PO Box 250

Silver City, NM 88062

Table of Contents

Stockman Family Newsletter

Volume 16 Number 3


Lucille Wilson receives Pioneer Award


Al Norris - Master Gardener


Reunion 2002, 19th, 20th, and 21st, July


What to Bring for the Auction


Reservations at Motels and for RVers


How to Find your Way


Mary Blackburn Stockman


Bruce Bixler 1928-2001


Texas Stockmans, Who Are They?


Jack Stockman


Texas Stockman Death Records - An Update


Mount Olive Cemetery


Some Irish Stockman Records


Kathryn Elizabeth Creehan - New Member of the Family


George & Peter Stuckman in Ohio


Jacob Whetstone


Canadian Stockmans in 1881


Editor Speaks








Volume 16, Number 3                               © Lee Stockman                                                     June 2002


Lucille Wilson receives Pioneer Award


            Lucille Wilson was selected by the New Mexico Association for Family and Community Education (NMAFCE) to receive their 2001 Pioneer Award. Formerly known as the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Homemakers the NMAFCE first presented the Pioneer Award in 1987 to recognize outstanding leadership and accomplishments in the community and in the state demonstrating the pioneering spirit which keeps New Mexico strong. Lucille was presented with the award at the Celebration of Achievements, an awards program presented by the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women on 22 September 2001 in Albuquerque, NM.

            Icey Lucille Wilson was born in LaLuz Canyon at the old Baker place on 29 Aug 1916. Her father, Walter Nichols had come with his parents to what was then Lincoln County and now is Otero County, NM from Comanche County Texas in the 1880's. Her mother Icey Izena Stockman (Young Hardy Stockman, Hardy Francis Stockman, Henry Stockman, Frederick Stockman and Katherine Disponet of the Texas branch of the family) came a few years later with her parents from Edwards County, TX. Lucille’s parents were married in Grant County, New Mexico but returned to Otero County where they began raising their family.

            Lucille’s mother died when she was nine years old and she had to learn to cook for her father, younger brother and two younger sisters. A relative gave Lucille a biscuit recipe which was written on the door casing of her girlhood home and can still be seen there today. She attended the one-room school house at La Luz through the eighth grade and remembers the final exams being sent from Santa Fe in 1929.

            Her father, Walter, moved the family to Grant County where he bought a goat ranch and Lucille attended school in Lordsburg. Because the family ranch was far from town, Lucille lived with a family and cared for their children, kept house and served as cook to pay her room and board as she attended highschool. She graduated from highschool and went to business college in El Paso, TX. In 1938 she met and married her husband of 64 years, Toad.

            In addition to raising their son, Lucille worked as a private secretary for a lawyer and an insurance Company. She has also managed a bowling alley. Before they retired, Lucille and Toad bought land in Cottonwood Canyon in 1969. They drove from El Paso every weekend to work on their land and build their dream home which they constructed themselves. 1n 1975 they both retired and moved into their new home which they named “Grass Roots”. Toad worked for 40 years for Standard Oil at their refinery in El Paso.

            “We retired up here because I always loved it here,” Lucille said. She remembers the land as the Nichols Fruit Farm, “home of the best fruit”.

            Lucille has been active in the Extension Service and a member of the Calico Family and Community Education Club (FCE), of which she was the first vice-president, since the 1980's. She served as state president, state secretary, district chairperson, cultural arts chairperson and is currently the News Mexico cultural arts chairperson for the FCE. Lucille originated the “Homemaker of the Year Award”. She thought it was important to recognize the role of the woman in the home. The first of the awards was given in 1987 and it has continued every year since.

            When Lucille was the state FCE president, she emphasized the importance of reading to young children, particularly those younger than a year. She initiated and put into action programs in New Mexico to bring literacy to the attention of parents, grandparents, and day-care providers.

lucillewilson1.jpgLucille Wilson, basket making Instructor at a class in Silver City, April 2002

                                                                          Lucille has also served as a teacher of basketry, presenting numerous workshops to FCE members over New Mexico for more than ten years. At the Scott Able 4-H camp in the Sacramento Mountains, she demonstrated reed basket making to adult and young Native Americans.

