DESCENDANTS OF JOHN STAGGERS
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John Staggers was born about 1785. He married ----- Maple. The
family lived in Green County PA. They reportedly had five sons and six
Known children of John and ----- (Maple) Staggers.
2. (1). Harvey b.Aug 24 1822 d. 1894
2.HARVEY STAGGERS 1.JOHN STAGGERS
Harvey Staggers, a son of John and ----- (Maple) Staggers, was born
in Greene County PA August 24, 1822 and died in Monongalia County WV in
1894. He married Alice Shriver. Alice was born in Greene County in 1819
and died in Monongalia County in 1851.
The family moved from Greene County PA to Monongalia County VA (WV)
Known children of Harvey and Alice (Shriver) Staggers.
3. (1). Adam b.Jul 31 1844 d.Jun 11 1929
m.Caroline Virginia Kern
3.ADAM STAGGERS 2.HARVEY STAGGERS 1.JOHN STAGGERS
Adam Staggers, a son of Harvey and Alice (Shriver) Staggers,
was born July 31, 1844 in Greene County, PA, and died June 11, 1929 in
Enid, OK. He married Caroline Virginia Kern in Monongalia County WV
December 24, 1865. Caroline, a daughter of James and Mary (Guseman)
Kern, was born January 21, 1845 in Monongalia County and died February
22, 1928 in Winfield, KS.
Adam Staggers came to Monongalia County with his parents in 1847.
Adam enlisted in the 17th W.Va. Volunteer Infantry July 1, 1864 and
was mustered out as Sargeant Major July 11, 1865.
The family moved to Logan county, IL in March 1871. There, in the
district where he resided, he taught school for eleven consecutive
years. In 1882, they settled in Cowley County, KS.
Children of Adam and Caroline (Kern) Staggers.
4. (1). George Arthur b.Sep 04 1866 d.Nov 15 1967
m. Edith E. ----------- Jan 27 1894
5. (2). Charles A. b.Feb 1868
6. (3). Jessie Lee b. 1870 d.Jul 01 1943
m. William H. Burdick Dec 25 1894
7. (4). Dorsey Fitch b. 1873 d.Aug 11 1874
8. (5). William M. b.Jul 17 1875 d.Apr 23 1942
9. (6). Mary Alberta b.Jul 28 1877 d.Dec 11 1950
m.George Harvey Cole Jan 26 1901
10. (7). Shriver Pearl b.Apr 07 1880 d.May 13 1969
m.Fleeta So Carpenter Dec 24 1908
11. (8). Anna Kline b.Mar 31 1882 d.Jan 31 1901
12. (9). Caroline Hope b.Dec 23 1884 d.Feb 1974
m.Donald H. Rowland Jun 26 1907
13. (10). Henry M. b.Sep 30 1887 d.Oct 1977
m. Alva ----- ( Oct 22 1886- Mar 1984)
14. (11). Hazel Kern b.Aug 15 1891 d.Oct 05 1988
m. Cash Martin Chappell Jun 1 1910
4.GEORGE ARTHUR STAGGERS 3.ADAM STAGGERS 2.HARVEY STAGGERS
George Arthur Staggers, a son of Adam and Caroline (Kern) Staggers,
was born September 04, 1866 in Monongalia County, WV and died November
15, 1967 in Corpus Christi, TX. He married Edith E. ------ January 27,
1894. She was born in June 1875 in IL and died in 1956 in Corpus
Notes for GEORGE ARTHUR STAGGERS:
MASON HONORED BY FRATERNITY (Jay Schempf)
George Staggers, 100th Birthday (Corpus Christi Caller- 9 -7-1966)
Born in Morgantown, W. Va., in 1866, Staggers was the son of a
school teacher. He was 16 when his father took the family to KS, and
when he was 26, Staggers was one of the hundreds of persons who waited
at the starting line at high noon, Sept. 15, 1892, in order to dash for
a claim in the famous Cherokee Strip land rush in what is now OK.
