of William Standefer
Additions and Corrections welcomed!
was born March 30, 1757 in Blackwater River, Halifax Co, VA, and died
June 21, 1826 in Jasper, Marion Co, TN; b. Griffith Cemetery (Cedar
Hill). He married JEMIMA JONES
June 24, 1779 in Henry Co, VA, daughter of THOMAS
and MARY. She was born August 15, 1761 in Henry Co, VA, and died
September 17, 1838 in Marion Co, TN.
Standefer was born March 30, 1757 in Henry County, VA. His parents were
James and Martha Watkins Standiford.
His grandparents were John and Margaret Skelton Standiford and
Samuel and Mary Wright Watkins. On
June 24, 1779 in Henry County, VA, he was married to Jemima Jones who
was four years younger than he and was the daughter of Thomas Jones, a
Revolutionary War soldier.
William served in the American Revolution with the "Virginia State Militia" and is listed with the "Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution" by Gwathay, as did his brother Luke and probably Israel. Although he is listed with the Virginia State Militia, he is with a company of the Knox City Regiment, Hamilton District Territory south of Ohio. This area later became the State of Tennessee. In 1780 he was appointed an Ensign under Capt. John Rentfro of Captain Hailes Company of the State Militia. In 1781 he again enlisted under Capt. Rentfro as 2nd Lieutenant and Luke Standefer was a Lieutenant.
find William in these counties:
1779 married in Henry Co., VA
Interestingly, Williams Anderson County, TN farm on the East Fork of Popular Creek, was originally in Hawkins County and then when Knox County was formed, it became Knox County. Later, when Anderson County was formed, it became Anderson County. It is possible that even though he lived in three counties, he may not have moved.
Bible of Alfred Standefer for birth and death record. William came from Knox Co., TN to Anderson Co., TN, along with his
brother Israel, as early as
William came from Knox Co., TN to Anderson Co., TN, along with his brother Israel, as early as1802. Other Standefers who arrived in Anderson Co. at that time were: Samuel and James. William was a Commissioner of Anderson Co. from 1802-1808 and his name appears on several deeds. He later moved on to Sequatchie Valley along with Amos Griffith who married William’s daughter, Mary “Polly” Standefer. Amos and Mary are said to have given birth to the first white male child born in the valley settlement: William Standifer Griffith.
James L.; Sequatchie Families; p. 97:
Mr. Douthat states that when Isaac and William entered the Valley
in 1805, they came via the Walton Road through Kingston and then came
into the valley. However,
it must have been after 1808 because he was still a commissioner in
Anderson County in 1808.
William died in Marion Co., TN in 1826 and you can view his Will here.
were Thomas and Mary Jones.
Thomas and Mary Jones had four daughters who went to Tennessee with their husbands, two Peaks, one Standefer and one Griffith. Jemima's sisters: Susanna Jones, married Amos Griffith; Mary Jones married Jacob Peak; Lydia Jones married Abel Peak; Fanny married William Rippetoe.
William received a land grant of 300 acres on Poplar Creek February 16, 1796 in Knox Co., TN and sold the property to Jacob Peak on March 13, 1797
b. July 29, 1781, Henry Co, VA; m. LUKE
January 12, 1801, Knox Co, TN.
Sequatchie Families by James L. Douthat, p. 36:
Hendrix family came into Sequatchie Valley early in the nineteenth
century. On the Marion
County records several different men were in the valley prior to 1820.
In the early deed records, Luke Hendrix purchased a number of
tracts of land in the Third District on the Little Sequatchie and
Sequatchie Rivers in the Spring of 1820.
He received a 250 acre tract from the Tennessee Grant 5840; 140
acres adjacent to this from Thomas N. Clark; 125 acres on the Little
Sequatchie River that was adjacent to the above; 119 acres adjacent to
the above; and 150 acres on Battle Creek in the Third District adjacent
to George Lowery's reservation. Luke
began to sell off some of these lands by 1822.
We note that Luke Hendrix, age 80, and born in NC was living with
Jessee J. Griffith, probably a son-in-law in 1850.
Hendrix was Squire Hendrix who was the assignee of Ezekiel England for
160 acres of land in the Third District on the Sequatchie River.
Squire purchased this land in March 1820.
Then there was Micajah Hendrix who received three tracts of land
in the Third District, one for 67 acres on the Sequatchie River March 6,
1820 and the other for 100 acres on the Little Sequatchie River on March
16, 1820. Then in 1826, he
purchased a lot in Jasper known as lot #10.
above mentioned Squire Hendrix was born in eastern Tennessee and settled
in Marion County sometime prior to 1820.
He left the valley prior to 1850 and traveled to Missouri where
he died. His son Gabriel
remained in the Valley and married Mary Hicks, a native of VA.
