Glenn: LaDonna Heffner has done all of the research on the "Stepleton" side of the family and I am sure she can provide documentation from the book that she published.
As far as my family went, Solomon Stapleton, who was a brother to your John Stapleton (1774-1850) was always a Stapleton. His tombstone reads Solomon STIPELTON. In the 1830 census the name was spelled Steepleton, in 1840 Stippleton, in 1850 Stibbleton and 1860 it was spelled Stepleton. So I am not sure why they were trying to change the name from Stapleton to Stebleton??? I always felt that it was the way the Germans spelled or pronounced Stapleton. I have found 24 different spellings and configurations of the name in different census and legal documents.
Solomon's son Jacob S. Stebleton (1830-1907) who is buried in Batavia, IA always spelled his name Stebleton, on both his marriage license, his land records, his will and his death certificate. Jacob S. Stebleton was my great-grandfather. So my family has spelled the name Stebleton since the middle 1850's or earlier. Leon
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