                                                                          Gardening is another of Lucille’s loves, she grows, cans, dries and gives away fresh fruit and vegetables every year. She learned as a child form her father, she said , to cultivate and garden. She is a master food preserver and has taught food preservation to 4-H classes and extension service classes.

                                                                          As a member of the Otero Native Plant Society, one of Lucille’s current projects involves the landscaping of the St Joseph’s Mission in Mescalero. She is also co-chairman of the society’s plant sale, an event she started five years ago.

                                                                          Lucille volunteered her time along with her good friend Joe Duft who passed away in November 2001, to plan, plant and create the native plant garden at Oliver Lee Memorial State park near Alamogordo, NM.

                                                                          Aside from her remarkable service history, Lucille still knows how to have fun. She and Toad have traveled weekly to El Paso to bowl since they moved to New Mexico. They have many trophies and she is a life member of the El Paso 600 Bowling Club.

            Their family includes, son Duane Wilson and his wife, Paula, two grand children, Tirian and Linea. Lucille and Toad are well known to all who attend the Family Reunion in Silver City. Duane has been present twice and brought his entire family all the way from Virginia to one reunion. Known by name to most of those who attend, but known to all as the “Lady who brings the Cherries” for the delicious fresh cherries she brings from the Nichols Fruit Farm, operated by her brother, Bonny Nichols.

            Lucille and Toad will be at the Reunion in July and Duane is planning to attend. Lucille says that is possible that she may be able to make Bonny to make the short trip this year.-//-



Al Norris - Master Gardener


            The Master Gardener program was started by Texas A & M University in 1978. Al Norris who had been gardening all of his life, obtained the Master Gardener Certification in June 1994 and has been a driving force in the Master Gardener program in Texas since that time.

            In September 2001 Al was selected as the Top Master Gardener in Texas during the Master Gardeners Association meeting in Abilene, TX. It was the first time that a Wichita Falls area member had received Master Gardener of the Year Honors.

            Gardening is in Al’s blood. Born in 9 Nov1931 Alfred Wayne Norris was the eldest son of L. D. Norris (William Nathaniel Norris, John Samuel Norris, Mary Sarah Stockman, Frederick Stockman and Katherine Disponet of the Texas branch of the family) and Lenora Winfield. Al grew up on his family’s farm near Lubbock, Texas. Following his mother’s wish that he leave the farm to attend college, he graduated from McMurray College in 1952 with a degree in Business.


            Al was employed at Burk Royalty in 1978, he became vice president in 1989 and retired from the firm in 1997. Since then he has devoted his time and energy to his family and to Gardening.

                                                                                          For years, AL has been regarded as one of Texas’ premier tomato growers, but his garden is neatly mulched, practically weedless and filled to overflowing with old favorites and new possibilities. He is one to try a new variety or hybrid, but his pride and joy are his tomatoes. He regularly averages 25 pounds from each plant.

                                                                                          Al and his wife, Betty, altogether have 6 children and 8 grandchildren. Whenever his family visits, Al usually loads them up with whatever is looking good in his garden that week. (This week he tells me that it will be sweet corn – something that is not always easy to grow in this area!) Reminiscing about his own childhood and times spent at his grandparent’s place, Al muses, “My grandmother took me to the garden ... my parents had a garden, too. For people who have never done it, it’s hard to explain. You can literally watch your garden grow, day by day. You can see it, the way the plants mature and the way the fruit grows. It’s amazing.”

                                                                                          Al offers gardening advice on line as a contributor to the AOL Garden and Master Gardener Forums. Those who are on line should regularly check the web page, Over the Garden Gate where Al is a regular contributor. Al has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Wichita Falls Parks and Recreation Commission. Through his unrelenting efforts Al has been instrumental in the Wichita Falls Master Gardeners becoming one of Texas’ more active associations. Recognized through out Texas as a driving force in gardeners associations, Al and his associates were able to secure the 2003 Texas Convention of Master Gardeners for Wichita Falls.

