Stephen Stehly, s/o Jacob and Ana Eva __, (m. Margreth ___), d. aft 28 Mar 1785, of Chanceford, York, Pennsylvania

RELATIONSHIP:  I believe that Stephen was a brother of my ancestor, Peter Staley I [numbers are my designations–shb], who married Sarah Salome, this Peter the father of Peter Staley II, b. 28 Nov 1756, probably in Pennsylvania, d. 10 Jul 1844 in Jackson, Allen, Ohio, m. Eve____, b. 4 Sep 1765, d. 1 May 1851, Jackson, Allen, Ohio, and their son Peter III, b. 19 Jan 1794 in Berkeley County, Virginia, m. 26 May 1821 in Pickaway Co., Ohio, d. 24 Jun 1844. and Hannah (Hall), 3rd and 4th great-grandparents of Sherlene Hall Bartholomew, compiler of these notes (shb hereafter).

FATHER JACOB.  R. Cochran, on his website http://library.ferris.edu/~cochranr/gen/fam02162.htm, names Jacob as father of Stephen, but provides no documentation to that effect.  Stephen baptized a son in 1781, the same year Dorothea, daughter of Jacob [not of Peter, as I once thought], baptized a child in the same Stehley’s Church. –shb 24 Apr 2002, 30 Nov 2006

SAME STEPHEN?  See ID No. 23706–a Stephen Staley b. in 1750, son of Hans or J Stehli/Staley and Ann Margaretha Rebstock.  Stephen’s Staley grandfather Heinrich named a child Melchior.  –shb 11 Apr 2000

1772, DECEMBER 8–LAYS OFF TRACT OF LAND FOR “LUTHERIEN AND REFORMERET CONGREGATIONS.” “Stehly Report,” compiled for The Historical Society of York County, by Edith Beard Cannon, researcher, Number 19 – “Evidences of the STEHLY Families of York County Before the Year 1850,” prepared in the year 1948, File 3262, copy mailed to shb, November 2006, by Katherine Staley, p. 27:  “York County Land Papers [footnote 2:  ‘The Historical Society of York County’] – No. 9271.  draft of a tract of one acre, 126 perches in Chanceford Township, being a part of a tract of land belonging to Stephen Stealy and by his direction surveyed and laid off for the use of the ‘Lutheran and Reformeret Congregations’ 8 Dec 1772.”  –shb 2 Dec 2006

1777–STEPHEN’S BROTHER PETER STEHLI (MY ANCESTOR, M. SARAH SALOME ___) DIES.

DEATH AFTER 30 Nov 1779–I have no evidence that Stephen, ID 24258, is a son of Peter and Sarah Salome Stehli, except that their son Melcher asked for Stephen Staley to be his guardian, and his brother, my ancestor Peter, asked for Michael Kuhn (husband of Dorothea, who I believe is Stephen’s sister) to be his guardian, according to Orphans Court Docket papers cited in a letter to shb, 24 Nov 2006, by Katherine Staley.  These records also named Peter, age 14, and Melcher, age 15, as orphans, on  30 Nov 1779 (their mother, Sarah Salome, was still alive, but they were considered orphans, if the family breadwinner was deceased).  –shb 26 Nov 2006

1779, NOVEMBER 30–“STEPHEN STAILEY” IS APPOINTED GUARDIAN OF HIS FIFTEEN YEAR-OLD NEPHEW, “MICHAEL STAILEY.”  “Stehly Report” (see below), p. 19:  “VIII – Orphans Court Dockets – D, 135 – 30 Nov 1779.  Upon the petition of Michael Stailey, aged 15, one of the minor orphan children of Peter Stailey, late of Chanceford Township, deceased, the Court appoints Stephen Stailey of Chanceford Township his guardian.”  [next item] “E, 7 – 12 Feb 1782 – Upon the petition of Peter Stailey, aged 14, another son of aforesaid deceased, Court appoints Michael Kuhn [married Stephen’s sister, Dorothea–shb] of Chanceford Township his guardian.”  –shb 11 Dec 2006

