www.childers-shepherd.org, 29 June 2010
                            

Stephen Ammons was among the group of local Baptist leaders who
founded the French Broad Baptist Institute (later known as Mars Hill
College).

"Mars Hill College . . . was established by the most prominent members
of the Baptist denomination in 1857, after realizing the necessity for
such a college. Thomas Ray, John Radford, E. D. Carter, Stephen
Ammons, Shepard Deaver, Rev. J. W. Anderson, and Rev. Humphrey
Deweese were prominent in establishing this institution. During part of
the Civil War the buildings were used by the soldiers, but after the close
of that struggle the buildings were repaired and others added. It has
done and is still doing great good."

--John Preston Arthur,
Western North Carolina: A History (1730-1913),
DAR Asheville, NC, 1914, p. 428.
Grave in the cemetery of
Gabriel's Creek Baptist
Church, Madison Co NC.
Photos from Ancestry.com.
Stephen Ammons
22 November 1806 - 18 Dec 1895