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Michael & Elizabeth (Baker) Stufflebean – Not One, but TWO Misfiled Estate Administrations!

At the risk of repeating myself, I have to say it is always worthwhile to revisit old resources and take a new look at records.

Michael and Elizabeth Stufflebean are my husband’s 3X great grandparents. Both were born in Kentucky, but migrated first to Indiana and then to Linn County, Missouri.

Michael, born no earlier than 1797 as his father gave permission for him to marry on Christmas Day in 1817. He and Elizabeth both died quite young. They were in their 40s and left a family of minor children.

Michael died by November of 1848, I suspect of cholera, and Elizabeth died in the fall of 1850. While I have names for children and a number of family vital record dates, I hoped to learn more about them through wills or probate records.

Linn County, Missouri was formed in 1837. The Stufflebeans were there by 1840 and probate records exist from around 1848-1849. Michael died right on the cusp of that date range and no probate was found for him when I made a written request years ago.

I don’t know the cause of Elizabeth’s death, but she was alive and living with her daughter’s family for the 1850 census, which was taken in October in that neighborhood. I hadn’t originally found any probate record for her, either, but didn’t think much of it as she wasn’t living on her own and may have distributed her estate before she died.

However, recently, I was looking at the probate estate files for Linn County on FamilySearch.

Notice the description of the collection says 1853 to 1925. Because I knew that the family lived there as late as 1908, I decided to browse through the files. It was a bit of a clunky process since there was no way to predetermine the size of any given file, but I discovered over 200 images related to various Stufflebean probates.

The first file I encountered was labeled Elizabeth J. and Daniel B. Stufflebean. These were children of John Stufflebean who died in the Civil War in 1864 and grandchildren of Michael and Elizabeth (Baker) Stufflebean.

Elizabeth and Daniel had their own probate file, apart from John’s other children I think, because they were children of his first wife, Gulielma Beals. John’s other children were with second wife, Matilda Jane Peavler.

Imagine my surprise as I browsed and came across:

Probate File of Elizabeth J. and Daniel B. Stufflebean, Image 1194
Linn County, Missouri Probate Estate Files
Source: FamilySearch

The top of the paper says: The following is a sale bill of the property of MICHAEL STUFFLEBEAN deciest (sic) taken by Bill Baker on the 4th day of December AD 1848.

Bought by Elizabeth Stufflebean one sickle, 25 cents
Bought by Daniel Beals two sickles, 50 cents
Bought by Bille Baker one bee hive 1.50
Bought by Wm McCollum one bee hive 1.25
Bought by Wm Humphres one bee hive 3.05
Bought by Wm McCollum one bee hive 2.00
Bought by Daniel Beals one bee hive 1.45
Bought by George Stufflebean one bee hive 2.00
Bought by Wm McCollum one bee hive 2.00
Bought by Elizabeth Stufflebean six bee hives 6.00
Bought by John R. Baker one yoke of oxen 46.50 1/4
Bought by George Stufflebean one heifer 7.00
Bought by John R. Baker one four year old steer 5.00
Bought by Wm McCollum one bull 10.75
Bought by Hiram Stufflebean one saddle 5.25
Bought by Daniel Beals one broad ax 1.62 1/2
Bought by W. McCollum one iron wedge 94 cents(? ink blot)
Bought by Bill Baker two pork hogs (ink blot)
Bought by John R. Baker 13 stock hogs 17.75
Bought by John R. Baker 11 stock hogs 16.10 (?ink blot)
Bought by Elizabeth Stufflebean one (?maybe boul or bowl) 75 cents (?ink blot)

Attested Henry A. Livingston, $139.68 3/4

Why would this paper be in the file pertaining to two of the heirs of John Stufflebean AND, of even more interest, were there any other papers that actually belonged to the estate administration of MICHAEL Stufflebean? Quick answer: The documents seem to be misfiled, as Michael and Elizabeth should have their own probate packets.

HOWEVER, there were documents in this file for both Michael and Elizabeth Stufflebean.

Given that they have hundreds of descendants, I’d like to share them in this post.

Here are the pages that should be in Michael’s probate file:

Sale Bill of the Estate of Michael Stufflebean Decd
Filed 13th day of Decr A.D. 1848

Recived (sic) and filed this 1st January AD 1849
William B. Woodruff P.L.C.C.

