John Alexander Stevens
16 Sept. 1842 - 04 Nov 1909
Circuit Clerk of Clay County from 1876-1888.
Superintendent of Education from 1888-1892 and 1896-1900.
The following notes about John Alexander Stevens, from the CSA Marker Re-Dedication Program, were used in the U. D. C. ceremony held November 13, 2001 at Greenwood Cemetery in West Point, Mississippi.
James A. Stevens, of Burnet, Texas,
wrote an article for the Confederate Veteran (Vol. XXIV, 1916) in which he told how his
brother, John, about nineteen years old and serving in Co. K, 14th MS Infantry, was shot
with a Minie ball which tore out one of his eyes. A surgeon recommended whisky, but John,
having taken an oath as an abolitionist to drink nothing stronger than water or coffee
while in the service, refused the liquor. Gangrene set in to the eye and the other went
blind for a little while, but John survived. Twenty years after the war ended,
he was paralyzed in the jaw from the effects of the war wound, but again recovered.
His obituary, published in The Ledger, reads...
"It is a common expression, when an old and valued citizen passes away from a community by death, that 'an old landmark has been removed.' This sentiment is exactly true in reference to the death of our highly esteemed fellow citizen, Mr. John A. Stevens. He has certainly been identified with West Point ever since the new county (first Colfax, now Clay) was made. In the early history of the county he was elected Circuit Clerk, an office which he filled well and faithfully. Afterwards he was for some years Superintendent of Education, and also faithfully performed the duties of that office. He was a consistent member of the Christian Church and his life was above reproach."
"He served the State faithfully as a soldier in the Civil War, and was loyal to the history and traditions of the South. As a husband, father, friend and loyal citizen, he ranked with the most faithful and truest of the land. The heartfelt sympathy of The Ledger goes out to the bereaved widow and children. May the God of infinite mercy pour the oil of consolation into their wounded hearts."
Mr. Stevens was the son of Hardy and Elizabeth Myatt Stevens of Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi. He was married on 15 Nov 1866 to Francis Elizabeth Lee Gibson (8 Sept 1847 - 27 Nov 1910). She was the daughter of William Wellington and Mary Katherine Frances Rodgers Gibson, who are both buried in Greenwood Cemetery, West Point, Mississippi.
Info courtesy of Davenia Nason Cray, great-granddaughter of J. A. Stevens.
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