Stamper Family Project


Judge Daniel J Stamper

Judge Stamper, the eldest son of 'Squire' Hiram Stamper, whose sketch precedes this, was born in Owen County, Kentucky, November 24, 1834 and was reared in his native county.

His boyhood and youth up to the age of 15 were spent on the farm of his father in that county, but in 1829 the family removed to Owenton, the county seat, where his father took charge of a mill; and from that time forward the young Stamper had the benefit of the excellent local schools of Owenton. Having a taste for study, he made a zealous student and advanced rapidly in the acquisition of the knowledge to be had from study in a common English course.

Before reaching his majority, he became well fitted for school teaching and being requested to take charge of a school in the county, he accepted the position and was quite successful as a teacher. Industrious, faithful and as anxious to inspire in his pupils a love of knowledge as he himself was zealous in its pursuit, he became a most efficient teacher and being a constant student himself, he steadily advanced in position in that calling and became a teacher of considerable prominence in Kentucky.

In 1854 he went to Iowa and taught for about a year; and from Iowa came to Missouri, where he taught for two years more. Prior to this, however, Judge Stamper had married, that is on the 3rd of September, 1856 when Miss Mary A Holbrook became his wife. She was the daughter of martin and Eliza 'Cobb' Holbrook, originally of North Carolina, but was herself born and reared in Owen County, and in girlhood was a pupil of Judge Stamper. Two years after his marriage, Judge Stamper located on a farm in Clifton Township of Randolph County, and has since devoted himself to agricultural pursuits or rather except when occupied with public affairs.

Judge Stamper to begin with was a young gentleman of superior intelligence and spirit, possessing many of the stronger and better attributes of sterling manhood and useful citizenship. Added to this, he obtained quite an excellent general education both by study and by long experience as a teacher. It is therefore only as was to have been expected that he would take prominent place as a citizen of the county. As a farmer, he has ever been a man of industry and enterprise, with an intelligent grasp of the conditions and influence necessary to be brought to bear to achieve success and to advance the general interest of agriculture in his community. He has a fine farm and by his own energy and good management has long since succeeded in establishing himself comfortably in life.

The year after coming to Randolph County, he was appointed Justice of the Peace of Salt Spring, now Clifton Township. Such was the readiness with which his character, ability and business qualifications were recognized at his new home.

At the following election, he was elected to the same office by a majority, highly complimentary to his personal popularity. Following this, he filled the office in all; some eight years, and was thereupon advanced by the whole people of the county to the honorable and responsible position of Judge of the County Court. Judge Stamper continued to hold that office until a year ago, nearly fifteen years.

 The above article about Daniel J Stamper was found in the Randolph County, Missouri Cemetery Index, which apparently was written before his death in 1897. The author is unknown. (Moberly, MO Library) The article is being shared by Donna Fares
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Golden Combs Ferguson
Booneville, Owsley County, Kentucky