Daniel R. Hundley diary  1859
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Stephen Wardwell Church was born in 1833 in Bristol, Rhode Island, to Stephen Tripp Church, a farmer, and Anna Fales Wardwell. During the period immediately preceding the Civil War, Church worked as a northern merchant operating out of Charleston, South Carolina. He may have returned north to fight in the war shortly after 1861.

Church married Rebecca Ann Norris in 1989, and is listed as a Customs Official as late as 1903. He died in 1906.