STAPLETON

de Stapleton, de Stapelton
Stapilton, Stapylton

 Information on this page from Windows Into Our Past, A Genealogy of the Parsons, Smith and Associated Families, Vol. 1 ©1996, Judy Parsons Smith

The Stapleton family is of English origin.  The Stapleton family has been traced as far back as 600 B.C.  The first use of the name was in 1052 A.D. in England at that time the spelling was Stapylton.  Heryon or Herman was seized of The Manor or Lordship of Stapylton upon Tyes ( Tee River ).  The family was of Carlton , Wighill and Myton.  The exact connection to Thomas has not been made.

 From “ County Families of Yorkshire , Vol II . - West Riding”, edited by Joseph Foster we find:

 Galfidus (of Geffrey) de Stapelton had:

 

I.         Miles de Stapelton, m. Sarra

II.        Nicholas de Stapelton

III.      Mabel , m. William le Scot

IV.      Roger de Stapelton

 

Miles de Stapelton, son of Galfidus de Stapelton , m. Sarra.  Miles & Sarra had:

 

A.       Nicholas , m. Isabel

B.       Roger de Stapelton

C.       Henry de Stapelton

D.       Galfridus de Stapelton

 

Nicholas de Stapelton, son of Miles de Stapelton & Sarra, m. Isabel .  Nicholas & Isabel had:

 

1.        John de Stapelton , m1st Sibill; m2nd Cecilia

2.        Gilbert de Stapelton

3.        Julian de Stapelton

4.        Emma de Stapelton

 

John de Stapelton, son of Nicholas de Stapelton & Isabel , m1st Sibill; m2nd Cecilia .  John de Stapelton & Sibill had:

 

a)       Roger de Stapleton

b)       Nicholas de Stapleton , m1st Isabella ; m2nd Joan ; m3rd? Catherine

c)       Gilbert de Stapleton, m. Agnes

d)       John de Stapleton

e)       Thomas de Stapleton

f)         Richard de Stapleton

g)       Elizabeth de Stapleton , d. young

 

Nicholas de Stapleton, son of John de Stapleton & Sibill, mIst Isabella ; m2nd Joan ; m3rd? Catherine .  Nicholas de Stapleton & Isabella had:

 

1)       Sir Miles de Stapleton , m. Isabel

2)       Thomas de Stapleton

3)       Gilbert de Stapleton

4)       Julian de Stapleton

 

Gilbert de Stapleton, son of John de Stapleton & Sibill, m. Agnes .  Gilbert de Stapleton & Agnes had:

 

i.         Sir Brian de Stapleton , m. Alice

ii.        Nicholas de Stapleton

iii.      Katherine de Stapleton , m. John de Boys

iv.      Avicia de Stapleton , m. Sir Nicholas de Medilton

v.        Annes de Stapleton

vi.      Sir Miles de Stapleton , K.G. , m1st Isolda; m2nd Joan

The connection between the above genealogy and our family has yet to be established (11/95).

In Cavaliers & Pioneers, by Nell Marion Nugent , Vol. 1 & 3.  Vol. I, years 1623-1666[i], There is a listing for a Thomas Stapleton as being transported to Virginia .  In Vol. III , years 1695-1732[ii], There is a  Thomas Stapleton is listed as follows (p.70):

Thomas Stapleton, 125 aces, Middlesex County, beg. by marsh of Peanketank River , cor. of 704 aces. granted George Keible , dec'd by Blakes 's S.W., to land formerly More's; 24 Apr 1703, p. 528.  Trans. of 3 pers:  Mary Walker , Richd Baxter , Richd Burton .

 It is believed that the Thomas Stapleton in both listings are one in the same.  This Thomas Stapleton is the ancestor of the Lee County , Virginia Stapleton 's.  According to the Parish Register of Christ Church 1653-1812.  There are four Stapleton families in Middlesex County [iii], they are as follows:

1.  William & Lucy Stapleton .  Lucy Stapleton , d. 23 Apr 1742.  Of more later.
2.  Thomas & Mary Stapleton .  Of more later.
3.  Elizabeth Stapleton
. Of more later.
4.  Thomas & ffrances Stapleton.  See Williamson

William & Lucy Stapleton

1.  William & Lucy Stapleton had (1) one child:

1.1.  Elizabeth , b.  25 Oct 1734, Middlesex Co., VA.

Thomas & Mary Stapleton

2.  Thomas & Mary Stapleton had (2) two children:

2.1.  Jane , b.  1 Oct 1704, Middlesex Co., VA.
2.2.  Frances , b.
 5 Jul 1719, Middlesex Co., VA.  

Elizabeth Stapleton

3.  Elizabeth Stapleton  is listed as having an illegitimate daughter:

 3.1.  Joyce , borne Dec ye 1723, Middlesex Co., VA, baptized Janry 17, 1724.

In a separate listing Elizabeth Stapleton , a spinster, and Walter Keebler made a bond on 29 Nov 1755.  Sur. and Wit. Thomas Hardin and John Butterworth [iv].

