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THE STEGNER FAMILY OF BAVARIA AND HAMILTON COUNTY, INDIANA

Marjorie Fletcher    Page Update: November 2011

Henry Jacob Stegner 1

John W. Stegner 2

Sarah Ann Stegner 3

Sadie Claire Brown 4

Sarah Esther Billiu 5

HENRY JACOB STEGNER AND MARGARET STEGNER

    Margaret's maiden name is unknown but it has been suggested that she could have been a distant cousin with the same name, Stegner. Henry Jacob Stegner was born ca 1777 in Bavaria and Margaret Stegner was born ca 1779 in, probably the same place as her husband.

    Margaret Stegner came to America with her children sometime between 1818 and 1826. Naturalization records of Phillip Stegner, though almost illegible, seem to say 1823. Henry Jacob Stegner died in military service in Germany about 1818. It is known that a young Stegner child died and was buried at sea on the voyage to America from Europe. There is no other information available on this child. Margaret Stegner visited her daughter Elizabeth (Stegner) Grill and her husband, Simon and their family in Nauvoo, Illinois at the time of the birth of their son, David in 1849. Sometime later she was put on a boat for a return trip to Indiana but was never heard from again. She could have been murdered for her money or have been killed in a boat accident of which there were many around that time frame. She could have met a man, remarried and moved west, no one knows. The Grills are in the 1850 and 1860 census of Hancock County, Illinois but appear in the 1870 census of Bates County Missouri, having moved there in 1869. (From the records of Virgil Stegner, now deceased).

Children of Henry Jacob Stegner and Margaret Stegner

1. Henry Jacob Stegner 2 (Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 5 May 1804 in Bavaria; died 1873. He married (1) Almira S. Haines (2) Elizabeth Withers (1813-1898). Known children that were born to Henry and Almira (Haines) Stegner: Jacob M. Stegner (1825-1898); Mary, she married a Mr. Boldry; Margaret (1832-1897), she married a Mr. Hazen; Kate (1833-) she married (1) Mr. Hoffman (2) Mr. Connelly. Known children that were born to Henry and Elisabeth (Withers) Stegner: Harriet, she married a Mr. McGriffin; Sarah, married (1) Mr. Daum (2) Mr. Hoffman; Emanuel born 23 August 1841; Lena, she married a Mr. Arnold; Daniel (1846-1913); Almeda; Alice (1853-1941). she married a Mr. Ashton; Gideon (1856-1939).

2. Phillip Stegner 2 (Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 3 January 1809 in Bavaria; died 1886. He married 4 April 1831, Mary Huitt (1816-1890). Known children that were born to Phillip and Mary (Huitt) Stegner: Margaret (1832-), she married Mr. Mann; Mary Ann (1834-), she married Mr. Winter; John (1836-); Henry (1838-1923); Elizabeth (1841-), she married (1) Mr. Abbott (2) Mr. Morton; Thomas (143-1861); Nancy 1846-), she married Mr. Osting; Eliza Jane (1852-1859); Caroline, she married (1) Mr. Whitehead (2) Mr. Tangman; George (1855-1939); Franklin (1858-)

3. Elizabeth Stegner 2 (Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born about 1810 in Bavaria. She married Simon Grill (1802-1876). Elizabeth (Stegner) Grill had known children; Mary (1838-1911), She married Mr. Scheu; Elizabeth (1841-1884), she married (1) Mr. Walters (2) Mr. Friday; John (1846-); David (1849-).