            While active in his organizations, Al also finds time for family research. He and his son David were able to locate the grave of his great grand father, John Samuel Norris, several years ago and provide a headstone for his unmarked grave. See Vol 9 # 4 of The Stockman Family Newsletter for the story of the dedication. Recently, Al and his son also located the grave of John Samuel’s wife, Rowena, in Real County, TX.



Reunion 2002, 19th, 20th, and 21st, July


            Come and Join members of the family in Silver City on the Weekend of 19, 20 & 21 July. Early arrivals on Friday, the 19th will gather at the home of your humble editor. When you arrive call 388-4054 for directions or a ride.


Friday the 19th -- Gather at #16 McKinley Street for eats and plenty of talking - early afternoon on. Food will be provided.

Saturday the 20th the Holiday Inn Express will provide us with a meeting room. An auction will be held to help raise funds to cover the cost of the reunion. Saturday evening the Banquet will be held at the Copper Creek Ranch where the family will be fed and entertained by the Copper Creek Wranglers.


Sunday 21st , the family will gather at the Little Walnut Picnic Area for lunch before dispersing. This year we will have the east side of the Group picnic area -- the one where it rained on us a few years ago!! Bring your umbrellas!!



What to Bring for the Auction


          The auction has become a tradition with the national reunions. In the past handicrafts, canned fruits, preserves, and other home made items have been the highlights. Items that reflect the character or history of the area in which you reside are also big hits. The Stockmans and related families reflect many varied tastes and interests. Any item that you find of value or interest is sure to strike similar fancy in some other family member. The money raised by the auction is used for the Sunday picnic and to defray expenses of the reunion.



Reservations at Motels and for RVers

            Mike Trumbull has treated us very well in the past and the Holiday Inn Express, his new Motel will be the headquarters for the reunion again this year. To make reservations:


                                                                        Holiday Inn Express

                                                                        1103 Superior Street




            There are two new Motels in Silver City which have excellent accommodations. If reservations are not available at the Holiday try:


            Comfort Inn                                                              Econo Lodge Silver City

            1060 Hwy 180 East                                                   1120 Hwy 180 East

            1-800-228-5150                                                          1-800-553-2666


            During the summer months, Silver City is a haven for those escaping the heat of the lower desert. So those who are traveling in motor homes or with trailers should call well in advance for reservations. Roy and Mary Goets have tried several RV parks in Silver City area and they recommend an RV park that is in a quiet area surrounded by the juniper and piñon. Full hookups on graveled roads provide an economical and pleasant stay. Their web page is:


                                                                        Manzano’s RV Park

                                                                        103 Flury Lane

                                                                        Silver City, NM 88061



How to Find your Way


            The Holiday Inn Express is located on Superior Street. For Those who have been to previous reunions our new location is just around the corner from the old. Superior Street turns south from US 180 approximately 1 miles from downtown Silver City. If you are entering town from the Deming area it is just before the first Stop light. When you see the light slow down and prepare to turn to your left where Wendys is located.

             The Manzano’s RV park is 2 miles to the east, also on the south side of the Highway. Turn south on Kirkland Road and then left on to Flury Lane. Both facilities are well signed and easily sited from the Highway.



Mary Blackburn Stockman


            Mary Blackburn the daughter of J W Blackburn and Mary LNU, married John Freeman Stockman 10 Oct 1883 in Menard Co Texas. They lived in Texas and OK and then returned to Dallas, TX where Mary died in Dallas 10 Nov 1931. The Following two obituaries were printed in the Dallas Times Herold on Nov 10th and 11th that year.


STOCKMAN, Mary A., age 69, resident of Dallas 20 years, passed away Tuesday morning at her residence, 910 W. Waco St., Oak Cliff. Survived by husband, John F. Stockman; one son, J. R.; three daughters, Mrs. W. C. Beezley, Mrs. John Rotramel, Mrs. Julian Holtz, all of Dallas; five grandchildren, three brothers, W. J. and A. L. Blackburn of Dallas,and J. A. Blackburn, of Roswell, N. M. Funeral services at 4 p. m. Wednesday at the chapel of the Weever Funeral Home. The Rev. W. L. Oliphant will officiate. Burial in Forest Lawn.

- November 11, 1931, Dallas Times Herald, p. 10, col. 2.








