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Julius Honesta Stevens
1837 - 1912
Co. I, 17th Mississippi Infantry

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Julius Honesta Stevens was born about January 1837 in Johnston county, North Carolina. He was the first child of William Henry Stevens and Elizabeth Smith Allen. His family moved to Mississippi sometime prior to 1845. By 1850, William Henry Stevens had passed away.

In the spring of 1861, Julius enlisted with the 17th Mississippi Infantry, Company I at Cockrum, Miss. He was listed as having been present in several battles throughout the war including Gettysburg.

During the war, he served with some of his family including his cousin, Hannibal Honestus who was a 3rd Lieutenant of his company. The captain of his company later married Julius’s sister. He was captured at the battle of High Bridge in Virginia in April, 1865 and from there taken to a federal prison in Point Lookout, Maryland until June 30th, 1865 at which point he was put on a ship that took him to Hernando, Miss.

He lived with his mother for some time and didn’t get married until he was 57 years old to Liddie Dora Watterson in 1894. He had six children including my grandfather, William Harry Stevens who was the oldest son. William Harry was born in Byhalia, Miss. in 1895.

Julius’s uncle’s family was close to them for some time, because for a while, his mother lived with them and then after his mother died, both Julius and a cousin from that family who was also named William Henry Stevens moved to Texas about the same time in 1897 or 1898. At first Julius lived in Cleburne, before moving to Upshur county and settling somewhere near Indian Rock where he died on April 4th, 1912. He was a farmer and in his obituary it stated that he was a member of Indian Rock Baptist Church.

Julius is buried along with several of his family in Glenwood cemetery.

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