Thomas Stapleton

4. Thomas Stapleton, d. 1706, Middlesex Co., St. James Parish, VA; m. Frances (Unknown).  Thomas & ffrances Stapleton, according to Christening records had (4) four children:

4.1.  John , b.  10 Aug 1683, Middlesex Co., VA.
4.2.  George, b. 26 Nov and Baptized at ye great Church 10th Janry 1685/6, Middlesex Co., VA; d. 8 Janry 1720 and buried 10 Janry 1720, Middlesex Co., VA.
4.3.  Thomas, b. c. 1689-1690, Middlesex Co., VA; m. Margaret Williamson.
4.4.  Ann , b. 14 Sept 1693, Middlesex Co., VA.

Thomas Stapleton

4.3.  Thomas Stapleton, son of Thomas & ffrances Stapleton, b. c. 1689-1690, Middlesex County, St. James Parish, Virginia; m. 7 Aug 1718, Middlesex County, VA to Margaret Williamson, daughter of Robert & Katherine Williamson, baptized 5 Aug 1694, Middlesex Co., VA. Thomas & Margaret Stapleton had (1) one known child:

4.3.1.  Thomas , b. 1724-1729, Middlesex Co., VA...

Thomas Stapleton

4.3.1.  Thomas Stapleton, son of Thomas & Margaret (Williamson) Stapleton, b. 1724-1729, Middlesex Co., VA; d. 1804-1814, Russell County, VA; m. unknown . Thomas Stapleton had (1) one known son:

 4.3.1.1.  Joseph , b. 1765; Of more later.
*4.3.1.2.  (possible son) William , b.
 1769, Augusta Co., VA; m. 6 Dec 1803 to Mary Brown .[v]
*(possible child) George , m. 7 Nov 1804 to Nancy Newton [vi]
*(possible child)  Robert , m. 21 May 1803 to Anne Picklehimer [vii]

Joseph Stapleton

4.3.1.1.  Joseph Stapleton, son of Thomas Stapleton, b. 1765, possibly Russell Co., VA; d.(unknown ); m. 1793 to Elizabeth Green .  Joseph & Elizabeth lived in the following areas:

1794-1802            Russell Co., VA
1802-1810            Knox Co., KY
1840                       Floyd Co., KY
1844                       Johnson Co., KY.

  Joseph & Elizabeth (Green) Stapleton had (1) one known child:

 4.3.1.1.1.  Joseph , Jr. , b 1798, possibly Russell Co., VA; m.  Sarah Edwards ..

William Stapleton

* 4.3.1.2.  William Stapleton , possible son of Thomas & (unknown ) Stapleton, b. 1769, Augusta Co., VA. - Served in the 7th Regiment of the Virginia Line, under Captain Dangerfield and Colonel Lewis was the Commander; m1 (unknown); m2 Mary Brown , b. 1793; d. unknown.  William & Mary lived on a farm in the West Blackwater area of Lee County , Virginia .  William & Mary (Brown) Stapleton had:

4.3.1.2.1.  Johnathon
4.3.1.2.2.  Sylvanus
4.3.1.2.3.  William , Jr.
4.3.1.2.4.  Lewis , m. Cynthia Anderson
4.3.1.2.5.  Martha , m. Elder Isaac H. Robinette
4.3.1.2.6.  Cynthia , m. Solomon Robinette
4.3.1.2.7.  Lydia , m. William Testerman
4.3.1.2.8.  Eliza H., m. Thomas T. Livesay
4.3.1.2.9.  Nancy , m. Wickerson Gobble

Joseph Stapleton Jr.

 4.3.1.1.1.  Joseph Stapleton, Jr., son of Joseph & Elizabeth (Green) Stapleton, b. 1798, possibly Russell Co., VA[viii]; d. 1877-1878, Lee Co., VA[ix] m. ca. 1815-1825, Harlan Co., KY to Sarah “Sally” Edwards, b. 1807; d. aft 1860 & bef. 1877, Lee Co., VA.  Joseph m2nd to Nancy (Unknown) .

 Joseph Stapleton purchased a 55½ acres of land located on the North side of Wallins Ridge in Lee County, Virginia on 31 Oct 1826 for the sum of $69.37½.  Joseph and Sarah ( Edwards ) Stapleton purchased an additional 55½ acres of land located, adjacent to the first tract, on the North side of Wallins Ridge in Lee County , Virginia on 9 Oct 1830 from Charlie Page . 

