Recent Passing of 3rd Gen Descendant of Hugh Shannon

23 Jun

I recently received an email from Steve Bennett with this scanned obit that his sister Cathy had happened upon while visiting in-laws in the San Angelo area.

Cathy’s daughter, Tracy, traced Katherine Stapp Massie’s line to Elijah Stapp:

Lafayette W. Stapp (1901-1976)

Charles Allen Stapp (1855-1939)

Hugh Shannon Stapp (1820-1890)

Elijah Stapp (1783-1842)

Recent Passing of 3rd Gen Descendant of Hugh Shannon


Posted by on June 23, 2013 in Uncategorized



2 responses to “Recent Passing of 3rd Gen Descendant of Hugh Shannon

  1. Sean Pauzauskie

    May 16, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Because I did not receive a reply to a prior comment regarding a way to formally share the interesting information I’ve discovered, I’ll leave it here for any descendants or relatives. And that is:

    Wyatt Earp was named after Elijah Stapp’s cousin.


    Wyatt Berry Stapp was the son of Wyatt Stapp, who was the son of James Stapp, who was the son of Joseph Stapp, who was also the father of Achilles Stapp, who was the father of Elijah Stapp. If that’s not confusing enough, the point is: Wyatt Berry Stapp, Wyatt Earp’s namesake, was Elijah Stapp’s “first cousin once removed”, or, the son of his cousin, Wyatt Stapp.

    When Wyatt Berry Stapp (1813-1851) formed a military unit to help fight in the Mexican-American War, he befriended Wyatt Earp’s father, Nicolas Porter Earp. Nicolas Porter Earp was skilled in the raising and handling of horses, and Wyatt Berry Stapp’s unit was a cavalry unit. So, Wyatt Berry Stapp promoted and became “war buddies” with him. After the war was over, Nicolas Porter Earp named his son “Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp”, or who we have come to know as Wyatt Earp.

    It’s not a direct family connection, and descendents of Elijah Stapp are not directly related to Wyatt Earp. However, it is a piece of family lore that Wyatt Earp, as in *the* Wyatt Earp, was named after Elijah Stapp’s cousin. And that’s what I wanted to share with all of you.

    Thank you,

    Sean Pauzauskie, MD
    Elijah Stapp was my grandmother’s (Celeste Mary Glass’s) grandmother’s (Cara Benton Stapp’s) grandfather.

    • 6thgeneration

      May 22, 2018 at 7:16 am

      Hi Sean. Thank you for sharing this fascinating bit of family lore! I would enjoy knowing how you came to know it. I am a little rusty with wordpress; there is probably a way for you to message me, but if you want to send me your email address in a comment I could add you to people who can post here. If you would prefer to keep your email private, I won’t approve the comment and it won’t show publicly. I won’t share it either. You could then repost this family tale on the main page. Just a few ideas.


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