4. John W. Stegner 2 (Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 18 October 1812 in Bavaria; died 1874. He married Sarah Daniels born 3 May 1812; died 1892. John and Sarah (Daniels) Stegner had the following children: Henry Jacob born 20 May 1830 in Hamilton County, Indiana, died 1914, married Mary Elizabeth Connelly; William Daniel born 1831 in Hamilton County, Indiana, died 1915, married Elizabeth Helnick; John W. born 20 August 1836 in Hamilton County, Indiana, died 1871, married Julia A. Haines; Simon born 25 December 1837 in Hamilton County, Indiana, married Maria Ragan; Louis M. born 1846 in Hamilton County, Indiana, married Sarah Jane Brown (1843-1881), daughter of George W. and Sarah (Highlands) Brown; Joseph born (1850-1915) in Hamilton County, Indiana, married Permelia Sherwood Bunyard; Elizabeth born (Feb. 1840-1819) in Hamilton County, Indiana, married Mr. Clark; Sarah Ann born (1848-1931) in Hamilton County, Indiana, married Samuel Brown; Margaret born 1 September 1845 in Hamilton County, Indiana, married Mr. Horton; Alice born 1853 in Hamilton County, Indiana, married Mr. Townsend.

5. An unknown child that died on the voyage to America and was buried at sea.

GENERATION 2

JOHN W. STEGNER AND SARAH (DANIELS) STEGNER

Children of John W. Stegner and Sarah (Daniels)

1. Henry Jacob Stegner 3 (John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 20 May 1830 in Hamilton County, Indiana; died 1914. He married 14 December 1856, Mary Elizabeth Connelly.

2. William Daniel Stegner 3 (John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 1831 in Hamilton County, Indiana; died 1915. He married Elizabeth Helnick.

3. John W. Stegner 3 (John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 20 August 1836 in Hamilton County, Indiana; died 1871. He married Julia A. Haines born 1840.

4. Simon Stegner 3 (John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 25 December 1837 in Hamilton County, Indiana. He married Maria Ragan.

5. Louis M. Stegner 3 (John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 1846 in Hamilton County, Indiana. He married Sarah Jane Brown, sister of Samuel Brown and daughter of George W. and Sarah (Highlands) Brown.

6. Joseph Stegner 3 (John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 1850 in Hamilton County, Indiana; died 1913. He married Permelia Sherwood Bunyard.

7. Elizabeth Stegner 3 (John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 1840 in Hamilton County, Indiana; died 1919. She married Samuel Clark.

8. Sarah Ann Stegner 3 (John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 7 May 1848 in Hamilton County, Indiana; died 9 May 1931. She married Samuel Brown.

9. Margaret Stegner 3 (John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 1 September 1845 in Hamilton County, Indiana. She married Cyrus Horton.

10. Alice Stegner 3 (John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 1853 in Hamilton County, Indiana. She married Francis N. Townsend.

GENERATION 3

SARAH ANN (STEGNER) BROWN AND SAMUEL BROWN

The Brown Family

Sarah Ann (Stegner), Brown

Children of Sarah Ann (Stegner) Brown and Samuel Brown, for more information see The Brown Family

1. Rosie Brown 4 (Sarah Ann Stegner 3, John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 12 October 1868; died 1920. She married 7 January 1886, Nathaniel Gentry (1863-1945). They had children: Samuel, Clyde and Carl Gentry.

2. Jessie Brown 4 (Sarah Ann Stegner 3, John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 14 December 1869; died 1945. She married 22 December 1892, James Underwood (1861-1926).

3. Minnie May Brown 4 (Sarah Ann Stegner 3, John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 21 October 1871 in Westport, Decatur County, Indiana; died 20 October 1960 in Whittier, Los Angeles County, California. She married 5 November 1891 in Burney, Decatur County, Indiana, James William Gartin born 8 March 1871 in Burney, Decatur County, Indiana; died 13 June 1942 in Orange County, California at 71 years of age. He was the son of Felix Gartin and Dorcas (Pavy) Gartin. Children of James and Minnie May (Brown) Gartin: Walter Raymond Gartin, born 22 December 1893, died 14 February 1918; Nellie Mae Gartin, born 29 March 1898; Lotus Felix Gartin, born 24 May 1901, died 14 March 1980, married (1) Phyllis Cassidy (2) 25 July 1923, Hortense Orcutt born 22 September 1903; died 6 April 1999. All three children of James and Minnie May Gartin were born in Burney, Decatur County, Indiana. James and Minnie Gartin moved to Whittier, California where they had an orange grove and a farm.

