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Paul STIFFLER
Ms. __?__
Mary Ann STROPES
Husband:  Paul STIFFLER
Birth:  10 Apr 1814, Beaver Co., PA
Death:  23 Jul 1875, Jackson Co., OH
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  Jacob STIFFLER
Mother:  Sarah Catharine CLAAR
Marriage-1:
Wife-1:  Ms. __?__
Birth:  ca. 1818
Death:  1838-40
Marriage-2:  27 Dec 1840, Jackson Co., OH
Wife-2:  Mary Ann STROPES
Birth:  12 Nov 1820, Franklin Twp., Jackson Co., OH
Death:  23 Jul 1875, Jackson Co., OH
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  John STROPES, Sr.
Mother:  Eleanor FOX

Secondary sources say Paul and Mary Ann died on the same day, which is highly unusual, unless they died in a catastrophe like a burning building or sinking boat.  Does anyone know the primary source for these death dates? 

Child(ren) with Wife-1:
1.  Dennison STIFFLER, b. 1837/8, OH idiot
1.  John STIFFLER, b. 1838/9, PA

Are John and Dennison the same person? Or is John not Paul's son?

Children with Mary Ann STROPES born in Franklin Twp., Jackson Co., OH:
2.  William STIFFLER, b. 25 Jul 1841
3.  Joseph STIFFLER, b. 28 May 1843
4.  Catharine STIFFLER, b. 1844/5
5.  Peter STIFFLER, b. 1846/7
6.  Nancy STIFFLER, b. 1851/2
7.  Orlando STIFFLER, b. 1855/6
8.  Elizabeth STIFFLER, b. 1856/7
9.  Adaline STIFFLER, b. Jan 1860


Sources:

1.  Anon.  1966.  Marriage Index:  Ohio, 1789-1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-400):
Stifler, Paul Stropes, Mary Ann 27 Dec 1840 Jackson Co.

2.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #5-6 of 12 Paul was not indexed; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤-
1840 OH Jackson Co. Franklin Twp. pp. 6B-7A Ln. 31 Paul Stiffler 100 001 - 100 000 _______
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 4 or under 1835-1840 = Dennison (b. 1837/8)
0 males 20-29 1810-1820 = Paul (b. 1814)
1 male 30-39 1800-1810 = ---
1 female 4 or under 1835-1840 = Daughter A
Paul is tallied in the wrong age-class, but there can be no doubt this is our subject.  Listed one line below his father, Jacob STIFFLER.

3.  1850 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #19 of 32):  Franklin Twp., Jackson Co., OH, p. 303B, 1026/1028, enumerated 13 Sep 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Paul Stifler 37 M   Farmer 800 Pa
Mary      " 25 F       O  
Denison   " 12 M       O Idiotic
William   "  8 M       O  
Joseph    "  7 M       O  
Catharine "  5 F       O  
Peter     "  3 M       O  
Mary is 29 yrs old; Paul is 36.  Dennison is Paul's child by his former marriage.  Where is his daughter by his former wife?

4.  1860 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #23 of 36):  Jackson P.O., Liberty Twp., Jackson Co., OH, Roll 992 (Book 1), p. 118A, PN 23, 146/146, enumerated 12 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Paul Stiffler 52 M   Farmer 1000 200 Pennsylvania
Mary A 40 F         Ohio
John 21 M   Laborer     Pennsylvania
William 17 M         Ohio
Joseph 15 M         "
Peter 12 M         "
Nancy  8 F         "
Orlando  4 M         "
Elizabeth  3 F         "
Adeline 4/12 F         "
Is John the same person as Dennison?  If not, who is he?

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