Richard Stufflebeam of Madison County, AR: Update

I have written about Richard Stufflebean/m in the past, but have found some new information about his family.

Richard Stufflebean was the sixth of nine sons born to Revolutionary War soldier John Stufflebean and Elsie Larrison. As John and Elsie’s children grew to adulthood, they moved in several different directions, but all away from Estill County.

Richard was the only one who headed to Arkansas and apparently migrated there with his wife’s family.

Richard Stufflebean was born about 1809, Estill County, Kentucky. He married Mary (Polly) Patrick on 14 July 1830 in Estill County. Polly was only 13 or 14 when she married.

Richard and Polly first appear in the 1830 census of Estill County, with one male, 20-29 and one female, 10-14, in the household.

Still in Estill County in 1840, the household had one male, 20-29, one female, also 20-29, and three males under five, who would be sons William, James and Jacob.

This family seems to have been missed in the 1850 census. In 1843, Owsley County was formed from parts of Clay, Breathill and Estill Counties. Richard Stufflebean appears on the tax lists in Owsley County from 1844-1852 (although the 1850 list is so faded it is impossible to read). He does not appear on the 1853 list so it appears the family moved to Madison County Arkansas about that time.

Richard & 3 Oldest Sons
Registered Voters, 1867-1868

I haven’t found any will or probate record for Richard.

Even though the 1870 census shows him owning real estate, I haven’t found him buying or selling any land, either.

The last record in which Richard and Polly are found is the 1880 census of Madison County, Arkansas.

There are a number of ways to spell Stufflebean and, although the family in Estill and Owsley Counties consistently appears in records with an N at the end, Richard’s family took the M at the end of their name and became “Stufflebeam” in Arkansas. Richard and Polly both died between the 1880 and 1900 censuses, likely in Madison County, Arkansas.


  1. William Asbury, born about 1836, Estill County, Kentucky; died 22 February 1863 in Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas of disease while serving in Co. J, 1st AR Cavalry; married Rebecca Reed, c1861. Rebecca was born 22 December 1844, Washington County, AR; died 26 January 1927, Washington County, AR. She married (2) Nathaniel Dickerson (1839-30 September 1869) (3) Samuel Fraley. William and Rebecca had one daughter, Perlina Jane, born 26 January 1862; died 10 April 1945, Hempstead County, AR. She married Jonathan Robert Skelton, 10 April 1880, Washington County, Arkansas. They were the parents of eleven children.
  2. James Anderson, born about 1837, Estill County, Kentucky. James is noted as “insane” on the 1860 census, but he later married Permelia Irene Milsap about 1870, as they are a young couple with no children in that census. By 1880, they were the parents of six children, born 1871-1880.
  3. Jacob Greenbury, born July1839, Estill County, Kentucky; died 4 July 1910 in Hill County, Texas. He married Sarah A. Patrick,  about 1867, probably in Madison County, Arkansas. This family moved to Hill County, Texas between 1900 and 1910, but Sarah returned to Arkansas after Jacob’s death. They were the parents of eight children.
  4. John Merida, born about 1844, Owsley County, Kentucky; died 30 September 1913, Madison County, Arkansas. He married America Pool about 1866, probably in Madison County, Arkansas. They were the parents of six children.
  5. Houston Patrick, born 8 June 1847, Owsley County, Kentucky; died 28 January 1928. Houston married Catherine Helton as her second husband. They were the parents of eight children.
  6. Perlina Alice, born c1851, Owsley County, Kentucky; died between the 1910-1920 censuses, probably Washington County, Arkansas; married Alfred Monroe Davis (April 1854-after 1930 census), c1887. They had one daughter, Pearl Jane, born 1889. Pearl married Grover Napier, 11 January 1905, Washington County, Arkansas. They had nine children.
  7. Hiram Edward, born 19 September or November 1852, Owsley County, Kentucky; died 17 February 1916, Logan County, Arkansas. He married Anna Eliza Walkup , c1873, probably in Madison County, Arkansas. They were the parents of five children.

On Monday, we will take a look at the Stufflebeam grandchildren – there were 43 of them!

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