Jacob Stover, Jr.

Male Abt 1717 - Est 1780-1789


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  • Name  Jacob Stover, Jr. 
    • (Stober, Stauber, Stauffer — The red border around Jacob's surname indicates this is updated information somewhat resolving previously posted ambiguous information.)
    Suffix  Jr. 
    Born  Abt 1717  VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Est 1780-1789  Henry Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I5394  adkinshorton
    Last Modified  15 May 2019 

    Father  Jacob Stover, Sr.,   b. Abt 1680, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Betw March 14 & March 23, 1741, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Sarah Boone 
    Married  1715  Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Their marriage took place at Christ's Church.
    • The city of Philadelphia is coterminous with Philadelphia County, the municipalities having been consolidated in 1854, and all remaining county government functions having been merged into the city after a 1951 referendum.
    Histories
    Jacob Stover, Sr. - Migration, Family & Event Facts
    Jacob Stover, Sr. - Migration, Family & Event Facts
    from research by Ralph Adkins
    Family ID  F846  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary Adkins,   b. 12 Sep 1735, Goochland Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1820, Bowen's Creek, Beech Fork, Cabell Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 
    • • Per researcher, Ralph Adkins, Jacob Stover & Mary Adkins were both in Snow Creek District of Lunenberg Co, VA in 1754; which is also the birth year for Mary's oldest child, David Adkins.

      DNA evidence suggests that Jacob Stover, Jr. was the father of Mary's children (him being at least the most likely candidate).

      • It is unclear why Mary's children bore the Adkins name.
    Children 
    >1. David Adkins,   b. Abt 1754, Snow Dist, Lunenburg Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1832, Louisa, Lawrence Co, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Mark Adkins,   b. Abt 1756, Halifax Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1778, Henry Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Christina Adkins,   b. 5 Jan 1759, Halifax Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1822, Beech Fork, Cabell Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. John Adkins,   b. Abt 1763, Halifax Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Sherrod Adkins,   b. 2 Mar 1765, Halifax Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1854, Wayne Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Nancy Adkins,   b. Abt 1767, Pittsylvania Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1846, Lick Creek, Greenbrier Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  13 May 2019 
    Family ID  F25046  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Note in brief clarification related to the allegation that Jacob Harley was the "Earl of Oxford" by Doug Couch, owner of this website:

      This family legend seems to be unfounded. One website (site not recorded) which cited this "title" stated that it was a term of endearment, rather than a bona fide English title. This is a more likely scenario.

      The earliest Earls of Oxford (20) all lived too early to have been the father of a Jacob Harley married to Mary Adkins, except perhaps the last, Aubrey de Vere, the 20th Earl of Oxford, rather than the 3rd as often cited as Jacob's father. Records from peerage show both those Earls who succeeded to the position, and those who did not. The Earls of Oxford held the position from 1110-1703.

      Also called Earl of Oxford, were the Earls of Oxford and Mortimer. The time period for these Earls is more compatible with the Jacob legend, holding the position from 1661-1853. Of these, the 3rd Earl, Edward, had three sons, Edward (4th Earl), John (father of Edward the 5th Earl), and Thomas (Mayor of London). None of these more contemporary Earls' cited descendants were named Jacob. This does not prove there was no Jacob son; however, it "may" indicate that such a son was illegitimate and not in line for the Earldom.

      There were also the Earls of Oxford and Asquith from 1852 to the present day. These Earls were all born too late to have a son named Jacob married to Mary.

      If Jacob was known to be a descendant or other relative of an Earl of Oxford, and thus lovingly called an Earl by his family, no connection has been shown. One or two authors of genealogy works have cited him as such, but unless someone produces the basis of such a citation, it has no value.

      If there had been a Jacob, Earl of Oxford, or a Jacob in line to become Earl of Oxford, it is unlikely he would run off to North America and abandon such a vast wealth, and there are protocols and expectations involved. It is also unlikely that such a man would have a son, Jacob (Jr.), who would inherit all this wealth and then ignore it in favor of a trip across the Allegheny's, as is sometimes also part of the family legend. Whether a term of endearment or simply a wild family tale, there is little reason to accept it as a fact. If Jacob returned to England, where is the record of such a voyage, as there surely would be one?


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