Mrs. Mary A. Stockman, 69, resident of Dallas twenty years, died Tuesday morning at her home,910 West Waco street, Oak Cliff. Funeral services will be held at 4 p. m. Wednesday at the chapel of the Weever Funeral home, with interment in Forest Lawn cemetery. A Christian Science reader will officiate. Mrs. Stockman, who was born July 11, 1862, in Springfield, Ill., came to Texas sixty-four years ago. She was married to John F. Stockman at Maynard, Tex., Oct. 10, 1883. She was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist, Boston, Mass. Surviving are her husband, John F. Stockman; one son, J. R. Stockman; three daughters, Mrs. W. C. Beezley, Mrs. John Rotramel and Mrs. Julian Holtz, and five grandchildren, all of Dallas; three brothers, J. A. Blackburn of Roswell, N. M., W. J. and A. L. Blackburn of Dallas. Active pallbearers will be Andrew Webb, A. J. Cooper, H. Y. Scurlock, Walter Mashburn, Dr. K. C. Patterson and D. W. Anderson.


- November 10, 1931, Dallas Times Herald, Sec. I, p. 12, col. 4.



Bruce Bixler 1928-2001
          BRUCE GRENFELL BIXLER, 73, passed away Sunday, June 17, 2001 in El Paso, Texas after a long illness. He was born Palm Sunday, April 1, 1928 at the Masonic Hospital in El Paso, Texas. He attended Dudley Elementary School and graduated from El Paso High School in 1945. Mr. Bixler earned an AB Degree from The University of Chicago in 1947 and continued his education at The University of Texas, Austin receiving a BBA Degree in Accounting, December 1949. He was inducted into the U.S. Army following his marriage to Nelva Joy Stockman (John Leslie Stockman, Durward Jeptha Stockman, Garrison Greenwood Stockman, Joseph Henry Stockman, Henry Stockman, Frederick Stockman and Katherine Disponet of the Texas branch of the family) September 16, 1950. He served with the 160th Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division, in Korea and Japan earning the Army Medal of Commendation for Bravery. He was discharged in 1953 with the Rank of 2nd Lieutenant.
            Mr. Bixler joined the CPA firm Bixler & Co., LLP in 1954 and continued practice until his retirement in January 2000. He was active through the years in numerous civic and Christian organizations: Kiwanis of El Paso, Gideon's International, El Paso Stamp Club, Sons of the American Revolution, El Paso Masonic Lodge #130, Knights Templar, York Bodies, El Maida Shrine, Sojourners, Military Order of World Wars, and many professional organizations. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of El Paso.
            Mr. Bixler is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nelva Joy Stockman and his three daughters and son in law: Beverly Bixler of San Antonio, Brenda and William Collins of Mesquite, and Barbara Bixler of Porterville, CA; four grandchildren are Shanna Seals and her husband Scott, Lisa Joanne Collins, Justin Bixler, and Tabitha Bixler; brother Glenn J. Bixler and his wife Mary Ruth, several nieces and nephews. Visitation was on Thursday 5-9 p.m. at Harding Orr & McDaniel. Funeral services were held Friday 1:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison. Interment followed at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers were be Ray Larkin, Michael O'Donnell, Andrew Haddad, Dr. William Collins, Dr. Glenn G. Bixler and Stephen Bixler.


Texas Stockmans, Who Are They?


Jack Stockman


            In 1885 a census was taken of the Territory of New Mexico. It is an important source of information on early residents of that area. Enumerated in Lincoln County was a Jack Stockman.



Lincoln County, New Mexico Territory, Enumeration District 13, Precinct 7, Page 1, Household #5









C D Stewart








Jack Stockman








William Reed








Link Blankenship








James Parish








John Clements








E D Mclaren









            Jack Stockman and his comrades sharing the household were evidently employed constructing irrigation ditches for one of the ranchers in this area of New Mexico on the edge of the Staked Plains.

            Jack was born in Texas, his mother and father were also born in Texas and if his age was recorded correctly in the census he was born in 1855. Who is he and who were his parents? Jack is a familiar name for John or possibly several other given names, but also might be nickname not related to the given name.

