Family:Johannes Stinecipher and Elisabeth Schuster (1)

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Marriage? Aug 1723 Germany
26 Aug 1736 Germany
Abt. 1740 Germany
02 Feb 1743/44 Germany

Descendants of Johannes Stinecipher

Generation No. 1

1. JOHANNES2 STINECIPHER (JOHANN1 STEINSEIFER) was born 06 Jul 1698 in Eisenfeld, Germany, and died Abt. 1757 in Culpepper County, Virginia. He married ELISABETH SCHUSTER Aug 1723 in Germany, daughter of HEINRICH SHUSTER and ELSA UTSCH. She was born 1705 in Germany, and died 1754 in Madison County, Virginia.

Notes for JOHANNES STINECIPHER: From "The Stonecipher Tree", by Mary Howe Underwood, pub. 1984:

The first German settlers came to Culpeper County, VA in 1714 under the protection of Governor Spotswood to work his ore mines. (note: this area in Culpeper County, VA was refered to as "the Germanna Colony") ... It was to this section of Culpeper County that John Stonecipher (b. 1695) brought his family in 1738. They left Freudenberg, Nassau-Siegen in March 1738. They sailed on the boat "Patience", from South Hampton, England on May 8, 1738. The Stonecipher's and other German settlers, unlike their English breathren, grew little tobacco, preferring to grow cabbage, corn, wheat and cattle to barter or to sell. They farmed their land to produce the food to make them self-sustaining within their own church-centered community. God was the center of their lives and so the church was the center of their activities. They chose good soil and laid out their farms around the church. They pretty will kept to themselves in Culpeper County as they were later to do in North Carolina. As a rule they even traded and married within their own settlement.

Genealogical Publications: A List of 50,000 Sources from the Library of Congress Family Histories TITLE: The descendants of Johannes Steinseiffer / AUTHOR(S): Stonecipher, H. S. (Harry Sheldon), 1913- (Main) PUBLISHED: Helenwood, TN (P.O. Box 162, Helenwood 37755) : H.S. Stonecipher, [1986?] DESCRIPTION: vii, 254 p. : ill. ; 29 cm. NOTES: Includes index. SUBJECTS: Stonecipher family. Steinseiffer, Johannes, 1692-1757--Family. Steinseiffer family. LC CALL NO.: CS71.S88191986 DEWEY CLASS NO.: 929/.2/0973 ED: 19 FORMAT: Book LCCN: 86-90580

Genealogical Publications: A List of 50,000 Sources from the Library of Congress Family Histories TITLE: The Stonecipher tree / AUTHOR(S): Underwood, Mary Howe, 1924- (Main) PUBLISHED: [S.l.] : M.H. Underwood, c1984. DESCRIPTION: vii, 166 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. NOTES: Includes index. Bibliography: leaves 156-157. SUBJECTS: Stonecipher family. Steinseiffer family. LC CALL NO.: CS71.S881984 DEWEY CLASS NO.: 929/.2/0973 ED: 19 FORMAT: Book LCCN: 84-177035

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Johannes Steinseifer (1698-1757)

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Posted by Ryan Stansifer on August 20, 1998 at 09:25:01:

I have gathered some information about Johannes Steinseifer (1698-1757) in a WWW document to be found at:

Johannes Steinseifer was born 6 July 1698 at Eiserfeld, Germany. He was the third son of Johann Steinseifer (ca1662-1704) and Anna Gehla Grebe (1664-1730). On 3 August 1723 he married Elisabeth Schuster (b. 1705) daughter of Henrich Schuster of Eisern, Germany. They lived in Eisern and had nine children whose christenings are recorded in the church books of the parish of Rödgen.

1. Johannes Henrich 1 Oct 1724 d. 1816 in NC 2. Elisabeth 24 Nov 1726 d. 1727 3. Johann Henrich 18 Jul 1728 4. Elisabeth 17 Jan 1734 5. Agnes Catharina 26 Aug 1736 m. Edward Smith? 6. Henricus 2 Aug 1739 moved 7. Maria Agnesa 14 Jan 1742 8. Johannes 2 Feb 1744 d. 1823 in KY 9. Anna Margartha 7 Apr 1748

In 1749 Johannes, his wife Elisabeth and 7 of their children immigrated to America. The oldest son immigrated a few years later in 1753. The oldest daughter had died at six months of age. Johannes Steinseiffer appears on the passenger list of the "Patience" which landed 19 September 1749 in Philadelphia. On the same list appears a Johannes Ebert Stein who is listed as sick. This is apparently Johannes Eberhardt Steinseifer who settled in Maryland. Other passengers were also from the Siegen area, including at least Johan Jost Zimmerman (born 1721 in Seelbach).

