Family Group Sheet

Notes for John Stillwell

In Stillwell Heritage In Arkansas 1798-1976 Related Families
childern # 22, 23, & 24 parent # Joseph II page 3
Tax lists for 1818 show that he owned personal property and
Land assessments included his name. In the Arkansas County Probate
record book AA he is shown to have served on the jury nine times between
1819 and 1829. On October 9, 1824 he was appointed as overseer of the
road district. In 1827 his claim to 640 arpens of land was approved by
superior Court. On January 26, 1825 John married Dorcus Pringle,
daughter of Elizabeth and Christian Pringle. maryland was the native
state of Pringle. He was said to have lived on a farm about two miles
from Arkansas Post for forty years. After he died in 1820 his widow
Elizabeth was remarried in 1823 to James Young. Dorcus and John were
parents of three sons. The date of the death of John Stillwell was
December 29, 1831. His brother Harold was appointed administrator of his
estate and legal Guardian of the three sons.
In the Arkansas County Will Record Book A, page 1 f, we find that
legal action wastaken on July 11, 1838 concerning these three sons. On
that date the 9 year old son Elisha was bound to his Uncle Elisha
Stillwell, and another one, the 11 year old Eli was bound to his Uncle
Asher Stillwell. Later on June 15, 1839, the 7 year old son John was
bound to Benjamin L. Haller. Almost the same provisions were made in all
the apprenticeships. Following is the one dealing with Eli Stillwell.

"This indenture made and entered into this 11th day of July, 1838,
by Harold Stillwell, guardian of the infant heirs of John Stillwell,
Deceased, by order of the Arkansas County court in April term 1838 on
first part, and Asher Stillwell of the second part, all county and State
of Arkansas.

Witnesseth that Harold Stillwell, guardian, has this day bound
out, or indetned his ward Eli Stillwell, son of the late John Stillwell,
deceased, and does by those presents; indent and bind out my said ward
Eli unto Asher Stillwell to learn the arts of farming from this date
until April 21, 1848, at which time, if living, he will be 21 years of
age; to obey all the lawful commands of his master and conduct himself in
a dutiful manner, and the party of the secod part binds himself to
furnish Eli with good and sufficient clothing, bedding and food to treat
said apprentice in kind and human manner and to school said apprentice
two years and at end of term of service shall oblige imself to give unto
said Eli a good horse, saddle and bridle with reasonable outfit of

In presence of Asher H. Stillwell S/Harold Stillwell S/Asher
C. Stillwell

This information was taken from Volume 4, No. 2, (April 1961),
page 22 of Grand Prairie Historical Bulletin.

Bibliography on Joseph Stillwell

1. Stillwell, John Edwin - Stillwell Genealogy, Volume II.
2. Young, Roy B. - History of The Stillwells - Arkansas Family Historian,
March 1973, Vol. XI, No. 1.
3. Shinn - Pioneers and Makers of Arkansas.

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