Stephen CLAYPOOL

18 Mar 1788 - 18 Mar 1862

Father: John CLAYPOOL
Mother: Rebecca OSBORN

Family 1 : Sally WHITTEN

  1. +Elijah CLAYPOOL
  2. +John Whitten CLAYPOOL
  3.  Rebecca CLAYPOOL, b. Oct 1812; d. Mar 1814.
  4.  Easton T. CLAYPOOL
  5.  Perry R. CLAYPOOL, b. 11 Dec 1815.
  6.  Stephen CLAYPOOL
  7.  Lucinda Jane CLAYPOOL
  8.  Sallie A. CLAYPOOL
  9.  Josiah CLAYPOOL, b. 21 Sep 1823.
  10. +Jeremiah CLAYPOOL
  11. +Josephus J. CLAYPOOL
  12. +George W. CLAYPOOL
  13. +Burrell Prunty CLAYPOOL
  14.  William M. CLAYPOOL
  15.  Benjamin CLAYPOOL, b. 3 Feb 1835; d. 3 Feb 1835.
  16.  Austin Jefferson CLAYPOOL, b. 9 May 1838.


 
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 _John CLAYPOOL __|
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|--Stephen CLAYPOOL 
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|_Rebecca OSBORN _|
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Notes:

Scanned copy from Cathy Berry

According to the biography of his grandson, Dr. W. M. Claypool, Stephen Claypool was "a Virginian... who came to Kentucky in the pioneer days of the State, and was a great Indian fighter."

The name Stephen Claypool appears in the first available tax record for Warren County, Kentucky. It appears that his father John and his son, Stephen (Jr.), also appear on the tax rolls in the following years. However, there is some confusion here with these two Stephens being correctly identified. Though the year of Stephen son's birth is not accurately known, it would appear that he would be too young to be listed in these early records. It could be possible that there was a Stephen Sr., an as of yet unidentifed grandfather who is first listed in the Warren County tax records, of course that causes problems with some of the other information listed here. The following is the first few years in which the Claypool name was listed:

 

WARREN COUNTY, KENTUCKY TAX RECORDS

YEAR

NAME

LAND

WATERCOURSE

EN/SV/PT

WM/B16/TB/H

TVALUE

1809

Claypole Stephen

60

B Barren River

A Willoby (EN)

1 - - 3

 

1810

(missing)

1811

Claypool John

110

Barren River

Stephen Claypool (SV)

1 - - 4

 

1811

Claypool Stephen

50

Barren River

Stephen Claypool (SV)

1 - - 3

 

1811

Claypool Stephen

135

Barren River

Stephen Claypool (SV)

1 - 1 5

 

1811

same

25

Barren River

Stephen Claypool (SV)

 

 

1812

Claypole John

110

Barren River

Stephen Claypool (SV)

1 - - 5

 

1812

Claypole Stephen senior

200

Barren River

I. Mancry?

1 - - 4

 

1812

Claypole Stephen

25

Barren River

A Willoby (EN)

1 - 1 4

 

1812

same

80

Barren River

Stephen Claypool (SV)

 

 

1812

same

60

Barren River

Stephen Claypool (SV)

 

 

1813

Claypole John

110

Barren River

Stephen Claypool (SV)

1 - - 9

 

1813

Claypole Stephen senr

400

Bays Fork

Mark Reaves

1 - - 5

 

1813

Claypole Stephen

30

Barren River

M. Lapsley

1 - 1 3

 

1813

same

120

Barren River

Stephen Claypool (SV)

 

 

1813

same

60

Barren River

Stephen Claypool (SV)

 

 

1814

(record missing)

EN=Entered SV=Serveyed PT=Patented

WM= White Male over 21; B16 = Blacks over 16; TB == total Blacks; H = Horses

 

The postoffice at Claypool, Warren County, KY was opened in 1856 and closed in 1957.

From "Martinsville, Warren County's Lost City," By Victor Moulder - Early 1900s, Smith's Grove Gazette:

...in March 1785, he [Hut Martin] put his resolutions into effect and set out with his family and possessions in a caravan train for the shores of the "Wah-ri-he [Barren River]." With him came Andrew McFaddin, Stephen Claypool, Charles Dabney, and 15 other families.