Staggers still recalls that he rode 22 miles into the strip before
making his claim at an old abandoned ranch. And he chuckles when he
mentions a claim jumper who tried to "con" him off the land.
"I told him to get off," Staggers says, "and he said he'd contest
my claim. I said we'd settle it right there. I went down to my camp
and got my six-gun, and when I turned back, he was taking off to the
Staggers was married Jan. 27, 1894, and he and his wife lived in
Lamont, OK, for many years. Although he finally sold his property in
the strip to try farming near Littlefield, Texas, Staggers still thinks
of "the claim" near Lamont as his home.
Mr. and Mrs. Staggers celebrated their golden wedding anniversary
in 1944. They had eight children. Mrs. Staggers died in 1956, and
Staggers has lived with his son-in-law and daughter at their home here
at 222 Leming.
He is a life member of the Littlefield Masonic Lodge No. 1161, and
is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter and Council,
Scottish Rite Body and the Order of the Shrine.
Children of George and Edith E. Staggers.
15. (1). Kenneth d. 1992
16. (2). June
m. Duane Orr
17. (3). Virginia
18. (4). Helen A. b.Apr 1895
19. (5). Farnum A. b.Sep 11 1896 d.Jul 30 1988
m Merle ---------
20. (6). Elton d.Mar 29 1977
21. (7). Sherman b.Nov 1897
22. (8). Elton b.Jan 22 1900 d.Aug 1982
5.CHARLES A. STAGGERS 3.ADAM STAGGERS 2.HARVEY STAGGERS 1.JOHN
Charles A. Staggers, a son of Adam and Caroline (Kern) Staggers, was
born February 1868 in Monongalia County, WV and died in OK. He married
Mollie Taylor. Mollie, a daughter of John and Delilah (Martin) Taylor,
was born in January 1873.
Notes for CHARLES A STAGGERS:
Charles Staggers was in the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1893. Purchased claim
to Section SW 3-23-3 (Salt Fork Township) Patented 1902. He moved
to Stillwater for a year will his son Paul Staggers went to college
Children of Charles A. and Mollie (Taylor) Staggers.
23. (1). Paul
24. (2). LLoyd d.age 14
25. (3). Neal b.Aug 1898
26. (4). Clarence W. b.Oct 3 1901
6.JESSIE LEE STAGGERS 3.ADAM STAGGERS 2.HARVEY STAGGERS 1.JOHN
Jessie Lee Staggers, a daughter of Adam and Caroline (Kern)
Staggers, was born in 1870 in Monongalia County, WV and died July 01,
1943 in Winfield, KS. She married William H. Burdick December 25, 1894.
He was born 1867 in Winfield, KS and died there September 30, 1934.
Children of William H. and Jessie Lee (Staggers) Burdick.
27. (1). Caroline b.May 22 1901 d.Dec 05 1985
28. (2). Elizabeth b.Feb 17 1903 d.Sep 27 1992
m. Donald William Bucklin (Dec 25 1904-Jun 04 1957)
8.WILLIAM M. STAGGERS 3.ADAM STAGGERS 2.HARVEY STAGGERS 1.JOHN
William M. Staggers, a son of Adam and Caroline (Kern) Staggers, was
born July 17, 1875 in Broadwell, IL and died April 23, 1942 in
Coffeyville, KS. His spouse is unknown.
Children of William M. Staggers.
29. (1). Audrey
30. (2). Son
31. (3). Fred L.
32. (4). Evelyn Jean
9.MARY ALBERTA STAGGERS 3.ADAM STAGGERS 2.HARVEY STAGGERS
Mary Alberta Staggers, a daughter of Adam and Caroline (Kern)
Staggers, was born July 28, 1877 in Illinois, and died December 11, 1950
in Winfield, KS. She married George Harvey Cole January 26, 1901.
George, a son of George and Nancy (Ward) Cole, was born October 09, 1871
in WS and died January 10, 1919 in Winfield, KS.
