Bertha Elizabeth Stapp: Birth: AUG 1891.
Note: een intelligent due to the fact that he was an supervisor of roads for his district in Quitman County, Mississippi. In January 1904, Tommie was on his way to a county meeting, when he was stranded in a storm, on horseback. He finally made his way to a local Inn on the road, and later that night he developed "double pneumonia" and died the next day. He was buried in Belen Cemetary with a Woodsman of the World marker.
Source: Christine Kelso (Smith), granddaughter of Aaron Thomas Stapp
From research in the Quitman County Courthouse, records have provided that Aaron Thomas Stapp was elected as a supervisor and commissioner for Beat 3 and part of Beat 5. A.T. served this role until his untimely death in which a special election was held to fill his position. Land records show that he owned a considerable tract of land in Quitman County and was definitely one of the richest men in the county at that time. Source: Board of Supervisors Minutes; Book C, and Index to Land Deeds
QUITMAN COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MINUTES BOOK A
page 292, December 1887
Beat #4, A.T. Stapp, clerk in the sum of $1.00.
page 315, August 1888
...reviewing said road to wit: Gus Sleitz, Tom Stapp, Jim Crawford, Pack Harris, Jim Brooks.
page 333, December 1888
Ordered that the report of Gus Sleitz, A.T. Stapp, J.T. Crawford, Pack Harris, J.B. Brooks, & B.B. Burlison, Commioners appointed to review and lay out a public road commencing at Joseph Hatche's place.
page 438, November 1890
Ordered that the following officers in the election of 1890 be allowed as follows one dollar each: Beat #4, A.T. Stapp, Clerk.
QUITMAN COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MINUTES BOOK B
page 163, April 1894
Tom Stapp appointed as Baliff.
page 234, Year of 1895 A.T. Stapp appointed overseer of Road commencing Richberger Bridge ending at Marks- Wallace Place.
QUITMAN COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MINUTES BOOK C
page 10, September 1899
A.T. Stapp appointed as a juror.
pages..., January 1900
A.T. Stapp elected as to board of supervisors for Beat 3, which he served until his death.
QUITMAN COUNTY LAND DEEDS
26 September 1891.
Book I, Page 286. In consideration of $1200, G.C. Jones sold to Tom (A.T.) Stapp a certain tract of land described as follows: NW1/4 of NW1/4 of Section 6, Township 27, Range 1 West and the N1/2 of NE1/4, Section 1, Township 27, Range 2 West, containing one hundred and twenty acres lying and situated in the County of Quitman, evidenced by said Tom Stapp four certain promissary notes (equal to $1200).
(This title cancelled by agreement of both parties this April 4, 1892. G.C. Jones, A.T. Stapp)
16 February 1901.
Book O, Page 248. In consideration of two hundred dollars, L. Marks sold and quit claimed to A.T. Stapp all of my interest in and to the lease from the Board of Supervisors of said couty to Ben Pittman to Lots 8 & 9 in Sec 16, town 28, Range 1 west.
16 February 1901.
Book O, Page 249. In consideration of 4 promissary notes equalling $200, A.T. Stapp does hereby convey and warrant unto said L. Marks the certain lease from the Board of Supervisors of said county to Ben Pittman to lots 8 & 9 in Sec. 16, township 28, range 1 west and the crops grown thereon during the years of 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904.
14 February 1902.
Book Q, Page 306. In consideration of $64.00 and of $256.00 to be payed, the payment of which is secured by a Deed of Trust herewith on the land hereinafter conveyed the Yazoo and Miss. Valley R.R. Co. does hereby convey and warrant unto Aaron T. Stapp the following described lands situated in the County of Quitman: NE1/4 of SW1/4, Section 9, Township 28, Range 1 West, containing 40 acres more or less. There is reserved from this conveyance a right of way one hundred feet in width, measured fifty feet on each side of the center line of the track of the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley R.R. Company, as now located through any part of the above described land.
