STIFF, DAVID

Aragorn Storm Miller

STIFF, DAVID (1825–1892). David Stiff, state legislator and farmer, was born in Breckinridge County, Kentucky, on December 3, 1825. He was the son of William Burrell and Sarah (Wray) Stiff. Stiff was raised in Kentucky and married Leonah Rebecca Lovejoy on March 20, 1851. They had a child. By 1850 Stiff had immigrated to Texas and settled in Collin County. Stiff’s first wife may have passed away, as he married Cornelia F. Jones in Collin County in 1857. The 1860 census listed Stiff as a farmer with $17,000 in real and personal property. “C. F.” was listed as his wife, with an eight-year-old daughter (from his first marriage) and a one-year-old son. Stiff was a prominent resident of Collin County and won election in 1861 as representative for Collin County to the House of the Ninth Texas Legislature. A plaque on his headstone lists Stiff as a member of Johnson’s Spy Company, Texas Infantry, Confederate States Army, during the Civil War. Following the war, he remained one of the more prosperous citizens of the community, boasting $2,040 in personal and real estate property for the first postwar tax assessments. Probably during the mid-1860s Stiff married again, this time to Mary E. Mitchell. David and Mary Stiff are listed in the 1870 census for Collin County with three young children in the household. David Stiff died on November 22, 1892, in Collin County, and was buried there at Pecan Grove Cemetery.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Jeanette Bickley Bland and Rita Bickley Roose, Records of Reconstruction Days in Collin County (McKinney, Texas: Spring Hill Press, 1981). Collin County Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I (McKinney, Texas: POP Publications, 1975). Collin County, Texas Earliest Marriages 1846–1858 Volume I (Charlotte Brawner Allen, 1977). J. Lee and Lillian J. Stambaugh, A History of Collin County, Texas (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1958).

Aragorn Storm Miller

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