Notes for GEORGE HARVEY COLE:
Obituary - George Harvey Cole-January 10, 1919
Mrs. N. Jennie Cole and Miss Phebie Cole, together with W. H. Cole
and wife and family, went to Winfield last Friday in response to a
message received that morning, conveying the sad news that G. H. Cole,
who lived north of that city, had died that morning. At first the
relatives supposed that death had been caused by the influenza or its
complications, but upon reaching Winfield it was learned that his death
had been caused by the accidental discharge of a shotgun, which he had
borrowed from a neighbor.
Last spring, Mr. Cole set out a fine young orchard and during the
recent cold spell the rabbits, deprived of other sources of food supply,
were badly damaging his young trees by gnawing them. So to protect the
trees from total destruction Mr. Cole borrowed a 12-gage shotgun from a
neighbor with the hopes that its continued use would rid him of the
pests. Friday morning he took the gun from the house with the remark
that he would hunt rabbits as he went to the pasture for the horses. In
a short time the family heard a shot and one of the small sons, who at
the time was getting ready for school, made the remark that "Daddy had
got another rabbit."
Shortly after that a neighbor came in and inquired for Mr. Cole and was
told that he had gone to the pasture for the horses and after chatting
for a short time, started out to find him. His route led him past the
workshop and as the door stood open, it was but natural that he should
glance in and he was horrified to discover Mr. Cole lying lifeless upon
the floor. The Coroner was at once brought to the scene and a verdict
arrived at was that the unfortunate man had tripped over a piece of
heavy wire near the door and had fallen. In some manner, the gun was
discharged and the charges striking just above the right eye, claimed
its victim instantly.
Mr. Cole was 47 years of age and was the oldest son of George S.
and Jennie Cole. He was born in Wisconsin and at the age of five years,
came to Kansas with his parents. His entire life was spent upon a farm
and the splendid condition of things around his premises clearly
indicated the thoroughness in which he did his work. If a neighbor was
in sickness or other distress no weather was too severe to prevent him
from going to their assistance. By his untimely death the family is
deprived of a loving husband and father and the community loses an
honorable, progressive American citizen, whose place in their affairs
can never be replaced. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Harold and
Ward, aged 13 and 10 years, two daughters, Marjorie, aged 4 and Ruth,
aged 15 months, his mother, Mrs. N. Jennie Cole, of Cedar Vale, W. H.
and Miss Phebie, of the same place, Everett V., of Minco, Okla., Mrs. A.
E. Benn, of Cut Bank, Mont and Mrs. I.C. Foster, of Patagonia, AZ.
Notes of Ward M. Cole on his father's funeral
The funeral was in January and there was a lot of snow on the
ground. The funeral was held in the front room of the home. Due to the
depth of the snow, the gas powered hearse couldn't make it so they used
a horse drawn hearse. One thing that Ward remembered (he was 10 at the
time) is that one of the wagon wheels had a broken spoke.
When they got to the cemetery and it was time to lower the casket
they discovered that they had forgotten the ropes used for that purpose.
They thereupon removed the straps from the horses and used them to lower
the casket into the ground.
Children of George Harvey and Mary Alberta (Staggers) Cole.
33. (1). Harold Spencer b.Dec 04 1905 d.Jul 09 1977
m. Ellen O. Kirby 1929
34. (2). Marjorie Ethel b.Jul 24 1915 d.Jun 24 1967
35. (3). Ruth
36. (4). Ward M.
10.SHRIVER PEARL STAGGERS 3.ADAM STAGGERS 2.HARVEY STAGGERS
Shriver Pearl Staggers, a son of Adam and Caroline (Kern) Staggers,
was born April 07, 1880 in Elkhart, IL and died May 13, 1969 in
Winfield, KS. He married Fleeta Soe Carpenter December 24, 1908.
Fleeta, a daughter of J. and Sarah (Jones) Carpenter, was born July 17,
1889 in Shelby County, IL and died August 05, 1963 in Wichita, KS.