A Joseph Stapleton , 30-40 years old appears in the 1840 Census.[x]

Joseph , Jr. & Sarah ( Edwards ) Stapleton had at least ten (10) children[xi] and possibly three (3) additional sons:

4.3.1.1.1.1.  William , b.  1826, VA; d. 19 Sept 1860, Lee Co., VA; m. Nancy Napier .
4.3.1.1.1.2.  Thompson , b. 1831, VA
4.3.1.1.1.3.  Robert R. , b. 13 Oct 1818 (1833, VA[xii]), Kentucky ; m. Nancy J. Banks .  See Banksi
4.3.1.1.1.4.  Abigail , b. 1835,l VA
4.3.1.1.1.5.  Silas, b. 1837, VA
 
4.3.1.1.1.6.  Barthena, b. 1840, VA
4.3.1.1.1.7.  Eliza J. , b. 1841, VA
4.3.1.1.1.8.  Mary A. , b. 1843, VA
4.3.1.1.1.9.  James , b.  1845, VA
4.3.1.1.1.10.  Newberry, b. 1847, VA

Other possible sons of Joseph & Sarah Stapleton :

4.3.1.1.1.11.  Jess, b. 1824, VA; m. Lucy (Unknown) , b. 1828, VA.  Jess & Lucy Stapleton had two daughters at the time of the 1850 Census:

 4.3.1.1.1.11.1.   Mary 2, (b. 1848)
 4.3.1.1.1.11.2.   Elizabeth 7 mons. (b. 1850).[xiii]

 4.3.1.1.1.12.  Samuel , b. 1828, VA. [xiv]
 4.3.1.1.1.13..  John , b.  1830, VA; m. Christina (Unknown), b. 1831, VA

William Stapleton

4.3.1.1.1.1..  William Stapleton, son of Joseph, Jr. & Sarah (Edwards) Stapleton, b. 1826, VA; d. 19 Sept 1860, Lee Co., VA of a fever; m. Nancy Napier, daughter of Thomas Napier, b. 1829, VA  William & Nancy (Napier) Stapleton had four (4) children:

4.3.1.1.1.1.1.  Diana Melvina , b. 1850, VA [xv]
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2.  Sarah , b.  1857, VA
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3.  George , b. 1860, VA
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4.  Ellen , b. 1861, VA (after the death of her father?)

Robert R. Stapleton  & Nancy J. Banks

Robert R. StapletonP

4.3.1.1.1.3..  Robert R. Stapleton , son of Joseph, Jr. & Sarah (Edwards) Stapleton, b. 13 Oct 1833, Virginia[xvi], Kentucky; d. 11 Feb 1896, Lee Co., VA; m. 1850-1853 to Nancy J. Banks, daughter of James Banks, b. 6 Feb 1836, Lee Co., VA; d. 3 Jul 1919, Lee Co., VA[xvii].

Civil War Service

Robert Stapleton served as a private in Co. A, 50 Reg't Virginia Infantry of the Confederate Army during the Civil War.  He appears on a Roll of Prisoners of War paroled at Cumberland Gap, Kentucky, by Col. William Y. Dillard, 34 KY Infty. Vols.  He was paroled on 30 Apr 1865 to Lee Co., Virginia [xviii].

Robert Stapleton operated a farm in Lee County , Virginia as were many others of the time.  On 8 Jul 1878, it was ordered that a road be established by Robert R. Stapleton  , at his own expense to his residence on Stone Creek road[xix].

Nancy (Banks) Stapleton was said to be of Dutch and American Indian descent.

Robert R. & Nancy (Banks) Stapleton had (12) twelve

4.3.1.1.1.3.1Elbert S., b. 1856, Lee Co., VA; m. Mary 'Mollie' Hedrick.  SEE  HEDRICK
4.3.1.1.1.3.2.  John J. ' J.J. ', b. 16 Sep 1857, Pennington Gap , VA ; Of more later.
4.3.1.1.1.3.3.  Margaret " Jane ", Of more later.
4.3.1.1.1.3.4.  Lee Asa , b. Pennington Gap , VA ; Of more later.
4.3.1.1.1.3.5. Zion P., m. Sara Jane Clause .  Of more later.
4.3.1.1.1.3.6.  Green S., b. 15 Nov 1871; Of more later
4.3.1.1.1.3.7.  Charles B. , b. 30 Jul 1861; d. 31 Jul 1861.
4.3.1.1.1.3.8.  James M. , b. 30 Mar 1860; d. as a young man.
4.3.1.1.1.3.9.  Patton , b. 1869; d. 14 Sept 1880.
4.3.1.1.1.3.10.  Roe Stapleton
4.3.1.1.1.3.11.  R.J. ' Bob ', b. 10 Sept 1862; m. Mary E. _______.
4.3.1.1.1.3.12.  Lee Roy , b. 12 Jan 1865; m. 1 Jan 1889, Nanie Eleanora Stephenson , daughter of Noah & Ellen Stephenson .

