Descendants of John Stufflebean, Part 2 – James and Michael

Last week, Part 1 of this series covered John’s probable children with first wife, Priscilla Ross, who died before 12 August 1795 probably in Bourbon County, Kentucky.

John’s second wife was Elsee Larrison Ketchum, a young widow. I believe that Joseph “Kitchum,” living next door to James Stufflebean in the 1820 Estill County, Kentucky census was her son.

Together, John and Elsee had several more children:

  1. James Stufflebean, born about 1796
  2. Michael Stufflebean, born about 1798
  3. Jacob Stufflebean, born about 1801
  4. Hiram Stufflebean, born about 1804
  5. Mary Stufflebean, born about 1806
  6. John Stufflebean, born about 1808
  7. Richard Stufflebean, born about 1809
  8. Son, born about 1811; died after 1830 census
  9. Son, born about 1813; died after 1830 census

Today, sketches will be given on James and Michael. Like their half brothers, William and Andrew, James and Michael also died as fairly young men with young families.

James Stufflebean married Mary Dunaway on 13 October 1819 in Estill County, Kentucky. James is found in the 1820 census, but Mary isn’t a head of household in 1830. They had one daughter, likely a newborn, in the 1820 census:

  1. Daughter, born 1810-1820; no further record

Michael Stufflebean was born about 1798, supported by permission given by his father, John Stufflebean, to be issued a marriage license on 21 December 1817 so that he could marry Elizabeth Baker.


Permission to obtain a marriage license

December the 21 Day 1817
This is to Sertify that I am willing that
you Should giv my sun Mikel marig
Lisens To Mr. Barnes John Stufflebean
George Baker

There is an error, repeatedly found online, that his name was Michael Charles Stufflebean. This is not true! At some point, someone misread his marriage entry and, in doing so, changed his name:

Michael Stufflebean-Elizabeth Baker Marriage

This is to certify that on 25 day of
December 1817 I joined in mar
riage according to the rites and
cannonia? required by law Mi
chael Stofelbeen and Elizabeth
Baker of Estill County Given under
my hand as a minister of the
Gospel legally authorised to celebrate
the Rites of marriage in Kentucky
George Baker

Do you notice how Michael’s name is split on two lines? Someone made the mistake of thinking that “Mi” was an abbreviation for Michael and then read the rest of the name as “Chas” or “Chast” and he became Michael Charles Stufflebean. Not so!

Michael Stufflebean and Elizabeth Baker had ten children:

  1. George Stufflebean, born about 1820, Estill County, Kentucky; George married (1) Esther Baker, 1 November 1849, Linn county, Missouri and (2) Nancy Jane Baker on 2 June 1863, Linn County, Missouri. He died on 24 May 1896, Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas.
  2. John Stufflebean, born 30 June 1821, Estill County, Kentucky. John married (1) Gulielma Beals on 25 December 1845, Linn County, Missouri and (2) Matilda Jane Peavler, 9 June 1853 in Sullivan County, Missouri.  He died on 10 June 1864 in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee during the Civil War. This is my husband’s direct line.
  3. Michael Stufflebean, born about 1823, Estill County, Kentucky; Michael married Margaret Murphy, on 15 March 1865, Linn County, Missouri. He died 20 April 1873 in Sullivan County, Missouri.
  4. Elizabeth Stufflebean, born about 1823 (I don’t know if she and Michael were twins or if their ages were off in census records), Estill County, Kentucky. Elizabeth married William T. Clark about 1839. She died in 1863 in Sullivan County, Missouri.
  5. Samuel Stufflebean, born 9 April 1825, Estill County, Kentucky. He married Maria Beals on 24 December 1844 in Linn County, Missouri. Samuel died on 12 October 1880 in North Salem, Linn County, Missouri.
  6. Hiram Stufflebean, born 2 July 1827, Estill County, Kentucky. Hiram married Susan Baker on 2 January 1849 in Linn County, MIssouri. He died on 24 February 1910 in Linn County, Missouri.
  7. Susan Stufflebean, born about 1830 in Morgan County, Indiana. Susan married Reuben McCollum on 4 December 1852 in Linn County, Missouri. She died after 1900, probably in Sullivan County, Missouri.
  8. James Stufflebean, born 11 February 1832, Morgan County, Indiana. James married America Pulliam on 16 March 1850 in Linn County, Missouri. He died 21 April 1915, in Linn County, Missouri.
  9. William Henry Stufflebean, born about 1836 in Morgan County, Indiana. He died 18 September 1858 in Linn County, Missouri; unmarried.
  10. Rachel Jane Stufflebean, born July 1844, probably in Linn County, Missouri. Rachel married (1) Isaac Peavler about 1861, probably in Sullivan County, Missouri and (2) Henry Smith on 8 January 1867 in Linn County, Missouri. She died on 19 February 1916, Linn County, Missouri.

If you are related to William or Andrew Stufflebean from last week’s post or James or Michael Stufflebean in today’s sketches, please contact me.


3 thoughts on “Descendants of John Stufflebean, Part 2 – James and Michael”

  1. Hello Linda!

    Thank you (underlined) for your wonderful information and commentary! I’m so grateful i found you! You are amazing to me how you write. I want to follow your example 🌻🌻🌻

    I am one of Michael Stufflebean’s 4th Great Granddaughters. I am newer at researching but have dived in and love it. I love the information you’ve provided. I so appreciate your making your work available.

    I hope you have a wonderful week!


  2. I am enjoying your discussion of this family. I am related (on two lines) back to Michael 1795. I am VERY interested in sorting out this lineage. My great grandparents were William H Smith(son of Henry Smith and Rachel Jane Stufflebean) and Ida Stufflebean (daughter of Daniel B Stufflebean and Elizabeth Logan). I am also a member of NSDAR. I am having difficulty establishing proof documentation that John 1821 is the son of Michael.

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