Facts and Events
On the morning of January 8, 1911, Joseph walked the 3 miles to the Shaw homestead for his wedding. He intended to move in with Oma at the Shaws'. On his back he carried a small trunk, which had all of his worldly possessions, including his fiddle.
As the wedding progressed, that old fiddle came out, and he played "Eighth of January" (Battle of New Orleans).
Daddy Joe had a dog named Rover, who would herd the cows. He was able to herd only the Stephens's cows, but was impatient with them. If the cow didn't move fast enough, Rover would bite them on the nose, so Daddy Joe had to stop using Rover as a cow herd.
Daddy Joe's Uncle Clarence was a tobacco chewer. One time, while riding in Daddy Joe's brand new '57 Chevy, Clarence spit his chew out the window. The only problem was, the window was closed a the time.
Daddy Joe often liked to purchase new cars. He also was the first person in Huntsville to purchase the Brand New 1958 Edsel.
Listed in the 1900 Houston County, Texas Census as Joe A. Stevens, born Dec. 1886, age 13, born TX, farm laborer, can read and write. With parents and siblings.
Listed in the 1920 Houston County, Texas Census, Precinct 4, ED 82, enumerated January 9th, page 3B, Dwelling 52, Household 53, as Joe A. Stephens, age 33, born TX, father born MS, mother born TX. With wife Oma, age 27, born TX, father born MS, mother born AL; son Philip, age 8, born TX.
Double stone with Oma. Other Stephens buried in Clapp Cemetery: Eva E. Stephens Feb. 23, 1885 - Aug. 24, 1969
Double stone with Thomas
Thomas M. Stephens Jun. 11, 1883 - Sept. 14, 1971
"Married ?? 17, 1909"
James D. Stephens Nov. 18, 1894 - Dec. 29, 1923 Lennie Stephens Oct. 1, 1893 - Dec. 14, 1928
---Known as "Daddy Joe" by his Grandchildren ---GSD ---Worked at the Huntsville Correction Facility, Huntsville TX. --GSD
Daddy Joe's niece was named Lillian. She's the one who had all the family tree information.