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John Samuel STEPHENS
Mary Alice CORBIN
Mary E. MORRIS
WARNING:  Either our subject's first wife died soon after they married, probably in birthing their first child, or these are two entirely different John S. STEPHENS'es.  Does anyone know for certain?
Husband:  John Samuel STEPHENS
Birth:  Jan 1847, FL
Occupation:  farm laborer, miller
Parents:  born in GA, FL, or SC

Secondary sources disagree as to his parentage, and it's not clear from the census which John STEPHENS he is. 

Marriage-1:  2 Mar 1870, Jackson Co., FL
Wife-1:  Mary Alice CORBIN
Birth:  1850/1, AL
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Jerome Benjamin CORBIN
Mother:  Mary Ann __?__
Marriage-2:  24 Jun 1872, Jackson Co., FL
Wife-2:  Mary Emma MORRIS
Birth:  Feb 1851 or 4 Mar 1856, FL
Death:  9 Oct 1887, Jackson Co., FL
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  John Jonathan "John-Jon" MORRIS (1826/7-1878) of AL
Mother:  [Winifred] "Winny" __?__ (1825-1868) of FL
Children with Mary Alice CORBIN:
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Children with Mary E. MORRIS born in Jackson Co., FL:
1.  S. Caroline "Carrie" STEPHENS, b. 1872/3 or Jul 1874
2.  W. C. STEPHENS [female], b. 1874/5
3.  John Gable STEPHENS, b. 1876/7
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina

Sources:

1.  Master Marriage Index (online at the Jackson County FLGenWeb site; warning: this is a secondary source):
STEPHENS John CORBAN Mary A 2 Mar 1870 Jackson Co., FL
STEPHENS J S MORRIS Mary E App. Only Jackson Co., FL
STEPHENS John S MORRIS Mary E 24 Jun 1872 Jackson Co., FL
A file at WorldConnect shows the latter couple married 24 Jun 1872 in Jackson Co., FL, Book D, p. 252.

2.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):   Alice CORBIN (æ 7, b. AL) is living in Dale Co., AL, with her parents (q.v.).  Mary E. MORRIS (æ 9, b. FL) is living in Washington Co., FL (pp. 1016-1017), with her parents, John MORRIS (æ 33, b. AL) & Winna (æ 34, b. FL), plus siblings.

3a.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #136 of 257):  Marianna P.O., Jackson Co., FL, Roll M593_130, p. 241A, PN 21, 221/150, enumerated 6/7 Jul 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Stephens John S 22 M W Farm Laborer   25 Florida
________ Mary A 18 F W at Home     Alabama

3b.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Mary E. MORRIS (æ 19, b. FL) is living in Jackson Co., FL (p. 238A), with her widowed father, John J. MORRIS (æ 44, b. AL), plus siblings.

4.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #15 of 21):  Election Pct. No. 3, Jackson Co., FL, Roll T9_128, p. 506C, PN 15, SD 18, ED 167, enumerted 21 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 13 24 25 26
138 140 Stephens Jno S W M 32     / Miller FL GA GA
    Stephens M E W F 29 Wife   / Keeping house FL    
    Stephens S C W F  7 Dau /     FL FL FL
    Stephens W C W F  5 Dau /     " " "
    Stephens J G W M  3 Son /     " " "

5.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

6.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #32 of 41):  Harpers, Precinct No. 3, Jackson Co., FL, Roll T623_171, p. 185B, SN 16, SD 1, ED 51, enumerated 21 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
296 297 Stephens John S Head W M Jan 1848 52 M 28     FL SC SC Farmer Y Y Y O F F 223
    ________ Mary E Wife W F Feb 1851 49 M 28 3 3 FL FL FL Keep House Y Y Y        
    ________ John G Son W M Oct 1877 22 S       FL FL FL Farm Laborer Y Y Y        

7.  1910 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #9 of 16):  Round Lake, Precinct No. 20, Jackson Co., FL, Roll T624_163 (Book 2), p. 96a, SN 5A, ED 47, enumerated 20 Apr 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
83 83 Stephens Samuel Head M W 62 M1 39     FL FL FL Eng Farmer Emp     Y Y   O F F 47
    ________ Mary E Wife F W 59 M1 39 3 2 FL FL FL Eng None                    
    ________ Florie GDau F W  8 S       FL FL FL   No                    
    Sketo Frank GSon M W 14 S       FL FL FL Eng Farm Laborer W N N Y Y Y        
    _____ James GSon M W 12 S       FL FL FL Eng Florida Laborer W N N Y Y Y        
    _____ Della GDau F W 10 S       FL FL FL Eng None       Y Y Y        

8.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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