The following is a bill of appraisement of the personal estate of Michael Stufflebean desiest (sic) the 10th day of November AD. 1848

one buro [bureau]$10.00
one Clock 6.00
one cross cut saw 4.00
one lot of cupboard ware 1.00
one lot of castings? 3.00
one lot of kitchen chairs} six .50
one Coffe mill .10
two buckets and two pails .40
two rifle guns 10.00
one pair of sheep shears .25
three (?neck) hooks 1.00
one sythe blade .50
one wheat fan 5.00
one honey stand .50
one grey Mare 13.00
thirteen bee hives 13.00
one red yoke of oxen 25.00
one (?) 30.00
three Cows 18.00
one three year old heifer 7.00
two heifers 9.00
one 4 year old stear, lame? 3.00
three Calvs 3.00
one bull 6.00
twenty three head of sheep 20.00
three sows and pigs 4.50
one lot of yearling hogs 315, 15.00
one lot Do – stock hogs 316, 8.00
one side saddle 7.00
one man saddle 3.50
one Do saddle, old .50
two (long?) ploughs 4.50
one (?) .25

one log chain 1.50
one broad axe 1.00
two choping axes 1.50
two weeding hoes .25
one mat (ib?) .75
one spade 12 1/2 cents
one drawing knife .25
three dagers 1.50
one hand saw .75
one Waggone 13.00
one half bushel measure .12 1/2
ten geese 1.75
two pork hogs barrels 2.00
two pork hogs 5.00
one lot of stock hogs 8.00

Total $262.00

Thomas C. Packman
L.S. Nevins
Wm. Putmon

November the 10th 1848
We the under signed apprazers do solomly swear that we ar not interest nor of kin to any person interested in the estate of Michael Stufflebean desest as heir or devisee and that we will to the best of our ability view and appraze the personal estate to us produced.

Wm. Putmon
L.S. Nevins
Thomas C. Packman

subscribed and sworn to before me the day and year above written
John R. Baker JRB

The following is an inventory of the estate of Michael Stufflebean desiest both real and personal taken on the 10th day of November AD. 1848 by Bill Baker administrator

one deed the pattentee George m. Baker, viz the east half of the S E qtr – of s No fourteen (14) in T – No – sixty (60) of range No nineteen (19) containing 80 acres

one certifycate Michael Stuffle bean pattentee viz, the (?) qtr of the NE qr of section twenty Three (23) in T – No sixty (60) of range No nineteen (19) containing 40 acres and on hand twelve dollars and ninty (sic) five cents

one buro
one clock
one croscut saw
one lot of cupboard wear
one lot of (castings?)
one lot of kitchen chairs, 6
one Coffe mill
two buckets and two pails
two rifle guns
one pair of sheep shears
three (?neck) hooks
one sythe blade
one wheat fan
one honey stand
one grey Mare
thirteen bee hives
one red yoke of oxen
Do one – ?pideel
three Cows
one three year old heifer
two heifers
one 4 year old stear, lame?
three Calvs
one bull
twenty three head of sheep
three sows and pigs

one lot of year lin (sic) hogs
one lot Do – stock hogs
one side saddle
one mans saddle
mans saddle
two (long?) ploughs
one (?)
one log chain
one broad axe
two choping axes
two weeding hoes
one mat (ib?)
one spade
one drawing knife
three dagers
one hand saw
one Waggone
one half bushel measure
ten geese
two pork hogs barrels
two pork hogs
one lot of stock hogs

Attest Wm Putmon
L.S. Nevins

I do certify the above to be a treue (sic) inventory of the money papers and evidences of debt and all the property real and personal belonging to the estate of Michael Stufflebean deceast (sic) so far as has Came to my knowledge Bill Baker Administrator

sub scribed and sworn to this 4th day of December 1848
John R Baker JR

March the 4th — — 1850

the first anuel settlement of Bill Baker Admr of Michael Stufflebean deciest the following is a list of indebtedness as per account

Money inventoried 6.00
Amount of sale bill 134.68 3/4
Total 145.68 3/4
Minus 23.05
Remainder 122.63

Receipt Daniel Beals No 5, 2.00
George Stufflebean receipt No 2, 9.00
Hiram Stufflebean receipt No 3, 5.25
Elisabeth Stufflebean receipt No 4, 7.00
Total 23.5 [Note: I added to $23.25.]

