Stamper Family Project
Shared by Marilyn Shively

Submitted to the Stamper-list June 6, 2006

Following is the obituary of my gr-gr grandfather:

William B. STAMPER
Something of the Life of a Deceased Pioneer.

William B. Stamper was born on the 21st day of July, 1813, in Ashe County, North Carolina. In the early days of his youth he went from the scenes of childhood into the state of Tennessee, and for a time dwelt in and about the town of Cleveland. Here he engaged to assist those who had the contract of removing the Cherokee tribe of Indians from their reservation lands in Tennessee to their present reservation in the Indian territory. Having accomplished this difficult and arduous work, a few of his succeeding years were spent as a trader through the states of Kentucky and Tennessee and journeying as far south a New Orleans. Returning north, he resided in Illinois and Iowa, and from the latter state he moved to San Joaquin County (California) in 1853, where he resided until 1859, when he returned to Kentucky. In 1860 he again came to this county, where he continued to live until the pale messenger of death beckoned him quickly and silently away. He was county assessor for two terms. He was united in marriage to Amanda SMITH on the 26th day of October, 1848, in the state of Iowa, who, with eight children, he leaves to mourn their loss. For many years the deceased was afflicted with heart disease, insomuch latterly in life that with almost every pulsation he felt more or less discomfiture and knew, as he said to the writer of this, that at any moment he was liable to pass from the scenes of life and home. And so it was. At 11:30 a.m. on the 8th inst., after speaking a kindly word to his aged mother, the wheels of life stood still, our friend and neighbor, Dr. Stamper, ceased at once to work and live. Our brief acquaintance with him will not soon be forgotten. He was one of nature's noblemen, and there was in him a genial spirit and manly frankness which seemed to characterize his every act. He was a man of strong decision of character, and with him to will was to do. A kind father, a faithful husband, and a good citizen has left us for different scenes than those which engaged his attention while among us. A large procession of friends and neighbors followed the remains to Harmony Grove Cemetery. At the residence of Captain Montgomery, the Masons of Linden met the procession and took charge of the (funeral ?).
The city of Cleveland is in Bradley Co, TN. I don't know how young he would have been "in the early days of his youth". He must have been in the area for quite some time if he was old enough to help move the Indians when he left from there.

When he first came to California, he settled in Douglas Twp, San Joaquin Co, where small town of Farmington stands, and took up 1/2 section of land. He named the town Farmington because it was the center of an extensive and rich farming counry.

In case you can notice some naming patterns, the following are his children, which were born from 1852 to 1871, 10 in all, with the first, b. 1849, dying at 1 mo:

Emily Elizabeth, Hiram H., Hosea B., Roseltha Lovisa, Josephine, Lewis Oscar, William Riley, Frank Marion, and Alva Walker.

Will you please let me know what you have about the Stampers in Bradley Co, TN? I have been unable to penetrate back beyond William B. Stamper. Do not know who is parents are. There were a zillion Stampers in Ashe and Wilkes Co, NC, and also in Kentucky.

My gr-gr grandfather was in and around Cleveland, Bradley Co, TN for a while and also was a trader in Kentucky and Tennessee and south into New Orleans. He later resided in Illinois and Iowa and was married there to Amanda Smith in 1848. In 1853 he left Iowa for California (San Joaquin Co.), and lived here the rest of his life except for a brief trip to Kentucky in 1859.


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