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Richard Stufflebeam, Madison Co., AR: Grandchildren, Part 2

 Today, I will finish up identifying the remaining grandchildren of Richard Stufflebeam and Polly Patrick that were born to their four youngest children, John Merida, Houston Patrick, Perlina Alice and Hiram Edward. That’s just 19 more grandchildren to go!

John Merida, who married America Pool:


1. Polly Ann (1867-1943); married Stephen Douglas Holloway, c1906 as his second wife. Stephen had two sons, but it appears Polly had no children of her own.
2. Daniel (1869-1939); unmarried.
3. Thursey J. (1871-1880+); no further record.
4. Sarah F. (1873-1900+); married George W. Gardner, 20 December 1896, Washington County, Arkansas. George married (2) Permelia S. Stufflebeam (1882-1920), 23 December 1901, Washington County, Arkansas. Permelia was the daughter of James and Permelia (Milsap) Stufflebeam. Permelia was described in the census as a cripple. She died in May 1920 in Creek County, Oklahoma. Sarah and George were the parents of 2 children.
5. John E. (1876-1900); unmarried and at home with father and brother Daniel in 1900; no further record.
6. James W. (1878-1880+); no further record.

Houston Patrick, who married Catherine Helton:


1. Mary M. (1871-1910+); married William M. Boone (1871-1932). This family moved to Cherokee County, Texas. Parents of 5 children.
2. Catherine Elizabeth (1872-1917) ; married Hugh Mark Quick (1869-1935), c1894. Parents of 5 children.
3. Jacob Noah (1876-1947); married Margaret Whitmire (1879-1964), c1896. Parents of 6 children.
4. Perlina J. (1878-1880+); no further record, but probably the mother of Lizze Swanigan, grandchild living with Houston and his family in 1900. If so, Perlina probably died giving birth.
5. Cynthia (1882-c1917); married Brant Deaton (1882-1970), 3 December 1905, Madison County, Arkansas. Parents of 5 children.
6. Martha C. (1885-195_); unmarried.
7. Viola (1887-1939); unmarried.

Perlina Alice, who married Alfred Monroe Davis:


1. Pearl Jane (1889-1948); married Grover Cleveland Napier (1885-1967), 11 January 1905, Washington County, Arkansas. Parents of 9 children.

Hiram Edward, who married Anna Eliza Walkup:


1. Albert (1878-1941); married Delilah Jane Wallace (1862-1934), 14 September 1908, Logan County, Arkansas. They had no children.
2. Rosa Lee (1879-1946); married William Harrison Wiggins (1877-1964), c1901. Parents of 6 children.
3. Della (1881-1965); married Lee Howard Richards (1878-1937), c1904. This family lived in Polk County, Arkansas. Parents of 2 children.
4. Lena (1889-1922); married Albert Lewis Struble (1886-1942), 1 April 1906, Logan County, Arkansas. Parents of 2 children.
5. Ellen (1891-1900+); no further record.

That’s it! We’ve covered all the grandchildren of Richard and Polly (Patrick) Stufflebean/m. As you can see from this lengthy list, there were quite a few great grandchildren, but I will leave that for others to follow up.

If you are descended from Richard and Polly, please leave a comment. 🙂

Richard Stufflebeam , Madison Co., AR: Grandchildren, Part 1

A couple of days ago, I shared newly found information about Richard Stufflebeam and wife Polly Patrick, who left Kentucky for a new life in Madison County, Arkansas about 1853 and their children.

Richard Stufflebeam is a bit of a mystery in terms of how he made his living. Most censuses give his occupation as farmer, but, and this is a big but, the only records I can find of Richard owning any land are for a few years in Owsley County, Kentucky, when the tax lists show him taxed on 50 acres of land and in Madison County, Arkansas, the census shows him with real estate valued at $500 and personal estate at $300 in 1870. He owned no real or personal estate according to the 1860 census.

In addition, the Madison County deed indexes show no entries for Richard Stufflebeam buying or selling land.

