So Obscure A Person

So Obscure A Person

by Edna Barney

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ISBN-13: 9781438287041
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/08/2008
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 751,535
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

The maternal forebears of Edna Barney were all Virginians. She has been researching and documenting the "Days of Their Lives" for more than fifty years, since a young teenager. She is the author of "PEYTONs Along the Aquia Genealogy," editor of "Peyton, of England and Virginia," and the author-creator of the website Neddy's Nook on the Net. She and her husband Cliff live in Fairfax County, Virginia.

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The surname STINSON appears to be patronymic; the original STINSON was likely a man who was the "son of STIN," or "son of STEPHEN." Various spellings of this surname are commonplace: STIMPSON, STIMSON, STENSON, STEENSON, STEMSON, STIMPSONE, STIMSONE, STENSONE, STEENSONE, STEMSONE and others. The original surname may have been STEPHENSON, for which "STINSON" became a shortened form or alternative spelling. In fact, one STINSON researcher claimed that she found persons in Omagh, County Tyrone who used both spellings for their names. One man told her: "Call me STINSON or STEVENSON for I'll answer to either one." In Scotland, we find the name often written as STEINSON.

An "Ancient Family" of STINSON was in Northumberland, England, in the year 1100. In 1539, Edward STINSON was on the "Muster Rolls of Able Bodied Men" at Newcastle-on-Tyne. Centuries later, we find "Alexander STEMPSON," son of Alex STEMPSON, christened on 10 December 1705, at South Molton, Devonshire, England. In Scotland we find numerous "Alexander STINSONS" baptized before 1718.

The first STINSON of record in Virginia seems to be a John STIMPSON who appeared at the 27 May 1658 Court of Lancaster County, Virginia, having been transported into the colony by Thomas WILLYS (Lancaster County, Virginia Court Orders, page 50). Two years later, we find "William STINTON" at Jamestown on 1 July 1661 (The Edward Pleasants Valentine Papers, volume 2, page 740). In 1665, the aforementioned William STINTON, along with Robert NURSE, patented 204 acres in Henrico County, Virginia (Land Office Patents Number 5).

At Stafford County, Virginia Court of 12 March 1700, the will of Giles VANDAGESTEEL, written "28th day Febry.1699" states: "the land which I give unto William STINSON, Thomas MARLEY & Danl. MARLEY" (Stafford County VA Deed & Will Book 1699-1709; pages 54, 55).

Although the ancestry of Alexander STINSON Senior of Buckingham County, Virginia is unknown, further research may uncover now hidden sources that may reveal his birth country and the circumstances of his appearance in Virginia. Presently, everything we know of his life is what we find in the extant court records of Virginia.

When we first encounter young Alexander STINSON in York County, Virginia, in the second decade of the eighteenth century, there seem to be no other STINSONS connected to him. How Alexander STINSON the boy came to be an indentured servant in Virginia, we cannot know. There are too many historical scenarios possible to give credence to any particular one. One example is that any child in Virginia whose father died immediately became an orphan, even though his mother be living. When a father died intestate, as most did, the court became involved in the upbringing of his child, and if there were no resources left to educate and maintain the orphan, he or she could be bound as an apprentice, until the age 18 for females, and 21 for males. In such cases, the law required that the master or mistress teach the child to read and write (18th Century Law Talk, John P. Alcock, 1999).

We know that beginning in 1705, every master of a juvenile imported into the Virginia Colony was required to go to court and have the age of his child servant judged by the court. Children over age 19 were to serve only five years, unless they had already been indentured. If they were under the age of 19, they were to serve until they were age 24. If their age had not been judged, they were obligated for five years. When the terms of bondage were completed, males received "Freedom Dues," fixed at "10 bushels Indian corn, 30 shillings in money or goods, one well fixed musket or fusee of the value of at least 20 shillings . . . ." Women received a bit more generosity (ibidem).

By the time that "Sawney STINSON" was beginning his metamorphosis from bound servant to Virginia planter, Scotland had already cast off three generations of Scots to English Virginia as bound servants. There is a possibility that our Sawney was one of those "slaves without shackles" who survived the miseries of indenture and carried on to find a better life in Virginia.

Table of Contents

Dedication
Table of Contents
Table of Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Kidnapped Story
Was There a Kidnapping?
Naming Patterns
Who Were They?
" . . . the Spirit of the Gospel, and the Bill of Rights."
Old Buckingham
Buckingham County Formed in 1761.
Alexander STINSON Senior
"So Obscure A Person"
Will of SUSANNA ALLEN, 1719
The Bounty Hunter
1743 Land Grant to Alexander STINSON:
Processioning
Genealogy Register
STINSON Generation 1
Alexander STINSON Sr. and Miss HOOPER
STINSON Generation 2
The Children of Alexander STINSON Senior.
1867 Will and Testament of David STINSON
STINSON Generation 3
The Grandchildren of Alexander STINSON Senior
STINSON Generation 4
The American Posterity
STINSON Generation 5
The Lost Cause and the STINSON Confederates ~ "I have been destroyed by the Federal Army" - 1867.
The Story of the STINSON Bible
The HOOPER Excursus
The Four Cousins
HOOPER Generation 1
The English HOOPERS of Somersetshire
The Town of FROOM SELLWOOD
HOOPER Generation 2
HOOPER, MAYO and CABELL Cousins
HOOPER Generation 3
The HOOPER Family of Virginia
Will of Joseph HOOPER 1750/1751
Henry TRENT
HOOPER Generation 4
HOOPER, CABELL and MAYO Descendants
Colonel George CARRINGTON
Virginia Burial Traditions
INDEX of NAMES

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