***Note there is an additional child named Nancy , b. 27 Feb 1876, , who could be the child of R. & Nancy Stapleton .

Molly "Mollie" (Hedrick) Stapleton

Elbert S. Stapleton

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.  Elbert S. Stapleton, son of Robert & Nancy (Banks) Stapleton, b. 1865, Lee Co., VA in Stapleton Holler in Pocket; d. 20 May 1933; m. Mary 'Mollie' Hedrick, daughter of Jefferson & Leah Hedrick , b. 14 May 1869; d. 25 Jul 1951.  Elbert & Mary (Hedrick) Stapleton had (11) eleven children:

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.1.  Robert Jefferson , b. 19 Aug 1889; m.1st- Nora May Martin.  They divorced; m.2nd- Minnie Rising
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.  McKinney 'Ken' Stapleton, b. 5 Apr 1891; d. 5 Apr 1947, Lee Co., VA; m. Ada Elen Green.  SEE GREEN
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.3.  Richard F., b. 31 Aug 1892; d. 23 Dec 1925; m.1st- 20 Nov 1915 to Ollie Sprinkle.  They divorced -no children; m.2nd- Mollie McFarland.  They divorced -no children.
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.4.  Isaiah 'Zera', b. 12 May 1895; d. 19 May 1954; m. 26 Jun 1915 to Bell Wheeler
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.5.  Colonel P., b. 20 May 1898; d. 21 Feb 1985, Lee Co., VA; m. 18 Jun 1919 to Mattie Carter.
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.6.  Mammie 'Mima', b. 7 Sept 1910; m. Earl Elliott.
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.7.  Bessie Lee, b. 21 Feb 1901; m.1st- Bill Dye. They divorced - no children.  m.2nd- John Fair.
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.8.  Lulie 'Loulee', b. 3 Apr 1915; m. 17 Aug 1935 to Eckle Lawson.
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.9.  Elbert, Jr.; d. killed in the mines as a young boy.
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.10.  Jeff, d. suicide.

John J. "J.J." Stapleton

4.3.1.1.1.3.2.  John J. 'J.J.' Stapleton, son of Robert & Nancy (Banks) Stapleton, b. 16 Sept 1857, Pennington Gap, VA; m.1st-Sara E. Johnson.  John & Sara (Johnson) Stapleton had (6) six children:

4.3.1.1.1.3.2.1.  Lilly Stapleton
4.3.1.1.1.3.2.2.  Hannah J., b. 1888, Lee Co., VA; m. 1 Jul 1906 to Charles Rawkins.
4.3.1.1.1.3.2.3.  Victoria Elisha, b. c. 1893, Lee Co., VA; m.1st- 1909 to Fores E. Martin; m.2nd-      
Gibon.
4.3.1.1.1.3.2.4.  Laura H., b. 1881-1885, Harlan Co., KY; m. 18 Mar 1901, to John S. Martin.
4.3.1.1.1.3.2.5.  Mattie, b. 1889, Lee Co., VA; m. 6 Jun 1906 to John H. Rolland (Rawland).
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6.  Fidely, b. 1896; m. 26 Jun 1912 to James A. Hendricks.

 John J. Stapleton m. 2nd-16 Oct 1901 to Nannie B. Woodard (Woodward).  John & Nannie (Woodard) Stapleton had (4) four children:

4.3.1.1.1.3.2.7.  Ray Stapleton
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8.  Ted Stapleton
4.3.1.1.1.3.2.9.  Earl Stapleton
4.3.1.1.1.3.2.10.   Bonnie, m. Mr. Carter

Margaret "Jane" Stapleton

4.3.1.1.1.3.3.  Margaret "Jane" Stapleton, daughter of Robert & Nancy (Banks) Stapleton, m.1st- George Lemons; m.2nd- 1900 Tyde Parks.  Tyde & Margaret (Stapleton) Parks had (4) four children:

4.3.1.1.1.3.3.1.  Ruby, b. 23 Mar 1913, Lee Co., VA.
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3.2.  Stella, b. 9 Oct 1910, Lee Co., VA.
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3.3.  Cleo, b. 1901, Lee Co., VA.
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3.4.  Era (female), b. 1902; d. 1905.

Lee Asa Stapleton

4.3.1.1.1.3.4.  Lee Asa Stapleton, son of Robert & Nancy (Banks) Stapleton, b. Pennington Gap, VA; m. 23 Jan 1897 or 25 Jan 1897 to Mary L. Carter.  Asa was County Treasure, also a farmer & sort of Sheriff of Pennington Gap, VA.  Asa & Mary (Carter) Stapleton had (9) nine children:

4.3.1.1.1.3.4.1.  Curtis, b. 1900.
4.3.1.1.1.3.4.2.  Olan Henry, b. 10 Oct 1903.
4.3.1.1.1.3.4.3.  Etta Mae, b. 10 May 1904.
4.3.1.1.1.3.4.4.  Alin, b. 2 Aug 1905.
4.3.1.1.1.3.4.5.  Clifford C., b. 2 Jun 1907.
4.3.1.1.1.3.4.6.  Pearl M., b. 12 Dec 1909.
4.3.1.1.1.3.4.7.  William, b.  24 May 1912; He changed his name to Woodrow Wilson Stapleton.
4.3.1.1.1.3.4.8.  Pearlus Gladys, b. 3 Nov 1914.
4.3.1.1.1.3.4.9.  Andrew Herbert, b. 1918; d. 21 Sept 1971.

