Charles Abram Stock/Stuck
My great-grandfather, Charles Abram Stuck, has been difficult
to trace. His father died shortly after moving with his family from
Pennsylvania to Ohio. His mother subsequently married a man who had
children by a previous wife, whereupon he and all his siblings
but the youngest were put out with relatives and neighbors. I've only
recently found documentation of his birth in Lancaster County, PA,
under the name Abraham.
This outline is a considerably condensed version of a full chronology
which has sources cited and name variations highlighted. As long as I
am able to do so, I will send copies of the complete version to
interested family members who send $2.50 for copying and postage costs.
Name and address information can be found below.
(These informal notes are intended to pass along
what I've found out thus far. A footnoted copy with all sources
indicated can be had on request. See below for name
- 11 Sep 1816: Charles' maternal grandfather, Abraham Bomberger,
bought land in Springport, Mountjoy Township, Lancaster County, PA.
- 29 Dec 1832: Abraham Stock, first child of Benjamin
and Christiana Bomberger Stock, was born in Lancaster Co., PA,
probably in Mountjoy Township. He was baptized the following
February in Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in nearby Elizabethtown.
- 1833: Benjamin Stock, blacksmith, was assessed with personal
property in Mountjoy tax lists. Abraham Bomberger appeared on the same
lists from 1826 to 1835.
- 24 Jan 1834: Elizabeth Stock, second child of Benjamin
and Christiana Stock, was born in Pennsylvania. She was baptized
three months later at Mountjoy Church.
- 23 Apr 1836: John McLaughlin of Bloominggrove township
and Margaret, his wife, deeded to Benjamin Stock and Abraham Bumbarger
two tracts of land in Richland County, OH.
- 08 Jun 1836: Barbara Stuck, third child of Benjamin
and Christiana Stock, was born in Pennsylvania.
- 25 Sep 1837: Mary M. Stuck, fourth child of Benjamin
and Christiana Stock, was born in Richland Co., OH.
- 06 Apr 1839: Benjamin Stock of Richland County, OH,
was issued Private Entry Certificate No. 11160 from the Lima,
OH, land office for 120 acres at the rate of $1.25 per acre.
- 04 May 1839: Catherine Stock, fifth child of Benjamin
and Christiana Stock, was born in Ohio.
- 1840: Benjamin Stock does not appear in Richland or
Mercer Counties in the 1840 Census. He does not appear in 1840
census indices for either Pennsylvania or Ohio. The family at
that time: Benjamin (31), Christiana (29), Abraham (7), Elizabeth
(6), Barbara (4), Mary (2) and Catherine (1). Abarham Bumburger
was listed in Bloominggrove Twp., Richland County, OH. The household
contained only females.
- 22 Aug 1841: Benjamin Stock died of "milk sick"
in Mercer Co., OH, leaving his wife and five young children.
- 03 Sep 1850: Abram Stuck and his younger sister Catharine
appear in the Federal Population Census with their Bumbarger grandparents
in Harrison Twp., Van Wert County, OH, where the Bumbargers owned
land. Abram's age is given as 14.
- 27 Jul 1859: Christopher LeBlond sued Abraham Stuck
in Mercer County, OH, Common Pleas Court for payment of the balance
due on his boarding there. LeBlond says Stuck is a non-resident
of the state and a resident of the state of Illinois.
- c1860: Charles A. Stuck moved to Watseka, IL, then
called Middleport. He was not found in the 1860 Federal Population
Census for Iroquois County.
- 15 May 1862: Charles A. Stuck married Margaret Ann
McCullough at Prairie Farm, near Morocco, Newton County, IN. They
went to live in Watseka the next day.
- 14 Mar 1864: Their first child, Flora, was born in Watseka.
The family was apparently living in very modest circumstances.
They did not appear on Iroquois Republican's 11 Apr 1866 list
of people having income over $500 as of 1864.
- 1866: Watseka's first Court House burned, with the
loss of many county records.
- 26 Aug 1866: Their first son, Elmer Charles, born in Watseka.
This son was referred to as "Charles" in the 1880 census.
- 1867: C. A. Stuck was assessed with Lot 14, Block 18 with
a valuation of $40 for the lot, $250 for improvements and with
Personal Property valued at $124. Total tax: $27.29. Stuck &
Snedd assessed for $760 Personal Property. Tax: $50.16.
- 21 Oct 1869: A third child, Sammie, born.
- 17 Jun 1870: Listed in the 1870 Federal Population
Census as Furniture Manufacturer in the 4th Ward, Watseka, with
$1200 Real Estate and $1500 personal Property.
