John Perry DeForest Stubbart

(8 September 1890 - 17 December 1965)
John Perry DeForest Stubbart|b. 8 Sep 1890\nd. 17 Dec 1965|p16.htm|James Mitchel Stubbart|b. 17 Mar 1854\nd. 5 Jul 1941|p599.htm|May A. Brown|b. 30 Aug 1862\nd. 30 Apr 1912|p631.htm|Matthew Stubbart|b. 26 Jun 1826\nd. 20 Apr 1899|p722.htm|Margaret Mitchell|b. 9 Jun 1824\nd. 13 Jan 1911|p723.htm|Freeman R. Brown|b. c 1825|p748.htm|Louisa A. Wood|b. Aug 1826\nd. 25 Feb 1914|p760.htm|
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Stubbart Ancestry
Descendants of Mathew Stubbart
Descendants of Freman Brown
     John Perry DeForest Stubbart was born on 8 Sep 1890 in Octavia, Butler County, Nebraska.1,2,3,4,5 He was included in a group photo taken circa 1897 in Octavia, Butler County, Nebraska. S.P. Brown, photographer. He was included in a group photo taken circa 1902. He was educated between 1903 and 1911 at the same school as Audrey Morford and Myrtle Lyon in Lamoni, Decatur County, Iowa, He finished the eighth grade there and "went away to ninth grade."6 John aspired to be an artist in his youth, and the few remaining samples of his early artwork show great promise. A sad accident prevented this calling, however, when "the gun barrel burst on [his] shot gun and blew off [his] right thumb."7 John was only 19 at the time. Undeterred, the would-be artist switched to carpentry and made many fine gifts for his family over the years, including a rocking chair still treasured by his daughter and granddaughter. (memo segment missing).8 Audrey had moved to Seymore, Missouri with her family following her graduation. It wasn't long before he "packed up and came down" to see the girl who had captured his heart. John spent the winter in Seymore, and went for a marriage license the following February.8 He married Audrey Fay Morford, daughter of Francis Arlando Morford and Etta Belle Lyon, on 1 Feb 1911 in Tigres, Douglas County, Missouri. John was 20 and Audrey was 15.9,10 The newlyweds lived with Audrey's mother until John heard that his mother was ill.11 He was with his his mother May in Lamoni, Decatur County, Iowa, when May A. Brown died on 30 Apr 1912.12,13,14,15 He got a job hauling lumber in 1912 in Lamoni, Decatur County, Iowa.6 John stayed in Lamoni with his father, got a job hauling lumber, and wrote his young bride to come join him; they would live with his father and take care of John's grandmother.11 However Audrey was now carrying their first child, and as Enid Irene was born on her grandmother's Ozark homestead, either they delayed the move or they returned to Etta's home for the birth.
     It was a difficult birth, but that was little compared to the fears of the next several weeks. The superstitious midwife would not allow anyone to cut the infant's long, sharp fingernails, and by the time Enid was two weeks old an infection set into a scratch near the corner of her left eye. Seven pounds at birth, she was so frail six weeks later that her parents carried her on a pillow. The doctor provided little hope, insisting that even if the babe lived, which was unlikely, she would be blind and suffer permanent brain damage from the fever. Happily, he could not have been more wrong. Enid survived, her eyesight and her intellect were unimpaired, and the grateful family eventually relocated to Lamoni as planned.16
     John and Audrey lived in at his father's house, Lamoni, Decatur County, Iowa, from 1912-1915. Their son Veryl was probably born here.11,2 He was supported the family with his carpentry skills. 1916, at his father's urging,17John turned his hand to ranching in Wyoming.15 On 8 Aug 1916John and Audrey took up a 320 acre homestead claim ajoining his father's, 10 miles northwest of the Oshoto post office7 in Carbon County. Wyoming in the early 20th century was one of the last real frontiers left in the west. Neighbors were few and far between, as were mail deliveries, and the nearest telegraph office was thirty-two miles away.18 John and his father worked as carpenters and at a local sawmill to earn roofing and flooring, and built their log houses with the help of those scattered neighbors. John spent the next twenty-eight years as a sheep rancher and carpenter, while Audrey taught school, helped him keep the land, and raised five children with him.11,2
     The four-room log house where John and Audrey raised their family was never called a cabin. Audrey apparently inherited her mother's talent for making her family comfortable regardless of the circumstances. Her daughter Enid remembered lying on carpets on the cabin floor to keep out the cold Wyoming winters, and Audrey could entertain herself and her family with music from her cherished violin and the old treadle organ. Evenings were frequently spent sitting around the oil-cloth covered table listening to stories read aloud from scriptures or from church publications, by the light of a coal-oil lamp. But in spite of these treasured comforts, life on the Wyoming prairies was isolated. When Enid was ill with rheumatic fever five years after their arrival, neighbors kept horses saddled for a possible ride to tell of the child's death -- the fastest news service available. Thankfully, Enid survived, and the rides were saved for happier occasions.19
     In June of 1924, John received a land patent on his original homestead claim of 326 acres.20 Two years later he received the patent for a second claim,21 bringing his total holdings to over 640 acres of prime ranchland. On 25 Apr 1939 John Perry DeForest Stubbart took out a $2000 life insurance policy from the Kansas City Life Insurance Company, payable to the Farm Security Administration (contingent to his wife Audrey), presumably as a guarantee against a mortgage or lein, since the FSA is listed as a creditor. He was still in good health at the time, listing as relevant complaints only the long-missing thumb and "numerous small attacks" of rheumatism "only if he got wet or cold."5 In 1944, faced with John's declining health, John and Audrey sold the ranch and moved with their two youngest children to Independence, Missouri. They purchased a small two-story, three-bedroom house on a generous lot of land in the heart of Independence.2
     On 5 Jun 1964, John suffered a heart attack, and his health apparently failed thereafter. A second attack about 18 months later proved fatal.22 John Perry DeForest died at Independence Hospital in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, on 17 Dec 1965 at 75 years, 3 months and 9 days of age.2 He was buried in Mound Grove Cemetery.23
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Last Edited=December 13, 2007