            A search of the 1880 census for a Stockman born in Texas of the proper age contains four names:


1.         Peter Russell Stockman          Born 1855

2.         Jessie Thomas Stockman        Born 1857

3.         Perry Francis Stockman         Born 1859

4.         Robert Stockman                    Born 1857


             Robert Stockman is the son of Louis Stockman and Charlotte LNU. Robert was born in TX but his father was born in TN and his mother in MS. Assuming that the 1885 census in correct Robert would be eliminated as Jack. The First three young men in the list are sons of Hardy Francis Stockman and Mary Naomi Williams. All three were born in Texas and their parents were both born in Texas. Marraige dates are know for all three.

            Peter Russell Stockman Mary Emily (Polly) Roberts 5 Nov 1889 in Uvalde Co, TX.

            Jessie Thomas Stockman married Melvina Adams 9 Sep 1887 in Lampasas Co, TX.

            Perry Francis Stockman married Maggie Burleson 3 Oct 1883 in Real Co, TX.

            None of these fellow fill the bill to be Jack. Is there a Stockman we are missing, Marin G Stockman or Milam P Stockman, sons of Henry Joseph Stockman, perhaps who could have been out west. Both of these men appear to have been too old to have been Jack.

            Now the story gets more complicated for in the 1900 census of Illinois is found the enumeration of Joseph Stockman


Mc Lean County, Illinois, 1512 W Chestnut St, Bloomington, 116, 89, 1, 63




 D of B

P of B

Joseph Stockman



May 1867





Dec 1876





Nov 1893





Feb 1898





May 1900



            The census taker recorded Joseph Stockman’s place of birth as New Mexico, yet in the 1870 census index there is no listing for any Stockman or similarly spelled surname in New Mexico and in the 1880 census of the United States this Joseph Stockman is not enumerated.

            Any family member with an idea of whom Jack and Joseph Stockman might be please contact the editor.



Texas Stockman Death Records - An Update


            The Stockman death records of the State of Texas were published in the Stockman

Family Newsletter in September 1995. This list updates the information available at that time. The Texas Death Records are available for genealogical purposes through the Texas State Genealogical Library in Austin and copies are maintained in several of the major libraries through out the state. Some can be found on the Internet. Death records are available in this series from 1903. These records include the last half of 1994 through December 1998. As you read through this list note that there are several discrepancies in the information provided by family members and what the Death Certificates show. There are also many Stockmans who have not been identified. Any reader who can clarify the discrepancies or can identify the persons not known, please send information to the Newsletter so that it can be shared with the family.

            A footnote provides the ancestry for each of the records where an identification has been made or those records where there is a question about the information or where a possible identification has been made.

      Given Name                      County                      Date                  Comment


Cecilia August                     Harris                     18 Nov 1994           ?

Eldon Ray                            Brown                    15 Jul 97                 Son of Brennan Bill Stockman Footnote

Ernest                                   Hidalgo                  9 Dec 1994             ?

Everett Wilborn                   Dallas                     24 Dec 1994           ?

Gerald Dean                         Bell                         29 Dec 1995           ?

Harriet Lucille                      Tarrant                    2 Dec 1998             ?

Hazel Marie                         Bexar                      12 Jul 1997             ?

John Leslie                           Lampasas               12 May 1998          Son of Durward Jeptha Stockman Footnote

Mary                                     Harris                     20 Jul 1996             ?

Mathew Allen                      Galveston               28 Sep 1998           ?

Minnie M                             Jasper                     13 Jun 1996            ?

Omi Jean                              Harris                     11 Jan 1998            ?

Ruby                                     Comal                     19 Dec 97               ?

Sophia Jean                          Nacogdoches          26 Sep 1998           ?

Thomas Allen                       Kinble                    19 Apr 1995           ?

Waunell (Female)                        Armstrong              17 Apr 1997           ?



Mount Olive Cemetery


      The Mount Olive Cemetery in Shelby County Texas is located near Stockman, Texas and is the burial place for many of the descendants of Peter Stockman, Jr. Following is a list of the headstones in this cemetery bearing the Stockman name. Burials have been listed at the Mount Olive Cemetery Web Site and are reported below with corrections.


