Levi H. STEPHENS not only survived the Civil War but became a prolific family man. He had his first 2 children, William ’60 and Thomas ’64 with his wife Rachel during that time. Son James was born in 1864 and daughter Martha (Mattie) Elizabeth about 1869.
Levi was born about 1834 probably in Madison County, GA to a farming family. He married Miss Rachel, whose life events and surname are still being investigated.
You may be wondering why people research their family’s history. Well, here are 5 excellent reasons:
1. Get Rich Quick
Ignorance is cheap and is not bliss when it comes to ancestors. Sure, you probably know something about your parents and grandparents but it’s a stretch beyond that unless you’ve made it a priority to educate yourself. There is a certain richness that you can obtain by knowing your ancestors and nowadays, you can have it quicker than ever with resources available online.
The importance of having, keeping and sharing a family’s history is emphasized in this speech given by David Adelman at the last RootsTech Conference in Feb 2014 titled:
‘Storytelling Super Powers: How to Come Off as Your Family’s Genealogy Hero’
Some highlights include how you can achieve ‘Super Hero’ status amongst your own family. David states that one person can make a huge difference in this life. Studying your family’s history can be brought forward and made alive, pertinent, and useful to our own lives.
What does a Genealogy Hero look like? They are:
Determined – to fight for the truth and find the information they need.
Have Super X-Ray Vision – to see things others cannot and find mysteries.
Stealthy – with the ability to be various places and not be noticed right away. A Ninja quality to be behind the scenes and get people to open up.
Full of Stamina – like the Hulk who channels his determination into purpose and doesn’t give up.
Courageous – and tell the stories that might be painful when uncovered.
A Harvard graduate, David was so moved by the stories of his deceased grandmother gathered by his mother, he started his own family storytelling video company ‘reelgenie.com’ a few years ago.
This video has clips of cartoon super heroes demonstrating the qualities of a genealogy hero. This might be a fun one for the whole family to watch.
For more about storytelling, check out the following sites:
What does W.O.M. mean? Word Of Mouth. The type of story that is verbally passed along. Interesting stories because they have the ability to expand and change by the addition of the teller’s words, intonations or opinions. Details might be lost or enhanced in the retelling but theses types of stories are like salt and pepper. The spice for tastier food and a happy palate. They add a new dimension to the saying “ye are the salt of the earth . . .” when it comes to talking about our ancestors.