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Who is father of Jeremiah Stilwell b 1739
Posted by: L A Losh (ID *****2090) Date: October 10, 2011 at 16:12:39
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My ancestor is Lemuel J. Stilwell (born c 1780 Md or Pa - boundary dispute may account for this confusion - died 1853 in Preston Co Va/became WV in 1863).

His father was Jeremiah Stilwell (born c 1739 - died 1821 in Monongalia Co, Va/ later WV. He is buried in Morgantown, Monongalia Co, WV).

Most records indicate that Jeremiah's father was Elias Stillwell of the Tonoloway Settlement and of which a good bit is written. However, the book "History of the Stilwells" by Benjamin Marshall Stilwell published in New York in 1876 has me rather confused. On page 282, he states that the son of Jeremiah Stilwell (b 1676, 5th son of Capt. Richard Stilwell) had a son named Jeremiah who was born in 1725 and settled in Morgantown, Va. (now WV).

Thus I am stumped as to whether the father of Lemuel is Jeremiah b.1739 (son of Elias) or Jeremiah b. 1725, (son of Jeremiah b 1676). Both Jeremiah's are rather old to be Lemuel's father so there may be even another Jeremiah in there.

Also note:
1. Lemuel's death records states his parents were Jeremiah and Catherine. The Jeremiah which is the son of Elias did have a wife named Catherine (1745-1804).
2. Lemuel lived in Preston Co which is next to Monongalia Co. Both counties are close to the Tonoloway area.
3. There were 2 Jeremiah Stilwells living in Morgantown - I believe them to be the father and brother of Lemuel. The younger Jeremiah c 1786- 1855 was the son of Jeremiah and C. Stilwell.

So, any clues as to which is the "correct" Jeremiah father of Lemuel?

Thank you.

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