Recent research revealed that Elijah Stapp’s cousin, Wyatt Berry Stapp (1813-1851) was the namesake of legendary Western lawman, Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp. Upon further investigation I found that Wyatt Berry Stapp also served in the 12th General Assembly of the Illinois State legislature, as a state senator from Warren County. What I just discovered through a little digital sleuthing is that Wyatt also served in this role alongside a slightly well-known native of Illinois, named Abraham Lincoln. As the document from the Library of Congress below displays, Stapp was a senator, 27, unmarried, a member of the Whig party, and listed his occupation as “farmer”; Lincoln was a representative from Springfield, 31, unmarried, also a member of the Whig party, and listed occupation was “lawyer”. Hope you enjoy this tidbit of Elijah Stapp family lore through his quite interesting cousin, Wyatt.
-Sean Pauzauskie, MD
Fort Collins, Colorado