Susan Fleetwood Memorial
C-3-73 Susan Fleetwood, daughter of Joshua Charlton
Fleetwood and Susan Elizabeth Lewter, was born on 10 Jan 1863 in Northampton County, NC.
She died on 29 Mar 1954 in Northampton
County, NC. She was buried in Roberts
Northampton County, NC. She married
Henry Stephenson. He was born on 17 Nov 1860 in Northampton County, NC.
He died on 18 Apr 1941 in Northampton Co., NC. He was buried in Roberts Chapel
Cemetery, Northampton County, NC.
James Henry Stephenson and Susan
Fleetwood had the following children:
Stephenson was born
on 17 Dec 1884 in Northampton County,
NC. He died on 09 Jun 1972, Northampton County, NC.
He was buried in Roberts Chapel Baptist
Northampton County, NC.
Notes for James Henry Stephenson:
Dr. Gilbert Stephenson of Warren Place
Any history of Northampton County
would not be complete unless Gilbert Stephenson of Warren Place was recognized. In the year
of 1875, Thomas Boone Stephenson bought land from Sheriff Warren and the
original home was called Warren
Place. In 1910 when James Henry Stephenson inherited
the land, he built a new home and retained the name Warren Place by which the home is
James Henry Stephenson married Miss
Susie Fleetwood, daughter of Rev. Joshua Fleetwood. They became the parents of
Gilbert on December 17, 1884, who, after attending Conway
and Severn Schools entered Wake
at the age of fourteen years. So far, Gilbert is the youngest student ever to
enter Wake Forest. In 1902 he graduated with an
A.B. degree; an M.A., in 1906.
Afterward he entered Harvard, earning
a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1910. In the same year his first book, Race
Distinction in American Law, was published.
During his years, he wrote and
published twenty-five books on banking law and trusts. These have been used as
text books in colleges and universities. After his years at Wake Forest,
Mr. Gilbert married an attractive young school teacher,
Miss Grace White of Perquimans County,
who was teaching in the Conway
After Dr. Stephenson's preparation in
the law profession, he began the practice of law in Winston Salem in 1910.
After the end of World War II, he began trust work in Wachovia Bank of Winston Salem.
In 1922 Dr. Stephenson opened Wachovia Bank in Raleigh. During the years of depression he realized
that to save Warren Place, he must go elsewhere to recuperate financially;
accepted a position in Wilmington, Delaware,
as trust officer. Later, he became Vice-President of Trusts and soon was chosen
President of Trust Division of Bankers in 1930-31. He studied trust methods in
countries of Europe and was in demand for
lectures in many law schools. After spending time teaching at Rutgers, Northwestern University, Southwestern University of
Dallas and twelve
years of teaching each summer on the Pacific Coast, Gilbert and Miss Grace retired to
in 1950 after working half a century in trusts. Both of these valuable people
came home to give of their wealth of knowledge to Northampton County.
They took an active part in the Baptist
which was expected as Mr. Gilbert had
served on the Board of Trustees of Wake Forest College for twenty-one years,
and on the Board of Crozier Theological Seminary of Pennsylvania, the Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary in Louisville,
Kentucky, and the Board of N. C.
Baptist Foundation. Both
Mr. and Mrs. Stephenson were active in
the State Literary and Historical Association. Miss Grace brought recognition
to Northampton County by being chosen Mother of the
Year of 1964. In 1968, Dr. Stephenson, at 84 years of age, delivered the
commencement address at his alma mater, Wake Forest.
Dr. and Mrs. Stephenson had two sons,
Thomas, of Wilmington, Delaware;
and James Henry, of Baltimore,
Maryland. There are five
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Miss Grace who has been alone for
two years, is happy to have seen six generations come to Warren Place.
From: History of Northampton County,
NC 1741 - 1776 - 1976