McFaddin settled on the Barren River, four miles east of the present city of Bowling Green. His place was known as "McFaddin's Station" and was located on the farm now owned by Mr. Emmet Logan. Ruins of this old station are still visible. Claypool settled on the south side of the river, one mile from Martinsville. Dabney took up land in "the Bend," four miles above Martinsville.

...McFaddin's and Claypool's Stations, while of considerable importance, were left far behind in the race as commercial centers, with their sister settlement at Martinsville. In 1800, Martinsville was the metropolis of Warren County, and with a steadily increasing population, promised to be the place of first importance in Southwestern Kentucky.

 

 

From Allen County Kentucky (Order Book) Day Book 1826-1837, by Martha W. Jackson (Scottsville, KY, 1992):

  p. 177. June Term 1836: Upon the application of STEPHEN CLAYPOOL it is ordered that a writ of Ad quodamnum issue directed to the sheriff of Allen county commanding him to summon twelve fit persons to go upon the land of said CLAYPOOL & the land of JOHN AYRES lying on both sides of Bays fork where said proposed mill is desired to be built and that they view said land on each side of said creek and report the conveniences and inconveniences of said proposed place for a mill as well as the convenience of the inhabitants living near said mill ordered that said write issue on 23 of (ink blot).  
  p. 179. June Term 1836: JOHN AYERS opposes the establishment of STEPHEN CLAYPOOLs will by and during the progress of the case Exceptions were executed No. 1 & 2 & filed.  
  p. 180. July County Court 1836: [Absent THOMS SUTTON, JOHN CARUTH & WILLIAM JOHNSON] Present ROBERT H. PARIS, JOHN WHITNEY, WILLIAM BLACKBURN, WILLIAM FOSTER and AMOS HARRIS.] The writ of Ad quod damnum awarded STEPHEN CLAYPOOL at the last term of this court was this day returned into court by the sheriff also the verdict of the Jury and the said writ upon the motion of said CLAYPOOL It is ordered by the court that a Summons issue against JOHN AYRES and JOHN WILLOUGHBY returnable to the next court to show cause if any they can why said CLAYPOOL shall not be authorized to build said mill according to the verdict of the Jury. And the cause continued at the costs of STEPHEN CLAYPOOL. P405.  
  p. 181. September County Court 1836: The writ of adquod damnum granted to STEPHEN CLAYPOOL and all previous provisions upon his motion is set aside and it is ordered that said CLAYPOOL play all costs therein.  
  Upon application of STEPHEN CLAYPOOL as owner of the land in Warren county on bays fork of Big Barren River just below the mouth of a spring branch which spring was formerly used by HOLLY PRATHER, a writ of adquod damnum is awarded said CLAYPOOL directed to the sheriff of Allen county commanding him to summon twelve fit and lawful men to ap____ just opposite the mouth of said spring mouth immediately below which said CLAYPOOL proposes to erect a water grist mill on the ____ land and then and there to lay off one acre of land the property of JOHN AYRES in Allen county by metes and bounds against which said CLAYPOOL proposes to about his said mill dam and that said sheriff be further commanded by said court to do all such cuts and things as the law requires preparatory to the establishment of a water grist mill at the place aforesaid. It is proved that said JOHN AYRES had notice served on him of the application of this order Ten days previous to this court said AYERS being present in court and acknowledged the fact. P407.
This is probably the mill that his grandson, William H. H. Claypool, operated.
 

It has been assumed that the Stephen Claypool mentioned above is ours but it is not certain.

 

From Wayne Osborne, a Claypool Family historian (email 05Feb04):

 

State of Kentucky   Warren County


November 5th 1825


Dear father mother brothers, and, Sisters I avail myself of the present opertunity of Writing you a few lines, to inform you myself and family are Well as, the rest of your relations, and friends, hoping these lines, Will Come Safe to your hands, and find you all injoying health and Prosperity Father and Brother John I will inform you that David Parker has been in hear and Wants, the boys I have let him David L Isbell and he wants, Pendleton and Eliot if you See proper you Can let him have them and take his obligation to do the Same for them that you were to do Brother John I Will inform you that We have geathered your Corn and measured it there Was two hundred and Eighty three Bushels, Jeremiahs, about twenty nine Barrels of Sound Corn I Suppose about thirty one nubens and all. Corn falls Short of every ones expectations father's is not yet geathered and as, you have been here So lately I have nothing Worth Communicating to you I Therefore Conclude and add no more But remaine,
yours


Father mother   Stephen Claypool and Sarah Claypool
Brothers and
Sisters all


To John and Rebecca (Osborne)
Claypool from their son Stephen

 
     
Copy from Denise Kitchens, 2003   Taken from photo by Carolyn Thorsen, c. 1970.
     

