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Lieutenant John Stapleton
Missouri Society Sons of the American Revolution

Compatriot Dirk A. Stapleton, wife Laura, and daughter Victoria live in Kansas City, Missouri.   Compatriot Stapleton joined the Sons of the American Revolution on January 28, 2002 as a Member of the Harry S. Truman Chapter. His application was signed by Robert L. Grover. 

Compatriot Stapleton, served in the U.S. Army for 23 years, where his career in the Army began as an enlisted Soldier in the Kansas Army National Guard and completed his military career as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. He progressed through the ranks to become a noncommissioned officer, and then attended the Reserve Officers Training Corps at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, where he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1988. Compatriot Stapleton has served on Active Duty, the United States Army Reserve, and with the Kansas Army National Guard. Compatriot Stapleton has held numerous positions and served in the Quartermaster, Personnel, and Field Artillery Corps throughout his career as well as serving on overseas duty in Germany, Southwest Asia (Operation Iraqi Freedom), and the South Korean theaters of operation.

Ancestry: John Stapleton, who resided during the American Revolution at Oley, Berks County, Pennsylvania assisted in establishing American Independence while acting in the capacity of a First Lieutenant in Captain George Focht's 4th Company of the First Battalion, Berks County Militia. 

John Stapleton served as a first Lieutenant in Captain George Focht's Company of the First Battalion, Berks County militia, Colonel Daniel Hunter, Commanding. First Lieutenant Stapleton participated in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania campaigns during 1777-1778.

John Stapleton was a farmer by trade.  He is listed in the book, "BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA", page 936.  In 1780, he married Rosina Miller who was the daughter of the immigrant John William Miller of Oley.  In 1790, First Census of the United States, lists John Stapleton living in Berks County, with one male over 16, two males under 16, and five females including head of household.

"History Of Berks County, PA in the Revolution from 1774 to 1783" by Morton L. Montgomery states the following in his book.  "COUNTY RETURNS FOR 1777.  Colonel Jacob Morgan and his sub-lieutenants met at Reading on April 25, 1777, for the purpose of receiving returns of the inhabitants of Berks County between the ages of 18 and 53 years.  The number then returned was about 4000.  These were arranged in six districts, and meetings were ordered to be held on the 5th and 6th of May following, for the purpose of electing officers and forming companies.  Morgan reported that he had forwarded to the Executive Council an exact list of the field officers, captains, subalterns and court-martial men, comprising the six battalions of the Berks County militia, or one battalion for each district.  The list appears in the Pennsylvania Associators, vol. 2, pp. 257 to 276.  The several battalions were returned on May 16, 1777.  Lieutenant Stapleton's companany was orgainized as follows:

4th Company - Oley, PA
George Focht          Captain
John Stapleton      1st Lieutenant
Jacob Griesemer   2nd Lieutenant
John Yoder             Ensign
Daniel Levan          Court martial man
George Yoder         Court martial man

John Stapleton (son of John Stapleton, Sr. and Maria Margaretha (Geiger) Stapleton) was born 29 September 1751, in Berks County, Pennsylvania; died 17 May 1820, and is buried at Amityville, Berks County, Pennsylvania. He married Rosina Miller, daughter of (John Wilhelm Miller ). She died 15 July 1833 and is buried at Amityville, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Descendants of John Stapleton

1 John Stapleton 1751 - 1820
.. +Rosina Miller 1764 - 1833
........ 2 William Stapleton 1781 - 1849
............ +Elizabeth Drumheller 1795 - 1874
................... 3 William Stapleton 1816 - 1899
....................... +Elizabeth Specht 1828 - 1903
............................. 4 Elmer Ellsworth Stapleton 1861 - 1941
................................. +Elizabeth Merk 1865 - 1949
........................................ 5 William (Ed) Stapleton 1892 - 1963
............................................ +Mary Lucille Schlerth 1892 - 1963
.................................................. 6 Alexander Albert Stapleton 1931 - 1962
.........................................................+ Donna Mae Harrier 1933 - .............................................................. 7 Dirk Albert Stapleton 1959 - ...................................................................+ Laura Lynette Kelley 1965 - ........................................................................ 8 Victoria Lynette Stapleton 1995 -

Dirk A. Stapleton (descendant of John Stapleton)

Dirk A. Stapleton (descendant of Lieutenant

John Stapleton) next to John Stapleton and Rosina (Miller) Stapleton's grave buried at Amityville, Berks County, Pennsylvania

Dirk A. Stapleton (descendant of John Stapleton)


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