Zion D. Stapleton

4.3.1.1.1.3.5.  Zion D. Stapleton, son of Robert & Nancy (Banks) Stapleton, m.1st- Sara Jane Clause; m.2nd-           , from Tennessee.  Zion & his 2nd wife had (4) four children:

4.3.1.1.1.3.5.1.  Patsy Stapleton
4.3.1.1.1.3.5.2.  Fred Stapleton
4.3.1.1.1.3.5.3.  Bessie P., b. 30 Mar 1896; d. 29 Jun 1896.
4.3.1.1.1.3.5.4.  name unknown .

Green S. Stapleton

4.3.1.1.1.3.6.  Green S. Stapleton, son of Robert & Nancy (Banks) Stapleton, b. 15 Nov 1871; d. 15 Jun 1947; m. 31 Jul 1897 to Elizabeth Cooper.  Green & Elizabeth (Cooper) Stapleton had (6) six children:

4.3.1.1.1.3.6.1.  Andrew, b. 3 Dec 1905; m. 8 Jan 1926 to Nancy Ewing.
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6.2.  Ressie, b. 31 May 1911; m. 16 Oct 1929 to Asher Garrett.
4.3.1.1.1.3.6.3.  Golden 'Goldie', b. 3 Apr 1908; d. 7 Dec 1933.
4.3.1.1.1.3.6.4.  Roosevelt, b. 12 Nov 1904; m. 24 Nov 1934 to Martha Dean.
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6.5.  Ervin, b. 22 Jan 1898; m. Rilda Parsons.
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6.6.  Verina, b. 18 Aug 1900; m. 14 Nov 1920 to Ellis Clark.

Lee Roy Stapleton

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.  Lee Roy Stapleton, son of Robert & Nancy (Banks) Stapleton, b. 12 Jan 1865; m. 1 Jan 1889, Nanie Eleanora Stephanson, daughter of Noah & Ellen Stephanson, b. 2 Jul 1873, Tazewell Co., VA.  Lee & Nanie (Stephanson) Stapleton they had  (  ) children:

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.1.  Eva Jane, b.  9 Dec 1889, Lee Co., VA; m. 22 Dec 1909 to William Floyd Roberts.  Twin of Emily Jane.
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2.2.  Emily Jane, b.  9 Dec 1889, Lee Co., VA; d. 1889.  Twin of Eva Jane.
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2.3.  John Edward, b. 2 Aug 1893, Lee Co., VA m. 21 Jul 1917 to Mrytle Elizabeth Brown.
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2.4.  Mable, b. 11 Jun 1895, Lee Co., VA; m. 23 Jan 1915 to Samuel A. Paluso.
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2.5.  Chester, b. 7 Jul 1897, Lee Co., VA; m. Maude Green.
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2.6.  Lawrence Dewey, b. 7 Jul 1899, Lee Co., VA; m. 20 Feb 1923 to Delia Flannary.
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2.7.  Maude, b. 6 Aug 1901; m1st to James Smith; m2nd ____ Smith; m3rd to Bob Ehoff, of Germany .
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2.8.  Hobert, b. 1903; d. 1903.  Twin of Nora.
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2.9.  Nora, b. 1903; d. 1905.  Twin of Hobert.
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2.10.  Claude, b. 19 Sept 1909, Lee Co., VA; m. 1922 to Minney Gilley.

Robert Jefferson Stapleton

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.  Robert Jefferson Stapleton, son of Elbert & Mary (Hedrick) Stapleton, b. 19 Aug 1889; m.1st- Nora May Martin.  They divorced; m.2nd- Minnie Rising. Robert & Nora (Martin) Stapleton had (1) one child:

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.1.  Charles Stapleton

Robert & Minnie Stapleton had (2) two children:

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.  Virginia Lee Stapleton
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.3.  Wilma Jean Stapleton

McKinney "Ken" Stapleton

McKinney 'Ken' Stapleton

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.  McKinney 'Ken' Stapleton, son of Elbert & Mary (Hedrick) Stapleton, b. 5 Apr 1891; d. 5 Apr 1947, Lee Co., VA; m. 15 Jun 1915 to Ada Elen Green, daughter of John & Nancy (Smith) Green, b. 30 Apr 1900; d. 12 Apr 1984, Lee Co., VA.

