Solomon Stamper
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Solomon Stamper
Born
Feb 27 1820
Died
Oct 11 1888
Aged
68 yrs  7 M  14 Days
His Spirit is in our fathers house
where the children of his love
are gathered

   If you are researching the Stamper family, you may have noticed more than one Solomon Stamper. I know of two Solomon Stampers who both served in the Civil War. My great great Grandfather was one of those two. All I know of him are a few stories passed down through the family, information found through genealogical research, and this headstone.
   Solomon was born in Ashe County North Carolina to parents William Stamper and Peggy Baldwin. He was born the same year Daniel Boone died, and no doubt heared or read many accounts of those early american pioneers. At a young age, he left North Carolina, most likely through the same Cumberland Gap that Boone traveled. He traveled through Kentucky, and at the age of twenty one, married Margaret Arthur in Green Co. Indiana, April 10th, 1841. Margaret was born 1819 in Kentucky.
   The 1860 census shows three children, daughters Frankey J, and Ludanna, and one son William Marion. The 1870 census shows the same, but Ludanna is replaced by Tabitha who is five years younger than Ludanna. Solomon, Margaret, and William Marion are all buried here is Camden County Missouri. I have been told by my oldest living family member at the time, that Frankey never married and that she is buried here too, in the Old Linn Creek Cemetery. But there are no readable stones there for her. I know nothing about Tabitha. Tabitha is a mystery, and Frankeys resting place is a mystery.
   According to my research, Solomon joined the Union Army, Company I, 82nd Indiana Infantry, on August 27, 1862 and was a private throughout his service. My great Grandfather, William Marion Stamper, was seven years old then. I have available in pdf, "the History of the Eighty-Second Indiana Volunteer Infantry", 274 pages, written in 1893. Solomon is listed on page 274. It does not give the date of his
discharge.
   I estimate the year to be 1878 when William Marion Stamper and his wife Elvira Demaris Bland, daughter of William Bland and Mary Skinner, came to Camden county by wagon. William would have been 23 years old at the time. Stories he told his grand daughter, who in turn told me, spoke of several families traveling together, the men walking every step of the way and hunting for food as they went.
   William Bland is buried here in Camden county, and Elvira's brother Mack Bland lived here as well. It is entirely possible that they came here in the same wagon train. I am sure that the other wagons carried relatives or close friends on this grand adventure.
   They first settled at Salt (Sault) Ridge, just accross from the old "Ridder" schoolhouse. Salt ridge road is now what is called state road "A", about a mile from the new town of Linn Creek. The school property now owned by Nicky Williams. About a half mile from where I am now sitting as I write these words.
   Feb. 3, 1879, my great uncle James Dallas Stamper was born. Then sometime during the next two years, they decided to go back to Indiana, presumably to get Williams parents Solomon and Margaret Stamper. Nov. 23, 1882, while still in Indiana, My grandfather William Earnest Stamper was born.
   After that, the whole family, including Solomon, now 63 years old, and his wife Margaret, departed Indiana probably in 1883, to live out the rest of their lives here in central Missouri.
   (more to come later)