Stemple

Notes


4. Godfrey (Gottfreid) STEMPFEL

Arrived 26 Sep 1732, ship Mary of London from Rotterdam with father Jacob, age 40, and grandfather Nicolas, age 70 (Jay Stemple material). On same ship were Christian and Hans Georg Minier (William Henry Egle, "Names of Foreigners Who Took the Oath of Allegiance to the Province and State of Pennsylvania, 1727-1775," Harrisburg, 1892, p. 66, 67). Their descendants, Henry Martin Stemple and Eliza Ann Minear married in 1851.

Dr. Peter Stemple of Germany later found that Godfrey actually arrived on Ship Samuel in Philadelphia, 30 August 1737 (Stemple Family Newsletter, March 1998).

Godfrey served on the Committee of Observation, Elizabeth Township, Washington County, MD, 30 December 1776, therefore qualifies as Revolutionary War patriot ("Proceedings of the Committee of Observation for Elizabeth Town District, Washington County," in Maryland Historical Magazine, vo. XII, no. 1, March 1917, p. 346). In 1789 Godfrey left Hagerstown to follow Rev. John Stough to Aurora (now Preston County, WV) which he had settled the year before. This was believed to be the first permanent civilian settlement west of the Alleghenies by a Lutheran clergyman.

"The Aurora Documents," by Karl K. Gower published in 1957 in Oakland, MD by Sincell Publishing Company, gives the transcription of original records of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Aurora, founded 24 March 1787. Gottfried Stembel's part in this is recorded on page 1 of the documents (Gower, p. 19) and numerous Stemples and Bishoffs (with whom the Stemples intermarried) are found throughout the Aurora Documents. According to Coffman and Stemple in "Footsteps of Our Fathers: Tacy (Barbour Co.), WV," Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1979, Godfrey bought 1000 acres from Francis and William Deakins (p. 333) probably around the time of his arrival. An article titled, "David Stemple Country Home Was Example of Top Management," in a news colum People Who Helped Build Preston (no further ID), says Godfrey obtained a Virginia grant #421 under the name Godfree Stemple. This same source adds, "His three sons, David, Martin and John, all aided in effecting a clearing for the first crops and in building in the pioneer home into which the family moved after spending part of the first winter in a canvas tent." Godfrey died in 1798 and is buried in the Pioneer Cemetery in Aurora ("Genealogy of the Stemple; Godfrey Stemple Branch," by Jay Stemple, vol. II, Richmond, VA: Whittet and Shepperson, 1966, p. 2).

Birth and death dates from Mary J. Riter compilation via Elizabeth D. Swiger, 1599 Hillcrest Road, Fairmont, WV 26554, 304/366-0033; winter: 382 Laird Drive, Freeport, FL 32439; e-mail:< fsa00146@mail.wvnet.edu>. Mary J. Riter says Godrey's place in the family of Johann Jacob Stemple not proved.

Great grandson, David Simon, published an account of his heritage, which names his grandparents as Gottfried and Margaret Stempel, born a Speck. This was translated by Margaret Miller Simon, of Boardman, Ohio, in Nov. 1973 and published in 1974 in "The Report," the quarterly publication of the Ohio Genealogical Society, vol. XIV, 1974. Portions were reproduced in the "Stemple Family Newsletter, Nov. 1998, 3rd edition by Mary J. Riter .


Mary Margaret SPECK

Will, 5 April 1798, Monongalia County, VA, excluded daughter Barbary; names other children David, Martin, John, Christeena, Catherine, Rosanah, Susanah, Eve and Polly (Anna Mary). Named in "A Short Account of My Origins," by David Simon published in "The Report", vol. XIV, 1974, p. 116.

Death date from Mary J. Riter via Elizabeth Swiger (see Godfrey).

Great grandson, David Simon, published an account of his heritage, which names his grandparents as Gottfried and Margaret Stempel, born a Speck. This was translated by Margaret Miller Simon, of Boardman, Ohio, in Nov. 1973 and published in 1974 in "The Report," the quarterly publication of the Ohio Genealogical Society, vol. XIV, 1974. Portions were reproduced in the "Stemple Family Newsletter, Nov. 1998, 3rd edition by Mary J. Riter .


6. Barbara STEMPLE

Ancestral File gives Peter Heckert as husband, but sister Anna Mary was supposed to have married Peter Heckert. Did Barbara die and Peter remarry? Barbara was disowned in mother's will; Monongalia Co., WV Book 1:23?


7. Rosina STEMPLE

Ancestor of David M. Rhoads, 7309 Oskaloosa Drive, Derwood, MD 20855, 301/948-6281 (April 1991). Clay Stemple gives name as Rosanna. Mary J. Riter info.


Henry Eugene STAHL III

Ancestor of David M. Rhoads (see Rosina Stemple). Article on him found in Laurel Messenger, Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County, PA, Box 533, Somerset, PA, August 1983 issue.


8. Catherine STEMPLE

From Mary J. Riter info.


9. Susannah STEMPLE

Ancestral file gives marriage date as 1781. Mary J. Riter info.


Jacob RIDENHOUR

Son of Mathais and Eve Ridenour (Mary J. Riter notes).


11. Eve STEMPLE

Ancestral File says she married Schley.


13. Anna Mary STEMPLE

Ancestral File gives husband as Abram Wotring. Clay Stemple provided christening date. Mary J. Riter info.


14. John STEMPLE

Ancestral File give birth date as 7 November 1776. Mary J. Riter also gives this date.


Sarah BOYLES

Sister of Margareta, first wife of Martin Stemple; d/o Charles Boyles (Mary J. Riter info).