Robert Stapleton
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Robert P. Stapleton (1690 - 1755)

Robert P. Stapleton aka Stibbeldown
Born in Fulham, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1713 in Albany, Berks, Pennsylvaniamap
Husband of — married 8 May 1716 in Highland Quassaick Patent (Now Newburgh, NY)map
Husband of — married 7 Nov 1748 in Augustus Lutheran Church, Trappe, Pennsylvaniamap
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Died at age 65 in Forestville, Shenandoah, Colony of Virginiamap
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Robert Stapleton married his wife Anna Marie Wygant in 1715 in Highland, New York. They had banns done and then were married. He was of York Island and Anna Marie was of Hoogland. Their marriage was recorded in the records of the Trinity Lutheran Church by Rev. Justus Falckner. The couple were sponsors to a child of Hannes and Mary Fischer in 1716. The first three of their children's baptismal records are recorded there, as well. Tobias' baptism was dated 1717.

The family left New York with some other family members and went to Oley, Berks County, Pennsylvania where he obtained some land from the Penn brothers. (1,2,3,4,5) He built his family home in brick on one of these pieces of land. At least two of their children were born there. Their baptisms were done and recorded by the Rev. Jonhann Casper Stoever.

Anna Marie died before 1747 when Robert wrote a provisional will (1,2) leaving his house and land to two of their sons, William and John, if they took care of him in his old age and also by giving him one third of all the winter grain . They were to, within a year after he died, distribute legacies to all their siblings, which he recorded. They were Tobias, Elizabeth, Catherine, Hanna, Sarah, Margret, and Charles. This will is filed in Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Robert married a second time to a widow, Catharina Richardtin in 1748. Their marriage was recorded in the Records of Augustus Lutheran Church in Trappe, Pennsylvania. After they married, he left Pennsylvania and went to Frederick County, Virginia with his new wife and some of his younger children. His sons Tobias, John, and William stayed behind in Pennsylvania. This was in 1748-1749 when he bought land on the South Fork of Haldman's Creek. Robert and his wife Catherine then deeded the land to his son George on 16 March 1750 when he was nineteen. He didn't receive the title until 1763.

Robert wrote another will (1,2) in Virginia in October 1754 leaving the bulk to his wife for the duration of her life and then to be divided equally amongst his children. He died shortly after writing it as his sons in Pennsylvania started probate proceedings in Berks County during the month of January 1755. In 1782, after Catharina died, Tobias and his other children divided the land he had left her for her lifetime. The transaction was recorded in the Shenandoah County Virginia Deed Records. (1,2,3,4,5) [1] Robert Stapleton. [2] Born 1690 Fulham, Yorkshire, England. [3] Died 25 Oct 1755. Forestville, Shenandoah, Virginia, USA. [4]

Move to Pennsylvania

Some time around 1724 Robert and Anna Maria sold their land in New York and moved their family to Berks County, PA. Anna Maria’s family, the Weigands, moved to Oley, PA with the Stapletons. Robert and Anna Maria purchased land in Oley, PA in 1727 that was located near the Oley Forge and also received some land from the Penn brothers. Son Tobias received land from the Penns as well. The Stapletons apparently did well financially since the house they started building in Oley around 1730 was the first totally brick house in the area. Later additions to the house included a second floor and a kitchen that was attached to the house.

In Berks County PA Robert and Anna Maria had two other children: Johannes George (Charles) born 13 Jun 1731 and Anna Margaretha who was born 10 Aug 1734. Both babies were baptized by Rev. Johan Casper Stoever in Oley, PA.

Later Years

Sometime between the birth of Anna Margaretha (our ancestor) and 1748, Robert’s wife died. After her death, he did two very important things. First of all he wrote a provisional will. In it he named his children and told how he wanted his estate settled. Secondly, on 20 Nov 1748 he remarried. This time his wife was a widow, Catharine Bender Reichard (Richard). Mr. Reichard’s first name is unknown, but he and Catharine had two children, Jakob and Margaret. Robert took Catharine’s children as his own. He and Catharine were married in the Augustus Lutheran Trappe Church.

Most settlers in PA were farmers, and probably this was also Robert’s occupation. In fact, he called himself a farmer in a second will which he wrote and recorded in VA. However, at least one source insists that Stapleton first made his money in the freight hauling or drayage business. Apparently two of his sons-in-law (Simon Derrick and Ulrich Moyer—and possibly others) worked for him in this business.

