Octavia Stephens in her late teens
Octavia Stephens in her early twenties
1st Letter from Captain Winston Stephens
2nd Letter from Captain Winston Stephens
[Archivist Bruce S. Chappell kindly allowed me to sort through the photos of the Stephens family that had been donated to the P.K. Younge Library of Florida History. As I looked at them I wondered how Octavia Stephens would feel if she knew that people would grieve with her for her losses over 140 years later. I also wondered if she ever remarried. However, I was gladdened to learn that Winston and Octavia did leave a family that prospered. The photographs I examined covered several generations of the Stephens family. And it seemed that every generation had a boy named Winston, and one generation was even represented by a set of twins. There wasn't any documentation, except names on the back of the photos, so I don't know if it was Winston Stephens, the great grandson or the great great grandson, who donated the photos to the library. In May 2012, I received an e-mail from Patricia Stephens Haynie, a descendant of Winston and Octavia Stephans, who kindly let me know that the materials were donated by her father, the great grandson of Winston and Octavia.
We often think of the Civil War as having 622,000 soldiers killed in action, died of wounds or diseases. What we forget is that the casualties numbered in the tens of millions among civilians who suffered heartache. - Thomas R. Fasulo, Webmaster]
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