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A Poem by Elijah & Nancy’s Daughter Rebecca Margaret Stapp Stukes

Inspired by a fellow Stapp descendant’s recent discovery of the blog and her introduction in her comment to an earlier post, I google searched on Elijah and Nancy’s oldest daughter, Rebecca Margaret Stapp and came across the first part of a poem she wrote in 1882. In the opening lines of the poem she describes the difficulties of the Runaway Scrape and the battle for independence. The poem was published by the Texas State Historical Association in Oct. 1985 in The Southwestern Historical Quarterly. I could not access the entire poem, but maybe one of her descendants will come across this and share it with us in its entirety.

The publication adds this about Rebecca Stapp Stukes:

“Mrs. Rebecca Stukes was born in Palmyra, Missouri, the daughter of Nancy Shannon Stapp and Elijah Stapp, later a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. In 1830 Rebecca came to Texas with her parents. At age eight she was caught up in the Runaway Scrape and was a witness to the aftermath of the battle of San Jacinto. She married Captain Nat. M. Stukes in Victoria County, Texas, May 31, 1849. In about 1882 she wrote this untitled poem so that her descendents would know of her remarkable childhood experiences and the price in suffering that was paid for the independence of Texas. The poem clearly reflects the passionate feelings of someone who has experienced war. It also reveals nineteenth-century attitudes and stereotypes regarding the conflict and its participants. Rebecca Stukes died November 12, 1899, in Colorado City, Texas. The poem and portrait were made available to us through the generosity of Mrs. Stuke’s great-granddaughter, Mrs. Glen E. Harkins of El Paso.”

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Posted by on September 6, 2011 in Descendant's Stories, Family History


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1828 DeWitt Colony Census

I like using the blog as a place to centralize resources related to our Stapp family. I know we can all do google searches, and I like the idea of gathering the findings here and then sharing comments on what we already know and what we newly discover. Here is a link to biographical sketches of Elijah and several members of the family, including Darwin Massey Stapp, son of Elijah & Nancy, who was the first one of the family to arrive in DeWitt Colony.

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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in Family History


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Elijah & Nancy Stapp’s Children

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Were there ten kids with Nancy Shannon?… I only show nine. Is someone missing? Please help me out.


Posted by on March 6, 2011 in Genealogy


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From the Vawters

Here are a few paragraphs about Elijah Stapp and Nancy Shannon and family from a collection gathered by Reminder: Margaret Vawter was the mother of Elijah Stapp.

Vol. 8 #2 page 10


From EDWARD M. STAPP, 109 S. Indianwood Ave., Broken Arrow, OK 74012 (New  VVVFA Member)

Elijah Stapp was born in Orange County, VA 16 Oct. 1783, the first child of Achilles & Margaret (VAWTER) Stapp. Margaret (Peggy) Vawter was born 15 Oct. 1763 the daughter of David & Mary (Rucker) VAWTER. Achilles Stapp moved his family to Kentucky ca. 1790. Here Elijah met and married Nancy Shannon.

In 1816 Elijah Stapp moved to Missouri with his wife and two sons. While living there he heard stories of land and life in the Mexican Territory of Texas. In 1825 he went to look it over and in 1831 he moved with his wife and six children to Jackson Municipality, in the contract colony of Green C. DeWitt.

On 16 July 1831, he was given title to a “League of land. When the Mexican government closed Texas to further settlement of Americans he saw danger for the future.

When the Consultation Convention was called at Old Washington-on-the-Brazos for 1 March 1836, Elijah was asked to stand for election as a delegate and was elected. The Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico was drafted with Elijah signing as a duly elected delegate. He was also selected by the convention as one of the “Committee of 26” to draft the constitution that governed the Republic of Texas from 1836 until Texas was admitted to the Union in 1856.

When peace returned after the battle of San Jacinto, Elijah Stapp returned to his home and was elected a Judge in Edna, Texas in 1839. He held this position until his death in March 1843. Elijah Stapp was buried on the old Russell Ward farm outside Edna, Texas. The actual gravesite is unknown, but the area is marked by a monument by the Texas Centennial Commission in 1936.

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Posted by on March 5, 2011 in Family History, Genealogy


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