Vital records are not extant until 1901 for marriages and later for births and deaths. Madison County probate records up to 1893 have no entries at all for any Stufflebeams.

Richard isn’t found in any of the Chancery Court records up to 1890 either. He apparently lived a quiet life, farming either on rented land or for other land owners.

When he and Polly died might forever remain a mystery. They were unable to read or write, so there won’t be any family Bible to discover either.

However, Richard and Polly were the parents of seven children and grandparents to at least 50 who survived to adulthood, so there are many descendants today.

Today, I will share information about half of the grandchildren.

William Asbury, who married Rebecca Reed:


1. Perlina Jane, born 26 January 1862; died 10 April 1945, Hempstead County, Arkansas. She married Jonathan Robert Skelton, 10 April 1880, Washington County, Arkansas. Perlina’s mother, Rebecca Fraley, lived with the family in 1910.

Children, all born and married in Washington County, AR:

1. James Robert (1881-1957; married Sibbie Myrtle Shackelford (1887-1947), 5 September 1902. Parents of 10 children.
2. Rebecca Elizabeth (1882-1962); married William Franklin Fields (1877-1936), 27 March 1908. parents of 2 children.
3. George Sherman (1884-1886)
4. Henry Eli (1887-1986); married Fay Anderson (1895-1976), 25 September 1910. Parents of 10 children.
5. John Harrison (1890-1975); married Mary Ellen Schader (1894-1987), 25 December 1910. Parents of 5 children.
6. Julia Burnette (1893-1965); married Calvin C. Stout (1889-1965), 28 July 1912. Parents of 4 children.
7. Lula Bell (1895-1975); married Elmer Stout (1895-1992), 13 September 1913. Parents of 6 children.
8. Walter Dewey (1897-1985); married Nellie Stout (1900-1987), 27 April 1917. Parents of 7 children.
9. Neala (1900-1901)
10. Altie Leona (1902-1981); married Otis D. Sutton (1896-194, 23 October 1920. Parents of 10 children. The Suttons left Arkansas for Texas and live in Tom Green County in 1935, Kimble County in 1940 and Altie died in Kerr County.

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.

James Anderson, who married Permelia Irene Milsap:


1. Joyce Bethaney (1871-1930+, probably Harper County, Kansas); married (1) Charley Stroud, c1886 (2) William A. Lewis (1817-1900+), 13 December 1902, Monroe County, Arkansas (3) Henry Monroe Kelley (?-died before 1910, probably Pratt County, Kansas (4) William Franklin Pittman (1864-1902). Bethie lived with William (not a typo, he was 83) in 1900 in the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory and they didn’t marry until 1902, his children and her three Stroud daughters.  Joyce had three daughters with Charley:  Zelda (born c1889), Sarah (born c1891) and Lucinda (born c1893), three children with William Lewis: Bertha (born c1898), Richard D. (born c1901), Fox Taylor (born c1903), all in Oklahoma and one son, Peter M. (born c1909) Kelley. Parent of 7 children.
2. William Edward (c1873-1950); married Frances Elizabeth Frost (1902-1992), 30 April 1917. This family moved to Oklahoma and then to California. Parents of 8 children.
3. Elizabeth, born c1875; died after 1880; no further record.
4. James?, born c1876. Could the 1880 census taker have confused the children? No further record is found for James. This should be Joseph Houston, born 12 March 1876; died 20 August 1948, Daviess County, Indiana; married Ida Frost, 17 September 1905, Madison County, Arkansas. His Indiana death certificate names his parents as Anderson and Irene and his birthplace as Madison County, Arkansas. Parents of 8 children.
5. John Calvin (1878-1949); married (1) Alpha Evans, 25 March 1900, Polk County, Arkansas (2) Maggie Payne, 22 December 1903, Howell County, Missouri. This family moved to Oklahoma and theback to Arkansas. Parents of 5 children.
6. Franklin (1879-?). The 1880 census shows Franklin, born March 1880. Frank married (1) Gillie McKenzie, 24 February 1901, Washington County, Arkansas. They had four children and divorced before 1920. Frank married (2) Rilla May (Knowles) Long (1888-1953), 21 July 1926, Harper County, Kansas and then moved to Adair County, Oklahoma. He reportedly died in 1954.
7. Permelia Sirena (c1882-1920); married George W. Gardner, 23 December 1901, Washington County, Arkansas as his second wife. They had no children together. George’s first wife was Sarah F. Stufflebeam, daughter of John Media Stufflebeam.
8. Thomas (1887-1920+); unmarried in 1920 when he lived with the Gardners in Creek County, Oklahoma.
9. Mattie Melcenie (18901-1974); married Thomas Calvin Combs (1883-1966), 2 October 1905, Washington County, Arkansas. Parents of 8 children.

