James Mitchel Stubbart1

(17 March 1854 - 5 July 1941)
James Mitchel Stubbart|b. 17 Mar 1854\nd. 5 Jul 1941|p599.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|John Stubbart Sr.|b. 17 Mar 1797|p724.htm|Anne Oram|b. 11 Aug 1800|p725.htm|Robert Mitchell||p1491.htm|Mary Brown||p1492.htm|
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Stubbart Ancestry
Descendants of Mathew Stubbart
Descendants of Freman Brown
James M. Stubbart
     James Mitchel Stubbart was born on 17 Mar 1854 in Alton, Illinois.3,4,5,6,2,7,8,9 He was ill with typhoid fever at about 15. After graduating high school, James taught school for a year in Tabor before attending Shurtleff College in Shurtleff College, Upper Alton, Illinois from 1874 to 1875. He apparently lived with one of his uncles, James Mitchel. The 74-75 class book lists him in the Junior class.10,11,12 Following his time at Shurtleff, James attended Tabor College or Christian Church College Tabor College or Christian Church College, Tabor, Mills County, Iowa, about five miles from his home.13,14 His daughter later wrote that "after college at Tabor, he started teaching again. He also helped his father, doing carpenter work and farming, when not teaching in the winter." He apparently also worked on riverboats and/or as a surveyor/geologist for a time during 1876. All in all, stories of James's youth portray an intelligent, capable man who applied himself to whatever task was at hand.15 He was baptised on 5 May 1878 in Elm Creek, Iowa, by R.J. Anthony.16,17 He married May A. Brown, daughter of Freeman R. Brown and Louisa A. Wood, on 9 Nov 1879 in Glenwood, Mills County, Iowa.18,17 On 22 May 1880James Mitchel Stubbart was ordained an Elder by E. C. Brand. He preached his first sermon the following Sunday, and thereafter usually preached from one to three sermons every Sunday.19,16,17,20 In 1885 James Mitchel Stubbart and May A. Brown relocated to what would eventually become Octavia in Butler County, Nebraska.21 Again according to their daughter Pearl, "the Railroad laid out a site of 160 acres cornering the farm. James applied for the Post Office and got the job as the first Post Master of Octavia which he had helped to name. He built the building combining the post office with a notion store, and a residence. He was Post Master for 10 years from 1889 to 1899. He also taught in the winter ...."20,22 He was later commissioned as a notary public.23 He was included in a group photo taken say 1886. James and May are pictured with two young girls, presumably Effie Louisa and Pearl May. Four more children were born here over the next decade: sons Ira, John, and James, and another daughter Dolly Ann who died in infancy.
     James Mitchel Stubbart and May A. Brown moved to Lamoni, Decatur County, Iowa, in 1899.20 He made a living as a grocer for the next decade. He was ordained on 18 Apr 1901 to the Second (RLDS) Quorum of Seventies.17,24 He was included in a group photo taken circa 1902.
     About this time, James was posted to the church's Colorado mission. His mother Margaret (now Blythe) had requested his help with some real estate matters, so the church council gave James permission to visit her in Utah when she needed him. This he did, and also visited his half-siblings in the area.25,26 By 1910, James Mitchel Stubbart and May A. Brown were living in Malvern, Mills County, Iowa.27 James was widowed by May's death on 30 Apr 1912 in Lamoni, Decatur County, Iowa, of a stomach tumor28 after several years of illness.29,17,30,31
     James Mitchel Stubbart moved to Crook County, Wyoming, in 1915 where he took out a homestead claim adjoining his son John's.32,30 He was issued a land patent on 11 Jan 1921 in Newcastle, Wyoming, for 307.29 acres proved under the 1862 Homestead Act.33 He was issued a land patent on 20 Mar 1922 in Newcastle, Wyoming, for another 300+ acres, giving him a 615 acre spread.34 However, he apparently did not stay in Wyoming for very many years afterward. James remained with his daughter's household for most of his remaining years, where he continued to teach and minister for the church as well as caring for "hot-beds and early plants" and raising "a good-sized garden" in the summers.35 By 1938 his granddaughters had moved to Kansas City for work, and in September that year Pearl went with her son Richard to enroll him in Iowa University in Iowa City. James "stayed alone a short time, then decided to go to the Saint's Home" in Independence, on the advice of the local bishop. He continued holding meetings and teaching religious classes there, until his failing health would no longer allow it.26 James Mitchel died in Independence Sanitarium, Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, on 5 Jul 1941 at 87 of "accute [sic] coronary disease."36,37,9,38 He was buried circa 7 Jul 1941 in Rose Hill Cemetery, Lamoni, Decatur County, Iowa, . Elder F. M. McDowell presided.38,9

