Stephens City, Virginia Records

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library / Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

Stephens City, Virginia Records, 560 WFCHS/THL

Scope and Content: This collection contains copies of deeds, wills, land grants, surveys, etc., relating to the history of Stephens City. Also included are more recent city records.(3 boxes) Last updated 02/2008

Biographical/Historical: Peter Stephens built the first home in Stephens City in 1732. In 1758, his son Lewis applied to the Virginia General Assembly to establish the town as Stephensburg. As the town grew, it became known as Newtown. The name was officially changed to Stephens City in April 1880. The town was settled mostly by Germans. One of the main trades of the town was wagon making.

Cite as: Stephens City, VA Records, 560WFCHS/THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA

Box 1

1. Plan of the in lots and a sketch of the situation of the lots in the town to them, original and photocopy (has been archivally encapsulated)

2. Plat of Newtown, 1830 (based on the names of the owners of the lots) ? Made for the Anti-Quit Rent Society of the town of Newtown-Stephensburg

3. Will of Lewis Stephens, Sr. 1805, typescript certified by clerk, 3 leaves

4. Will of Peter Stephens, Sr. 1757, certified by clerk, 3 leaves

5. Legislative Petition 1799, photostat of original, 2 leaves; transcript, 1 item

6. Patent to Peter Stephens of 674 acres by Gov. Gooch, Oct. 3, 1734, photostat

7. Grant of 424 acres to Lewis Stephens, Sr. from his father, Peter Stephens, out of the above-mentioned 674-acre patent to Peter, May 2, 1755, photostat of manuscript

8. Deed between Lewis Stephens ? Vance Bush and John McGinnis, Oct, 3 1793, photostat, 2 leaves

9. Stephens City Council Minutes, Abstract of Stephens City, Dec. 28, 1883-Sept. 12, 1961

10. Abstract from deeds of lots in Stephens City, no dates, 46 leaves, transcript, carbon

11. Lord Fairfax Grant, 1752, photostat, 1 leaf; photocopy, 1 leaf - Survey for Lewis Stephens, 1750-51, photostat, 1 leaf; photocopy, 1 leaf

12. Act for erecting town on 900 acres belonging to Lewis Stephens, 1758
Enlarging town of Winchester and erecting town of Leesburg

13. Description of Ground Survey and plat of outside boundaries of Stephensburg

14. Copy of Description and Plat of Stephens City, 1884 - Larrick Survey, Oct. 10, 1884

15. Goode map of Stephens City, survey of August, 1958

16. Results of Committee Findings and Expenses?investigating charter, boundaries and state highway work

17. List of so-called In-Lots and Out-Lots 3

Copies of Deeds certified by Lee N. Whitacre, October 12, 1961
18. Charles C. Bradford May 6, 1759
19. Gabriel Jones August 9, 1759
20. Robert Allen September 4, 1759
21. Aberhart Towing October 4, 1759
22. David Allen April 31, 1760
23. Lawrence Stephens May 3, 1760
24. George McCall May 3, 1760
25. Nicholas Pittman May 3, 1760
26. Bryan Bruin May 4, 1760
27. Frederick Repppart May 5, 1760
28. Thomas Allen September 4, 1760
29. George Weaver September 5, 1760
30. Henry Carver December 26, 1760
31. George Weedon May 5, 1761
32. George Wright May 6, 1761
33. Nicholas Pitman December 26, 1761
34. Lawrence Snapp December 26, 1761
35. George Helm May 16, 1762
36. Jacob Sheveldecker May 1, 1765
37. Jacob Sheveldecker May 26, 1765
38. John Davis May 26, 1765
39. Vance Bush April 6, 1778
40. Joseph Stephens October 20, 1779
41. Richard Stafford April 21, 1783
42. John Hite, Jr. August 5, 1783
43. Lewis Stephens August 5, 1783
44. George Leonard October 7, 1783
45. Vance Bush October 5, 1786
46. Catherine Fogelsong July 27, 1787
47. William Cunningham April 12, 1790
48. Robert Ware Peacock July 4, 1790
49. Thomas Dunn September 1, 1790
50. Henry Crum September 4, 1797
51. James Suggs May 31, 1798
52. John Taylor June 7, 1799
53. Barnett Lee December 2, 1799
54. John W. Driver January 29, 1801
55. John Yeakley November 5, 1872
56. Greenhill Cemetery April 18, 1874
57. L. Stephens Deed to Zea November 15, 1875

Box 2

Capital Improvement Program

Council, Committee, and Board Members

Mailing List

Stephens City Town council Minutes, January ? June 1987

Newsletter 1981-87

Stephens City Ordinances, 1978-1987

Resolutions

Town Code

Town Code?supplemental

Zoning Ordinance--1987

Box 3

Minutes of Stephens City (Newtown, Stephensburg), Virginia, 1842-1889, typescript