The Move to Virginia

Around 1749 or 1750, Robert and several of his grown children and their families moved to Virginia. This group included another of our ancestors, Simon Derrick, and his wife Catherina who was Robert’s daughter. Three of Robert’s sons—Tobias, John, and William-- remained in PA and did not go to VA with the rest of the family. (Tobias became quite prosperous in PA. One large farm was passed down through the Stapleton family for four generations before finally being sold to an “outsider.” On the land was a house build over a spring, a German custom that we learned about from another of our German ancestors, Dr. Martin Shultz.

More land and a New Will

When the family moved south, Robert purchased 428 acres of land on 3 Feb 1749 in Augusta County, VA. He transferred 200 acres of this land to son Charles in 1750. Around 1754 he wrote a second will and recorded it in Virginia. In this will he left the bulk of his estate to Catherine to be used during her lifetime and then to be divided among his children. Robert wrote the will in October and must have died shortly thereafter for his sons began court proceedings in January of 1755.[5] Note: Will recorded Shenandoah Co VA Note: StapletonHeirs-Hudlow 5/12/1770


  • Robert Stapleton was born in Fulham, Yorkshire, England on May 5, 1690, to Margaret Gage, age 25, and Phillip Stapleton, age 45.[6]


  • Robert Stapleton arrived in the colonies in 1708 aboard the ship "Globe" in New York with his parents and siblings.


  • Robert Stapleton married Anna Maria Wygant at the Trinity Lutheran Church, by Rev. Justus Falckner, in New York City, New York, on June 2, 1715, when he was 25 years old.
  • Robert Stapleton married Catharine Bender Reichard at the Augusta Lutheran Trappe Church on November 2, 1748, when he was 58 years old.


  • Robert Stapleton pruchases 200 acres at corner George Brock and Peter Gartner; Ruddle's line on 16 March 1750.[7]


  • Roberts 2d will is dated October 1754 and was probated in New York January 1755.


  • Robert Stapleton died on October 25, 1755, in Forestville, Shenandoah, Virginia, when he was 65 years old.[6]

Research Notes

The Weigands

Robert’s first wife, Anna Maria Weigand, was the daughter of Michael and Anna Catherina Weigand. (There are numerous spellings of Weigand) She was born in Hessen, Germany c1695, and in 1708 at age 13, traveled with her family to the English colonies in America on board the ship Globe. In addition to her parents, her brothers Tobias and George, ages 7 and 5, made the trip, too. Her family’s trip was historic for a number of reasons. They were part of a fairly famous group of German Palatine refugees led by the Lutheran minister Rev. Joshua Kocherthal. As such, they had been befriended and partially financed in their journey by Queen Anne of England. The Globearrived in the New World during a cold winter when the river was frozen. After the ship arrived, Governor Lovelace wrote to the Queen: Our winter sets in very hard, the Ports and Rivers are full of Ice; I am in pain for the Germans and Recruits on board the Globe they wanting water and the Weather not permitting us to assist them. This coast is so terrible in the Winter I think no Ship ought to be sent hither from England after August at Fartherest. . . . Because of the severity of the weather, Anna Maria and the rest of the Palatines had to spend the winter in New York City. When weather made travel possible, the Weigand family moved to the Highlands of New York, where Anna Maria grew up and met Robert Stapleton. Family Life in New York

On 02 Jun 1715 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New York, NY. Robert and Anna Maria Weigand were married by Rev. Justus Falckner. They set up housekeeping in the Highlands of New York, and the births of some of their children were recorded in the Lutheran church records there by the same Rev. Justus Falckner.

Tobias b. 15 May 1717 Elizabeth b. 3 April 1719 Catherine b. 7 June 1721

Five other children were born, but their birthplaces and dates were not recorded in New York. They were: Hannabeth, William (b. 1720), John, Mary, and Sarah. (It is possible that some of these children might have been products of Robert’s first marriage.)


  2. Source: #S-812065332
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  4. Source: #S-812065332
  6. 6.0 6.1 Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 9 January 2021), memorial page for Robert P. Stapleton (5 May 1690–25 Oct 1755), Find a Grave Memorial no. 208275553, citing Old Pine Church Cemetery, Frederick County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Rita Wehunt-Black (contributor 48110921) .
  7. Virginia, Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2004. Original data: Chalkley, Lyman. Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800. Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1965. Originally published in 1912
  • Robert Stibbeldown

in the U.S., Dutch Reformed Church Records in Selected States, 1639-1989 [1]


  • This person was created on 18 March 2011 through the import of knox17032011.ged.

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