There was a time when the Baker and Stapleton families had a minor altercation.  It seems that Jess Baker was taking a truck into the holler where he lived in order to remove coal from the mine on his property.  Ada Stapleton, wife of Ken, did not like the idea of the truck passing across her property, even though it was a pubic roadway.  She pulled a pistol on Jess and took a shot at him, missing.  Jess was not one to give up a good fight, chucked a rock at back at her striking her up side the head.  The argument was getting heated up further when a neighbor jumped into the fray.  The neighbor pulled a gun on Jess, who then took out a knife to defend himself.  The neighbor ended up with a shredded coat.  Shots were fired and Jess was shot in the neck (grazed).  The neighbor was shot in the leg.  It is my understanding that help was called for the neighbor, however, they found Jess injured and took him to the hospital instead of the neighbor, who later walked into the hospital for assistance.[xx]

 The feud did not end that day.  For a number of years afterwards the Stapleton family would cross the street/look away any time that they passed a member of the Baker family.  Apparently the feud did not last long, as I always remember visiting with Ada Stapleton when I was young. -- Judy Smith

 Ken & Ada (Green) Stapleton had (12) twelve children:

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.1.   John Walter  b. 7 Jul 1916, St. Charles, Lee Co., VA; d. 1 May 1974, Harlan Co., KY; m. Elenora 'Lenora' Bernice Baker.  SEE BAKER
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.2.   Ruby, b. 15 Apr 1918; m. Charles Minton.
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.3.   Nell, b. 23 Jan 1920; m. Richard Riding.
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.4.   Paul, b. 21 Apr 1922.
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.5.   Mossie, b. 14 Dec 1924.
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.6.   Anna Lou, b. 2 Jan 1926.
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.7.   Clyde, b. 1 Dec 1928.
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.8.   Ardith, b. 11 Feb 1930.
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.9.   Virgie, b. 23 May 1932.
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.10.  Edward 'Pete', b. 2 May 1935.
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.11.  Goldie, b. 19 Jul 1938.
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.12.  Lella, b. 12 Apr 1940.

Richard F. Stapleton

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.3.  Richard F. Stapleton, son of Elbert & Mary (Hedrick) Stapleton, b. 31 Aug 1892; d. 23 Dec 1925; m.1st- 20 Nov 1915 to Ollie Sprinkle.  They divorced -no children; m.2nd- Mollie McFarland.  They divorced.

Isaiah 'Zera' Stapleton

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.4.  Isaiah 'Zera' Stapleton, son of Elbert & Mary (Hedrick) Stapleton, b. 12 May 1895; d. 19 May 1954; m. 26 Jun 1915 to Bell Wheeler.  Isaiah & Bell (Wheeler) Stapleton had (8) eight children:

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.4.1.  Lounett Stapleton
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.4.2.  Charles Stapleton
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.4.3.  Ralph Stapleton
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.4.4.  Bonnie Stapleton
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.4.5.  Geneav Stapleton
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.4.6.  Doris Stapleton
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.4.7.  Edna Stapleton
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.4.8.  Bernard Stapleton

Colonel P. Stapleton

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.5.  Colonel P. Stapleton, son of Elbert & Mary (Hedrick) Stapleton, b. 20 May 1898; d. 21 Feb 1985, Lee Co., VA; m. 18 Jun 1919 to Mattie Carter.  Colonel & Mattie (Carter) Stapleton had (4) four children:

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.5.1.  Charles Stapleton, d. infant.
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.5.2.  Marie Stapleton
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.5.3.  Stella Stapleton
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.5.4.  C.J. Stapleton

Mammie 'Mima' Stapleton

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.6.  Mammie 'Mima' Stapleton, daughter of Elbert & Mary (Hedrick) Stapleton,  b. 7 Sept 1910; m. Earl Elliott. Earl & Mima (Stapleton) Elliott had (6) six children:

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.6.1.  Ed Elliott
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.6.
2.  Gloria Elliott, m.        Siebers
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.6.
3.  Harold Elliott
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.6.
4.  Truman Elliott
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.6.
5.  George 'Patton' Elliott
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.6.
6.  Phyllis

Bessie Lee Stapleton

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.7.  Bessie Lee Stapleton, daughter of Elbert & Mary (Hedrick) Stapleton, b. 21 Feb 1901; m.1st- Bill Dye. They divorced - no children.  m.2nd- John Fair.  John & Bessie (Stapleton) Fair had (1) one child:

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.7.1.  Eunice Fair, m.1st- Fred Peters.  They divorced - no children; m.2nd- Johnny Morris.

Lulie 'Loulee' Stapleton

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.8.  Lulie 'Loulee' Stapleton, daughter of Elbert & Mary (Hedrick) Stapleton, b. 3 Apr 1915; m. 17 Aug 1935 to Eckle Lawson, b. 1908. Eckle & Lulie (Stapleton) Lawson had (5) five children:

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.8.1.  Evelyn Lawson, b. c. 1934; d. 3 days old.
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.8.2.  Talmadge Lawson, b. 21 Oct 1938
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.8.3.  Stella Ruth Lawson, b. 24 Jan 1943
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.8.4.  Burlin Lawson, b. 5 Nov 1948
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.8.5.  Billy Gene Lawson, b. 2 Apr 1956

Lenora Bernice Baker and John Walter Stapleton

John "Walter" Stapleton

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.1.  John "Walter" Stapleton, son of Ken & Ada (Green) Stapleton, b. 7 Jul 1916, St. Charles, Lee Co.[xxi]., VA; d. 1 May 1974, Harlan Co., KY; bur. Odd Fellows Cemetery, Lee Co., VA; m. 25 May 1940, Lee Co., VA to Elenora 'Lenora' Bernice Baker, daughter of William & Nancy (Rogers) Baker, b. 17 Jun 1924, St. Charles, Lee Co., VA; d. 27 Jun 2011, Chesterfield, VA; bur. Odd Fellows Cemetery, Lee Co., VA. 

