When James W Stevens was born on 1 October 1837, in Tennessee, United States, his father, James P. Stephens, was 41 and his mother, Sarah Sally Seabolt, was 30. He married Talitha Ann Kelley in 1867, in Smith, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Smith, Tennessee, United States for about 30 years. He died on 18 March 1907, in DeKalb, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Bethel Cemetery, DeKalb, Tennessee, United States.
English (London), Flemish, Dutch, and North German: patronymic from the personal name Steven . The surname of Flemish origin is also found in the Walloon part of Belgium. In North America, the English form of the surname has also absorbed some like-sounding Jewish names and various other European cognates, e.g. Greek Stefanidis , Serbian Stevanović (see Stevanovic ), Slovenian and Slovak Štefanič (see Stefanic ).