Hicks was a descendant of the Borden family of the Shenandoah Valley
fame. Her ancestor was
Benjamin Borden, who according to family tradition sent the King of
England a pair of bull buffaloes. The
King in return granted to Benjamin Borden, a two mile tract of land that
became known as Borden's Grant and is located in the present Rockbridge
and Mary Hicks had at least eight children: Malvina born in 1828; Delila
born in 1830; James; Elijzh; Harvey born in 1837; Mary; and Lemuel born
in 1844. Gabriel Hendrix,
born on February 16, 1837 in what is now the Sixth District of
Sequatchie County, but formerly Marion, married on January 21, 1858 in
Sequatchie Court to Mary Ann Pickett.
b. January 19, 1783, Henry Co, VA; d. June 15, 1848, TN; m. JAMES ISRAEL
February 02, 1801, Knox Co, TN; b. September 10, 1779, Henry Co, VA; d.
August 20, 1837, Kingston, Roane County, TN; b. Baptist Cemetery.
Alfred Standefer's Bible
and James were first cousins. James
Israel was the son of Israel and Susannah Heard, William’s brother and
sister-in-law. Prior to the
discovery of an old letter dated 1850, James Israel Standefer was
thought to be the son of William.
Alfred Standefer's Bible
Israel served as the TN state senator from the District of Anderson,
Bledsoe, Roane and Rhea counties from 1815-1821.
b. September 10, 1784, VA; d. 1843, b. Panola Co., TX; m. NANCY ROGERS,
1816, Tennessee; b. 1797, Knoxville, TN; d. 1846, b. Panola Co., TX.
in VA; went to TN in 1802; from there to AL and in 1829 arrived in TX
where he died in 1853. He
is buried near the Sabine River in Panola Couny, TX
b. May 23, 1786, Henry Co, VA; d. Bef. 1860, Lane Co, OR; m. JEMIMA BUTCHER,
January 15, 1815, Marion Co, TN; b. 1797, VA; d. February 01, 1879, Lane
Arkansas, History of Madison County; p. 431. 1840 - Luke
Standifer, southeast, Section 14. He
arrived in Oregon on 1 Nov 1851.
Harry; Standefer, Standifer, Standiford; a Family
must have fared well in Arkansas. His
cousins Abraham and Jesse had
1851 Luke and Jemima had become the parents of two more children.
next year (1852) another wagon train left Arkansas for Oregon and Luke's
Death date from obit: Union News, Walla Walla, WA:
a contributor, Martha Glasscock:
"The identification of Jemima Butcher's parents seems to be one of
the great family mysteries. The
only information I have came from a distant cousin, now deceased. It
cousin who wrote this was Lois Cain.
Her aunt Eva Waterman married
b. May 29, 1788, Franklin Co, VA; d. Aft. 1860; m. (1) MARY "POLLY"
Abt. 1809; b. 1790, KY. (2) MARY;
b. 1807, KY; m.
following is taken from of He Stands Ever by Ruby Ledbetter.
is shown in Lee County in 1830 and 40 -- and he was a property
owner. He was married in
1809 (ca) to Mary Gilbert, third child of Joseph Hirman and Nancy Anne
Cheek Gilbert. There is an
interesting note about Mary Gilbert Standerfer, besides her being the
grandmother of our John Newton Standerfer.
Her father willed her "1 mare" at his death in 1804.
In 1809 she was taxed for 1 mare, though she was not the head of
a household. Her mother
Nancy, was a widow and had been taxed for 4 horses between 1806 and
1808. In 1809 Nancy was
taxed for 3 horses and Mary for 1.
William Standerfer had no horses in 1809 and 1810 he was taxed
for 1 horse. He and Mary
were married in 1809 and he is shown as owning the horse.
At least they still had it!
William and Mary came onto hard times -- or William did after Mary's
death, re: the binding out of their children, which, I am told, was not
at all unusual in that era. It
was done many times in order for someone else to teach girls the
"art of keeping house", i.e., quilting, preserving, canning,
sewing, spinning, weaving, cooking, cleaning, etc., and for the boys
either a trade and/or farming. However,
this court order says, "A Court Order 27 Sept 1814 for binding out
of the poor: Sally Standerfer to Isaac Paulk; Joseph Standerfer (John
Newton's father) to Thomas Benton; John Standerfer to Nancy Gilbert.
Also bind out Mary Standerfer to a person not yet named." I have doubts that this John was William and Mary's child
since Nancy did not call him her grandson.
Also, in 1826, at the time of her will, she referred to him as
"John Standiford, who was bound to me until he was 21."
This would imply he was of age before her death in 1826 and if he
were Mary's child, he could not possibly be more than 14-16 years old.