- 06 Oct 1870: Sammie died.
- 24 Jun 1871: Charles Stuck, Councilman, was mentioned
in the Iroquois Times of this date.
- 08 Oct 1871: The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 began this
date, a Sunday. Margaret A. Stuck said she could see "a red
glow in the northern sky" that night.
- 28 Jun 1872: A fourth child, Willie, was born. This is my
grandfather. He later shortened his name to Will and took the
middle initial R.
- 29 Jun 1872: Advertisement for his Planing Mill first appeared
in the Iroquois Times. The ad ran regularly until 19 Apr 1873.
- 04 Sep 1872: Chas. A. Stuck, Alderman, 4th Ward, was
listed in The Daily Times roll of city officials until 26 April
- 1874: Iroquois Times article in 16 Apr 1875 issue lists
CAS among delinquent 1874 taxpayers. He owed: $8.22 for Lot 14,
Block 18; $2.04 for Lot 16, Block 33; and $6.14 for Lot 6, Block
- 19 Feb 1875: A fifth child, Lucius Tarleton, was born.
- 1875: The economic "Panic of 1873" is felt
in Watseka as "The Crash.".
- 28 Sep 1877: A sixth Child, Maggie Lena, was born.
- 29 Sep 1877: Elmer Stuck listed in Iroquois County
Times as having perfect attendance in Miss Baker's room III for
the first month of school.
- 05 Jun 1878: "Stuck's Planing Mill" is mentioned
in an article in the 08 Jun 1878 Iroquois County Times as "an
establishment in which there is more 'shaving' done than any barber
shop." The context suggests it was near the M. E. Church.
- 01 Oct 1878: Lucius F.[!] Stuck, aged 3, died.
- 31 Jan 1880: Charles Stuck of Iroquois County bought
a Lot in Oak Hill Cemetery.
- 03 Jun 1880: Listed in Federal Population Census. Occupation:
"Works in Planing Mill." Residence: "Watseka, that
part lying in Middleport Twp." The enumerator's margin notes
suggest the residence was on Mulberry, off 5th.
- 03 Sep 1881: Article in Iroquois County Times: "Chas.
Stuck, and son Elmer, were up from Danville last Saturday to see
the dear young folks at home."
- 1881: Danville City Directory: "Stuck, Charles
A, carp, sw cor Depot and Williams, bds 75 Hazel."
- 08 Oct 1881: Article in Iroquois County Times: "After
twenty years residence in Watseka, C. A. Stuck and family left
for Danville yesterday. Mr. Stuck has a permanent position in
one of the manufacturing establishments there."
- 1883: Danville City Directory: "Stuck, Charles
A, planing mill, se cor Williams and Depot, res 49 Hazel."
C. Elmer and Miss Flora Stuck are also listed as residing at 49
- 1884-1886 Danville City Directory: "Stuck Charles
A, planing mill cor Williams and Depot, res 107 n Hazel."
"Elmer C, machine hand C A Stuck, res 107 n Hazel."
"Miss Flora Stuck, res 107 n Hazel."
- 1885: Published The Rossville (IL) Press for about
one year. Rossville is about 18 miles north of Danville.
- 26 Jan 1886: Moved his family to Harrisburg, IL.
- 25 Dec 1888: Visited Jonesboro, AR, seeking a new location.
Was shown land on Madison near where Krewson would later come
through and agreed with A. L. Krewson to buy it for his Planing
- 05 Feb 1889: Moved his family to Jonesboro, AR.
- 27 Apr 1889: The "Great Jonesboro Fire."
- 14 Jun 1889: "C. A. Stuck & Son, proprietors
of the new factory and lumber yard, are now ready for business
and respectfully solicit your orders for anything in our line.
We keep constantly on hand ceiling, sideing, flooring, mouldings,
doors, sash, blinds and finishing lumber. Cypress, Pine and Poplar.
Also dry cypress framing lumber and shingles. We are prepared
to furnish on short notice all kinds of turnings, brackets, doors
and window frames, store fronts. [ ] work a specialty. Varanda
columns and turnings. Saws of all kinds gummed at reasonable prices.
- Oct 1889: C. A. Stuck helped organized Jonesboro's
First Presbyterian Church and was ordained first Ruling Elder.
- 08 Feb 1895: C. A. Stuck executed a brief holographic
- 26 Aug 1898: Charles Abram Stuck died suddenly of apoplexy
in Jonesboro, AR.
Compiler: Charles Stuck, Jr.
2637 S. Riviera Drive
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
14 February 2000
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