Name: Robert Stapleton
ALIA: Robert /Steveldon/
Birth: 1690 1
Death: 1754 1
From "Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County, Pennsylvania" by Morton Montgomery, page 1150, 1909, Beers Publishing Company, Chicago (http://www.rootsweb.com/~paberks/books/montgomery/s23.html):
STAPLETON, JOHN P.
John P. Stapleton, a well-known school teacher of Berks county, was born in Oley township Nov. 14, 1881, son of Samuel B. and Catharine (Pyle) Stapleton.
"The Stapleton family is of English nobility. Becoming a Quaker, Robert P. Stapleton was ostracized by his kindred and came to Pennsylvania. He 'settled' a plantation known as the Stapleton Place. The date of his coming to Oley township is not known. His plantation of over four hundred acres lay on the Manatawny Creek in Oley, immediately south of the Oley Churches. The small brick house built by the emigrant sometime prior to 1745 may still be seen, just across the field to the east where the pike turns at right angle toward Reading, at the toll gate near Stapleton. In 1734 he had surveyed a tract of land 'adjoining his own.' This land was on the east side of the creek. In 1736 he had a warrant granted him for two hundred acres, originally surveyed for Thomas Miller, millwright, March 20, 1719, who sold his right to said Robert (Pa. Arch. III, Series, Vol. 2). But this was after he warranted land 'adjoining his own' and does not settle the date of his coming.
"The Stapleton family history was difficult to trace. The foresight of Rev. A. Stapleton, a foremost minister of the United Evangelical Church, stationed now (1909) at York, Pa., preserves to posterity the following data. Rev. Stapleton writes: 'In 1861-63, when I was a mere boy and lived with my grandmother, Elizabeth Stapleton, of Oley (1795-1874), the widow of William Stapleton, of Oley (1781-1849), she told me of my ancestor. This stimulated me to know my full history, and with determination I began to unravel it. It took me over twenty-five years of most recondite and seemingly hopeless research before I was able to give a satisfactory account of Robert P. Stapleton and his family. He seems to have been a younger scion of the Carlton branch of the family, the baronial name of which was 'Beaumont.' A full history going back to A. D. 1308, is found in 'Burke's British Peerage' and 'Burke's County Families of the United Kingdom.'
"Robert and Catharine Stapleton had children as follows: (1) Tobias patented land in Albany township, 1747, and where he died at a very advanced age in 1805, leaving descendants. (2) John died, 1754, on the old home, leaving an only son, John 2d, born 1751, died 1820, buried at Amityville. He was the great-grandfather of Rev. A. Stapleton. (3) William, born 1720, died 1785, on the lower half of the lower plantation. Left no issue. (4) Charles emigrated with his father to the Shenandoah Valley, Va., and became a great land owner there. (5) Elizabeth m. Mich. Keltner, emigrated to Virginia. (6) Catherine m. Samuel Dark, emigrated to Virginia. (7) Mary m. Fred Painter; emigrated to Virginia. (8) Sarah m. Conrad Arnold; emigrated to Virginia. (9) Margaret m. (first) Jacob Reich, (second) Fred Cutley, Virginia.
"In 1750 a considerable emigration took place from Oley to the newly surveyed lands of Lord Fairfax in Virginia. The wife of Lord Fairfax being a Stapleton, it is probable that there was some connection with that fact and the emigration of Robert P. Stapleton, of Oley, to that region, as he seems to have been the promoter of the movement from Oley. Stapleton left his son John in charge of the Oley plantation, while he started anew on a plantation of 428 acres on Holman's Creek, seventeen miles southwest of Woodstock, Va. Here he died near the beginning of 1755, at which time his will, which is at Winchester, Va., was probated. Unfortunately his son John died in Oley, near the same time (December, 1754).