Walter Stapleton served in the U.S. Army from 15 Nov 1944 -12 Apr 1946.  During that time he served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater, participating in the Luzon campaign.  He was a technician fifth grade in Company A 1279th Engineers.  He received an honorable discharge from the U. S. Army on 12 Apr 1946.  He received the Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star; Philippine Liberation Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star; Good Conduct Medal and a World War II Victory Medal[xxii].

 Walter & Lenora (Baker) Stapleton had (3) three children:

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.1.1.  Louie Robert Stapleton, b. 22 Feb 1941
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.1.2.  Dorothy Marie Stapleton, b. 22 Jan 1945.
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.1.3.  Johnny Ray Stapleton, b. 12 Mar 1947

Louie Robert Stapleton

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.1.1.  Louie Robert Stapleton, son of Walter & Lenora (Baker) Stapleton, b. 22 Feb 1941, Lee Co., VA; m. 23 Feb 1962, St. Charles, Lee Co., VA to Lois Pascal Haynes, daughter of Pascal & Mary (Fletcher) Haynes, b. 14 Jun 1940, Lee Co., VA. Louie & Lois Stapleton had (3) three children:

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.1.1.1.  Debra Lee Stapleton, b. 22 May 1964, Anchorage, Alaska
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.1.1.2.  Diane Elizabeth Stapleton, b. 9 Aug 1966, Wayne Co., MI.
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.1.1.3.  Melisa Kay Stapleton, b. 18 Jul 1967, Wayne Co., MI

Dorothy Marie Stapleton

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.1.2.  Dorothy Marie Stapleton, daughter of Walter & Lenora (Baker) Stapleton, b. 22 Jan 1945, St. Charles, Lee Co., VA; m. 8 Jun 1962, Lee Co., VA to Larry Martin Parsons , son of William & Betty (Holt) Parsons, b. 22 Aug 1943, Lee Co., VA.  Larry & Dorothy Parsons had (3) three children:

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.1.2.1.  Judy Lynne Parsons.  SEE PARSONS, SLOAN, & SMITH
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2
.1.2.2.  Timothy Martin Parsons.  SEE PARSONS
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2
.1.2.3.  Alice Bernice Parsons .  SEE PARSONS & KLEBAU

Johnny Ray Stapleton

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.1.3.  Johnny Ray Stapleton, son of Walter & Lenora (Baker) Stapleton, b. 12 Mar 1947, Lee Co., VA; d. 7 May 1990, Indianapolis, IN; m.1st- 29 Jul 1967, Lee Co., VA to Barbara Sue Martin, daughter of Alfred Junior & Erma Jean (Ramey) Martin.  They divorced -they had (1) one child; m.2nd-      May 1986, Indianapolis, IN to Phyllis (Ringler) Coffmon, b. 3 Sep ___. Johnny worked as a machine operator for Allison Gas Turbine Division of General Motors.  Johnny & Barbara (Martin) Stapleton had (1) one child:

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.1.3.1.  Sandi Sue Stapleton, b. 29 Apr 1971, Martinsville, IN; m. 3 Aug 1992, to Anthony "Tony" Earl Holbrook.

Phyllis (Ringler) (Coffmon) Stapleton had (2) two children by her 1st marriage:

1.  Allyson Coffmon, m. a. May 1990, Indianapolis, IN to Bruce Ball.
2.  Angela "Angie" Coffmon, b. 1971.  She had (1) one child:

a)  Aleshia Marie Zimmerman, b. 30 Aug 1991.

Talmadge Lawson

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.8.2.  Talmadge Lawson, son of Eckle & Lulie (Stapleton) Lawson, b. 21 Oct 1938; m.1st- Mary Ely . They divorced - one child:

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.8.2.1.  Ciny Lawson

Talmadge Lawson m.2nd -Helen Hillman of Illinois. Talmadge & Helen Lawson had (1) one child:

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.8.2.2.  Gin Lou Lawson

Stella Ruth Lawson

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.8.3.  Stella Ruth Lawson, daughter of Eckle & Lulie (Stapleton) Lawson b. 24 Jan 1943; m. 8 Mar 1968 to Jim Clark.  Jim & Stella Clark had (2) two children:

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.8.3.1.  Lou Ann Clark
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.8.3.2.  James Darrell Clark

Burlin Lawson

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.8.4.  Burlin Lawson, son of Eckle & Lulie (Stapleton) Lawson, b. 5 Nov 1948; m. 1st- Stella Mullins; m.2nd- Ginger Roberts.  Burlin & Stella Lawson divorced, there was (1) one child:

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.8.4.1.  Mack Lawson

Billy Gene Lawson

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.8.5.  Billy Gene Lawson, son of Eckle & Lulie (Stapleton) Lawson, b. 2 Apr 1956; m. Debbie Troxal. Billy & Debbie Lawson had (2) two children:

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.8.5.1.  April Dawn Lawson
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.8.5.2.  Billy Gene Lawson, Jr.

