H. was married three times. James M. died single. Benjamin F. married Sarah Nunnelly, and they had one child, James. Edward married Rhoda Sallee. Mildred, daughter of Edward Leavell Sr., married Nicholas H. Stephenson, of Kentucky, and is now a widow in her 86th year. Mr. Stephenson and his family started to Missouri in 1813, on horseback, but after crossing the Ohio River they purchased a wagon and travelled in that some distance, when the roads became so bad that they could use it no longer. They then sold the wagon and performed the rest of the journey on horseback, arriving in St. Charles coounty in 1814, having been on the road one year. Mr. Stephenson settled first in Howell's Prairie, where he built a tanyard, and in 1818 he removed to Montgomery county. He had 2 children, James and Mildred A. Thomas D. Stephenson, a brother of Nicholas, settled in Howell's Prairie, St. Charles county, in 1812, where he married MARY PITMAN. In 1844 he removed to Warren county, where he died. He was County Judge and Justice of the Peace for some time, and was an influential citizen."
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