John was born in the part of Prince William County that became Fauquier Co VA.. John and his brothers Timothy and William, were all members of the Broad Run Baptist Church.
[Grandson Rev. Elias Dodson said that John Stamps first married Rachel Gooding; I have not seen this anywhere else; she died without children.] The minutes of the Broad Run Baptist Church show that received into the care of the church on 14 Apr 1765, was the infant Ann Stamps, daughter of John Stamps. This was about eight months prior to John Stamps' marriage to Eleanor Dodson. The Hull papers state that Lucy A. Hall #113742 DAR, also claimed an earlier wife Eleanor and a second wife named as Leannah in his Will. I believe that Leannah is likely a pet name for Eleanor.
Fauquier Co VA DB 2, p.451 25 May 1766 John Stamps and wife Leanna and Thomas Dodson Sr and wife Elizabeth [His aunt, Elizabeth Rose, and uncle] all of Hamilton Parish to Parnach George of same ..149 acres ..Humphrey Brooke, Henry Taylors line, near Mr. Stuarts line, ...land devised to John Stamps by last will and testament of his father Thomas Stamps, dec'd, where John Stamps now lives.
1767 John and his brother Timothy were listed as tithables in the district of John Dix, Pittyslvania Co. Timothy's sons, Thomas, Timothy & John were listed in John Wilson's District the same year.
Charles Kinnon's list, filed in Chatham, names these persons who took the oath of allegiance in 1777: Hightower Dodson, Polly Dodson, Thomas Dodson, Fortunatus Dodson, William Petty, Robert Walters, and John Stamps Sr. Court Book, p.26-27
25 Sep 1778. Robert Walters appointed 1st Lt., John Hall, 2nd Lt, and John Stamps, ensign in Capt George Carter's company of County Militia.
Pittsylvania Co Land Tax Lists, 1782. John Stamps, 194 acres.
Pittsylvania Co VA DB 7
Pittsylvania Co VA DB 11
p.177 29 Apr 1797 Basel Hawker to John Stamps.[Hawker/Hucker] 8£ Tract on branches of Sandy Creek, abt 16 acres. Begin post oak Erasmus Stinsons line on Wilson's old road, John Stamps line Signed: Basel (x) Hucker Wit: Samuel Pruett Junr, Zach Butts, Timothy Stamps 16 Oct 1797 Proved by witnesses.
12 Aug 1797, James Spratling Sr of Wilkes Co, GA sold to John Stamps Sr of Pittsylvania Co VA, 200 acres on Cloud's Creek on the waters of Broad River, part of 500 granted Spratling Aug 1786. John did have a brother living on Cloud's Creek at the time.
Pittsylvania Co VA DB 12
p.189 25 Apr 1800 Simon Matthews & Mary his wife of Fauquier Co VA, legatee of William Stamps dec'd. Said Simon Matthew as attorney in fact of William Stamps, another legatee of the co Bourbon & state of KY and John Stamps of Co Pittsy of the other part. 47£ paid by John Stamps. Two-third parts of tract on Jeremiahs fork formerly property of William Stamps decd and devised by his LW&T. The whole containing 365 acres. Simon Matthews & Mary his wife and Simon Matthew for William Stamps. Signed: Simon Matthew, William Stamps Wit: Thomas Stamps, Timothy Stamps, William Burgess, John Stamps
p.532 ___ of ____ 1802. James Woody to John Stamps. 10sh. One acre including the meeting house, it being for the use of public worship. Bounded by said James Woody's land. Signed: James Woody. Wit: R. Jones, Allen Waddill, John Walters. 19 Apr 1802, ack by James Woody.
Pittsylvania Co VA DB 15
p.270 25 Dec 1806 John Stamps & William Rice to Leonard Clark. 20£. 55 acres, waters of Sandy Creek of Dan River. White oak said Stampses line, Edward Burgesses line, Waddills line, Hawkers line & Stampses line. Signed: John Stamps, William (X) Rice. Wit: William Stamps, William Burgess, John (x) Jennings. 16 Feb 1807 proved by two oaths. 19 Oct 1807, proved by another.
Pittsylvania Co DB 16
In the name of God, Amen, I, John Stamps Senr of the County of Pittsylvania and State of Virginia, being of sound memory and knowing that it is appointed for all men to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, revoking all others heretofore made.
21 Dec 1812. The will was present in Court and proved by the oaths of the three subscribing witnesses. It was ordered recorded and William Stamps, one of the executors made oath and entered into bond with Creed Tanner, Samuel Flippin, Mathew Fitzgerald and Charles Waddill, his securities, in the amount of $10,000. Certificate granted William Stamps.
30 Jan 1813. Appraisal of the estate of John Stamps. Included were the slaves George, Ritter, Milly, Rachel, Eve & Rainy. Cattle, hogs, sheep, horses. 2 carts. a parcel of books and a looking glass.
JOHN STAMPS and Rachel GOODING had the following children:
JOHN STAMPS and ELEANOR DODSON were married on 16 December 1765 in Broad Run Baptist Church; Fauquier County, Virginia.1 ELEANOR DODSON16,17, daughter of ELISHA DODSON and SARAH EVERETT, was born about 1749.1 She died on 10 July 1816 at the age of 67 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.1
Eleanor said to be of Richmond Co VA.
Strangely Eleanor Stamps was not mentioned in the deed of gift from her father Elisha to the other children in 1791. Perhaps as eldest she had already received her share. The Dodson Family book assumed she had died but she was very much alive. She was named as a daughter of Elisha & Sarah also in Rev. Elias Dodson's manuscript and since she was his maternal grandmother, that seems credible. Her name is recorded as Leannah in some records, including the will of John Stamps, and some believe they may be two different ladies.
A note in the Dodson book, p.21, referring to the children of Joshua Dodson [a brother of Eleanor's father Elisha] shows a possible daughter named Eleanor. A grandson of Joshua, George Washington Dodson, said that his father had a sister, name not remembered, who married a Stamps. That would seem to indicate Eleanor was a daughter of Joshua, not Elisha. Of course given the numbers of Stamps and Dodsons, this could have been a different person altogether. This grandson could also have been mistaken about the relationship. He also said that one of his father's sisters had married a Creel. The Dodson lady that married a Creel was Alice who married William Creel and Alice was a sister to Joshua and Elisha and would have been in the grandfather's generation not the father's.
Death Info: date mentioned is in the inventory of Leannah Stamps' estate, court date being 21 Apr 1817.
JOHN STAMPS and ELEANOR DODSON had the following children: