Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Stinson Merry Christmas

The Stinson Book

If you are planning to give "So Obscure A Person” as family Christmas gifts this year, the casewrap handcover version is available for $29.95 plus shipping only at It is the best value of the various Stinson book cover editions, but you must order early for Christmas arrival. Here are the Christmas shipping deadlines:

I was pleased today, 25 November 2009, to see "So Obscure a Person" in paperback was ranked #50 amongst all Virginia genealogy books at

The image, Stinson Book at Amazon, was originally uploaded by Edna Barney. It is posted here from her flickr account.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

George Presley Stinson

The following obituary is for George Presley STINSON of Buckingham County, Virginia, who was a son of George W. STINSON. Their lineage back to Alexander STINSON is documented in "So Obscure A Person” on pages 127, 128.
BUCKINGHAM - George Presley Stinson, 92, died Tuesday, Feb. 15,  2005, at the Medical Care Center. Born Oct. 4, 1912, he was a son  of the late George William Stinson and Sarah Elizabeth Via Stinson. He was a member of Appomattox Pentecostal Holiness Church and a retired timber cutter. He is survived by one sister, Lorine S. Bryant of Wingina, numerous nieces and nephews; and devoted friends who cared for him, Oscar and Ida Bryant. He was preceded in death by four sisters, Mamie Florence Stinson, Ester Mae Stinson, Gertrude Stinson and Thelma S. Ford. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, at Robinson Funeral Home, by Buck Bryant, Buddy Bryant and the Rev. Oscar Bryant. Burial will follow in the Bryant Family Cemetery. (Newspaper Obituary - Lynchburg, Virginia)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Correction to David STINSON, pages 64, 68

I have examined an electronic photograph of a 1796 handwritten court document from Cumberland County, Virginia, which was not available to me when I gathered STINSON materials in the 1960s and 1970s. At that time, viewing microfilm, I made an assumption for the name of the wife of my ancestor David STINSON from my interpretation of the film. I confused a handwritten ampersand next to the letter "C" as the letter "M." A modern and more detailed photograph shows the phrase to be actually written as "&Cary," not "Mary" as I had read. Therefore, instead of referring to the wife of David STINSON, it was referring to David's brother, Cary STINSON. In books purchased before this date, on pages 64 and 68, of "So Obscure A Person," the wife of David STINSON should be described as "Unknown," not "Mary."

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Hoopers of Frome, Somersetshire

Church of Saint John the Baptist
Hooper Parish Church
The HOOPER ancestors and cousins of the STINSONs of Buckingham and Cumberland Counties, Virginia, were recorded at the Parish Church of Saint John the Baptist in old England. They appear on pages 176 through 194, of "So Obscure A Person,” under "The Hooper Excursus." This image of the HOOPER's English church is from the 1895 publication of "The Cabells and Their Kin" by Alexander Brown. The CABELLS were cousins of the HOOPERS, the CARRINGTONS and the STINSONS.

The ancient parish church of the HOOPERS is located on Bath Street, in Frome and continues to be used for Anglican worship. It was founded in 685 AD by Saint Aldhelm and the present building was constructed in the middle ages on a Saxon site. Although it was restored in the mid-19th Century and a choir vestry added, there have been no substantial additions to it since the 15th Century. The architecture is a mixture of Norman, medieval and Gothic.

If you are curious as to how to pronounce the name of your ancestral home, here it is: Frome - the Audio.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Gertrude Paulin Stinson (1919-2004)

The parents of Gertrude Paulin STINSON, George W. and Sarah Elizabeth STINSON, appear on page 127 of "So Obscure A Person,” where her father's lineage to Alexander STINSON is documented. "Girty" and her husband were first cousins and they grew up living next door to their STINSON grandfather. Charlie's father, Thomas M. STINSON appears with him on page 127.

The following obituary is from The Farmville Herald.
GLADSTONE, May 11 -Gertrude Paulin Stinson, 85, of Gladstone, died Friday, May 7, 2004.

She was born February 16, 1919 in Buckingham County, a daughter of the late George W. Stinson and Sarah Elizabeth Via Stinson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie T. Stinson, whom she was married to for 66 years.