Beginning as early as 1738 several other members of the Steinseifer family immigrated to America.

Johannes Steinseifer and his family settled in Virginia on land adjacent to that of Johann Heinrich Hoffmann. Johann Heinrich Hoffman is the son of Johannes Hoffmann and Gertrud Reichmann. Like Steinseifer's children, the christening of Johann Heinrich Hoffman on 11 Mar 1708 is recorded in the records of the parish of Rödgen.

Johannes Steinseifer wrote his will on 2 April 1754 and it was probated on 21 July 1757 in Culpeper County, Virginia: (Source: The Stonecipher Tree, by Mary Howe Underwood, pub. 1984)

Will of John Stinesyfer, dated 2 April 1754 Culpeper County, Virginia and Parish of Brumfield.

    I lend to my beloved wife Elezeberth Stinesyfer dureing her natural life my tract of land whereon I now live and moveble estate real and personnal. 
    I give to my son John Stinecypher Elder fifty acres of land joining Mitchell Smith and John Kains and Major William Roan (s/b Roane).
    I give to my son Henerecus Stinecypher fifty acres of land adjoining John Kains, John Stinisyfer Elder and William Roan.
    I give my son John Stinisypher  Younger fifty acres of land adjoining John Kains, Henry Hofman, Henrecus Stinesyfer and William Roan.
    I give my son Henry Stinesyfer fifty acres of land adjoining Henry Hoofman, Jacob Manspile, William Roan and John Stinesyfer Younger.
    To my four sons and four daughters all my moveable estate to be equally devided.
    I do appoint my loving wife Elezeberth Stinesyfer my exetres and my son John Stinesyfer Elder exetor.
                                                                                  John Stinesyfer

Wit: Johannes Hoffman (in German) John Towles

    21 July 1757.  Exhibited into Court by Elizabeth Stinesifer.

Proved by the oaths of John Towles and John Juffman witnesses thereto.


  • i. JOHANN HEINRICH3 STONECIPHER, b. 01 Oct 1724, Germany; d. Abt. 1810, Ash County, North Carolina; m. (1) ELLEN DORTCH, Abt. 1754; b. Bef. 1737; d. Bef. 1780; m. (2) ELEANOR BURKE, 27 Aug 1781; d. Aft. 1784; m. (3) ALCEY FURTHESMORE, Aft. 1784.
  • ii. ELISABETH STONECIPHER, b. 24 Nov 1726, Germany; d. 1727, Germany.
  • iii. JOHANN HEINRICH STONECIPHER, b. 18 Jun 1728, Germany; m. MARY ???.


From Culpeper County records:

Henry Stonesfifer and wife Mary & John and his wife Jemmina, 15th June 1778, sold 100 acres in Culpeper to James Newman. Their neighbors were Newmans, Huffmans and Manspiles.

  • iv. ELISABETH STONECIPHER, b. 17 Jan 1733/34, Germany.
  • v. AGNES CATHARINA STONECIPHER, b. 26 Aug 1736, Germany; d. Abt. 1795, Carter County, Tennessee; m. EDWARD SMITH, 1757, Culpepper County, Virginia; b. Bet. 1710 - 1720, prob. Virginia; d. 1807, Carter County, Tennessee.

  • vi. HENERICUS STONECIPHER, b. 02 Aug 1739, Germany; m. CATHERINE CALL, Bef. 1765.

Notes for HENERICUS STONECIPHER: Subj: Stoneciphers Date: 1/30/2005 1:04:39 AM Pacific Standard Time From: Email address not listed by request To: Sent from the Internet (Details)


Nicholas Schmidt/Smith was a son of Matthias Schmidt of Culpeper County, VA. Nicholas' son, Nicholas, Jr., married Susanna Yager, daughter of Godfrey Yager. Would like additional information on this family, I believe this Nicholas Schmidt/Smith MAY be the father of my ancestor Edward Schmidt/Smith, that married 1/Catherine Stump in Culpeper Co. in 1739, 2/Agnes Catharina Stinecipher/Stonecipher in 1757, and Catharine/Katharine Stonecipher in 1798. Edward's eldest son is named Nicholas, so I would like additional information on Nicholas, his wife and children (not known to this researcher) to find a possible link. Please e-mail me at: Thank you.


