According to Bill Neff who, as a Stump descendant, has done thorough research on the Stump family, there were at least 5 Leonard Stumps and they often get get confused. 3 of the Leonard's: Leonard Sr, Leonard Jr. and Capt. Leonard--all died within 2 yrs of each other. Leonard Jr. was the nephew of Leonard Sr. and no one know quite who Capt. Leonard Stump was, but possibly a son of Leonard Sr. This profile deals with Leonard Stump, Jr. , though to be the son of Michael Stump and Sarah Hughes/Carr? Below is a compilation of Bill Neff's research from his correspondence with Sara Patton.
Bill Neff research: On looking at when Leonard Stump Jr. began to buy land I suspect he was born earlier than 1771. Maybe as early as 1766.
Michael Stump (II) died in 1799 without a will. He had 9 children at that time. Leonard, Jr, who appears to be son of Michael II bought 1/9 shares from his siblings. So we have Leonard, Sr and Leonard,Jr living on adjacent farms. I expect they used the Sr and Jr designations to lessen the confusion between them. From deeds, census records and George See's will we know Leonard, Jr's wife was Elizabeth See who was still alive in 1850.
I am a descendant of Leonard Stump, Jr and Elizabeth See. Their daughter Phebe Stump married Isaac Neff, in Hardy Co and moved to Franklin Co., Ohio in 1818. These are my gg grand parents. The Neff's and Stumps were also from the Tulpehocken Valley. Michael Stump I md Anna Catherine Neff in 1739 in Tulpehocken, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
I have Leonard Stump Jr dying 14 Apr 1827, I find it interesting that within a little more that a month Leonard Sr made out his will on 21 May 1827. We also have Captain Leonard Stump dying in 1826. His estate was handled by Leonard Stump, Jr. (Sale 1 Sep 1826) Wish we knew for sure where he fit. Probably son of Leonard Sr. Maybe never married or wife died and left no issue. All three Leonards dying within a period of little over two years. Makes one wonder how they died.
1820 Hardy Census Shows Leonard Stump, Jr with 9; Leonard Stump Sr with 5
William Rice says there is a court record that says Leonard Jr. disappeared in 1819. However, he is shown in the 1820 census and also is mentioned in a deed of 1821 with his son, John. We know he disappeared on a trip to the west and was not afterwards heard from. It is possible that he was expected to return when the census was taken and he was listed. Also that the deed recorded in 1821 was made at an earlier date and not recorded until later. But it is still a puzzle.
Leonard, Jr died without a will. One-third went to his widow, as her "dower" rights which would pass to her children at her death. The Hardy Co Court appointed commissioners to establish dower land for Leonard's widow Elizabeth. There also was a drawing of lots to determine which land his children would inherit. There were 10 portions, or lots, drawn. All ten children of this union were determined by the deeds selling these lots and the reversionary interest in Elizabeth's dower land.
The reversionary interest was sold to James P. Stump and Issac Dasher (this Isaac Dasher was James P. Stump's father-in-law.) Extracts of the deeds are shown with each child's record. These records also show where these children were living at time of sale. Phebe and Dorothy married Isaac and John G. Neff, brothers, that went to Franklin Co., Ohio. Cuthbert and Pelina Yoakum Stump went to Missouri and then in the early 1850's went by covered wagon to Oregon. Leonard Stump III was in Gasconade Co, Missouri in 1845 when he sold his land (by power of atty through James P Stump. Keziah Burner(or Burnes) & her husband Jacob were of Lewis Co, Va in 1830, however the deed was signed & notarized in Harrison Co, Va.
Sale of property belonging to the estate of Captain Leonard Stump, dec, disposed of under the administration of Leonard Stump Jr. on the 1st day of Sept 1826 to: John Stump, Leonard Stump Jr, Cuthbert Stump, Leonard Neff, Adam Neff, Jesse Stump, John Stump (son of George), C. Stump, Elizabeth Stump. (This is a bit confusing. It appears that Leonard, son of Leonard and Elizabeth See, used the Junior designation in the sale of his father's estate. This occurs 7 years after the disappearance of Leonard Junior. We haven't determined if Leonard Junior was a Captain in the War of 1812 or in the County Militia)
Hardy Co Deeds - Bk 20 p 447 1848 - John C Neff & wife to Isaac Dasher, S Fk of South Branch.
Hardy Co Deed Bk 21 p 25, 1848- Isaac Neff & wife Phebe sold interest in Leonard Estate on South Fork to Isaac Dasher "of their right, title and interest to the reversion of the land of which Leonard Stump died seized in the County of Hardy situated upon the South Fork and which is now in the possession of Elizabeth Stump his widow as her dower lands together with all and singular the rights, improvements, herediments and appurtenances whatsoever thereunto belonging and the reversion and remainder rests, issues and profits thereto to have and to hold. . . .." Bk 23 p 86, 1850 - Leonard Stump & wf to Isaac Dasher, Interest in Leonard Stump estate. Bk 23 p 192, 1852 - MD Neff to John G Neff Int Leonard Stump estate.(Note- the index to deeds shows MD Neff, however the deed shows the name Abraham M. Neff. -full name was Abraham McDowell Neff. This was son of John G and Dorothy Stump Neff and a grandson of Leonard Stump Jr.)
Sarah Stump, wife of Michael II mentions "Sarah" youngest daughter of her son Leonard in her will. The Sarah that married Solomon Shepler is Leonard Jrs youngest daughter.
Leonard Sr's 1828 will did not mention a son Leonard or any children of a son Leonard. Probably the Capt. Leonard that died in 1826 was son of Leonard Sr. He probably never married or if he did did not have children. That leaves George Stump, son of Michael I as only other one that could be father of Leonard Jr. We have a good fix on his children through the old Bible record.
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