Elijah’s Brother, Milton Stapp

30 Mar

Milton Stapp, fifth son of Achillis and Margaret Vawter Stapp, was born in 1792 in Kentucky and later settled in Indiana. He was a brigadier general, lawyer, state senator, lieutenant governor, newspaper editor, mayor. Indian fighter, he bore a scar from a musket ball wound as a badge of honor.

He moved to Texas when he was 67. At first he lived in Texas temporarily. After the Civil War he returned to Texas and became an IRS collector in Galveston, where he died at the age of 76 following an illness which resulted from spending the night in a tree while trying to escape flooding.

Read a sketch written about him in 1883 here. And more detail here, which includes information from his memoirs.

Elsewhere, from Elijah’s first son William Preston Stapp’s book, The Prisoners of Perote, we learn that William Preston credits his uncle General Milton Stapp with gaining his release from Mexican prison. William Preston Stapp dedicates his book to his uncle:

Letter from William Preston Stapp to his uncle General Milton Stapp

This is from the end of Prisoners of Perote, page 163:

General Milton Stapp, pt.2


Posted by on March 30, 2011 in Family History


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4 responses to “Elijah’s Brother, Milton Stapp

  1. Allen Abney

    August 27, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Fascinating, thank you for posting this. According to my records I am the great-great-great-grand nephew of General Milton Stapp. I had been researching William Preston and Wyatt Berry Stapp recently and was very pleased to find this info and your links.

    Thanks again

    Allen Abney

  2. Peggy E Stapp Grantland

    June 18, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    This is the first time I have read, more information on Elijah and Milton Stapp. We are aware of Elijah signing the declaration of Texas Independence, I had a copy, before they closed the San Jacinto, Monument, which I have lived in Texas all of my life as well as many Family members have, Palacios,Texas, Port O’Connor, Texas, Pt. Lavaca, Texas, etc including other towns on the coast, My dad grew up Matagorda,Texas, Palacios,Tx, POC,Tx, and moved to Dickinson, Texas 1959-1965, Owned Stapp Towing Company 1955 in POC,Tex, moved to Dickinson and The Company grew, Mother Mary Elizabeth Barr Stapp, William Howard Stapp, and Bruce Barr Stapp, Our children are still in areas of close proximty to these same cities. The Stapp’s are an interesting history to me, and enjoyed the info. Thank you very much, Peggy E. Stapp Grantland, Buffalo, Texas

  3. Pat Morrow McMicken

    October 1, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Elijah Stapp was my 3 gr grandfather. I recently visited his grave in Jackson Co where I have a bay home. I just within the past year and half discovered I had relatives there. I would love to exchange information on the Stapp’s.

  4. Barbara McAleese 928 782 9453 or 928 246 3575

    March 28, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I am interested in corresponding with anyone in the Stapp line. My line comes from Charles Achilles and his son Shannon Stapp formerly of Alpine, Texas. I would like more details of Charles if anyone has them.


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