Stufflebean Michael

Balam M. Baker
1 anuel settlement
Received and filed
4th March AD 1851
William B. Woodruff

Second anual Settlement of Michael Stufflebean Decd this day of February 1851 B.M. Baker Admr

Indebtedness as per settlement first March the 4th 1850
122.43 3/4
Total 128.54 3/4 minus 17.75
Balance Deue 110.74 3/4

Credit by voucher to Elizabeth Stufflebean 7.00

No 1 as per (?) allowed to Bill Baker 8.00
by voucher No 3 tax receipt 2.95
by voucher No 4 tax receipt 2.30
Total 13.75

Given under my hand this 3rd day of February 1851
Bill Baker Admr

Second Settlement on Michael Stufflebean Decd.
ordered to be filed this 3d day of Feby 1851

Recorded in Book (?) Page 91

Enoch (Kimbrel?) Clerk
by T.T. Woodruff DO

Recieved of John G. Flournoy sherif of Linn Co – on the 25 day of April 1851. . . . .ten dollars Bill Baker Admr of the estate of Michael stufflebean, decd

A final Settlement of the Estate of Michael Stufflebean Dect By Bill Baker Admr July the 3rd 1854


one last settlement $ (?) term 1853-54 7.77
interest 11.82
1 additional inventory Money Recd of John G. Flournoy 4.00
interest .02

2nd additional inventory Rent Corn sold
March the 7 1852 11.00
interest .80

3rd additional inventory Money rect of John McCollough Feb. 8th 1854 8.50
interest .21

total 184.28

Deducts 22.00
on account of error in additional inventory 182.10


voucher No. (1?) a claim allowed Joel Dewit for doctoring aloued at the Nov term 1850 term of the County Cort of Linn Co. MO $28.75
interest 4.63
voucher No. 2 a Claim alowd Samuel and John R. Baker Admrs of the estate of George W. Baker (?) against the estate of Michael Stufflebean September 4th 1850 $28.25
interest 5.25
voucher No 3 Cash paid John R Baker on Clame for smith work 4.63
interest 1.60
voucher No 4 Tax rect 1.20
in terest .25
voucher No 5 Cash paid John Stufflebean 7.70

interest 1.20
Total 82.97

voucher No 6
Cash paid to T. T. Woodrough Clerk $1.25
voucer No 7 Cash paid to J.H. Sarlington? 2.00
interest .12voucher No 8 Cash paid to Bill Baker 2.14
interst .16
voucher No 9 Cash paid to W.S. Hide 2.75
voucher No 10 Clame alloued Admr 8.42
Voucher No 10 Clame allowed Adm-11.48
Total 19.89
Total 101.86?

I leave it to the reader to determine the amounts in red here written and scribbled over in the original record.

This final page was received and filed July the 3d 1852, Jacob Smith P.B.J.

Know all men by these by these presents that I John Stufflebean, as principal and Samuel Stufflebean, as security, are held and firmly bound unto the state of Missouri for the use and benefit of William Henry Stufflebean & Elizabeth Jane Stufflebean minor heirs of Michael Stufflebean Deceased in the sum of one hundred dollars for the payment of which will and truly to be made we do severly & jointly bind our selves, our heirs Executors & Administrators firmly by these presents sealed with our seals and date this 7th day of March AD 1853.

The condition of the above bond is such that whereas the above found John Stufflebean was on this 7th day of March 1853 duly appointed Guardian and curator of persons of any property of William Henry Stufflebean and Elizabeth Jane Stufflebean Minor heirs of Michael Stufflebean Decd.

Now there if the said John Stufflebean shall faithfully discharge the duties of Guardian & curator as aforesaid, according to Law, than (sic) the above bond to be void other wise to remain in full fource and virtue at Law. Given under our hands & seals this 7th day of March AD 1853
John Stufflebean Seal
Samuel Stufflebean Seal
Witness: ? Hoyle?

John Stufflebean to {Bon Guardian Minor heirs M Stufflebean approved by the Court & ordered to be (?) March 7th 1853
Filed 7 March AD 1853
Recorded in Book H Page 90 T.T. Woodruff Clerk

Here ends the papers pertaining to the estate of Michael Stufflebean. What I found most interesting was the sale of thirteen bee hives! Apparently, Michael was a bee keeper and probably selling the honey.

There was a cholera outbreak in Linn County in the summer of 1848, but I have to wonder if Michael died from disease or if there is a chance he was stung in a bee attack and died from that?

It’s a question that probably will never be answered.

On Monday, I will post the documents pertaining to the estate of Elizabeth (Baker) Stufflebean, who died in the summer of 1850.


Samuel Robertson & Elizabeth Harris: Finding Documentation for Peripheral Data

It is time to head back to the colonial frontier tracing some of my husband’s family lines.

