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Coleman L. Stevenson

COLEMAN L. STEVENSON, a first-class farmer and stock-raiser, residing in the Ninth Civil District of Giles County, was born in that county December 26, 1832, and is the son of William P. and Malinda Stevenson, both natives of North Carolina. The father of our subject was born in North Carolina in 1810, and received his education in the schools of Giles County. He was a farmer by occupation, and by his marriage, in 1830, became the father of these children: Coleman L., Elam R., Joseph J., Presley W., William F., Sarah A, P., John H. and Wilber M. The father settled where he now resides in 1888, and has 300 acres of valuable land, all well improved. He has four brothers who are ministers of the gospel, and his father was also a very prominent Methodist Episcopal minister. Our subject's paternal grandparents were Rev. Elam and Lydia Stevenson, natives of North Carolina, who were married about 1805, and located in Giles County, Tenn., about 1813. To them were born these children: Katherine, William P., James C., Abner A., Willis M., Minerva J., John B., Thomas C., Amanda, Elam A, and Gilbert. The grandfather died in 1875 and the grandmother in 1872. Our subject, Coleman L. Stevenson, received a fair education, and has been engaged in farming from early youth. January 28, 1855, he was married to Louisa Jackson, daughter of Barrington and Nancy Jackson, natives of North Carolina, and to this union was born one child- William B. Mrs. Stevenson died February 1, 1856, and February 5, 1857, he was married to his sister-in-law, Dorcas Jackson. The last union resulted in the birth of three sons: James M., Elam A. and Thomas M. Besides his own children he took three orphan children to raise. Martha V., Nancy M. and Mary J. They are the daughters of James and Mary Jackson (deceased). In 1862 Mr. Stevenson enlisted in the Thirty-second Tennessee Regiment of Volunteers, and served until the close of the war. He participated in most of the principal battles, and was a brave and gallant soldier. Mr. Stevenson and family are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He has a good farm of 265 acres where he now lives, and 400 acres in other parts of Giles County. He is a Democrat in politics.

From: Goodspeed's History of Giles County