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Elijah’s Brother, Milton Stapp

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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