Green Zachariah Stephens was born on the Stephens plantation in Itawamba County during May of 1853, the son of Abel and Annie Lawson Stephens. The family’s farm of several hundred acres was located west of the Tombigbee River along present-day River Road. The Stephens family, including Green Zachariah’s grandparents – Zachariah and Tabitha Powell Stephens, came to Itawamba County up the Tombigbee River from Alabama during 1844.
Abel Stephens was born December 14, 1817 in Alabama. His wife, Annie Lawson, was born during January of 1823 in Tennessee. They married around 1840 in Alabama. Their children included Tabitha S., Samuel M., Manning A., Mary Elizabeth, Milla J., Louisa Genira and Green Zachariah.
Zachariah Stephens (son of John Stephens and Francis Byrd) was born February 28, 1789 in North Carolina. His wife, Tabitha Powell was born February 11, 1799 in South Carolina. Their children included Abel, Green Shelton, James Monroe, John Riley, Redden Byrd, Nathaniel, Elizabeth and Zachariah.
Most members of the Stephens family are buried in historic Stephens Cemetery just off present-day River Road.