Book Q, Page 310. In consideration of the indeptedness of $256 due by me to the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad Company, I do hereby warrant unto Edward P Skene, trustee, the following described land, situated in the County of Quitman, State of Mississippi: NE1/4 of SW1/4 of Section..."Satisfied and cancelled Feby 8, 1910. See Book Y, Page 444 for Authority." 5 July 1902
Book R, Page 54. Deed of Trust, whereas A.T. Stapp is indebted to W.T. Covington in the sum of $158.23, and in consideration of $10 payed to him (A.T. Stapp) by W.V. Turner, Trustee, does hereby bargain, sell, assign, set over and convey to the said Turstee the following property: Lot 5, Section 14, Township 28, Range 1 West. In trust, however, that if said A.T. Stapp shall on or before the first day of January, 1903, pay what may be due said W.T. Covington for money advanced, and supplies and merchandise sold and delivered him as aforesaid, then the Deed of Trust will be void.
9 July 1902
Book R, Page 54. In consideration of $208.23, fifty dollars of which has been paid and $158.23 evidenced by the promissory note of A.T. Stapp due and payable, I convey and warrant specially to A.T. Stapp, the land described as Lot 5, of Section 14, Township 28, Range 1 West, situated in Quitman County, Mississippi. 25 July 1902.
Book R, Page 94. For the purpose of securing the prompt payment when due of our four certain promissory notes herewith payable to L. Marks, totalling $210, we, A.T. & S.E. Stapp convey and warrant unto said L. Marks, Lots 8 & 9 in Section 16, Township 28, Range 1 West. "THis is to authorize you to cancel and mark satisfied a Deed of Trust in my favor and executed by A.T. and S.E. Stapp April 14, 1902, and of record in Book R at page 94, as the indebtedness therein mentioned has been fully paid. (signed) L. Mark"
7 May 1902.
Book R, Page 108. This day came the petition of S.E. Stapp to lease lots 8 & 9 in Section 16-T.28-R-1-W., in Quitman County for a term of 7 years in consideration of the improvements hereinafter set forth and for a further term of 15 years in comsideration of an annueal rental of $150.00 And it appearing to the satisfaction of the board that the trustees of Township 28-R-1-W in said County gave notice of a meeting to be held by the heads of families of said Township called the same by givng notice that siad meeting would be held at Riverside Schoolhouse 29 March 1902, and that day the heads of families of said township voted that the said section 16 should be leased for a term of more than one year and said vote is recorded in the minutes of this board. Now therefor it is ordered that said Lots 8 & 9 in said section 16 should be leased to Mrs. S.E. Stapp for a term of 7 years commencing on Jan 1, 1903 and ending 31 Dec 1909 in consideration that she put 60 acres of said land in a good state of cultivation, erect a good and lawful fence around said sixty acres and build thereon on good four room house and one two room houseand drive at said houses a pump or dig a well. Said improvements to be done and finished within a term of seven years. And it is further ordered by the board that said lots 8 & 9 be leased to Mrs. S.E. Stapp for a further term of fifteen years to commence Jan 1, 1910 and end on 31 Dec, 1924, in consideration of annual rental of $150.00 payable on November 1st in the years A.D. 1910 to A.D. 1924 inclusive. J.W. Price, Superintendant of Education of County hereby lease said landto said S.E. Stapp upon the terms and for the time set out in this lease. 25 September 1902.
Book R, Page 242. Deed of Trust; In consideration of the indebtedness of $384.00, due by me, A.T. Stapp, to the Yazoo and Miss. Valley R.R. Company, which is for the purchase money of the realty herein described and evidenced by my six promissory notes, I do hereby convey and warrant unto Edward P. Skene, Trustee, the following described land: SE1/4 of SW1/4 and SW1/4 of SE1/4 of Section 9, Township 28, Range 1 West. This conveyance is made in trust to secure the payment of the aforesaid notes, and if the same are romply paid at maturity, then this conveyance is to be void. "Cancelled. See Book Y, Page 50."