She is survived by her children, Melvin Stinson, Dale Stinson, David Stinson and his wife, Jeanne all of Gladstone and Peggy Stinson dark of Schuyler; grandchildren, Carrie Stinson, Bud Stinson, Brenda dark Roberts and Theresa dark Harris; great-grandchildren. Jenny Roberts, Richie Roberts, Whitney Harris, Chad Harris and Spence Harris; a sister, Lorene Stinson Bryant of Wingina and a brother, George P. Stinson of Appomattox. She was preceded in death by a son, Charles Stinson.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Monday at the Dunkum Funeral Home, Dillwyn, with interment in the Bryant Family Cemetery.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Jordan B. LeSUEUR

Two LeSUEUR brothers, James and Jordan B. LeSUEUR, married into the STINSON family of Buckingham County, Virginia. The STINSON wife of JORDAN B. LeSUEUR, was his first cousin. The mother of the LeSUEUR brothers, Martha LeSUEUR, is cited on pages 60 and 62 of "So Obscure A Person.” Martha's sons, James and Jordan B., are on pages 59 and 63.

Monday, May 4, 2009

STINSONs with Indian Ancestry

The STINSONS of Georgia and Alabama who claim Indian ancestry are descendants of George STINSON on page 99, of "So Obscure A Person,” who married Matilda McINTOSH, of the Coweta Creek nation or tribe. This information was provided by a descendant who purchased my book.

See the post "George and Matilda STINSON."

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Thomas Cary STINSON

For those descendants who are asking about Thomas Cary STINSON and his wife Mary Alice, they are documented amongst the STINSONs of Buckingham County on pages 123, 124, of “So Obscure A Person.”

Monday, April 6, 2009

Buckingham County Stinson Patriots

Revolutionary War Image

On page 11 of my book, "So Obscure A Person,” I transcribed a petition that was signed in 1785, during the era of the American Revolution, by the STINSONs of Buckingham County. I mentioned another similar petition, pictured above, from Buckingham County, Virginia, on pages 77, 78 of "So Obscure A Person.” Copies of both original petitions are available on-line at the Collection of the Library of Congress. There is much more information as to the relationship between these Virginia petitions and the quest for freedom that birthed a new nation, the United States of America, at the Library of Congress site. I have written more about this petition and the people who signed it at "Patriots of Buckingham County."

Following is a transcript of the 1780 document that was made by Ginger Adams and Edna Barney:
To the Hon’ble the General Assembly of Virginia

The Memorial of the inhabitants of the County of Buckingham Representeth. That they conceived it to be a Fundamental principle of Government that, protection and Allegiance are reciprocal and that however policy and Humanity may induce a Legislator, to yield the protection of the Laws to men who refuse to give some proof of their allegiance to the State, yet Your Memorialists conceive it to be unwise to suffer them to injoy the same Privileges with those Citizens who have given every proof of their attachment which has been required of them. The Exercise of any of the learned pro- fessions gives their Professors an influence which improperly apply’d may prove dangerous to the State. It has been urged in defense of the Indulgences Granted to Nonjurors within their State; that the Test Oath is no proof of Attachment. It is true that the Test Oath may have been taken by artful men as a Cloak for the most infamous designs; but a true Whig can never refuse to take it as it only binds him to do that which his own principles would Naturally lead him to do. Your Memorialists with pain see men professed Enemies to the State, permitted to exercise the holy Function of Preachers of the Gospel; as they apprehend that the influence which that sacred Character gives to its possessor will prove dangerous to the Liberty of the Commonwealth. Your Memorialists actuated by the foregoing Considerations Pray, that proper Laws may pass to Silence all Nonjuring Preachers of every Denomination be deprived of their benefices such as have them; to prohibit such men who refuse to give proof of their attachment to the present Government from the Exercise of either the professions of Law or Physic, and to Levy double taxes upon all Nonjurors, as your Memorialists conceive it to be just, that those who are exempted from rendering personal service as Soldiers: should yield a Larger proportion of their Wealth; their property enjoying the protection of the Laws, Equally with that of the Rest of the Citizens.

E__. ___ Stinson
James Asley
John Wilson
Matthias Ayers
John Tayler
Thomas Word
George Carter
George Stinson
Boaz Ford
Wm. Wadmore
David Stinson
John Moseley
Saml Allen
William Walker
Jesse Johns
William Low
Cheatham Puck
Cary Stinson
Archibald _____
George _____
John Welsh
Anthony Deboll
Michael Jones
Joseph Bondurant Sen
Thed. _____
Wilson Brown
Wm. Perkins Junr
_____ Jeffress
_____ _____
_____ Agee
Thomas Kitchen
Wm Curd
John Drew

The image, Petition of 7 December 1780, is subject to copyright by barneykin. It is posted here with permission via the Flickr API by barneykin.