"The family Stapleton, descendants of Robert, is very small. The descendants of Charles in Virginia cannot now be differentiated from those of Sir John Stapleton of Virginia, who seems to have been a close connection of Lady Fairfax. The descendants of Tobias are few and scattered in the hilly district of Albany township, Berks county, and Penn township in Schuylkill county. They spell the name Steveldon, and are thoroughly Germanized. William, as said, had no issue. John had an only son, John Jr. He was a first lieutenant in the Revolutionary war. This John, Jr., in 1780 married Rosina Miller, daughter of John Wilhelm Miller who in 1751 came from Ittligen, near Carlsruhe, Baden, to Pennsylvania, and settled at now Pleasantville, in Oley, on the Manatawny. He was the first potter and tiler in the valley.
"John Stapleton, Jr., a grandson of the emigrant, had two sons and five daughters. Sons: William, 1781-1849; John, 1790-1861. William only was married of the sons. He had a large family, but only two sons who had issue, viz.: William, b. 1815, father of Rev. A., died 1899; and John D., 1817-1897, the grandfather of John P. Stapleton."
John D. Stapleton, grandfather of John P., was born in Oley township March 21, 1817, and died Aug. 27, 1897, and is buried at Oley Churches. He was a carpenter and undertaker, and lived below Griesemersville. He built many barns and houses in his locality, and buried many people. He was a Lutheran member of Oley Churches, and was treasurer of the church many years, and was highly esteemed by all. He married Catharine Biehl, born Oct. 21, 1822, died Jan. 31, 1890. Their children were: Albert, a carpenter and undertaker, who lived in Earl township; Samuel B.; John B., 1852- 1898, unmarried; and Rebecca, m. to John Kupp.
Samuel B. Stapleton, son of John D., was born in Oley township May 23, 1846 and died Oct. 30, 1906, having passed his entire life in his native township. By occupation he was a carpenter, and he also cultivated an eleven acre tract of land he owned. He was a Lutheran and is buried at Amityville, of which church he was a member. He was tax collector of Oley township at the time of his death. He married Catharine Pyle, daughter of Henry Pyle, a school master. She was born May 10, 1849, and died Dec. 10, 1904. Their ten children were: Sallie, who died in infancy; Harry, a railway mail clerk; Annie, m. to Eli B Griesemer; Katie, m. to Henry Conrad; Rebecca, deceased, m. to Jonas Snyder; Samuel, of Oley; John P.; Frank, a lineman; a daughter that died in infancy; and Martin L., of Oley.
John P. Stapleton received early home training on his father's farm. He attended the public schools of Oley, Oley Academy, and the Keystone State Normal School at Kutztown, which he attended three terms. For four seasons he was hired out on the farm with Ammon S. Hartman, and also on the farm in Oley, working in all eight seasons at farm work by the month. During vacation he works on the farm for relatives and friends in the neighborhood. On June 23, 1902, he was licensed by Prof. E. M. Rapp to teach in the public schools, and four years later was granted a professional certificate, and at the end of another year a permanent certificate. He taught two terms in Earl township, and five terms in Pleasantville, the latter being the only independent school district in Berks county, and in the fall of 1909 he will be in Earl township. He is very successful in his work, and is a thoroughly conscientious worker for the good of his pupils. Upon the death of his father the court of Berks county appointed him tax collector of Oley township, which position he filled very creditably for two and one half years. Mr. Stapleton is a member of the Lutheran Church at Amityville, and his wife is a member of the same faith, at Oley.
On May 18, 1907, Mr. Stapleton married Clara S. Drumheller, daughter of Mahlon B. Drumheller, of Earl township. To this union has been born one daughter, Agnes C., June 5, 1908.
Anna Maria Turchin b: 1692
- Tobias Stapleton b: 1715 in Berks County, Pennsylvania
- Elizabeth Stapleton b: 1717
- Hannah Stapleton b: 1718
- William Stapleton b: 1720
- Catherine Margarethea Stapleton b: 1722 in Berks County, Pennsylvania
- John Stapleton b: 1724 in Berks County, Pennsylvania
- Maria Magdeline Stapleton b: 1727 in Berks County, Pennsylvania
- Sarah Stapleton b: 1729 in Berks County, Pennsylvania
- Anna Margarathea Stapleton b: 13 JUN 1731 in Berks County, Pennsylvania
- Charles Stapleton b: 10 AUG 1734 in Berks County, Pennsylvania
- Title: Family File: Thomas Reneau
Author: Reneau, Thomas
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