The Register-Leader, August 2, 1916
Was "Forty-Niner" - He With Others Crossed Plains to Golden Gate.
Joseph L. Stephens, a "Forty-niner" and one of Marietta's oldest residents, died Tuesday evening at 6:30 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary L. Goodloe, 321 Sixth Street, death being due to old age. He was ninety-two years of age and was born at Paris, Kentucky, being one of a family of thirteen children.
He spent his early life in Bourbon County, Kentucky, coming to Marietta to reside in 1848. Shortly after his arrival in this city, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Mary A. Nolcini, who died a number of years ago.
In March 1849, he with five others made the trip across the western plains to California, where he prospected for gold, returning to this city in 1852. Following his return to Marietta, he engaged in various business enterprises.
Mr. Stephens was a member of the St. Luke's Episcopal church, and is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Mary S. Goodloe of this city, and by one brother, Charles Stephens of Paris, Kentucky.
Funeral services will be held Friday morning at nine o'clock from the late residence, 321 Sixth Street, and Rev. J. M. Hunter will officiate. Friends have been kindly requested not to send flowers.