Jacob Greenbury, who married Sarah A. Patrick:


1. Wiley (1869-1943); married Ida Belle (MNU); This family lived in Dallas, Texas. Parents of 3 sons.
2. Richard (1870-1900+). He was unmarried at home in 1900. Parents moved to Hill County, Texas 1910 and he was not with them. No further record.
3. John (1872-1880+); no further record.
4. George Washington (1874-1924); married Harriet Naomi Payne (1877-1976), c1894. This family moved to Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. Parents of 7 children.
5. David Franklin (1879-1951); married Pearl Anna Faubus (1892-1966), 10 December 1905, Madison County, Arkansas. Parents of 8 children.
6. William Morgan (1881-1952); married Delia Jane Massey (1884-1966), 4 October 1903, Madison County, Arkansas. They moved to Muskogee County, Oklahoma. Parents of 7 children.
7. Herman, born 1884 and died after 1920 census when he lived in Carroll County, Arkansas; married Edna May Holloway (1885-1980), 29 May 1904, Madison County, Arkansas. Edna married (2) Moffitt Ervin before 1930, when they lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Parents of 3 children.
8. Niney Otis (1886-1937); married Ether Shockler (1892-1984), 20 August 1908, Johnson County, Texas. Parents of 5 children.
9. Tennie Mae (1888-1945); unmarried. Lived with her brother David in 1940; unmarried.
10. Shem (1892-1931); married Jewel Reed, 6 July 1927. In 1930, they had no children and Shem’s mother Sarah and sister Tennie were living with them. Jewel isn’t found after 1930.
11. Jacob G. (1894-1952); married Laura B. Summers (1902-1979), c1921, probably in New York. Parents of 2 children.

Tomorrow, we will look at the children born to the youngest four children of Richard and Polly – John Merida, Houston Patrick, Perlina Alice and Hiram Edward.


Michael Stufflebeam of Warren County, Indiana

Yesterday, I put together some clues about Michael Stufflebeam, brother of my husband’s Revolutionary War ancestor, John Stufflebean.

John went to visit his brother, Michael, in Illinois (likely Lawrence County) in 1823 for the purpose of obtaining an affidavit attesting to John’s service as a soldier in the War for Independence. John’s pension file added a statement in 1832 that Michael was the only one he knew who could swear to John’s service, IF Michael was still living. A response in the file indicated that Michael had removed from Lawrence County to Vermilion County, Illinois and had died about 18 months previously.

A search for marriage records in Vermilion County, Illinois turned up nothing, but the records of Warren County, Indiana have a number of interesting hits.

First, the 1830 census of Warren County, Indiana includes entries for John Stufflebeam, aged 30-40, with a female in the same age range plus quite a few children: 2 males 10-15, 2 females 10-15 and one male plus one female, both under the age of 5.