Mary was either the same child as Nancy or Rosanna shown below in
their genealogy, or one of them died young.
After the death of his wife Mary (Gilbert), William married a
Mary Anne ____ (ca 1829) and they had 6 children.
They are shown on the 1850 census living in Hancock County,
Tennessee, and they are still there in 1860 with William being 72 years
old and Mary Anne 53. The 1850 census shows William born in North
Carolina an the 1860 census states he was born in Tennessee.
Mary died quite young, according to her mother’s, Nancy
Gilbert's will which was dated 1826. William and Mary Gilbert Standerfer
were members of the Mulberry Gap Baptist Church, as were William and his
second wife, Mary Ann.
William was referred to as William Standerford in the will of Nancy Gilbert (mother of Mary Gilbert) of January, 1826. She listed all of her grandchildren.
and Mary Gilbert Standerfer were members of the Mulberry Gap Baptist
Church and so was his second wife, Mary Anne.
William was in Lee Co., VA prior to 1811. He had land tradings in 1811, 1820, 1823, 1831, 1837,
1845. This William and
brother Samuel were living on adjoining farms in 1820 and 1830 in Lee
Wife: Mary Ann (Unknown)
Co., TN 1850 Census: (33rd Subdivision) 15 Nov 1850
Co., TN 1860 Census: Household 126
b. May 17, 1790, Blackwater Creek, Franklin Co, VA; d. June 25, 1864, Marion
County, TN; m. AMOS
August 11, 1805, Anderson Co., TN.
Alfred Standefer's Bible Polly is buried in the Griffith
Cemetery in Marion Co., TN.
Polly is buried in the Griffith Cemetery in Marion Co., TN.
b. February 10, 1794, Franklin Co, VA; d. October 09, 1843, Milam Co,
TX; m. ISRAEL
January 12, 1815, Knox Co, TN; b. November 08, 1781, Henry Co, VA; d.
October 28, 1852, Burleson Co, TX.
of St. Clair Co., AL:
was honored by the State of Texas when his name was engraved in the
Granite Facade of the Texas Memorial Museum in Houston, Texas.
Israel M. was the son of Israel and Susan Heard Standefer.
He and wife Naomi were first cousins. He had two illegitimate children, Polly Hasler (born of Evie
Hasler), and James Stewart (born of Katherine Stewart) which he
legitamized in Tennesse in Legislative Papers and Petitions, Box 10,
1812-1813. Both mothers
were deceased. He served as
the representative of Milam Co, TX
at the Convention of 1845. His
Bible is at the Barker Center, University of Texas, Austin.
Israel came to Texas in 1841 and got a land grant in 1843.
the Old San Antonio Road; A History of Burleson Co, TX (a county
b. August 03, 1795, Franklin Co, VA; d. March 08, 1825, Marion Co, TN;
1825; b. 1798; d. 1886.
Alfred Standefer's Bible Record
b. November 06, 1799, Franklin Co, VA; d. Moniteau Co., MO; m. HENRY JOHN
b. January 08, 1797; d. May 12, 1866 Moniteau Co., MO.
b. October 13, 1801, Knox Co, TN; d. November 06, 1855, Milam Co, TX; m.
January 04, 1823, Monroe Co, MS; b. Abt. 1805, VA; d. Bef. 1834, Monroe
Co, MS; m. (2) DORCAS
September 24, 1834, Blount Co, AL; b. January 27, 1810, TN; d. March 08,
1897, McLennan Co, TX.
migrated to Texas in 1837 and settled in the present Milam County, where
he lived for the rest of his life.
On April 4, 1840, Isaac was one of the commissioners appointed by
the Texas Legislature to locate a county seat.
On Feb. 6, 1843, he was elected Justice of the Peace and held
this office until his election to that of Chief Justice of Milam County
in 1846. On April 7, 1853,
he was elected County Commissioner, which office he held until his death
on November 6, 1855. Served
with the Texas Rangers under George B. Erath, March 8, 1838 to June 8,
Isaac Standefer was a lawyer; a graduate of the Knoxville, Tennessee Law
a letter from P. M. Rice to Jack Standefer in Blakely, GA, he states
children from the first marriage were given or purchased the land grant
Milam Co., TX
b. August 07, 1803, Anderson Co, TN.
Notes for SAMUEL STANDEFER:
b. June 18, 1808, Marion Co, TN; d. August 11, 1850, Moniteau Co., MO or
Milam Co., TX; m. JANE
February 21, 1829, Knox Co, TN; b. December 12, 1806; d. March 09, 1852,
Moniteau Co, MO; b. Yarnell cemetery.
Cemeteries of Moniteau County, MO, Vol. III, compiled by
1850 Census Moniteau Co., MO
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