First Families of Orangeburgh District, South Carolina
Stoudenmire (Staudenmaier, Stoudenmayer, Stoudenmeyer)
Staudenmayer is a descriptive surname meaning one who lives in the Stauden (brush or thicket).1 It is a relatively uncommon surname in Germany. There are less than 800 phonebook entries for all variants of Staudenmayer in Germany today. Virtually all are found in the German state of Baden-Württemberg with the highest concentration in Landkreis Göppingen, an administrative district just north-east of Ulm.2
The Johannes Staudenmeyer Family of Dutch Fork
1. Johannes STAUDENMEYER, the son of Georg STAUDENMEYER and Magdalena BADER was born in Baden-Würtemburg, Germany about 1715. [see research note a.] He married Magdalena FINKAH of Zähringen on 24 Nov 1739 in Altheim, Baden-Würtemburg, Germany. She was the daughter of Joh. Georg FINKAH and Angelia BUCKH.3 [see research note b.]
Johannes with wife and three children left Altheim for America in 1752.4 He arrived in Charleston on the Caledonia, Capt. Harvie, and petitioned for 150 acres of land on 30 Oct 1752 citing a wife and one child, Anastasia, about 10 years old.5 The two youngest children appear to have died on the journey. At the next council meeting, 7 Nov 1752, Magdalena Stoudenmeyer from the Country of Wittemberg [Württemberg], also off the Caledonia, petitioned for 50 acres of land.6 She was probably the sister or mother of Johannes.
On 10 Jan 1753, John Hamilton surveyed 150 acres “in the fork between broad river and Saludy” for John Stoodenmeyer.7
Children Of Johannes Staudenmeyer and Magdalena Finkah were:
2.i.Anastasia STAUDENMEYER was born and baptized 31 May 1742 in Altheim, Baden-Würtemburg, Germany and died in South Carolina.8
3.ii.Magdalena STAUDENMEYER was born and baptized 14 Oct 1747 in Altheim, Baden-Würtemburg, Germany and died on the journey to Carolina.9
4.iii.Angelica STAUDENMEYER was born and baptized 26 Jan 1750 in Altheim, Baden-Würtemburg, Germany and died on the journey to Carolina.10
5.iv.George STOUDENMIRE was born about 1753-1755 in South Carolina. Almost certainly a son of Johannes, he would have been named for his grandfathers, Georg Staudenmeyer and Joh. Georg Finkh. He appears in the 1800 census as a male 45+ years old living in the fork of the Broad and Saluda Rivers. His household contained 1 male under 10, 1 male 10 to 16, 2 males 16 to 26, 1 male 45 up, 2 females under 10, 2 females 10 to 16, 1 female 16 to 26, 1 female 45 up and no slaves.11
a. I was unable to find a baptism record for Johannes in the Altheim Church Book between 1700 and 1722 (age at marriage 17-39). The records from the most likely period, 1710 to 1718 (age at marriage 21-29), are partially to mostly illegible in the microfilm.
b. The marriage record reads: [Tuesday] den 24 Novembris ist nach Dreijmahlingen Proclamation / mit einen von mir gehaltener hochzeit predig ehelichein / gesegnet worden des ehrbarn Junge Gesell Johannes / Staudenmeÿer, Metzger alhier, des weiland erbarn / Georg Staudenmeÿers seel. gewesten Taglöhners, und der / erbarn Magdalena Baderin ehel. Sohn, und die / erbare Jungfr. Magdalena Finkhin, des erbaren / Johann Georg Finkhen, Bauer in Zehring und der / weil. erbare Angeliae(?) Buckhin seel ehel. Tochter. / Gott gebt Ihren Seinen Sengen.12
[Tuesday] the 24th November after three announcements [with an honorarium? to me]? were legally married the honorable young journeyman Johannes Staudenmeyer, butcher from here, the legitimate son of the late honorable Georg Staudenmayer, former day-laborer, and the honorable Magdalena Bader; and the honorable maiden Magdalena Finkh, the legitimate daughter of the honorable Johann Georg Finkah, a farmer in Zehring, and the late honorable Angeliae(?) Buckh. God gives them his blessing.
I've not seen an honorarium mentioned in a marriage record before but think that's what "mit einen von mir gehaltener" must mean.
The Martin Staudenmyer Family of Amelia
1. Martin Stoudenmeyer was probably born in Germany before 1718 [see research note c] and died before 12 Sep 1785.13 He married Anna Maria _____.
On 2 May 1750 Martin Stoudenmeyer petitioned for 250 acres of land in Amelia Township. He cited a wife and three children. One of the children was granted a full bounty (age 12+) while the two youngest were granted half bounties (age 2-12).14
On 23 Jul 1750 Peter Faure surveyed 250 acres in Amelia Township for Martin Stouden Meyer. The land was on Mill Creek adjoining lands of John Campbell and Thomas Alison.15 A grant for the 250 acres was issued on 9 Jan 1753.16
On 4 Feb 1772, Martin Stoudenmyer petitioned for a warrant of survey for 200 acres of land and he petitioned for another 100 acres on 3 Mar 1772.17
John Allison surveyed 100 acres of land in Amelia Township for Martin Stoutinmyer on 10 Mar 1772.18 He surveyed another 200 acres of land in Amelia Township for Martin on 12 Nov 1772.19
Martin Stoudemire was still alive sometime after 6 Nov 1782 when he signed a letter asking that his indents be delivered to Col. William Thomson but had died by 12 Sep 1785 when Mary Ann Stoudemire asked that indents belonging to her late husband, Martin Stoudemire be delivered to Col. William Thomson.20
Children of Martin and Anna Maria were:
+2.i.Martin Stoudenmeyer was probably born in Germany before 1738.
+3.ii.Mathias Stoudenmeyer was born after 1740.
4.iii.Unknown Stoudenmeyer was born after 1740.
5.iv.Maria Catharina Stoudenmeyer , the daughter of “Martin Stoudenmeyer and Anna Maria, his wife” was born 8 Feb 1752 and baptized 17 May 1752 in Orangeburgh Township, South Carolina.21
+6.v.John Stoudenmeyer was born about 1755 and died 1834-1854
The following three families are the only ones to appear in the 1790 federal Census.
2. Martin Stoudenmeyer was probably born in Germany before 1738. In the 1790 census his household contains 4 males 16 and older, 2 males under 16, 7 females and 6 slaves.22
3. Mathias Stoudenmeyer was probably born in Germany between 1738 and 1750. In the 1790 census his household contains one male 16 and older, four females and no slaves.23
6. John Stoudenmeyer was born in Amelia Township about 1755 and died 1834-1854. In the 1790 census his household contains one male 16 and up, 2 males under 16, 3 females and no slaves.24
On 23 Oct 1834 John Stoudemire, a citizen of Orangeburgh District, applied for a Revolutionary War pension stating that he was about 79 years old. The pension was denied. On 20 Jul 1854 a David Stoudemire [see research note d.], signed a power of attorney to prosecute a claim for the denied pension of John Stoudemire (deceased).25
c. Based on the ages of his children. If the oldest were no older than 12, he would have been married before 1738. Twenty years was about the youngest age for marriage in Germany at the time so his birth would have been before 1718, most likely about 1715.
d. This is probably John David Stoudemire (age 42). The only other David known to the 1850 census is David H. Stoudemire (age about 16, son of Charles). The document suggests that John David, son of Daniel, was the grand-son of John but proof is elusive.
References to this surname are found in OGSGS Newsletters: Vol. 1, #4, pp. 27, 31, 36, 42, 46, 47, 91; Vol. 2, pp. 34, 36, 48,153, 159; Vol. 3, pp. 1,8,49,50,61; Vol. 4, pp. 40, 50; Vol. 5, pp. 111, 117, 133, 136; Vol. 6, pp. 66, 89, 98; Vol. 7, p. 92; Vol. 8, pp. 24, 41; Vol. 9, pp. 3, 32.
Information provided by Jim Rickenbacker on 21 April 2012
1 Bahlow, Hans( translated by Edda Gentry), Dictionary of German Names, Madison, WI, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993. p. 538.
2 Geogen Surname Mapping, http://christoph.stoepel.net/geogen/en/
3 Evangelische Kirche Altheim (OA Ulm). "Kirchenbuch, 1560-1954", FHL INTL Film 1189890.
4 Hacker, Werner. Eighteenth Century Register of Emigrants from Southwest Germany (to America and other countries). Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 1994, p. 439.
5 Holcomb, Brent H. Petitions for land from the South Carolina Council Journals, Volume III:1752-1753. Columbia, SC: SCMAR, 1997, p. 90.
6 Holcomb, Brent H. Petitions for land from the South Carolina Council Journals, Volume III:1752-1753. Columbia, SC: SCMAR, 1997, pp. 100, 101.
7 SC Archives, Colonial Plats, 1/10/1753, Stoodenmeyer, John, plat for 150 acres between Broad and Saludy rivers. Series: S213184, Volume: 0011, Page: 00570, Item: 03.
8 Evangelische Kirche Altheim (OA Ulm). "Kirchenbuch, 1560-1954", FHL INTL Film 1189890.
9 Evangelische Kirche Altheim (OA Ulm). "Kirchenbuch, 1560-1954", FHL INTL Film 1189890.
10 Evangelische Kirche Altheim (OA Ulm). "Kirchenbuch, 1560-1954", FHL INTL Film 1189890.
11 US Federal Census of 1800, South Carolina.
12 Evangelische Kirche Altheim (OA Ulm). "Kirchenbuch, 1560-1954", FHL INTL Film 1189890.
13 SC Archives, Accounts Audited, Martin Stoudenmyer.
14 Holcomb, Brent H. Petitions for land from the South Carolina Council Journals, Volume II:1748-1752. Columbia, SC: SCMAR, 1997, p. 132.
15 SC Archives. Colonial Plats, 7/23/1750, Meyer, Martin Stouden, Plat for 250 Acres in Barkley County. Series: S213184, Volume: 0005, Page: 00257, Item: 01.
16 SC Archives. "Colonial Grants, 1/9/1753 (Stoudenmeyer, Martin)", Ser. S213016, Vol. 002F, Pg. 0043.
17 Holcomb, Brent H. Petitions for land from the South Carolina Council Journals, Volume VII:1771-1774. Columbia, SC: SCMAR, 1999, pp. 85, 89.
18 SC Archives. Colonial Plats, 3/10/1772, Stoutinmyer, Martain, Plat for 100 Acres in Amelia Township
19 SC Archives, 4/18/1804, Hogg, John, Plat for 200 Acres in Amelia Township, Surveyed by John Alison for Martin Stoutinmeyer on March 12, 1772
20 SC Archives, Accounts Audited, Martin Stoudenmyer.
21 Joop Giesendanner, "The Book of Record, Orangeburgh, SC", http://www.xs4all.nl/~sail/
22 US Federal Census of 1790, South Carolina, Orangeburgh District (North), p. 414.
23 US Federal Census of 1790, South Carolina, Orangeburgh District (North), p. 414.
24 US Federal Census of 1790, South Carolina, Orangeburgh District (North), p. 415.
25 Revolutionary War Pensions, John Stoudemire, (Pension Claim # R10239), http://www.fold3.com.