Addie Mae Stockman Footnote




C. W. Stockman Footnote This should read G W Stockman.



               Son of P. & S.A. Stockman


Cecil Stockman Footnote




             Ernest Stockman Footnote



              Son of M. J. & Lucy Stockman


              Hiram J. Stockman Footnote




Lizzie Stockman Footnote




Lucy L. Stockman Footnote




Mathew Stockman Footnote




Maxie P. Stockman Footnote




Ornie Whitley Stockman Footnote




Peter Stockman Footnote




Sarah A. Stockman Footnote



Wife of Peter Stockman


W. H. Stockman Footnote



Son of P. & S.A. Stockman



Some Irish Stockman Records


      Norman Parker, a researcher of the Chestnut families of North Antrim, Ireland came upon an old will made in 1777 and probated in 1784. Samuel Chesnut of Carnaff townland in Derrykeighan Parish mentions his daughter Mary, the Widow Stockman, and one of her daughters named Ginnat. Wills of this era are very rare.

      The full text of the will follows and it may also be seen on Norman Parker’s web pages at This will is filed as D/2868/B/1 at the Public Record Office in Belfast, Ireland and forms part of the Business Records of Thomas Taggart & Sons, solicitors, Ballymoney, County Antrim.

      A special thank you is due to Norman Parker for sharing this information on the Irish Stockmans with Stockman family researchers.

      Attested copy of the will of Saml. Chesnut, late of Carnaff, Parish of Derrykeighan & County of Antrim. Fee 19s:9d Extracted for Wm Dillon Proctor/Doctor? Extracted from the Registry of the Consistorial Court of Down and Connor. Lisburn. November 1, 1830.


I, SAMUEL CHESNUT, of Carnaff in the Parish of Derrykeighan, Barony of Dunlus and County of Antrim, being indisposed in body but sound and disposing mind and apprehending that my change is drawing nigh, do constitute, ordain and appoint this to be my last will and testament as followeth:

FIRST and principally I commit my soul to the ever living God relaying solely and entirely upon the blood and merits of a crucified Saviour for acceptance and remission of all my sins and my body to the Earth to be decently interr'd at the discretion of my executors hereafter to be named and touching the worldy estate which it hath pleased God to bestow upon me my will is that the same be disposed of as hereafter expressed.

IMPRIMS I will all my just debts and funeral charges be paid and discharged as soon as convences will permit.


First, I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary, the widdo Stockman, a hous and garden one acer of land and a cows grazing subject to two pounds five shillg. sterling yearly during her life to enable her to support her children. Also my will is that after the death of my said daughter Mary the two acers of land be continued to her children during there lives if they live peiceably at a reasonable rent to be made by my exrs. and the children of the said Widd Stockman is to hold the sd two acers subjected to rent so long as they behave themselves with diseratiton (?) to my son Bangeben with all privelages thereunto belonging in particular. I bequeath to Ginnat Stokman my granddaughter one pound two shills and nine pence sterl.


Secondly I give and bequeath to my grandson William McKiny one third of my land (except the orchard) as it is in labour or answers to be laboured and to live in the house I now live in during the natural life of my dear wife and lives in obedience to her and giving and affording a sufficient support to her For the third I here assign to him with a third of the Cott(?) houses the better to enable him and my will is that the said William Making (McKinny?) shall be fully entitled to the aforesaid third of my land after the death of my dear wife during my lase renewable paying a full third of the fine the land is subjected to except the two acers for the children of my daughter, Mary, before reserved. But if it should happen that my son Benjeben will devid the land that then there is a just allowans to be made to the said William Making (McKinny?) if he is to buld (?) to be left at he discratiton of my executors and if the said William Making (McKiny?) diys without lafull isue, that then the third I have assigned to him shall descend to my son Bengeben and his heirs.


Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my beloved son Bengeben Chesnut the remaining two parts of my lands, houses tennements rights and pivlages that I am intitled to by my lase renuable or thereunto belonging as my only son and heire and at the death of my dear wife he may have it to choose to live in the house I now live in. Also the piece of land inclosed for an orchard before excepted over and above the third I have assigned to my grandson William Making (McKinny?). Lastly I constitute and appoint my dear and beloved wife and my trusty friends Robert Given in Lisconnan and James Neven in Kilmoile to be my executars of this my last will and testment.And in conformatiton of all before written I have hereto set my hand and affixed my seal this 14 day of August 1777.


Before the perfection of these presents I bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth ales McKinny one heffer of two years old. Also to my daughter Ann ales McKinny a cow. The words except the two acers for the children of my daughter Mary before reserved is enterlined between the twenty and twenty first and second lines.

Saml Chesnut (seal)

In the presents of Samuel Chesnut

James McConaghan

Hugh Peebles


The within will was proved in common form of law Feby 20, 1783. Admn. granted to Robert Given one of the executors he being first duly sworn by us. Skeffington Bristow, ????? of Connor A true copy which I attest, Wm Higginson (?) ???? of Down and Connor.


      Norman Parker also provided the following ships manifest listing Stockman passengers traveling from Ireland to Philadelphia in 1832.


Londonderry to Philadelphia

17 September 1832

Report or Manifest of all the Passengers taken on board the Brig Vernon whereof Jacob Merrill, Jr, is Master, from Londonderry burthen 286.76 Tons and owned by Smith & T??comb, of Kennebunk and bound for Phild.

    Name, AgeSexCitizen ofGoing To

33 Elizabeth
Stockman 35 female Ireland U States

34 Louise Stockman 4 female Ireland U States

35 Hugh Stockman 2 male Ireland U States

36 Mary McMickeon 25 female Ireland U States

37 Jane Stockman 30 female Ireland U States



      Some additional records of Irish Stockmans have been extracted by Norman Parker from his records.

1828 Tithe Applotment Book- Dunluce Parish,

Stockman, Widow ??? : Benvardin townland


1860 Griffith Valuation Dunluce Parish,

Stockman, Hugh : Benvardin

Stockman, James : Benvardin

Stockman, Robert : Shellfield


1860 Griffith Valuation - Killowen Parish (near to Coleraine)

Stockman, Andrew : Kyle's Brae


1860 Griffith Valuation - Macosquin Parish

Stockman, John : Leck Townland


1860 Griffith Valuation - Derrykeighan Parish

Stockman, David : T/Dervock/Coleraine Road

Stockman, John : T/Dervock/Knowhead Street



Kathryn Elizabeth Creehan - New Member of the Family


      Ralph Stuckman reports, “I am please to announce the arrival of Kathryn Elizabeth Creehan, who was born on October 15, 1999 at 9:17pm. She weighs in at 9lbs. & 2ozs. and is 20 inches in length. Both mom and baby are doing great!” Kathryn has a brother, Adam Joseph Creehan. Ralph continues, “Janie and I are proud to have our third grandchild.”



George & Peter Stuckman in Ohio


      George Stuckman who has been identified as a son of Johannes Peter Stockman the immigrant has been known, only from his later years and stories told by one of his descendants claiming that George voted for George Washington for President. He settled in Indiana where his children and later generations made up a large clan. Now some information comes to light on his years in Ohio.

      George’s brother, Peter Stockman is known to have settled in Crawford County Ohio and was one of the early settlers in Liberty Township.

The History of Crawford County. Chapter XIX contains the following information:




About forty lots were formed from the real estate which comprised in the original village plat. These were listed on the tax-duplicate of 1834 at $125 and at $550 in 1835. During the first year, houses were erected by James L. Gurwell, John Bolinger, Jacob Peterman, Peter Stuckman, Nicholas Bolinger and Benjamin Sinn In the fall of 1834, ex-Judge Enoch B. Merriman opened a stock of dry goods in the village, and Daniel Young his clerk, sold the first pound of coffee.