Children of Shriver Pearl and Fleeta Soe (Carpenter) Staggers.
37. (1). Frances
m. ------ Saffle
38. (2). Mildred
m.Ykls J. Lassiter April 19, 1937
39. (3). Zella
40. (4). Irma Delia b.Mar 16 1910 d.Jul 05 1913
12.CAROLINE HOPE STAGGERS 3.ADAM STAGGERS 2.HARVEY STAGGERS
Caroline Hope Staggers, a daughter of Adam and Caroline (Kern)
Staggers, was born December 23, 1884 in IL and died in February 1974 in
Fort Smith, AR. She married Donald H. Rowland June 26, 1907 in
Winfield, KS. He died about 1965.
Children of Donald H. and Caroline Hope (Staggers) Rowland.
41. (1). Betty d.Jan 08 1988
m. Joseph Davids (Sep 21 1916-Sep 11 1992)
42. (2). Jack
14.HAZEL KERN STAGGERS 3.ADAM STAGGERS 2.HARVEY STAGGERS 1.JOHN
Hazel Kern Staggers, a daughter of Adam and Caroline (Kern)
Staggers, was born August 15, 1891 in Winfield, KS and died October 05,
1988 in Decatur, IL. She married Cash Martin Chappell June 01,
1910. He was born January 01, 1888 in Winfield, KS and died November
05, 1951 in Kirksville, MO.
Notes for HAZEL KERN STAGGERS:
Obituary of Hazel Kern Chappell - October 1988
Hazel Kern Chappell, 97, chief juvenile probation officer in Macon
County for 32 years, died 11;30 P.M. Wednesday (October., 5, 1988) in
Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Services will be 1 P.M. Saturday in Grace United Methodist Church.
visitation will be 5 to 8 P.M. Friday in Dawson & Wikoff West Wood
Street Funeral Home. Arrangements are by Ater Memorial Home, Blue
Mound. BurIAl will be in Graceland Cemetery.
Mrs. Chappel was born in Winfield, KS., daughter of Adam and
Caroline Virginia Kern Staggers. She married C. M. Chappell in 1910.
He died in 1951.
Mrs. Chappell retired as probation officer in 1971. She got the
job in 1939, one of 40 applicants. Her husband was ill at the time.
There were five children to provide for. She had been working in the
Decatur township relief office.
On her application she noted; "When my husband gets better, if
someone else needs the job I'll be glad to resign."
She stayed on because she said it wasn't just a "job," it was a
continuing love for the children who came under her supervision. She
estimated she was involved in court cases with at least 6,000 children
in adoptions, dependency or delinquency.
"Statistics are necessary for accurate records," she conceded, "but
when I'm working with a child, he is a person and not just a set of
facts set down on paper."
Her work habits were energetic. In the corridors of the Macon
County Building, her pace was closer to run than a walk.
She was involved with children off the job, too. She helped
organize the Garfield School Parent-Teacher Association, worked in the
Roosevelt Junior High School PTA, was president of the Decatur High
School PTA and taught a Sunday School class at Grace United Methodist
"My main interest is to live very close to my children in school,
church and community life," she once said. "I have never regarded the
children as a burden but rather a privilege to being a parent and I hope
I have not failed them."
She listed her hobbies as singing, cooking, keeping house,
knitting, collecting bone china cups and saucers.
Children of Cash Martin and Hazel Virginia (Staggers) Chappell.
43. (1). Geraldine Virginia b.Apr 24 1911 d.Dec 24 1997
44. (2). Rex Lavere b.Nov 17 1917 d. 1945
m. Eleanor Allsup September 01, 1940
45. (3). Scott Cornell b.Jan 14 1923 d.Jan 0, 1988
m. Marilyn Ritter January 10, 1948
Whittaker, Sylvia and Don Norman, "Descendants of Michael Kern"
Whittaker, Sylvia, "Descendants of Michael Criss"