Possible Relatives:

Abigail Stufflebeam married Samuel Hardistie, 5 June 1832
Abigail Stufflebeam married William Henry Lawrence, 4 May 1843
Marilla Stufflebeam married William Sealy, 22 February 1831
Elza Stufflebeam married Leaurene Fleming, 20 February 1839
John E. Stufflebeam married Harriet Ostrander, 24 February 1837
John Stufflebeam married Jane Stufflebeam, 12 February 1839
Mary Ann Stufflebeam married Henry Rakestraw, 3 June 1838
Izelda Stufflebeam married John Bush, 3 June 1838
John Stufflebeam married Martha Gallimore, 2 July 1853

Now, it’s important to remember that Oliver Stufflebeam’s biography in the Vermilion County, Illinois history that I included in yesterday’s post states that John married a first wife who had died young. One John E. Stufflebeam married Eleanor Roland in Pickaway County, Ohio on 13 February 1817, which would have been the 22nd birthday of “my” John Stufflebeam.

Finding Michael Stufflebeam named in many records at all – land, tax, etc. hasn’t been very successful. However, there aren’t too many Michael Stufflebeams running around and several mentions of a man by that name might all be “my” Michael Stufflebeam. Ancestry has some New York tax records that are index-only – Michael Stufflebeam in Onondaga County in 1800, in Cayuga County (formed from Onondaga County) in the 1802 (owned no land), next in Ontario County in 1803.

However, there is a Michael Stuflebeam on page 47, aged 45+ with one female 26-44 and one female 16-25 living in Crawford County, Illinois in 1820. Crawford County borders Lawrence County, Illinois and on page 46 is John E. Stuflebeam!

Remember, this is very much a hypothesis in progress, but IF the Michael in these tax records AND John who married in Pickaway County are the same men who lived in Illinois and Indiana, then here is a map detailing their westward journey:

Possible westward journey of Michael Stufflebeam

There are a number of other Stufflebeam records in Pickaway County, including a census enumeration for one Jacob Stufflebeam, born 1770-1780, living there in 1840.

There are a few people who have info about Jacob Stufflebeam online, but none has responded to my messages yet. Jacob’s family reportedly included the following children:

Sarah, 1795-1838; married John Eagleston, 1 April 1819
Jane, 1796-1887; married John Bailey, 20 February 1817
Stephen, 1800-1840; married Nancy Mason, 11 February 1830
Margaret, 1802-1888; married George Michael, 27 January 1821
Martha, 1806- after 1850; married Nimrod High, 21 August 1827
Eleanor, 1810-1860; married Jacob Watson, 31 January 1826
William, 1813-1877; married Martha Johnson, 16 August 1842
Valentine, 1814- after 1870, when he apparently went by Fred; unmarried

I have no idea if there is any documentation to support these people as Jacob’s children (although all seemed to remain in the Pickaway County area). However, there are also the following people marrying in Pickaway in the same time frame who aren’t attributed to Jacob:

John Stufflebeam married Eleanor Roland, 13 February 1817
Isaac Stufflebeam married Polly French, 2 May 1819
Ebenezer Stufflebeam married Elizabeth Thomas, 30 December 1815

John reportedly is a son of Michael – but, again, is there any record documenting Jacob’s children?

There are two other Stufflebeam marriages in Pickaway in those early years:

Ebenezer married Elizabeth Thomas, 30 December 1815
Isaac married Polly French, 2 May 1819

Ebenezer is said to be a son of Michael and is given a reputed death date of “by 5 May 1831.” I wonder if there is a probate record for him somewhere?

I can find no mention of Isaac Stufflebeam anywhere except for this marriage record. He may have died soon, but was he a son of Michael or Jacob?

Possible children, then, for Michael Stufflebeam, born 1763:

Ebenezer, born by 1794 – reportedly died by 5 May 1831; married Elizabeth Thomas, 30 December 1815, Pickaway County, Ohio; no further record.
John E., born c1795; died after 1840; married (1) Eleanor Roland, 13 February 1817, Pickaway County, Ohio (2) Harriet Ostrander, 24 February 1837, Warren County, Indiana
Isaac, born by 1798; married Polly French, 2 May 1819, Pickaway County, Ohio; no further record

Good thing I have a trip to the Family History Library coming up soon. I think I have my work cut out for me on this one!