1780 FEDERAL ACT CALLS “STEPHEN STEALEY” TO REVOLUTIONARY WAR SERVICE/REPORT ALSO NAMES POSSIBLE BROTHERS ANDREW, PETER, AND JACOB, OF CHANCEFORD TOWNSHIP, FOR SERVICE IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR. “Stehly Report,” compiled for The Historical Society of York County, by Edith Beard Cannon, researcher, Number 19 – “Evidences of the STEHLY Families of York County Before the Year 1850,” prepared in the year 1948, File 3262, copy mailed to shb, November 2006, by Katherine Staley, pp. 23-25 names only 11 Staleys for service in the Revolutionary War:  1. Andrew Staley of Chanceford Township; 2. Christopher Steeley (Stehly), of Germany Twp.; 3. Jacob Stealey, of Germany Twp.; 4. Jacob, of Chanceford Twp.; 5. Jacob Staley, a York County commissioner, appointed to collect “certain supplies needed for the equipment of the army”; 6. John Stehly, of Germany Twp.; 7. Joseph Stehly, of Germany Twp.; 8. Joseph Staley, of Heidelberg Twp.; 9. Malachiah Stayley, of Newberry Twp.; 10. Peter Stayley, of Chanceford Twp., 11. Stephen Stealey, of Chanceford Twp. Of Stephen, this report says:  “11. Stephen Stealey, member of the Fifth Class of the Inhabitants of Chanceford Township, classified under an Act of Assembly passed in 1780, entitled ‘An Act to compleat the Quota of the Federal Army’; each class was ‘required to provide, in fifteen Days from this Date [January 30, 1781], one able-bodied Recruit for the Continental army, to serve during the War,’ under penalty of a fine of L15.0.0 specie: this class found a recruit [footnote 2:  ‘Class Lists, MSS., The Historical Society of York county; Young, op.cit., Black Series, 103, 106’].”  –shb 2 Dec 2006

1780–ON YORK COUNTY TAX LIST, AS “STEPHEN STAYLEY”:  On-line York County documents site, referred to shb, 29 Nov 2006, by Katherine Staley.  This page, indexed “Staley,” as searched 1 Dec 2006, by shb, at http://www.footnote.com/print.php?page=137653&width=1200&height=1200, lists a 1780 County of York Tax List, p. 299, that includes Acres, Negroes, Horses, Cattle, and tax assessed.  Only two persons on this page of alphabetized York County residents, Hugh Ross and Joseph Reid, have two and one Negro, respectively.  Others listed on this page are “Andrew Staley” [Andreas, my ID 24227, Stephen’s brother–shb](150 acres, 2 horses, 3 cattle, 20.0.0), next listed, “Widow Staley” (150, 2, 2, 12.0.0), Stephen’s mother, Jacob’s widow, Ana Eva ___), and “Stephen Stayley” [my ID 24283] (18 acres, 1 cattle, 5.2.6), Ana Eva’s son, brother of Andreas/Andrew–shb).  Last listed on this page is a Nicholas Strayer.  –shb 1 Dec 2006

1783–“STEPHEN STEALY” AND HIS BROTHERS, “JACOB STEALY” AND “ANDREW STEALY” ARE TAXED IN CHANCEFORD TOWNSHIP. “Stehly Report,” prepared for the Historical Society of York County, Pennsylvania, by Edith Beard Cannon, researcher, Number 19 – “Evidences of the STEHLY Families of York County Before the Year 1850, Prepared in the Year 1948, File 3262,” forwarded to shb, Nov 2006, by Katherine Staley, p. 18:  “IV Taxables of 1783 – “7. Stephan Stealy of Chanceford Township, land 30, 1 house, 5 inhabitants, 3 horned cattle, 1 horse, valuation L32, tax L0.14.3”  The other two Staleys living in Chanceford, who were taxed in 1783, were “1. Andrew Stealy of Chanceford Township: 7 inhabitants, 1 horned cow, 1 horse, 2 sheep, valuation L10.10.0, tax L0.4.9,” and “4. Jacob Stealy of Chanceford Township, [Stephen’s brother]: land 150, 1 house, 1 outhouse, 5 inhabitants, 4 horned cattle, 3 horses, 6 sheep, valuation L121, tax L2.10.0.”  –shb 11 Dec 2006

1784 WIFE “MARGARETH” NAMED AS SPONSOR OF MARGARETH GOHN BAPTISM:  St. Luke’s Church or Stahley’s Lutheran and Reformed Congregations, Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania Parish Register 1773-1835 (hand-typed copy of original at FHL, written permission to be obtained (before entirety copy) of Pastor Frederick S. Weiser, Archivist, A. R. Wentz Library (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania:  Lutheran Theological Seminary), p. 13:  “Margareth, Born Sept. 3, 1784, Bapt. Oct. 31, 1784; [parents] Johan Jacob Gohn, Eva; [sponsor] Margareth Stehli, wife of Stephen Stahli.”  –shb 17 Apr 2000