Debra 'Debbie' Lee Stapleton

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.1.1.1.  Debra 'Debbie' Lee Stapleton, daughter of Louie & Lois (Haynes) Stapleton, b. 22 May 1964, Anchorage, Alaska; m. 13 Dec 1986, Wayne Co., Michigan to John Poole, son of John  Alfred & Cora Lee (Stover) Poole , b. 11 Aug 1962, Detroit, Michigan[xxiii]:.  John & Debbie Poole have (1) one child:

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.1.1.1.1.  Chelsea Dunñe Poole, b. 14 Jun 1988, Dearborn, Wayne Co., MI.

Diane Elizabeth Stapleton

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.1.1.2.  Diane Elizabeth Stapleton , daughter of Louie & Lois (Haynes) Stapleton, b. 9 Aug 1966, Wayne Co., MI; m. 14 May 1988, Wayne Co., MI to Curtis Shepard.  Curtis & Diane Shepard have (2) two children:

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.1.1.2.1.  Daniel Curtis Shepard, b. 5 Jul 1989, Wayne Co., Michigan.
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.1.1.2.2.  Amanda Lynn Shepard, 22 Jun 1992, Wayne Co., Michigan.

Melisa 'Lisa' Stapleton

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.1.1.3.  Melisa 'Lisa' Stapleton, daughter of Louie & Lois (Haynes) Stapleton, b. 18 Jul 1967, Wayne Co., MI; m. 23 Nov 1985, Wayne Co., MI to Gerald 'Jerry' Leslie Jacobs. Jerry & Lisa Jacobs have (4) four children[xxiv]::

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.1.1.3.1.  Jessica Leslie Jacobs, b. 30 May 1986, Wayne Co., Michigan.
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2
.1.1.3.2.  Rebecca Louise Jacobs, b. 11 Apr 1990, Wayne Co., Michigan.
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2
.1.1.3.3.  Vanessa Leigh Jacobs, b. 24 Sept 1991, Wayne Co., Michigan.
4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2
.1.1.3.4.  Gerald Michael Jacobs, b. 5 Sept 1993, Wayne Co., Michigan.

Sandi Sue Stapleton

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.1.3.1.  Sandi Sue Stapleton, daughter of Johnny & Barbara (Martin) Stapleton b. 29 Apr 1971, Martinsville, IN; m. 3 Aug 1992, to Anthony "Tony" Earl Holbrook, son of Larry & Rebecca (Clem) Holbrook, b. 3 Aug 1972, Lee Co., VA.  Tony & Sandi had (1) one child:

4.3.1.1.1.3.1.2.1.3.1.1.  Taylor Ray Holbrook, b. 6 Jul 1992., Wise Co., VA


[i] Cavaliers & Pioneers, by Nell Marion Nugent, Vol. I, years 1623-1666
[ii]
Cavaliers & Pioneers, by Nell Marion Nugent, Vol. III, years 1695-1732
[iii]
Parish Register of Christ Church 1653-1812
[iv]
Marriages of Middlesex County, VA 1740-1852, Virginia Genealogical Society, p. 9
[v]
“Marriages in the New River Valley, VA” compiled by Therese A. Fisher, p. 255
[vi]
“Marriages in the New River Valley, VA” compiled by Therese A. Fisher, p. 255
[vii]
“Marriages in the New River Valley, VA” compiled by Therese A. Fisher, p. 255
[viii]
1850 Lee County Virginia Census
[ix]
“Death Register has not been verified” (9/23/95-JPS)
[x]
1840 Lee County, Virginia Census
[xi]
1850 Lee County Virginia Census
[xii]
1850 Lee County Virginia Census
[xiii]
1850 Lee County Virginia Census
[xiv]
Living in the home of John & Christina Stapleton at the time of the 1850 Lee County, Virginia Census.
[xv]
1850 Lee County Virginia Census - 5 months at the taking of the census.
[xvi]
1850 Lee County, Virginia Census
[xvii]
Information on non-direct lineage of compiler provided by information gather by Judy LaDeur of Illinois. - Copies of her research entitled “The Stapleton Family, Robert R. and Nancy J. (Banks) Stapleton”; & Copy of Will of Robert R. Stapleton , dated11 Feb 1876, Lee County, Virginia
[xviii]
Copy of Discharge certificate.
[xix]
Order Book No. 13, page 240 - copy of Deed
[xx]
Recollection of Rowland Jess Baker.
[xxi]
Birth Certificate
[xxii]
John W. Stapleton, U.S. Army Discharge papers.
[xxiii]
Information provided by Debra (Stapleton) Poole.
[xxiv]
Information provided by Debra (Stapleton) Poole, sister.