Samuel Robertson, by all (undocumented) accounts, appears to have been the immigrant ancestor of this Robertson family.

From a few published sources, it is evident that descendants began documenting the story of the Robertson family in the later part of the 1800s, interviewing old timers who were youngsters and knew Samuel Robertson in his old age. However, the information collected is pretty much heresay, as little documentation has been found.

My goal is to uncover proof for some of the statements and assumptions made for the migratory path of Samuel Robertson and his family in the late 1700s and early 1800s.

I have written about the descendants of this couple in posts several years ago. Today, I am hoping to be able to find documentary evidence that the Samuel Robertsons mentioned in my timeline (below) either are my man or definitely are not. Tax lists and land deeds might help determine whether there are two men of the same name that other researchers have latched onto and merged into one person.

Samuel Robertson was born c1755 to unknown parents, likely in Scotland. His Scottish origin is also unproven. It is thought that Samuel married Elizabeth Harris c1778, probably in Virginia. Other researchers have placed Samuel on the 1777 tax list of Goochland County, Virginia, along with Thomas Harris, who may be the father of Elizabeth. Both lived in Richmond District at the time.

However, Samuel was a young man on the move, headed west. It is thought that Samuel’s first child, David, was born in Rowan County, North Carolina about 1780. In 1787, one Samuel Robertson, who may be my husband’s Samuel, along with a William Robertson, possibly his brother or father, appears on the Goochland County, Virginia tax list.

Whether or not that Samuel is my Samuel is uncertain. It is certain that Samuel and Elizabeth migrated to Kentucky via North Carolina, as Samuel was taxed in Caswell County, North Carolina in 1790 and might be the Samuel Roberson taxed in Bourbon County, Kentucky in 1791. The family was probably living in Garrard County, Kentucky in 1800, as Samuel’s daughter Esther married there that summer. What is also certain is that by 1810, the Robertson family was well settled in its new home in Madison County, Kentucky.

Little is known about Elizabeth (Harris) Robertson. The 1810 Kentucky census includes a female over the age of 45, which would fit Elizabeth. By 1820, the eldest female was in the 26-44 age range so Elizabeth had apparently died. It’s possible that the female could be an unmarried daughter of Samuel’s, but it is also possible that Samuel married a second time after Elizabeth’s death. If so, the name of his second wife is unknown.

Because of the many moves this family made, a timeline is helpful to track them:

1755 – Samuel reportedly born in Scotland
1777 – A Samuel Robertson on the Goochland County, VA tax list with Thomas Harris
1780 – Samuel’s son, David, reportedly born in Rowan County, NC
1781 – Samuel’s daughter Elizabeth reportedly born in Rowan or Caswell County, NC
1787 – A Samuel Roberts with a William Robertson on Goochland County, VA tax list
1791 – Samuel Robertson taxed in Bourbon County, KY
1800 – Daughter Elizabeth married George Baker, 13 July 1800 in Garrard County, KY
1810 – Robertson family living in Madison County, KY

Samuel and Elizabeth were the parents of ten children born roughly between 1780 and 1801:


  1. David, born c1780, reportedly Rowan County, North Carolina; died after 1870, probably Clay County, Kentucky; married Allie Allen, 25 June 1811, Madison County, Kentucky.
  2. Esther, born 11 December 1781, Rowan or Caswell County, North Carolina; died after 1850; married George Baker, 13 July 1800, Garrard County, Kentucky
  3. Mary, born c1783, North Carolina; died after 1850; married William Midkiff, 14 June 1803, Madison County, Kentucky. William died before 1830, after the family migrated to Shelby County, Indiana.
  4. Sarah, born c1785; married Robert Gorden, 18 April 1805, Madison County, Kentucky. This family moved to Warren County, Tennessee.
  5. John, born c1787; died July 1859, Jackson County, Missouri; married Nancy Cox, 16 April 1816, Estill County, Kentucky
  6. James, born c1789; married Nancy Wheeler, 24 July 1817, Madison County, Kentucky. It is thought that James migrated to Shelby County, Indiana with the Midkiffs.
  7. Alexander, born c1795; died after 1820; married Nancy Grisham, 14 August 1817, Estill County, Kentucky.
  8. Martha, born c1797; died after 1830; married William Moberly, 24 December 1818, Madison County, Kentucky.
  9. Son, born c1799; died young
  10. Henrietta, born c1801; about December 1828, Shelby County, Indiana; married Kimble Edgeman Midkiff, 4 February 1819, Estill County, Kentucky.