Our Family History


Myths & Legends

  • 1. John and Mary Stapp of Newport-Pagnell are the parents of Abraham & Joshua Stapp. False! Click here
  • 2. John Step of Fowey, Cornwall, England (found in Virginia in 1700) is a cousin of Abraham & Joshua Stapp. False!
  • 3. All Stepp-Stapp's are related. False!
  • 4. Abraham & Joshua Stapp were originally from Lincolnshire, England. True!
  • 5. The Stepp-Stapp surname originated in Russia. Plausible!
  • 6. John Stepp of Gwinnett County, GA is a son of Gholson Stapp. False! Click here



Elijah Stapp Signs the Texas Declaration of Independence

March 1, 1836

Elijah Stapp provided leadership in a meeting of settlers of Navidad and Lavaca held on July 17, 1835, to discuss growing dissatisfaction with the Mexican government. He was appointed second judge of the new Jackson Municipality on December 6, 1835, by the General Council of the provisional government. He was then elected with Kerr to represent Jackson in the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos. Kerr did not attend; Stapp took his seat on March 1 and signed the Declaration of Independence.* A biography of Elijah Stapp can be found in our Early Stepp/Stapp pioneers section.
To view the entire Texas Declaration of Independence, click here.
*BIBLIOGRAPHY: Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence (Salado, Texas: Anson Jones, 1944; rpt. 1959). Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).


John Paul Stapp Honored in Time Magazine

John Paul Stapp was a legendary rocket scientist who was honored by being published on the cover of the September 12, 1955 issue of Time Magazine. This issue included a report on Col. Stapp's famous rocket sled tests.