Interesting Newspaper Articles of the Stepp-Stapp Family
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THE PENNSYLVANIA GAZETTE, 24 Oct 1754
This is a recently found article from the Pennsylvania
Gazette (on genealogy.com), that lists Capt. Thomas Stap. He
is listed in the same paragraph as a German immigrant,
Hermanus Heger receiving notice of his children coming to
America, but I am sure that they are unrelated to the
article about Captain Stap. Whoever transcribed these
articles didn't do such a great job of separating each of
"Capt. Thomas Stapp; enquire of Philip Livingston at New
York (24 Oct)"
I would assume that this Capt. Thomas Stap is the same man
as the Nottoway Indian listed in Scalf's Stepp/Stapp
Families of America. The Indian soldier listed in Scalf's
book was a hero at the Battle of Fort Duquesne,
Pennsylvania. You will notice that there is mention of Fort
Duquesne in an article at the top of the page, so they
probably were the same man.
But if it is him, then his commissioning to a "Captain" had
to have been before the Battle of Fort Duquesne because this
article (Oct 1754) was before the battle (July 1755) So what
he did to become a Captain had to have been before the
battle, probably he distinguished himself before in another
battle, and we have not heard of it yet! Also you will
notice that there is an interesting mention of "Major
Washington" and we know this to be the Revolutionary War
hero, and our first President, George Washington.
I would love to see the actual paper with this article to
try and figure out why Captain Stap was supposed to enquire
of Philip Livingston, or to even find out who this man was
in relation to Capt Stap.
THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE, 8 July 1795
Article on John Stepp/Stapp Jr., son of John Stepp/Stapp Sr.
and wife Martha of Campbell County, Virginia and later
Greene County, Georgia.
THE MACON TELEGRAPH, 17 Nov 1838
Article on John Step/Stapp III and Solomon Step/Stapp, both
sons of John Stepp/Stapp Jr. for the murder of Martin
Fraley, Sr. of Hardin County, Tennessee. (It seems some of
their rowdy behavior must have been inherited from their
father, the same John Jr. listed in the newspaper article
above!) The Step/Stapp brothers were later found innocent by
trial and moved to Angelina County, Texas where they raised
their families in peace.
THE DALLAS DAILY HERALD, 27 Feb 1875
"Another Old Texan Gone," Obituary of Darwin M. Stapp, son
of Elijah Stapp, signer of the Texas Declaration of
THE ATLANTA-JOURNAL CONSTITUTION, 10 Apr 1895
"Counterfeiters Caught," an old newspaper article which
describes the events surrounding the capture of Sylvester
Stepp, a "professional" counterfeiter. Apparently he was
pretty good at his occupation!