4. Sadie Claire Brown 4 (Sarah Ann Stegner 3, John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 27 August 1873 in Westport, Decatur County, Indiana; died 30 September 1963 in Pasadena, California. She married 21 July 1895 in Decatur County, Indiana, William Kyle Billiu born 22 November 1869 in Decatur County, Indiana; died 39 August 1935 in Cabell County, West Virginia. Sadie and William Billiu had the following children: Sarah Esther; Earl; Vernon; Marshall; Marion.

5. Benjamin Harrison Brown 4 (Sarah Ann Stegner 3, John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 6 November 1876; died 1934. He married in 1911, Julia Burke (1878-1938). Benjamin H. and Julia (Burke) Brown had child: Sarah Margaret (1913-). She married Mr. Imel.

6. Mary Elizabeth Brown 4 (Sarah Ann Stegner 3, John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 22 September 1879; died 18 February 1966 in Westport, Decatur County, Indiana. She married 16 July 1896, Clarence Stott. Mary Elizabeth (Brown) and Clarence Stott had children: Paul (1897-); Chris (1899-); Ben 1902-); Gladys (1904-), she married a Mr. Shepherd; Gertrude (1904-), she married a Mr. Wood; Dorothy (1910-), she married a Mr. Tumilty; Verl L. (1912-), she married a Mr. Black; Mary Jane (1917-);Phyllis (1919-); Gladys and Gertrude Stott were twins.

7. Edgar M. Brown 4 (Sarah Ann Stegner 3, John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 1882, he married 17 September 1902, Lydia Luginbel. Edgar and Lydia Brown had no children.

GENERATION 4

SADIE CLAIRE (BROWN) BILLIU AND WILLIAM KYLE BILLIU

For more information on this family, see THE BROWN FAMILY and THE BILLIU FAMILY

Sadie C. Brown, dau. Sarah E.

l-r: Marion, Marshall, Vernon, Earl, Sarah E. Billiu

William Billiu, son Earl

Children of Sadie Claire (Brown) Billiu and William Kyle Billiu

1. Sarah Esther Billiu 5 (Sadie Claire Brown 4, Sarah Ann Stegner 3, John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 26 April 1896 in Westport, Decatur County, Indiana; died 31 December 1949 in Los Angeles County, California; buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California. She married (1) about 1916, Thomas Edmond Fletcher, divorced (2) Elmer Virgil Gibson.

2. Earl Adolphus Billiu 5 (Sadie Claire Brown 4, Sarah Ann Stegner 3, John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 12 September 1897 in Westport, Decatur County, Indiana; died November 1970 in Huntington, West Virginia. He married (1) 30 June 1919, Mona Sherman (2) 5 January 1925 in Kanawha County, West Virginia, Margaret Durbin born 1903 (3) Jessie (maiden name unknown).

3. Vernon William Billiu 5 (Sadie Claire Brown 4, Sarah Ann Stegner 3, John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 1 March 1899 in Westport, Decatur County, Indiana; died 21 June 1955 in Huntington Kanawha County, West Virginia. He married 5 August 1921, Edria Mabel Graddy born 5 August 1904; died 5 January 1979. As a young man Vernon worked for Remy Electric Company in Anderson, Decatur County, Indiana and was also a Telegrapher. He worked for the Standard Oil Company for some 30 years before his death in 1955.

The Herald-Dispatch...Thursday, June 23, 1955

V. W. Billiu Die's at 56; Veteran Employee of Esso

    V. W. Billiu, 56, of Huntington and South Charleston, a veteran employee of the Esso Standard Oil Company, died yesterday at the home of a daughter, 428 Washington Avenue. Mr. Billiu, formally bulk plant manager for the company here, was transferred to the Charleston office of the company in 1951 and had held various positions there since. Funeral rites will be conducted at 2:30 P.M. Saturday at the Central Christian Church by the Rev. Joseph a. Garshaw, the Rev. Charles Cross and the Rev. E.H. Biddle. Burial will be in Woodmere Cemetery.