My Stonecipher (Steinseifer) line is through Henricus, brother of Agnes Catherina.

Henricus lived his last days in Greene Co. TN. His son. Solomon, married Elizabeth Hawkins and their daughter, Temperance Stonecipher married Jesse Doty - my great-great grandfather.

I do not have a date of death for Agnes Catharina. From your post, it appears that she died before 1798. Who was the Catharine Stonecipher that Edward Schmidt married after Agnes Catharine Stonecipher?

  • vii. KATRINKA STONECIPHER, b. Abt. 1740, Germany; d. Abt. 1832, Carter County, Tennessee; Stepchild; m. (1) EDWARD SMITH, 1798, Carter County, Tennessee; b. Bet. 1710 - 1720, prob. Virginia; d. 1807, Carter County, Tennessee; m. (2) NICHOLAS GRINDSTAFF, Aft. 1807.

Notes for KATRINKA STONECIPHER: This Katrinka Stonecipher is more than likely the Catherine Stonecipher that married Edward Schmidt/Smith as his 3rd wife in 1798, in Carter County, TN. Although more research is necessary to conclusively establish the relationship, there appears to be few other "Catherine Stonecipher's" that were in the vicinity at that time. It is certainly not unheard of in those days for a husband to marry a younger sister of a previous wife that has passed away. Her sister, Agnes Catherina Stonecipher was Edward's second wife in 1757.

WILL OF CATHERINE SMITH - Carter County, Tennessee

The will of Catherine Smith was transcribed from the original by Robert Tipton Nave, Archivest in the Tennessee State Library and Archives. This will was never recorded.


I, Catherine Smith, widow, of Carter County and the State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and memory, do make and ordain the following as my last Will and Testament, to wit:

I Will that my body after my decease, be buried in decent Christian manner, and whatever expense may be incurred to be paid out of what wordly goods and property I am possessed. Being possessed of the following goods and property, to wit:

one bay mare and cold and one yearlin colt, five milk cows and three calves and four yearlins, and a small stock of hogs, some household and kitchen furniture and owing no debts, I give and bequeath the whole absolutely and unconditionally to my beloved daughter, Nancy Heaton, to assist her in raising her children after the expense before named is paid and after I shall have deceased.

    In witness whereof I, the said, Catherine Smith, have hereunto set my hand and seal the fourteenth day of April A.D. 1832

Signed and sealed in Catherine X Smith the presence of us: mark

Nelson Ball David Brumitt, J.

  • viii. MARY AGNESA STONECIPHER, b. 14 Jun 1742, Germany; Stepchild; m. MR. MR. SMITHPETERS.
  • ix. JOHANNES STONECIPHER, b. 02 Feb 1743/44, Germany; d. 1823, Kentucky; m. JEMIMA CLORE, 1765; b. WFT Est. 1745-1748.


Culpeper County, Virginia records:

Henry Stonesfifer and wife Mary and John & his wife Jemmina 15th June 1778, sold 100 acres in Culpeper to James Newman. Their neighbors were Newmans, Huffmans, Manspiles. The Schmidt/Smith family was not that distant.

From "Germanna History", notes:

“John Clore, Junior, assignee (in 1777) of John Stansifer; 6 Dec 1769 - 12 Apr 1770; 22 acres on S. side of drs. of Pass Run or Strother’s Run & N. side of the doubletop Mt.; adj. Dr. Wallace, decd.

CC - Michael Clore & John Clore, Junior.

Surveyor - Richard Young.” John Stonecipher married the sister of John Clore, Jr. Probably, Michael Clore was the brother of John Clore. This one was family all the way. (09 Jul 02)

  • x. ANNA MARGARTHA STONECIPHER, b. 07 Apr 1748, Germany.
  • xi. HEINRICH J. STEINECIPHER, b. 04 Feb 1755, Eisenfeld, Germany.