Fort Defiance is the site of the Old Augusta Stone Meeting House established by the Rev. John Craig. Thomas Stephenson gave some of his land for the establishment of Glebe lands for this church. Thomas, Robert, David, and William Stephenson initially homesteaded in that immediate area.
I always say "possibly lived in Ireland" cause a great many English and Scottish travelled to ports in Ireland for embarkation to the Americas. The William Stephenson that was in the same area of Augusta Co. VA imported in 1735 "directly from England". The others say "From Ireland by way of Philadelpia" in 1739/40. One can argue though about the meaning of the phrase "directly from England".
There is some evidence that my Stephenson's may have been imported from London by Sir Thomas Phillips to his Londonderry Plantation in North Ireland around 1610. By 1640 most of the people he imported fled across the Irish Channel to Scotland to escape the rampages going on in north Ireland. After 1640 several familiar names were found in Scotland at a port town directly across from the Londonderry Plantation. This port was used by Sir Thomas Phillips for importing lumber from his plantation and then carting it down into England. Sir Thomas Phillips was the only plantation holder in North Ireland to import the majority of his people from London.
See this web site: http://www.ulsterancestry.com/ShowFreePage.php?id=111
The Rachael Stephenson, daughter of Thomas and Rachael, that married George Poage is the only Stephenson/Poage connection I've seen so far in this area and time frame.
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