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Recent Passing of 3rd Gen Descendant of Hugh Shannon

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

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Posted by on June 23, 2013 in Uncategorized



Cara Stapp & William Samuel Glass

Merry Christmas everyone and a big thanks to Anthony Buckalew for providing these photo and document scans and the following information about his ancestors:

Attached are scans of studio photographs that have been handed down in our family, ultimately, to me. One is of Cara Stapp Glass, daughter of William Preston Stapp and granddaughter of Elijah Stapp.

Cara Stapp Glass

The other is of William Samuel Glass, her husband, and my great-great-grandfather. The studio that made the photographs was in Gatesville, Texas, which is ultimately where they settled after they married in 1879.

William Samuel Glass

Unfortunately, I do not know when the photographs were made – there is no date noted on either.
I have also attached a scan of the county clerk’s entry, noting their marriage:
The State of Texas
County of Victoria
This is to certify that I joined in marriage as husband and wife Wm S. Glass and Cara B Stapp on the 13th day of May AD 1879
Jos Ferra (?)
Rector of St Marys
Filed May 16th 1879
J C J (?) Moody clerk
Respectfully submitted,
Anthony Buckalew,
7th Generation Texan

Posted by on December 26, 2011 in Genealogy, Uncategorized


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Stapp origins in England



Mapping the Stepp-Stapp Surname in England




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Posted by on April 4, 2011 in Uncategorized


Remember Goliad–175 Years Ago Today

I am not aware of a specific Stapp connection related to the massacre at Goliad, although I imagine that all Texans of the time (and since) were deeply impacted. I wanted to post this in recognition of the anniversary of historic events of this day. In addition to the description below, I was deeply moved by these letters written to family back home by one of the men executed at Goliad.

From Presidio La Bahia, a brief description of the massacre of 342 men at Goliad:

Around 6:00 a.m. on Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836, after being held captive for one week, Fannin’s men were told to gather up their things. They thought that they were going to the Port of Copano and then on to New Orleans. They were happy and singing. They knew that Colonel Fannin had returned from the Port of Copano the previous day. What they didn’t know was that at 7:00 p.m. the pervious evening, Colonel Portilla had received word directly from General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna to execute the men. About an hour after Portilla received the execution order from Santa Anna, he received another order from General Urrea to “Treat the prisoners with consideration, particularly their leader, Fannin, and to employ them in rebuilding Goliad.”

It was a foggy morning at sunrise. The able bodied men were formed into three groups, and under very heavy guard taken out of the fort. The Mexican troops were lined up on each side of the line of prisoners. One group was taken out on the San Antonio road, another on the Victoria road, and the other on the Copano road. The prisoners had little suspicion of their fate, because each group had been given a different story as to where they were going. One group was told that they were going to gather wood, another to drive up cattle, and the other group was told that they were going to the port of Copano. At selected spots on each of the three roads from one half to three-fourths of a mile from the fort, the groups were halted. After they halted, the guards on one side stepped through the ranks so that all the guards were on one side, they turned and fired at very close range. Those men that where not killed ran and were pursued by the cavalry.

The soldiers then returned to the fort and executed the wounded that were in the chapel. The wounded were taken out and laid in front of the chapel doors. There were about forty of them. They were then shot as they laid on the ground. Colonel Fannin was saved until last. (Note: Fannin’s room was in the south extension of the chapel. The room was separated from the main chapel by a wall. A door from the room opened into the Quadrangle. Fannin’s room is now known as the Flag Room. Today, the doorway has been sealed, but you can see the outline of the doorway.) Fannin was taken outside the chapel, blind folded and seated in a chair next to a trench by the watergate. He made three requests, not to be shot in the face, his personal possessions be sent to his family, and that he be given a Christian burial. He was shot in the face, an officer took his personal possessions, and his body was burned along with many of the other bodies. Not all bodies were burned, some were left where they died. There were 342 men who died in the Goliad Massacre, which is almost twice the number of men who died at the Alamo and San Jacinto combined. Twenty-eight men did escape from the three massacre sites and seventeen men’s lives were spared. It is from the accounts of the men who escaped and were spared that we know what happened at Presidio La Bahia. Francita Alavez, the Angel of Goliad and the wife of General Urrea saved the lives of a number of the men.

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Posted by on March 27, 2011 in Uncategorized



Do you know…?

What does this flag represent? Please inform me. I know I could search all over the internet to figure it out, but that isn’t as interesting as having someone (a family member at that!) who already knows something about it tell me about it….

Also… does anyone have any ideas about what might have been intended at the 175th celebration when one signer’s descendants raised this flag during the roll call?

What is this flag?


Posted by on March 15, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Let’s Get Connected…

… And share information we know and discover about our ancestors.

There are two ways to contribute to this Stapp family blog: 1) You can author a post, which can include adding photos and videos and linking to articles, and 2) you can comment on existing posts. Anyone can comment at any time. Let me know when you are ready to author a post and I’ll send you the necessary invite.


Posted by on March 3, 2011 in Uncategorized


175 Years Ago Today

Happy Birthday Texas!

I am going to celebrate (again) by reading the Texas Declaration of Independence for the first time ever.

I am fascinated and moved to think about how our ancestor’s participation in the historic events in Washington, Texas, 175 years ago has impacted all of our lives and led us to reconnect all these years later, thanks too to the efforts of family genealogists and the Star Museum’s Signers Project.

I think it’s a great day to start a Stapp family blog! What do you think?


Posted by on March 2, 2011 in Uncategorized