Last Edited=September 2, 2007

Children of James Mitchel Stubbart and May A. Brown

Citations

  1. Unknown subject, n.d., researcher's files, Laguna Niguel, Orange County, California, p. 1.
  2. Pearl Wilcox, Roots of the RLDS in Southern Iowa (unk.: unk., unk.).
  3. James M. Stubbart household household, 1900 United States Census, Iowa, Decatur County, Lamoni, ED 44, Sheet 4, dw/fam 85, lines 39-47. NARA. T623.
  4. ED 32, Sheet 24B, family 37, dwelling 37, line 61. household, 1920 United States Census, Wyoming, Carbon County, unknown cd2. NARA. T625.
  5. Unknown subject, n.d. researcher's files, p 1.
  6. Unknown author, RLDS Membership Record (n.p.: n.pub., unk).
  7. May Elliott, "Biography of James M. Stubbart", The Saints Herald, 16 Apr 1938, p. 492.
  8. P. 3, dwelling 14, family 14 household, 1870 United States Census, Nebraska, Dodge County, unknown cd2. Abstract received in correspondence with Bob Bixby NARA. Unknown volume.
  9. J. M. Stubbart, Death Certificate 21826 (7 July 1941), Missouri State Archives, 600 W.Main St./P O Box 1747, Jefferson City, Missouri.
  10. Unknown subject, n.d. researcher's files, p. 8.
  11. May Elliott, "Biography of James M. Stubbart", 16 Apr 1938, p. 492.
  12. Shurtleff College class book, 1874-1875, p. 9. James is listed as a Pleasant Valley, Neb. resident.
  13. May Elliott, "Biography of James M. Stubbart", 16 Apr 1938, p. 494.
  14. Unknown subject, n.d. researcher's files, p. 21.
  15. Unknown subject, n.d. researcher's files, p. 12-13, 21.
  16. Unknown name of person unknown record type, unknown repository, P.O. Box 1059, Independence, Jackson County, Missouri.
  17. Pearl Wilcox, Roots of the RLDS.
  18. Unknown subject, n.d. researcher's files, p. 21, "On November 9, 1879, James married May A. Brown, daughter of his step mother. They were married by Elder J R Anthony. Mathew, his father, and Marshall, his brother, signed the marriage certificate, which I have in my possession." (Pearl Stafford).
  19. Unknown subject, n.d. researcher's files, p. 23 lists the date as 23 May. The church record is judged more reliable in this instance..
  20. May Elliott, "Biography of James M. Stubbart, Part II", The Saints Herald, 23 Apr 1938, p. 524.
  21. Unknown subject, n.d. researcher's files, p. 22.
  22. Unknown subject, n.d. researcher's files, p. 23.
  23. An unidentified newspaper clipping, received from Bob Bixby.
  24. Unknown subject, n.d. researcher's files, p. 24.
  25. May Elliott, "Biography of James M. Stubbart, Part II", 23 Apr 1938, p. 525.
  26. Unknown subject, n.d. researcher's files.
  27. Audrey Stubbart, The Centenarians (n.p.: HCOA, unknown publish date), 2, John and Audrey met in secondary school, implying that they were acquainted at her known residence (Mills County, Iowa) before their marriage in 1911. Of course, it's also possible that the secondary school Audrey refers to in her memoir is in Douglas County, Missouri, the site of their marriage..
  28. John P. Stubbart, Kansas City Life Insurance Policy Application #828309 (Kansas City, Missouri: Kansas City Life Insurance Company, signed by applicant 20 Apr 1939). copy taken from Judy Murphy's papers.. Hereinafter cited as John Stubbart life insurance application.
  29. Unknown subject, n.d. researcher's files, p. 58.
  30. May Elliott, "Biography of James M. Stubbart, Part III", The Saints Herald, 30 Apr 1938, p. 559.
  31. John Stubbart life insurance application, p. 2.
  32. Audrey Stubbart, Roush, The Centenarians, 2, "John worked as a carpenter with his father. They built our log house with the help of neighbors on a 640-acre homestead, but not before we lived for a while in a tent.".
  33. Homestead deed for James M. Stubbart, no. 013806; Bureau of Land Management; Newcastle, Wyoming.
  34. Homestead deed for James M. Stubbart, no. 021248; Bureau of Land Management; Newcastle, Wyoming.
  35. May Elliott, "Biography of James M. Stubbart, Part III", 30 Apr 1938, p. 560.
  36. Unknown subject, n.d. researcher's files, p. 82.
  37. Unknown name of person unknown record type, unknown repository, P.O. Box 1059, Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, lists the date as 6 Jul 1941.
  38. Unknown author, Briefs (obituary for J. M. Stubbart) (n.p.: n.pub., 19 July 1941).