5 October 1903.
Book T, Page 50. In consideration of sixty four dollars, cash in hand paid, and two hundred and fifty six dollars to be paid to Joseph F. Titus and Franklin Fairman, Trustees, the payment of which is secured by a deed of trust of even date herewith. The Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad Company does hereby convey and warrant unto Aaron T. Stapp the following lands in Quitman County: Lot #8 of section 15, township 28, Range 1 west; containing 40 acres more or less.
5 October 1903.
Book T, Page 52. In consideration of the indebtedness of $256.00 due by the undersigned A.T. Stapp, to Joseph F. Titus and Franklin Fairman, trustees, I, A.T. Stapp, hereby convey and warrant unto Edward P. Skene, Trustee the following described land: Lot 8, Section 15, Township 28, Range 1 West. it is also to be taken and understood as a strict condition of this agreement and as limiting and controlling the rights of the grantor that no timber standing on the above premises shall be cut or removed, execpting suah as may be necessary for and actually used in the erection of houses, sheds, and fences, or for the necessary fuel for the use of the grantor or his family until full payment has been made of the money hereby secured. This conveyance is made in trust to secure the payment of the aforesaid notes, and if the same are promply paid at maturity, then this conveyance is to be void.
11 July 1903
Book T, Page 179. In consideration of $950 dollars, A.T. Stapp and wife hereby convey and warrant unto W.T. Covington, the land in Quitman County, described as Lot 5, Section 14, Township 28, Range 1 West.
20 January 1904.
Book T, Page 225. In consideration of $300.00 cash in hand paid to us, and in further consideration of the agreement of I.C. Denton to pay off and discharge our indebtedness to the Y & M Valley R.R. Co. for the balance of the purchase money to be paid to us on the following described land; we, A.T. Stapp and his wife S.E. Stapp, hereby convey and warrant to I.C. Denton the land described as SE1/4 of SW1/4 and the SW1/4 of SE1/4 and NE1/4 of SW1/4, all in Section 9, Township 28, Range 1 West in Quitman County and containing 120 acres, more or less.
2 May 1904
Book T, Page 494. In consideration of $545.00, I, W.T. Covington convey and forever quit claim unto Mrs. S.E. Stapp the land described as Lot 5, in section 14, Township 28, Range 1 West situated in Quitman County, Mississippi.
16 November 1908.
Book Y, Page 50. The purchase money agreed to be paid by Aaron T. Stapp having been paid in full for the following described tracts or parcels of land in Quitman County, Mississippi: SE1/4 of SW1/4 and SW1/4 of SE1/4 of Section 9, Township 28, Range 1 west, as evidenced by Deed of Trust, No. 5410, dated Sept. 25, 1902, I hereby release said lands from any and all liens. Original Deed of Trust is recorded in book R, Page 242.
THE QUITMAN QUILL, BELEN, QUITMAN COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI, JANUARY 22, 1904
Mr. A.T. Stapp, of pneumonia at his residence in Tudor, on the 21st inst. between four and six o'clock. He was Supervisor for the next four years for Beat 3. He leaves a wife, and several children and a hose of friends. The Quill sincerely sympathizes with the family and relatives.
Mrs S.E. Stapp, Administrator(rix) of the Estate of A.T. Stapp, Deceased
Feby 24, 1904
Petition for Letters of Administration filed, bond filed with T.J. Williams and H.C. Green, surities., Warrant of appraisement issued to Charles Waddill, A.B. Sims, and J.B. Austin to appraise the estate of A.T. Stapp, deceased.
Note: Although there are no known existing photos of Aaron Thomas "Tommie, A.T." Family members have stated that he was a handsome man with dark, curly hair and was dark complected. He usually wore a mustache, which was popular in his day. He must have b
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