1785–“STEPHEN STEHLI” NAMED AS A TRUSTEE OF STEHLI’S (ST. LUKE’S) CHURCH.  1772–FAMILY PARTICIPATES IN LOCAL CHURCH, BUILT ON FATHER’S LAND:  Stehly Report, for the Historical Society of York County, Pennsylvania, by Edith Beard Cannon, researcher, Number 19 – “Evidences of the STEHLY Families of York County Before the Year 1850, Prepared in the Year 1948, File 3262,” forwarded to shb, Nov 2006, by Katherine Staley, p. 10:  “The Register of Stehli’s (later known as St. Luke’s) Union Congregation, Chancefor Township, 1773-1835; translated by Edith Beard Cannon. [MS] lists – [1] Jacob Stehly promised L0-10-0 for the building of the church, in the year 1772; [13] Andreas Stehly promised L2.5.0 for the building of the church, in the year 1772; [14] Peter Stehly promised L1.10.0 for the building of the church, in the year 1772; [40-41] Jacob Stehly was one of the elders of the church in the years 1774 and 1775; [50] Stephen Stehli was one of the trustees of the church in the year 1785.” –shb 3 Dec 2006

1791, JANUARY 15–DEED FOR PETER STAILEY’S ESTATE (THIS IS THE PETER WHO MARRIED SARAH SALOME ___) DOES NOT NAME STEPHEN AS A SURVIVOR OR HEIR.  For a time, I thought Stephen might be a son of Peter Stailey (m. Sarah Salome), and not his brother, but I feel this is disproved, by the following record: “Stehly Report,” compiled for the Historical Society of York County, Edith Beard Cannon, researcher, No. 19, “Evidences of the STEHLY Families of York County [Pennsylvania], Before the Year 1850, prepared in the Year 1948, File 3262, copy mailed to shb by Katherine Staley, November 2006, p. 21:  “DEEDS (continued) – 2G, 140 – 15 Jan 1791.  Jacob Staley and Elizabeth his wife, Sarah Staley, Junior, and Sarah Staley, widow and relict of Peter Staley, deceased, all of Berkeley County, Virginia:  to Melchor Staley:  power of attorney to sell two contiguous tracts of land in Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania, 1) 152 acres, 70 perches, 2) 7 acres, 37 perches, – parts of a larger tract surveyed to Henry Grove in pursuance of a warrant of resurvey divided off the same for Peter Staley 15 Aug 1771 and conveyed by the said Henry Grove and Mary his wife to Peter Staley by indenture dated 31 Aug 1771, and of which said Peter Staley died owner.”

[next deed listed]:

1791, DECEMBER 9–DEED TEXT:  “Stehly Report” (see above), p. 21: 2G, 519 – 9 Dec 1791.  Melchor Stailey and Peter Stailey, both of Berkeley County, Virginia, legal representatives of the estate of Peter Stailey, late of Chancefore Township, York County, Pennsylvania, deceased): to George Elies of Chanceford Township, farmer: for L300: the tracts as in 2G, 140.  The indenture states that Peter Stailey left to survive him, – Jacob Stailey, Melchor Stailey, Peter Stailey, Saray [sic–shb] Stailey, the Younger, and Sarah Stailey, the widow.”  –shb 3 Jan 2007

1813, AUGUST 3–MARRIES NANCY KUENDIG? “Stehly Report” (see below), p. 9, lists marriages of Staleys at the register of the First Reformed Church, York, Pennsylvania, and of Trinity-First Reformed Church, of which three are given, including “[6346] 3 Aug 1813 – Stephen Stehle – Nancy Kuendig.”  Since the 1783 tax list shows Stephen with five inhabitants in his household, this would mean an earlier wife died?  Or this marriage could refer to another Stephen in the family (see my Legacy ID Nos. 892 and 24285).  –shb 11 Dec 2006

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2 Responses to “Stephen Stehly, s/o Jacob and Ana Eva __, (m. Margreth ___), d. aft 28 Mar 1785, of Chanceford, York, Pennsylvania”

  1. Sharon Carter Says:

    Does anyone know how the four Revolutionary War soldiers of Germany township relate, either to each other, or to other known Staley families? I suspect that Christopher Steeley may be the Christopher Stealey who appears in Monongalia County, (West) Virginia in 1795.

    Sharon Carter

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