or Uncle Hiram as he is familiarly called is now well entered
upon the seventh decade of life, but is still well preserved
in mind and body; and is both active in his movements and bright
and spirited in his conversation. He is one of the most highly
respected citizens of Clifton Township, and takes a marked interest
in the affairs of his own community and in general public concerns.
He was one of
the organizers of the Baptist Church at Clifton Hill and is one
of its most valued members. He owned a fine large farm in the
township until a few years ago when, his children having all
grown up and married off, he sold it and bought a neat place
adjoining Clifton Hill where he now resides; but he is still
at work and is the farthest from being a man of liesure and idleness.
He was born
in Owen County, Kentucky, April 8, 1812 and was a son of Jessee
and Nancy (Sebastian) Stamper, both originally from North Carolina;
his father of English descent, but his mother of French origin.
Hiram was reard
on the farm in Kentucky until he was 16 years of age when , his
father being a manufacture of brick and a brick layer, he went
with him to Cincinnati where his father was engaged in that business
and where Hiram learned both occupations. He worked in Cincinnati
for about seven years, returning home; however usually through
the winter months.
On the 27th
of December, 1832 he was married to Miss Sallie Cobb, a daughter
of Daniel and Elizabeth (Holbrook) Cobb of Owen County, Kentucky.
then settled on a farm where he continued until 1849 and then
engaged in the mercantile and mill business. About that time
he started the town of Lusby's Mill in Owen County which is now
a flourishing trading point. Three years later however, he returned
to his farm and continued on it until 1855 when he removed to
Randolph County, Missouri and bought some 300 acres in Clifton
Township where improved a fine farm. There he lived for 25 years,
respected and esteemed by all who knew him. He sold his place
in 1879 and bought his present farm the same year.
While in Kentucky
he held both the offices of Justice of the Peace and Constable
a number of years each. 'Squire' Stamper is a sociable, pleasant
old gentleman interesting to talk with and always agreeable in
his manners and conversation.
He and his good
wife reared a family of ten children: Daniel J; Eliza, now Mrs.
Elijah Martin; James L; Thomas H B; Joseph E; Elizabeth, now
Mrs Thomas Grizzell; Nancy, now Mrs Yearley Scott; Lucian, now
Mrs Samuel Cobb; Mary F, now Mrs John G Breckman and Finis M