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Johannes, the Earliest Documented Stoppelbein (Stubbleleg), of Laubenheim, Germany, His Children and Grandchildren

Laubenheim and Langenlonsheim, Germany
Source: Google Maps

Little is known about Johannes Stoppelbein, the earliest known ancestor with what became the Stufflebean surname. Google Translate gives “stubble” “leg” when the surname is divided into “stoppel” and “bein.” I have to wonder if this Johannes was either born with a malformed leg or lost part of a leg due to illness or accident. I’ve also wondered if Y-DNA testing might uncover a different surname that matches genetically with Stoppelbein-Stufflebean descendants, but I digress!

Johannes Stoppelbein was likely born about 1600 and probably in the area in which he lived – Laubenheim and Langenlonsheim – in the Palatinate area of today’s Germany. The two towns are less than 3 km apart in distance and located west of Mainz, Germany.

Johannes Stopplebein married a young lady named Elisabetha, who was buried on 31 March 1666 in Laubenheim. There are two children attributed to this couple.


1. Margaret, reportedly born c1633, but I have no documentation for her.
2. Hans Valentine, baptized 12 January 1633/34, Langenlonsheim, Germany; died 23 December 1688, Laubenheim, German; married (1) Magdalena, before 1657 (2) Anna Maria Mueller, 5 January 1666/67, Laubenheim, Germany.

Generation 2

Hans Valentine Stoppelbein and wives Magdalena and  Anna Maria Mueller (c1640-11 December 1690), then, are the progenitors of the Stufflebeans today.

Hans Valentine and Magdalena were the parents of one known son:


1. George Michael, born c1657; married Agnes Enders. They were the parents of four known children, two daughters and two sons –  Johannes, born c1681; died 25 March 1736, Laubenheim, Germany; married Anna Otilia Schlinghoser, c1710, Margaretha, baptized 17 February 1684, and Hans Wilhelm, baptized 5 January 1687,

Hans Valentine and Anna Maria were the parents of seven known children, but nothing further is known about any except the first born child, Hans Peter Stoppelbein.


  1. Hans Peter, baptized 17 November 1667; married (1) Engel Scherp, 14 January 1690/91 (2) Dorothy Graess, 25 January 1710/11, both in Laubenheim, Germany
  2. Daughter, baptized 9 April 1671, Laubenheim, Germany
  3. Michael, baptized 15 February 1673/74, Laubenheim, Germany
  4. Jacob, baptized 17 December 1676, Laubenheim, Germany
  5. Christopher, baptized 3 July 1679, Laubenheim, Germany
  6. Engel, baptized 6 January 1680/81, Laubenheim, Germany
  7. Peter, baptized 2 September 1685, Laubenheim, Germany

Generation 3

With Hans Peter Stoppelbein, the family began to grow, although little is known about most of the children. As far as is known, all of Hans Peter’s children were born to his first wife, Engel Scherp.

Children, all baptized in Laubenheim:

1. Hans Peter, baptized 3 February 1691/92
2. Anna Clara, baptized 13 March 1694/95
3. Johann Jacob, baptized 13 January 1696/97; married (1) Anna Maria Pries, 8 August 1724 (2)Anna Margaretha Enck, 18 January 1731. Both marriages were in Laubenheim, Germany.
4. Johann Valentine, baptized 16 May 1699
5. Johann Gabriel, baptized 31 October 1700
6. Anna Margaretha, baptized c1702
7. Hugo Phillip, baptized 22 February 1704/05
8. Josias, baptized 22 August 1760
9. Anna Margaretha, baptized 21 July 1709

My husband’s line of descent:

1. Johannes Stoppelbein & Elisabetha
2. Hans Valentine & Anna Maria Mueller
3. Hans Peter Stoppelbein & Engel Scherp
4. Johann Jacob Stoppelbein & Anna Margaretha Enck
5. Johannes Stoppelbein & Eva Dingman
6. Johannes Stoppelbein/Stufflebean & Elsee Larrison
7. Michael Stufflebean & Elizabeth Baker
8. John Stufflebean & Matilda Jane Peavler
9. John Henry Stufflebean & Mary Elizabeth Hollen
10. Earl Marcus Stufflebean & Pearl Lillian Brasher
11. Edward Earl Stufflebean & Ruby Jewel Sturgell
12. David Lee Stufflebean



The Stoppelbein-Dingman Family of Columbia County, New York

My husband’s ancestor, Revolutionary War soldier and pensioner, John Stufflebean, was born Johannes Stoppelbein. Somewhere along the way, during his lifetime, the name evolved into Stufflebean or Stufflebeam. I had thought that this change happened after his war service, but I have seen a few (very few) mentions of “Stufflebeam” or “Stufflebean” in use in Columbia County, New York in modern times. That makes me think that the name might have started to become a bit more Americanized when John was a young many growing up in Kinderhook.

I also noticed in John’s pension record that he stated he was married and had several children when he enlisted to fight in the war, but he never returned to New York after the war ended. I’ve wondered if his wife and children left a paper trail in New York, so I delved into New York records.

My first steps reminded me of what a black hole New York can be for research. FamilySearch has digitized Columbia County, New York probate records, but at best, they don’t begin until 1788. I’ve checked AmericanAncestors.org because they have really expanded their New York holdings and databases, but haven’t had any luck their either. In short, it doesn’t seem to be any easier to do New York research today than it was in the 1980s if one is looking in a particular area. Even trying to do look ups in Hank Jones’ series on the New York Palatines is frustrating because the closest library to Tucson that has the book is 100 miles away in Phoenix.

Having said all that, I am going to share some of Dave’s German and Dutch family lines, with the caveat that this is some of my earliest research work and much of it was obtained from family histories published in the 1800s and early 1900s, with a few books of abstracted church records mixed in. Looking at what is available online, I don’t see much evidence of people doing any of their own research as the same basic info that I found 20-30 years ago is now replicated many times over online.

While the Stufflebeans were Palatine Germans, Rev. War soldier John Stufflebean’s mother, Eva Dingman, was from a long time Dutch New York family.

First, for soldier John’s family, his parents were Johannes Stoppelbein, born 30 December 1732 in Laubenheim, Germany.  Johannes’s immediate family were part of the 1740 wave of Palatines to New York. I have no death date for him, except that he was alive in 1765, as his last known child, Valentine, was born on 9 February 1766 in Kinderhook. John’s mother was Eva Dingman, born 13 December 1730 in Kinderhook. Their marriage record hasn’t been found, but it was probably about 1755.

Children of Johannes and Eva (Dingman) Stoppelbein:

  1. Johannes, born 28 February 1756, Kinderhook, Columbia, New York; died 16 January 1844, Kaskaskia, Randolph County, Illinois. This is Dave’s John Stufflebean. Johannes married (1) Unknown in New York and had several (unidentified) children (2) Priscilla Ross, about 14 July 1790, Bourbon County, Kentucky (3) Elsee Larrison Ketchum, after 12 August 1795, Bourbon County, Kentucky
  2. Jacob, born 6 August 1758, Kinderhook, Columbia, New York; no further information. Some say he died after 1845, also in Randolph County, IL, but the Jacob who was there at that time was John’s son, Jacob, not his brother. There is a Jacob Stoplebeam in Hillsdale, Columbia County, New York in the 1790 census who could be him.
  3. Geejse, born 1 March 1761, Kinderhook, Columbia, New York; no further information in my records, but I have seen online information that she married Peter Dingman and reportedly had a daughter, Eva.
  4. Michael, born 30 October 1763, Kinderhook, Columbia, New York; I have seen information that he died about 1830 in Vermilion County, Illinois, but I have no evidence of that myself.
  5. Valentine, born 9 February 1766, Kinderhook, Columbia, New York; no further information, but there is a Valentine Stopelbeam living in Claverack, Columbia County, New York in 1790 with eleven souls in the household. This could be John’s brother.

This isn’t much to show for so many years of work, but it’s all I have. Because there are only five children, who were born in fairly regular intervals, I wonder if Johannes perhaps died in the 1760s and/or if Eva also died?

Tomorrow, we will take a look at Eva Dingman’s family.