Stamper Family Project


Squire Hiram Stamper

Lineage: Son of Nancy Sebastian and Jesse Stamper.

Brothers: Nathaniel Green. Sisters: ?

Married Sarah Cobb, December 27, 1832

Born/Died: Born Owen County, Kentucky April 8 1812

Died: Clifton Hill, Missouri, May 8 1890

Cause of death: heart disease


Mr Stamper was the son of a man of English ancestry and a woman of French ancestry. His father and mother were both originally from North Carolina.

Mr Stamper spent his early years up until the age of 16 in Owen County, Kentucky. His father was a farmer in this area. In 1828, his father established a brick manufacturing and bricklaying business in Cincinnati, Ohio. Hiram went to work with his father in Cincinnati to learn the trade. He returned to Owen County in the winters until 1835. Between 1835 and 1849 Hiram operated a farm in Owen County. Hiram then started a mercantile and mill business while founding the town of Lusby's Mill in Owen County in 1849. He then returned to farming from 1852 until 1855.

Mr Stamper met Miss Sarah 'Sally' Cobb about 1831 in Owen County, where they were married in 1832. Miss Cobb was the daughter of Daniel Cobb and Elizabeth Holbrook.

A son, Daniel Jackson was born Owen County, November 24, 1834. A daughter, Eliza was born Owen County, 1838. A son, James Louis was born Owen County 1842. A son, Thomas H Benton was born Owen County, 1843. A son, Joseph Elgan was born Owen County, 1844. a daughter, Elizabeth was born Owen County, 1852. A daughter, Nancy J was born Owen County, 1854. A daughter, Sarah Lucian was born Owen County, 1855. A daughter, Mary Francis was born Randolph County 1857. A son, Finis McLean was born Randolph County Nov 24, 1861. (Note* original name was Jefferson Davis, changed due to the Civil War.). Five children also died in infancy, including Taylor, b 1848 and Victoria, b 1849.

The first son, Daniel J Stamper, was crippled; and became a respected judge in Randolph County. The second son, James Louis was a dwarf at 42" tall. Tha last son, Finis McLean Stamper owned a lumber yard, hardware store and produce business in Clifton Hill. The produce company survived many generations, starting in 1898; being successively headed by Howard H Stamper, son of Finis McLean, and Howard A Stamper, son of Howard H Stamper. This company relocated to St Louis, Missouri and was one of the country's largest of this type well into the 1970's.

While living in Owen County, Mr Stamper held the office of the Justice of the Peace and Constable. His name is sometimes seen in literature as 'Esquire Stamper' or 'Squire Stamper'.

In 1855 or 1856 Mr Stamper and his wife moved to Randolph County, Missouri where he bought a large farm of 300 acres in Clifton Township. He improved the farm and lived there for 25 years. The Randolph County area was predominantly settled by families from Kentucky. Clifton Township was named after the first owner of the Clifton Hill townsite, David Clifton, who came from Owen County, Kentucky about 1850. Hiram and Sarah had a hand in the founding of the Clifton Hills Baptist Church.

In 1879 the couple sold the farm and bought a house near Clifton Hill, Missouri. While living in Clifton Hill, his life story was described in the 'History of Randolph and Macon Counties, Missouri'; published by the National Historical Company, 1844. Therein, he is described as 'a sociable, pleasant old gentleman, interesting to talk with and always agreeable in his manners and conversation.

Mr Stamper's obituary was published in the Huntsville Herald, May 12, 1890. It indicates that he was popularly called 'Uncle Hiram Stamper'. The article describes him as 'a man firm in his convictions, genial in his manners and possessed a large amount of hospitatlity which made a friend or stranger feel welcome at his home'. The article also indicates "He professed faith in Christ in 1833 and united with the Baptist Church at Muscle Shoals in his native county" (ed note* Owen County, Kentucky).

Mr Stamper's wife Sarah died less than a year after him, March 27, 1891 in Clifton Hill.

Mr Stamper is buried in Clifton Hill Cemetery next to his wife, Sarah.

Submitted by Marc Alan Dippre

Richland, Washinton

October 2001
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