Friday, April 3, 2009

William Stimpson of 1703

In Stafford County, Virginia Liber Book Z 1699-1709, pages 222, 223, is a gift deed of livestock dated 19 March 1703: "MARY STIMPSON do by this present do give to WILLIAM STIMPSON son in law to me the aforesaid MARY STIMPSON ..." I found this at Stafford County Courthouse where the book is still extant.

A WILLIAM STINSON of Stafford County, is cited 1699/1700, on page 3, of "So Obscure A Person.”

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Betty Ann Burkes Stinson of 1781

Stinson Indenture 1781

The image above is a snippet from Cumberland County, Virginia Order Book 1779-1784, page 55, dated 23 April 1781. You may see an image of the entire page HERE. I cited a transcription of this record on page 44 of "So Obscure A Person.” At that time I did not have access to this original, which shows the final statement to read: "and proved as to the other parties thereto subscribed by the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded."

Who was the person mentioned in this indenture, Betty Ann Burkes Stinson, of Buckingham County, Virginia, 1781? She is obviously related to Alexander Stinson, Senior and his children, when they all seemingly made an indenture to her in 1781.

Was she a daughter of Alexander Stinson, Senior, who did not share in the inheritance that he and his children had already obtained? Is this why she was named in this Indenture? Was she from a different mother than the rest of his children? If so, who was Alexander Stinson Senior's second wife?

Betty Ann Burkes Stinson seems to be named for Elizabeth Burk, wife of Doctor William Cabell, who are cited on page 197 of "So Obscure A Person.” In my book, I show how Doctor Cabell was related to the wife of Alexander Stinson. How was Betty Ann Burkes Stinson related to Elizabeth Burk Cabell?

flickr The image, Stinson Indenture 1781, was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Flickr. Thanks to Ginger Adams for sending this image to me.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

A STINSON of the War Between the States

I heard an interesting bit of family history on #74, JAMES STINSON (James Bryant STINSON), page 100 of "So Obscure A Person.” Descendant RUSSELL REEDER, mentioned that JAMES was a soldier during the War Between the States. Once when home on a visit, his uniform was in such tatters that the women in the household stayed up all night spinning and sewing to get him properly clothed again. Things were indeed hard for the boys who fought on the losing side of that battle.

I had noted that when the STINSON family was counted on the 1870 Census in Abbeville, Alabama (illustrated on page 99), the family was living next door to two black STINSON families also born in Virginia: ALEX and SARAH STINSON, and SAM and MARIAH STINSON. Mr. REEDER told me that when the STINSON family travelled from Virginia to Georgia in the early 1800s, they took a number of slaves with them, and the surnames of those slaves were STINSON. He said that one slave was the same age as GEORGE STINSON who was born about 1796.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Joseph C. STINSON of Buckingham

The family of Joseph C. and Mary Jane STINSON of Buckingham County, Virginia are on pages 139-141 of "So Obscure A Person.” "Memoirs of Buckingham County and Along the James" by Emily Maxey Jenkins, 1985, lists some additional children for this family: John STINSON who never married, and Lee STINSON who retired as an Army officer. In addition, one daughter who never married was known as "Aunt Puss," smoked a corn cob pipe and was an old maid. That is news you can use.

Joseph S. Stinson of Buckingham

Joseph S. STINSON and his wife of Buckingham County, Virginia are on page 164 of "So Obscure A Person.” I listed only one child for them. On the 1880 Census at James River District, I see additional children for them: Lillian STINSON, born about 1875; Clide STINSON, born about 1877; and a baby girl born 1879.

This same family appears on page 245 of "Memoirs of Buckingham County and Along the James" by Emily Maxey Jenkins, 1985, with children Parrish STINSON and Clyde Milton STINSON.

Ms. Jenkins' book has Clyde STINSON married to Edna Clive PAYNE of Buckingham County with daughters Mary and Christine STINSON. Clyde was a veteran of the Spanish-American War and died during the 1918 influenza epidemic. She includes a portrait of Clyde's wife and daughters.

UPDATE March 2009, Clyde Johnson wrote me at Facebook:

"I was adopted by Mary Stinson Johnson in 1952. I remember her sister Christine. Edna lived with us and passed away at our house in 1967. I have a portrait of Clyde.

"I only know as far back as Clyde and Edna Stinson and they were from Buckingham. These were my grandparents. I do know Clyde died in 1918 from the flu epidemic. Edna remarried Gordon Gentry I believe. My mother Mary Stinson Johnson lived in Richmond VA. Her sister Christine Stinson Rynerson lived in Washington DC. They had one child Charlotte."