Photograph of a portrait of Stephen Cockrill which hangs in the Western Kentucky University Library Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky (thanks to Denise Kitchens). A photo of this painting was also in Carolyn Thorsen's research notebook (thanks to Cathy Berry).

 

There is a Stephen A. Claypool, age 31 (b. 1814) listed in Marriage Records of Allen County, Kentucky 1815-1865, compiled by Ona A. Willoughby (Scottsville, KY: 1938), listed as marrying a Elizah H. Sears, 12-6-1845, with Y. Weatherspoon as the officiant. Connection, if any, to this Stephen Claypool is not known at this time.

Stephen was also said to have co-founded the Rocky Springs Missionary Baptist Church in 1823. This church (as well as a picture) is listed on Churches of Warren County page of the Bowling Green Landmark Association.

Scanned copy from Cathy Berry   Copy from Denise Kitchens

 

Photo of two children of Stephen and Sally Claypool which was in Carolyn Thorsen's collection:

     
Scanned copy from Cathy Berry   Scanned copy from Cathy Berry
     

Stephen is buried at the Claypool Family Cemetery in Warren County, Kentucky. Denise Kitchens has done an extensive recovery and documentation of this cemetery: she grew up in the area and knows the Claypool family relationship to it quite well. She is also reasonably sure where the Claypool Mill mentioned above once stood, since the site description is on land that her uncle owns. Nearby is also the Rocky Springs Missionary Baptist Church, and she has found the stones of other Claypools buried there and assumes the property for the church had been donated by Stephen Claypool.

Copy from Denise Kitchens

 

From Wayne Osborne, a Claypool Family historian (email 05Feb04):

Posted by Sandi Gorin <sgorin@glasgow-ky.com> on Sun, 22 Nov 1998


Surname: Claypool, Willoughby, Harston, Rector, McMurray, Murrell, Burwell, Osborne


It appears that a Mrs. Margaret Claypool Willoughby of Arlington, TX and had asked for a copy of a Bible record. The following correspondence resulted: "I went to see Miss Ermine Claypool and from the Bible belonging to her, given to her by Mrs. Sally A. Harston, who died Oct. 20, 1900, I copied from the Bible this: Bible printed in 1861.

Stephen Claypool (senior) born March 18, 1788. Died March 18, 1862.

Sallie Claypool (senior) born Jan. 20, 1790. Died Sept. 4, 1860. Issue:

1. Elijah Claypool born Sept. 22, 1808.
2. John W. Claypool born Jan. 20, 1811.
3. Rebecca Claypool born Oct. 1812. Died Mar. 1814.
4. Easton Claypool born Feb. 1st 1814.
5. Perry Claypool was born Dec. 11th 1815.
6. Stephen Claypool (Jun.) was born April 3, 1817.
7. Lucinda Claypool was born Jan. 31, 1819.
8. Sallie Claypool (Jun.) was born Aug. 19, 1821.
9. Josiah Claypool was born Sept. 21, 1823.
10. Jeremiah Claypool was born March 14, 1825.
11. Josephus J. Claypool, born May 21, 1827.
12. Geo. W. Claypool was born Feb. 9th 1829.
13. Burrell Claypool was born March 18, 1831.
14. William M. Claypool was born April 8, 1833. Died Apr. 3, 1854.
15. Benjamin Claypool was born Feb. 3, 1835. Died Feb. 3, 1835.
16. Austin J. Claypool was born May 9, 1838.


Thomas Harston & Sally A. Claypool married 4th Dec. 1855.
F. J. Rector & Lusinda J. Claypool married Sept. 30th, 1836.
B. P. Claypool & Sarah McMurray married Oct. 13th 1857.


Dr. Murrell's children:
Walton Claypool, born Nov. 24, 1862.
Mary Claypool was born April 6, 1865.
Emma Burrel Claypool was born May 21, 1868

 

 

From a list compiled by Marilyn and David Alsip, there are names for other children of Stephen and Sarah included: Charity and Hannah. No dates of birth were included for these children.

 

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