George Stuckman must have located in the township soon after Whetstone. He was also a professional hunter, and was often employed by the early settlers to hunt deer for them. The majority of the earliest settlers were directly from the East, and had been reared in localities where deer and other wild animals were rarely seen. They knew nothing of stalking, a deer, and many of them did not know how to properly keep and load a gun. They must have deer meat, however, and hence they were accustomed to employ hunters of known skill and experience, often paying them as high as $2 per day for their services, and often receiving, by way of return for such outlays, five or six fat deer, besides a large number of squirrels and other small game. Stuckman was a squatter, and did not own a foot of land, and yet his family lived well, as far as food and clothes were concerned






Jacob Whetstone

      Jacob Whetstone’s exact relationsihp to the Stockman-Stuckman families who were in Ohio and Indiana is not know. He is the Whetstone referred to by sur name only in the information about Geroge Stuckman in the previous article. Peter Stockman (this is the Peter Stuckman refered to in the previous article) who settled in Crawford County, Ohio, married Catherine Whetstone in Bedford County, Penneylvania.



Jacob Whetstone, a very successful hunter, who also worked by the day for the settlers, assisting in clearing their farms, was the first to build a cabin in the township. He had a wife and family, who were supported at first almost wholly by the rifle: but, after game became scarce and day laborers were in great demand, he worked a number of years for the neighboring settlers. But this life did not suit his acquired inclination to roam in the forest, which soon caused him to sell his acre of land and journey farther into the wilderness, where an abundance of game was yet to be found. He was one of those wandering hunters who swept over Ohio in advance of the earliest white settlers. He had been raised in the solitude of the woods, and found greater pleasure and profit in hunting and trapping than in those pursuits at which he was a novice. He often said to the settlers that came in after himself that he was the first man to build a cabin in the township and to live therein with his family. He was in the township several years before its creation, and he is remembered to have said on several occasions that the township would have bean named Whetstone in his honor, but for the fact that there was one Whetstone Township in the county already. He lived about a mile and a half northwest of Richville until about 1838, when lie moved West, and what finally became of him is unknown to the citizens of the township.


Canadian Stockmans in 1881


      The 1881 census of Canada has been compiled on CD Rom by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. A search of this census requires only a few seconds. Only one Stockman family was enumerated in Canada in 1881. No listings were found for Stuckman or Steckman.

      Living in Prince Ward, Saint John, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada was Edward Stockman and his family. They were enumerated in Dist 24 Sub Dist A Div 1 Page 91, Family number 455

                                             Sex MarrAge Origin             Birthplace       Occupation     Religion

Edw. STOCKMAN             M    M            22   Irish        New Brunswick M. Student   R. Catholic

Roseanna STOCKMAN      F     M    24   Irish        New Brunswick                             R. Catholic

Charles E. STOCKMAN     M            <1   Irish        New Brunswick                             R. Catholic

      Born:      Oct 7/12




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          <>Reunion2002   Mary Goets will be here with a large bowl of her special Salsa! Dixie Mandaville will be there with some good stories to tell. Jim and Helen McMillen will be here and then travel on to Colorado. Will Helen bring her traditional Stockman Family Reunion Book Marks? Loretta Cox and her sister are coming from South Carolina. Duane Wilson from Virginia will be there. Dorothy Stockman from Arkansas is coming and bringing a friend. Family will be represented from California, Washington state, Maryland, Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado, and of course Texas. Cousin Kenneth Gilmore has promised to come down from Oregon, but we’ll believe that when we see it.

      We’re getting excited, looking forward to renewing the old and making new acquaintances. Family members will find the Copper Creek Ranch gathering on Saturday night to be fun and a little different approach for this reunion.

      Of course remember the auction. We’re looking forward to the exotic items. Here is New Mexico where the official state question is, “Red or Green!” (For those not in the know, “Which way do you like your chili, Red or Green) things like sorghum, home canned jelly, and T shirts with Tony the Tiger, direct from Kelloggs of Battle Creek can get us down right excited! If the bidding gets too frenzied, someone bring a bucket of water to throw on us!

      Of course, that is not the only way we may get wet! Late July is monsoon season in New Mexico and we should expect cooling thunder showers in the evening, (no tornados! Or earthquakes either!) clear bright cool mornings, although it has been known to sprinkle on our picnics, but that only happens when Fred Shanks is cooking in Dutch ovens.


Stockman Family Reunion

19, 20 & 21 July

Silver City New Mexico