My mother-in-law gave me a typewritten paper from a relative with a summary of her family lore concerning ancestor John Stampley. Can anyone confirm/deny this info? This is my wife's 4G Grandfather.
John Stampley came to America from Switzerland in 1763. He was the son of Jacob Stampley who was born on 9th of August 1700 and died in 1754 and brother of Henry Stampley who died in the Natchez Dist. in 1789. H married in 1775 MArtha Phoebe Curtis, Daughter of Richard Curtis S, and Mrs. Phoebe Jones of Dnwiddie County Virginia. John Stampley served in the Revolutionary War in Virginia and the Northwest under General George Rogers Clark. They came to the Natchez District in the spring of 1780 with the Curtis Band. Eidently, John Stampley was a man of influence, for he was given a grant of land where the Dunleith Etate is and was surveyed for him prior to 1797. A home site between Hope Farm and the Duncan Estate now Duncan Park, Natchez was also surveyed for him according to a Thesis of Natchez. He was granted 200 arees in a Spanish Grant dated June 20, 1790 and was living on it October 27, 1795. He was President of the Legislature Council of Mississippi Territory in 1801 and 1802. A monument erected in front of Jefferson College, Washington, Miss. (a bit of doggrel describes him “Little John Stampley, Fills the chair quite amply.”). Tradition tells us the name Sampley was originally Sauffley and German-Swiss.