Children of John Perry DeForest Stubbart and Audrey Fay Morford

  • Enid Irene Stubbart+ (5 Oct 1912 - 9 Jul 2005)
  • Veryl Winston Stubbart (additional info suppressed)
  • Donald P. Stubbart (additional info suppressed)
  • Carol Ardyce Stubbart (additional info suppressed)
  • Kenneth James Stubbart (additional info suppressed)


  1. James M. Stubbart household, 1900 United States Census, Iowa, Decatur County, Lamoni, ED 44, Sheet 4, dw/fam 85, lines 39-47. NARA. T623.
  2. Obituary for John Stubbart, Independence, Missouri, undated clipping, probably 18 Dec 1965.
  3. "Unknown article title", Social Security Death Index, online unknown url. Previously published in hard copy (n.p.:
  4. ED 32, Sheet 24B, family 37, dwelling 37, line 61 household, 1920 United States Census, Wyoming, Carbon County, unknown cd2. NARA. T625.
  5. John P. Stubbart, Kansas City Life Insurance Policy Application #828309 (Kansas City, Missouri: Kansas City Life Insurance Company, signed by applicant 20 Apr 1939), p. 1. copy taken from Judy Murphy's papers.. Hereinafter cited as John Stubbart life insurance application.
  6. Bernard Edelman, Centenarians: The Story of the 20th Century by the Americans Who Lived It (New York: Farrar, Strass and Giroux, 1999), p. 128.
  7. John Stubbart life insurance application.
  8. Bernard Edelman, Centenarians: The Story of the 20th Century, p. 127-8.
  9. John Stubbart and Audrey Morford marriage, 1 February 1911, Copy held by DeAnna Burghart, Laguna Niguel, CA. Original in possession of bride's daughter, Carol Kroeck, as of 2005.
  10. Bernard Edelman, Centenarians: The Story of the 20th Century, p. 12, 128.
  11. Bernard Edelman, Centenarians: The Story of the 20th Century, p. 128.
  12. Unknown subject, n.d., researcher's files, Laguna Niguel, Orange County, California, p. 58.
  13. Pearl Wilcox, Roots of the RLDS in Southern Iowa (unk.: unk., unk.).
  14. May Elliott, "Biography of James M. Stubbart, Part III", The Saints Herald, 30 Apr 1938, p. 559.
  15. John Stubbart life insurance application, p. 2.
  16. Enid S. DeBarthe, Quest for Understanding (Lamar, Missouri: Little Eagle Publishing, 2006), p. v-vi..
  17. Bernard Edelman, Centenarians: The Story of the 20th Century, p.128.
  18. Enid S. DeBarthe, Quest for Understanding, p. iv.
  19. Enid S. DeBarthe, Quest for Understanding, p. iii,.
  20. Homestead deed for John P. Stubbart, no. 021249; Bureau of Land Management; Newcastle, Wyoming.
  21. Homestead deed for John P. Stubbart, no. 022363; Bureau of Land Management; Buffalo, Wyoming.
  22. John Stubbart Obituary, undated clipping, probably 18 Dec 1965.
  23. John Stubbart Obituary, undated clipping, probably 18 Dec 1965.