Philip Stephens is the youngest of six children born to
John and Catharine Stephens, both natives of Germany. His parents
settled in Shelby County, Ind., in an early day, where our subject was born
April 16, 1848; his father died when he was but four years of age, and he
remained with his mother until he was sixteen. Mr. S. then began business
for himself with $60 capital; he worked by the month until he was twenty-one,
and during this time had attended school three winters. When he became of
age he had saved $700 which he invested in land. Mr. Stephens was married,
March 9, 1871, to Miss Cynthia J. Cherry, a native of
Indiana. Five sons bless this union: Charles E., Phillip
W., William F., Samuel O. and an infant. Mr. Stephens,
after his marriage, lived in Shelby County about eight years, and in the fall of
1878 came to Howard County and purchased sixty acres of good farm land.
Mr. Stephens has b always voted the Democratic ticket, was an active member of
the Grange Society in Shelby County, and he and wife are members or the
Methodist Episcopal Church.
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana, "Taylor Township,"
F. A. Battey & Co., Chicago, Illinois, 1883
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming