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Johannes Stoppelbein, aka John Stufflebean, Revolutionary War Soldier Timeline

While doing the deep dive research attempting to unravel some of the Larrison family history, I realized that I had a few loose Stufflebean ends, too. Given that John Stufflebean married Elsee Larrison, the Stufflebeans most definitely became part of the Larrison FAN club.

As I went looking for possible ties between the two families, aside from the marriage, I realized there are a few holes in the lifetime of John Stufflebean, who began life as Johannes Stoppelbein when he was baptized on 28 February 1756 in Kinderhook, Columbia, New York, the son of Johannes Stoppelbein and Eva Dingman.

John’s Revolutionary War pension file filled in quite a bit of data, too, and then Kentucky tax records added still more. The Stufflebeans must have all followed a trade, as not one of them was taxed for land in spite of living in Estill County for at least 20 years.

The easiest way to view it all in an organized way is with a timeline. The timeline also quickly points out the gaps in years of John’s life.

Timeline of John Stufflebean’s Life

1756, 28 Feb – baptized in Kinderhook, Columbia, New York

1775, June – Johan Stufflebane and Johan Stufflebane Jr. took oath of allegiance at Mamakating, Ulster, New York (today part of Deerpark, Orange County, New York)

1775/76 – lived on Neversink Creek in New York about 8-10 miles from the PA-NJ state lines

1778 – captured by Colonel Brant’s Indians on Delaware River in New York; crossed the Susquehanna River to Mohawk settlement. Prisoner  for 8 months and held about 18 miles below Niagara Falls. Sold to British man, Col. Brittain, and taken to Detroit for 2+ years.

1780?, 26 April – He and five other men ran away, down the “Lake of Water” (Lake Erie?) for over 100 miles through wilderness to the Muskingum River and then to the Ohio River. They fell in with James Garrard’s company headed to Kentucky.  John Stufflebean stated that he has lived in Kentucky ever since.

1783 – The Niagara Historical Society (Canada) Publication No 27, (Not Dated), Names Only But Much More, by Janet Carnochan. Page 4 of the Muster Roll of Butlers Rangers, signed by Jacob Ball, 1st Lt, 1783 includes “John Stufflebem, On command to Detroit.” After two or more years as a prisoner, John may have seen an offer to serve with the British as his only chance for escape. Being German speaking, he may have been seen as a safer bet as a soldier than English speaking colonists.

1790 – Bourbon County, KY tax list includes John Stouffilbeen, one white tithe and 2 horses/mules; 14 July – married Prissy Ross in Bourbon County.

1791 – Bourbon County, KY tax list, John Stufflebean, one white tithe, 1 horse

1792 – Bourbon County, KY tax list, John Stufflebean, 1 male 16+, 6 cattle

1795 – Bourbon County, KY – married Elsee Larrison Ketchum about 14 August, when the bond was filed

1816, 6 Aug – Estill County, KY – John Stoflebeen signed a rental agreement with Thomas Duckam for 200acres of land in Estill County.

1820 – Franklin County, KY census, indexed as “Lee” Stufflebean, but should be “Jno.” Household: Male 45+, Female 45+, Male 16-25, Male 16-25 (16-18), Female 16-25, Male 10-15, Male -10

1821 – Franklin County, KY tax list, John Stufflebean

1822 – Estill County, KY tax list

1824 – Estill County, KY tax list

1825 – Estill County, KY tax list

1826 – Estill County, KY tax list

1827 – Estill County, KY tax list

1828 – Illinois, probably Vermillion County – John stated he went to visit his brother, Michael, in his pension application.

1830 – Estill County, KY census, John Stufflebeen and wife enumerated

1831 – Estill County, KY tax list

1836 – Estill County, KY tax list – John Stufflebean, exempt

1840 – Estill County, KY census – living in home of David Snowden, listed by name as a Rev. War veteran

1842, 4 March – Estill County, KT – John Stufflebean appeared and gave reasons for removing to Randolph County, IL

1842, 5 Sept – Randolph County, IL – John Stufflebean appears and stated that he intended to live in the county with wife and son Jacob.

1844, 16 Jan – John Stufflebean died at Kaskaskia, Randolph, Illinois

Obituary of John Stufflebean

Kaskaskia (Illinois) Republican
March 16, 1844, Page 2, Column 3

Departed this life, in the vicinity of this place, on the 16th of January, 1844, JOHN STUFFLEBEAN, a Revolutionary soldier, at the advanced age of 110 years, 11 months and one day. This ancient man was born, on the banks of the Hudson River, twelve miles from Albany, in the state of N. York, Feb 15, 1733.

There, he married his first wife, whom he left with two children [Note: This obituary claims that John was 110 when he died – definitely not true – and, as he was only 19 when he took the oath of allegiance, I tend to doubt that he was married and left a wife and two children in New York, never to see them again.I have found no evidence of their existence], when he listed, as a private, in the Revolutionary Army, in which he served, almost to the close of the war, when he was taken captive by the Indians, who disposed of him, to the British, for a barrel of rum.

Having remained a prisoner at Detroit, a few months; while employed, one day chopping wood, he and five of his fellow prisoners effected their escape.

On account of the difficulty, experienced in procuring subsistence, these fugitives separated into two parties, and took separate routes to the Ohio River.

The subject of this notice and his two companions, guided by the sun, in fair weather and lying bye, when it was cloudy, aiming for some point, high up, on the river, made the best of their way through the desolate and gloomy forest, then inhabited, only by the hostile Indians; but now is the territory constituting the States of Ohio, Indiana and Michigan.

Three long months were spent in concealment and wandering about, in the performance of this lonesome and hazardous journey, beset as it was on all sides, by insidious foes, then the sole tenants of those savage wilds; in perils and dangers, daily; and at times nearly reduced to starvation. At one time for four successive days they were without nourishment, save that afforded by a half-dozen pheasant eggs.

Some times falling in among the Indians and representing themselves as sent from the British Army, in pursuit of deserters, they obtained food from them and their sufferings were mitigated by the kindness, thus elicited, as well as themselves protected from the effects of the savage enemy then so strong against the Colonists.

These forlorn wanderers struck the waters of the Muskingum, near its source, and following the stream down to where, it was found to be of depth, sufficient to float a bark canoe, they constructed one, and made their way in it to the Ohio.

After their arrival at this river, they were rejoiced at the sight of a float boat, floating down the stream. Although their applications to be permitted to come on board, often repeated, for several days, were, as often, refused, from the fear of their being enemies, finally, the owner, John Lyon, being satisfied of their friendly disposition, yielded to their solicitations.

With this gentleman Mr. Stufflebean continued, after their arrival at Limestone – now Maysville, working for him. Here he married his second wife, who, after a few years, died, leaving three children.

After his bereavement, he settled in Bourbon county in Kentucky and there married his third wife, who has survived him and is now living, at the advanced age of 82 years, and was able to attend the remains of her deceased husband to the grave.

In the state of his adoption, to which he had fled, as to a place of refuge; he passed the residue of his long life, except the last two years, which were spent, with his son Jacob Stufflebean, in this county, where he died.

He was, during the Indian troubles, in Kentucky, engaged with occasional intermissions, three years in the ranging service and, while so employed, as at all other times, when his country called, he always heard her voice, where dangers were greatest and thickest, there he was in their midst, prepared to face them.

He was one of the first settlers in Bourbon County and assisted in sawing with a whipsaw, the planks, used in constructing the first permanent framed building, there erected.

This county he left, not long after his third marriage, and settled, high up, on the Kentucky river.

Among the incidents of his eventful life, may be mentioned his presence of Crawford’s defeat, where he was one of Crawford’s party.

With him, hunting was a favorite pursuit, and the sight of the bears and buffaloes, in those days, so numerous, where he lived, was the delight of his eyes, and, not infrequently was he gratified with the discovery of the former, among his own domestic cattle, as they came home, out of the woods.He was blessed with a fine flow of animal spirits and, was generally cheerful. His eye sight was unimpaired, almost to the last, and he never had occasion for the use of spectacles. He never took a dose of medicine and, with the exception of the four days illness, immediately preceding his death, he was never sick. At least, not seriously so. In his last and only sickness, he could not be prevailed upon, to call in a physician. So long as he was able to procure a livelihood by the labor of his own hands, or possessed the means of support, he utterly refused to apply for a pension, declaring, he “did not fight, when in his country’s service, for money, but for Liberty.” At last, however, finding himself unable to work and in poverty, he was forced to make application for a pension, and was placed upon the Pension Roll of the United States.

Although this timeline has well illustrated the life of John Stufflebean, it hasn’t added anything to my knowledge of the Larrison family and I haven’t been able to locate John in any tax records between 1795 and 1816, even though he should appear as a male over 21.

Clark County, Kentucky was formed in 1793 from portions of Bourbon and Fayette Counties. John Stufflebean lived in the area that became Estill County and, much later, Lee County. Clark County would have been the county of record in the late 1700s and early 1800s, but while John Ross and David Snowden, both of whom were part of John Stufflebean’s life, are indeed listed on the Clark County tax rolls, John himself is nowhere to be found. Tax lists for Fayette and Madison Counties were also read, with no success.

Two more posts in the near future will complete the ancestral line of John Stufflebean.






Cracks Are Finally Beginning to Appear in the Larrison Brick Wall!

I’ve pretty much been blogging by the seat of my pants as I’ve gotten more and more excited about pieces of information that indicate the Larrison family brick wall is beginning to show definite cracks in multiple places. 🙂

After the three long posts this week, it’s time for a Stufflebean-Larrison recap to put some order to the rambling.

Here are the facts and just the facts:

1. John Stufflebean married Elsee Larrison Ketcham, a widow, in August 1795 in Bourbon County, Kentucky. His Revolutionary War pension file gives her maiden name.
2. It is likely that Joseph Ketcham, who first appears on Estill County tax rolls in 1821, is the son of Elsee and Mr. Ketcham, about whom nothing else is known. Joseph Ketcham was born about 1794, based on his mother’s marriage date and later census records.
3. George Larrison appears on Madison County, Kentucky tax rolls from 1800-1808. He purchased 200 acres of land and moved to Estill County, Kentucky in 1809. He is the only Larrison found in Kentucky pre-1810. Census records indicate he was born 1760-1770, the same decade in which Elsee Larrison was born. My hypothesis is that they were brother and sister.
4. George Larrison’s son, George Jr., married Nancy Dunaway on 26 June 1817 in Estill County.
5. Two of Elsee’s and John Stufflebean’s sons also married Dunaways. Andrew Stufflebean married Susanna Dunaway on 4 August 1818 and James Stufflebean married Mary Dunaway on 13 October 1819, again in Estill County.
6. George Larrison’s daughter ELSEE married David Stewart on 31 May 1807 in Madison County, Kentucky. The Stewart family migrated from NEW JERSEY to Kentucky in the 1790s.
7. The Larrison family name is mostly found in NEW JERSEY before 1800.
8. One common thread found for the Larrison and Ketcham families is Washington County, Pennsylvania. John Larrison and Philip “Catchum” both lived in Washington County at the time of the 1790 census. In addition, John Larrison’s sister, Keziah, married one William Maple. William Maple also lived in Washington County in 1790.
9. Elsee Larrison Stufflebean’s child living in 1880 reported his mother was born in Pennsylvania and his father in New York. John Stufflebean was born in New York. Whether Elsee was born in New Jersey (which I think is likely) or Pennsylvania, some Larrisons obvously lived for a time in Pennsylvania.
10. The genealogy of John Larrison, the immigrant in the 1600s, traces part of his descendants down to James Larrison who married Kesiah Parke. They were reportedly the parents of John, Andrew, William, Rachel, Catherine, Roger, Elizabeth, Achsah, Elijah and David. Although little seems to be documented, it mentions that one or more Larrisons  went “to Pennsylvania.” Some believe that Elsee was the daughter of this Andrew Larrison, given that one of her sons was named Andrew, but more work is needed to prove that idea.
11. One Joseph Ketcham moved from New York to the area of New Jersey around Mercer and Hunterdon Counties, the same area where the Larrisons were living in the mid-1700s.

I think my hypothesis that Elsee Larrison is the sister of George Larrison might be right on target. However, at the moment, I have no evidence contradicting that theory and only preponderance of evidence supporting it, given that the Larrison and Ketcham surnames are not super common and the major players seem to be in the same geographical area at the same time.

However, there were more stones to be turned over, so I went to it. Here is what I’ve now uncovered:

After discovering that David Stewart married ELSEE Larrison, daughter of George, I researched the Stewart family. A new surprise awaited me. David Stewart’s parents were Ezekiel Stewart who married in Cape May, New Jersey on 4 May 1773 to — Rachel Larrison, daughter of James Larrison and Keziah Parke!!!

The Ezekiel Stewart family left New Jersey to settle in the wilds of Kentucky – Estill County to be exact!

Yet another surprise was in the wings. George Larrison’s son, David, married Sally Barnes in Estill County on 19 September 1822. Two of George’s grandchildren, Manerva and Mariah, married James Barnes in 1830 and Elisha Barnes in 1833, both in Estill County.

What is the Barnes connection? Benjamin Barnes, likely a cousin or brother of James and Elisha,  married RACHEL LARRISON, daughter of John Larrison and (reportedly) Rachel Stewart, on 23 April 1835 in Estill County. Her father, John Larrison, was reportedly born in New Jersey! 

John Larrison, like George, is of an age to be a brother to Elsee Larrison Stufflebean. The early Madison and Estill Counties marriage records don’t include any marriage for a John Larrison. Could the John Larrison who first appears in 1814 with George on the Estill County rolls be George’s brother and not his son???  This John Larrison never owned land, but appears to have had a tavern license for some years. This sibling relationship is a possibility.

Next, another of George Larrison’s children, son William, married Nancy Park/Parks in 1822 in Estill County. I suspect that perhaps she is part of the extended family of Kesiah Parke who married James Larrison c1735 back in New Jersey.

I’ve said this before, but I have to repeat myself – it is always a good thing to take new looks at old research. John Stufflebean, the Revolutionary War pensioner adds perhaps another piece to this puzzle. I knew he was enumerated in the 1840 census as a soldier of the old war, but never paid much attention to the page he was on.

1840 Census, Estill County, Kentucky
Source: Ancestry

John Stufflebean’s name is written on the second page of this listing, entered on the 13th line. Hiram Stufflebean, one of his sons, is on LINE 10. Another son, Richard Stufflebean, is on LINE 15.

John isn’t living with his children. He and Elsee are living in the home of David Snowden, whose father David Sr., also a Revolutionary War pensioner, had died in 1839. No Larrison or Stufflebean connection was immediately evident. However, and this a big however, given all the other clues so far uncovered, David Snowden Sr. gave his war service in WASHINGTON COUNTY,  PENNSYLVANIA! And he is living there in 1790, at the same time as Philip “Catchum” and John Larrison! David Snowden’s pension file gives his birth year as 1759 and place of birth as Amboy, NEW JERSEY, so a contemporary of Elsee and John Stufflebean and George Larrison.

The number of “coincidences” here is getting to be staggering. I don’t know that I will ever find a document proving Elsee’s or George’s parentage, but I am quite convinced that they are siblings and a large group of Larrisons, Ketchams, Snowdens, Parkes, Stewarts and Barnes made their way from New Jersey to a new life in Kentucky after the American Revolution.

I also feel quite certain that Elsee and George were somehow connected to James Larrison and Kesiah Parke, although a history of Old Hopewell accounts for their children and their marriages. On the other hand, James Larrison had a brother, William, born c1672 and who died in 1749 leaving a will. He named five children – Elizabeth (wife of David Stout) and sons James, William, John and George.

It’s time to take an in-depth look at the family tree of John (the Dane) Larrison, the immigrant ancestor.




Civil War Casualty John Stufflebean

John Stufflebean was born on 30 June 1821 in Estill County, Kentucky the second of ten children born to Michael Stufflebean and his wife, Elizabeth Baker.

Although John was born in Kentucky, he likely had just a few memories of living there as his family moved to Morgan County, Indiana in the late 1820s. Making the trek with them were a number of collateral relatives and friends.

Michael Stufflebean, wife Elizabeth, along with five sons and a daughter, were enumerated in Morgan County in 1830.

John spent the next decade – his teen years – growing almost to adulthood when his father decided to uproot the family one more time. Again, an extended cadre of relatives and friends made the move together.

This time, the Stufflebeans headed to Linn County, Missouri in the latter part of the 1830s. They were settled into their home before the 1840 census enumeration.

At the age of 24, John Stufflebean married Gulielma Beals on Christmas Day of 1845 in Linn County.

Married by the undersigned A Minister of the Gospel of the regular Baptist Church on the 25th day of December 1845 John Stufflebean to July Elma Bales all of Linn County Missouri. George W. Baker
Filed for record on the 6th day of March 1846
and Recorded on the 27th day of March 1846.

By 1850, John and Gulielma had two children, daughter Elizabeth Jane, born in 1846 and son Daniel Boone, born in 1849.

However, the Stufflebean family’s life took a turn for the worse in the following years. First, a cholera epidemic spread in the summer of 1848 and again in 1849. John’s father, Michael, died during this time period, likely a victim, as he was only in his 40s. Then, in late summer of 1850, John’s mother, Elizabeth, also died. She, too, was only in her 40s. John served as the estate administrator for both of his parents.

As if losing both parents at relatively young ages wasn’t enough, Gulielma died sometime between the 1850 census and 9 June 1853 when John married (2) Matilda M. Peavler, daughter of Lewis Peavler and Catherine Head. Exactly when Gulielma died and where she was buried has never been determined.

I Balaam M. Baker a minister of the Christian Church do hereby certify that I solemnized the rites of Matrimony between Matilda M. Peavler of Sullivan Co. MO and John Stufflebean of Linn Co MO on the 9th day of June 1853. Given under my hand this 25th day of July 1864. Filed for record July 29th 1864 Balaam M. Baker

George Thompson Recorded Five one cent Stamps
for John M. (?) Deputy Book 2A:111

(Notice that the marriage wasn’t recorded until after John died! His cousin Balaam must have forgotten to file the paperwork!)

John now had a mother for his two young children. He and Matilda went on to have five more children of their own, the first four of whom were born before the start of the Civil War –  Mary Docia, Lewis Michael, Thomas James, Matilda Sarah Catherine and John Henry Peavler.

John Stufflebean enlisted in the U.S. Army on 1 May 1863 in St. Joseph, Missouri, which is about 100 miles due west of Linn County. I have never figured out why he went so far from home to enlist. He certainly wasn’t under age. He was assigned to Company F, 25th Regiment of Missouri Infantry Volunteers and shipped out to Tennessee.

For the first month after enlistment, John’s unit fought guerrillas in northwest Missouri. From there, they were sent to New Madrid, Missouri on garrison duty until February 1864. His las tposting was to help rebuild the road along the Nashville and Northwestern Railroad in Nashville, Tennessee.

Many more soldiers were lost to illness than to death on the battlefield. John Stufflebean was one of those thousands of men. He died in hospital in Nashville of dysentery on 9 June 1864.

Unless he was granted some type of leave to visit home in November of 1863, he never met his youngest child, John Henry Peavler Stufflebean, born on the 5th of that month.

Wife Matilda and his children, all minors and living at home, received a survivor’s pension, which provides the birth dates of John and Matilda’s children:

Pension File for John Stufflebean

The Stufflebeans never recovered from the loss of their husband and father. Matilda married John Hall on 22 March 1869 in Linn County, but they separated and divorced soon after. The 1870 census shows John and Matilda living next door to the Stufflebean household where 15 year old Mary Docia was listed as its head with her younger siblings living with her.

John Stufflebean was buried at the national cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee with his name misspelled as Stufflebeam:

Jno. Stufflebeam, #13598

Children of John Stufflebean and Gulielma Beals:

  1. Elizabeth Jane, born 28 December 1846, Linn County, Missouri; died 1920, Kingman County, Kansas; married James Edward Coffman, 2 February 1868, Linn County, Missouri
  2. Daniel Boone, born 11 March 1849, Linn County, Missouri; died 3 January 1917, Linn County, Missouri; married Elizabeth Jane Logan, 1 November 1874, Linn County, Missouri

Children of John Stufflebean and Matilda M. Peavler:

  1. Mary Docia, born 24 August 1855, Linn County, Missouri; died 31 January 1912, Linn County, Missouri; married Charles Hannon, 26 January 1874, Linn County, Missouri. They had at least three children.
  2. Lewis Michael, born 22 August 1857, Linn County, Missouri; died 14 March 1937, Linn County, Missouri; married Elizabeth Cornett, 24 March 1883, Linn County, Missouri. They had eight children before they divorced and Elizabeth married (2) George Moran, 4 September 1913, Linn County, Missouri.
  3. Thomas James, born 22 December 1858, Linn County, Missouri; died 8 May 1942, Noble, Cleveland, Oklahoma; married Docia (Dolly) Standifer, 5 May 1881, Linn County, Missouri. They had five children.
  4. Matilda Sarah Catherine, born 26 October 1860, Linn County, Missouri; died 23 March 1937, Linn County, Missouri; married Josiah Cordray, 7 April 1876, Linn County, Missouri. They had nine children.
  5. John Henry Peavler, born 5 November 1863, Linn County, Missouri; died 3 February 1939, Noble, Cleveland Oklahoma; married (1) Mary Elizabeth Hollen, 27 June 1886, Linn County, Missouri (2) Addie Lucinda Belcher, 21 May 1905, Linn County, Missouri. John had nine children with Mary and five with Addie. Two died young with the others living to adulthood.