    Mr. and Mrs. Billiu made their home in South Charleston at 69 Riverside Drive. They had been at the daughter's home for the past several weeks. Mr. Billiu came to Huntington in 1924 from Charleston as an employee of the company. He advanced to the position of bulk plant manager, which he held until 1951. He had since been an Esso Specialty Salesman, a member of the commercial accounting staff and a salesman. He was a general salesman for the company at the time of his death. While a resident of Huntington, Mr. Billiu was a member of the Lion's Club. At the time of his death he was a member and elder of the First Christian Church of South Charleston. He was a member of Huntington Lodge 53, AF and AM.

4. Marshall Luther Billiu 5 (Sadie Claire Brown 4, Sarah Ann Stegner 3, John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 7 April 1902 in Westport, Decatur County, Indiana; died 1 March 1964 in Los Angeles, California. He married Helene Sophia Dupuis born 21 July 1909; died 29 January 1960 in Compton California. Marshall served in the United State's Marine corps, probably in the 1920's. Marshall worked for Standard Oil Company and drove a gasoline truck. He also tried farming in Indiana and Oregon. In later years he worked as a house painter. He and Helene had three boys; Royal, Dale and Bruce, all deceased.

5. Marion Abigail Billiu 5 (Sadie Claire Brown 4, Sarah Ann Stegner 3, John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 9 June 1905 in Westport, Decatur County, Indiana; died 29 November 1979 in South Pasadena, California. She married Fletcher Briggs Watson born 23 September 1901 in Vermont; died 9 March 1976 in South Pasadena, California. Fletcher was a college graduate in chemistry and worked as a Chemist for Safeway Stores in Southern California in their soft drink bottling plant. They had 3 children: Fletcher Briggs Watson, Jr., now deceased; Larry Watson, now deceased and Nancy Watson. Larry and Nancy were twins.

GENERATION 5

SARAH ESTHER (BILLIU) FLETCHER AND THOMAS EDMOND FLETCHER

For more information on this family see THE FLETCHER FAMILY

Esther, Sadie, Marion

Vernon, Sadie, Marion, Marshall Billiu

Gordon, Esther, Grant Fletcher

Sadie, Marion Billiu

Nancy, Esther, Briggs, Larry

Children of Sarah Esther (Billiu) Fletcher and Thomas Edmond Fletcher

1. Thomas Gordon Fletcher 6 (Sarah Esther Billiu 5, Sadie Claire Brown 4, Sarah Ann Stegner 3, John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) a twin, born 16 June 1917 in Dunbar, Kanawha County, West Virginia; died 6 May 1945 at Cherry Point, North Carolina. He was killed in a plane crash while on a training exercise. He is buried in Sunset Memorial Cemetery in South Charleston, West Virginia. He was never married.

2. Marshall Grant Fletcher 6 (Sarah Esther Billiu 5, Sadie Claire Brown 4, Sarah Ann Stegner 3, John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) a  twin, born 16 June 1917 in Dunbar, Kanawha County, West Virginia; died 29 December 1973 in Dunbar, Kanawha County, West Virginia; buried 31 December 1973 in Grandview Memorial Park in Dunbar, West Virginia. He married (1) Phyllis June Hill, one child, divorced (2) Faith Hanning, five children.

3. William Richard Fletcher 6 (Sarah Esther Billiu 5, Sadie Claire Brown 4, Sarah Ann Stegner 3, John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) born 11 November 1923 in Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia; died 25 April 1980 in California; buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California near his mother. He was never married.

4. Robert Edgar Fletcher 6 Sarah Esther Billiu 5, Sadie Claire Brown 4, Sarah Ann Stegner 3, John W. Stegner 2, Henry Jacob Stegner 1) is a 3 year Navy veteran of World War II and served in the South Pacific aboard LST 242. He married Marjorie. they have 3 children, 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

 

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