Johan Michael Stocker or Stoker

Male Abt 1732 - 1819  (~ 87 years)


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  • Name Johan Michael Stocker or Stoker 
    Born Abt 1732  Of , , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Mar 1819  Somerset, Perry, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 29 Mar 1819  Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Somerset, Perry, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1857  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2006 

    Father Stocker or Stoker 
    Family ID F81  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Anna Barbara Romerin,   b. Abt 1736, Of Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1769, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years) 
    Married Jul 1757  German Reformed Church, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Anna Barbara Stocker,   b. 1 Apr 1758, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1760, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     2. Maria Barbara Stocker,   b. 1 Apr 1758, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1769, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 10 years)
     3. Johanna Magdalina Stocker,   b. 1 Jan 1760, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1814, , Franklin, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
     4. Michael Stoker or Stocker,   b. 24 Mar 1762, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 27 Oct 1836, Of , Caldwell, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 74 years)
     5. Elisabetha Stocker,   b. 26 Aug 1764, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1769, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 4 years)
     6. Balthasar Stocker,   b. 24 May 1767, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1769, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 1 years)
     7. Maria Barbara Stocker,   b. 11 Sep 1769, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1769, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     8. Christina Stocker,   b. 11 Sep 1769, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1782, Of Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 12 years)
    Family ID F82  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Elizabeth Fah,   b. 1744, of Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1777, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years) 
    Married 15 Feb 1769 
    Children 
     1. Johannes or John Stocker,   b. 4 Jan 1772, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1846, Rushville, Fairfield, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     2. Maria Salome Stocker,   b. 9 May 1773, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1818  (Age > 46 years)
     3. Maria Barbara Stocker,   b. 23 Dec 1774, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1818  (Age > 45 years)
     4. Eva Margreth Stocker,   b. 22 Jul 1776, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1777, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     5. Stocker,   b. 7 Oct 1777, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1777, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Family ID F999  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Anna Maria Adams,   b. 1749, of Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1822, Somerset, Perry, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 21 Jun 1778  Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Anna Margreth Stocker,   b. 15 May 1779, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1818  (Age > 40 years)
     2. Maria Catherina Stoker,   b. 4 Sep 1780, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1839  (Age 59 years)
     3. Georg Stocker,   b. 13 Nov 1781, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1818  (Age < 36 years)
     4. Eva Catherina Stoker,   b. 31 Jan 1784, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1818, of Somerset, Perry, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 35 years)
     5. Jacob Stocker,   b. 22 May 1785, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1850, Of Circleville, Piscaway, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 66 years)
     6. Charlotta Stocker,   b. 19 Feb 1788, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1877, Of Somerset, Perry, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    Family ID F1000  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • RESEARCH_NOTES:
      1. A biography of Margaret Judd (dau.-in-law) indicates Stoker family was of German descent. Judging from the naming practice of his children and that all the Church records of the children are in German, Michael was probably of German speaking ethnicity; however, where in Europe and who were his parents have not yet been determined. James Hook in his 1957 book as quoted below makes two good points:
      a. All the early records of Frederick Co., Maryland only show one Stoker/Stocker family, that of Michael, except for one entry in the early 1780s where Michael and a James Stocker received reimbursement from the State Government. No one to date has comment on who James might be or why the reimbursement, but it may have something to do with the American Rev. War subject to further research. It almost appears, according to Hook's statement, that both Stockers were awarded the money in the same decree at the same time.
      b. Hooks notes that he once thought that John Michael was, very likely, the son of Michael Stoker, aged 31, who came to Pennsylvania on the ship 'Brittania' with Margaret Stoker, aged 24, his wife probably, and took his oath of allegiance 21 Sep 1731 but dismissed the idea when he later learned that Michael and Margaret Stoker's son Michael died in 1771 in Macungie Twsp. of Northampton (now Lehigh Co.,) Pennsylvania, his will having been probated there, 25 Jan 1771, naming a wife Margaret and children Mary, Elizabeth, Catherine, Susannah and George. From my more recent research, I see some databases included Ordinance Index and Ancestry.com continue to show this unlikely connection. The family they use to try to tie John Michael into generally follows this one as reported 6 Apr 2002 from the internet site Ancestry.com, database of Dianne Janis, diannej@ioa.com and per ancestral file v.4.19:
      Michael Stocker, b. 1700 at Lake Constance on the German Swiss Border, d. 1749 at Pennsylvania. Two locations noted for death as Hereford Twp., Lehigh, Pennsylvania and near Cooperstown, Berks, Pennsylvania. Married Anna Margaret ____ about 1721/1731 probably in Switzerland. She was b. about 1707 probably in Switzerland and d. 1775 in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. Their children:
      1. Anna Marie Stocker, b. about 1728 at Bavaria, Germany; m. Peter Vies White.
      2. Michael Stocker, b. 1730 at Bavaria, Germany and d. Jan 1771 at Macungie, Lehigh, Pennsylvania.
      3. Adam Stocker, b. 15 Feb 1735/36 at Frederick, Frederick, Maryland; d. 24 Jun 1814 at Forks Twsp., Northampton, Pennsylvania; bur. at Forks Cemetery, Stockertown, Northampton, Pennsylvania per 6 Apr 2002 website <http://www.web-span.com/master/forks.htm>: "Stocker, Adam; 24 Jun 1814; age 78; plot OS-R16." Married Oct 1757, Maria Magdalena Beisel, b. 5 Mar 1741 at Milford Twsp., Bucks, Pennsylvania; d. 23 Jul 1805 at Forks Twsp., Northampton, PA; bur. at Forks Cemetery, Stockertown, Northampton, PA, 6 Apr 2002 website <http://www.web-span.com/master/forks.htm>: "Stocker, Maria M.; 23 Jul 1823; age 43; plot OS-R16."
      4. Jacob Stocker, b. 1738 at Hereford, Berks, Pennsylvania; d. Aug 1782.
      5. Nancy Catherine Stocker, b. 1743.
      6. Andreas or Andrew Stocker, b. May 1746 at Hereford, Berks, PA; d. 1823 at Stockertown, Northampton Co., PA; bur. 1823 Forks Cemetery in Stockertown, Northampton County, PA; m. about 1772 at Northampton, PA, Julianna Maria Watner or Watuert., b. 1751 of Northampton, Pennsylvania; d. 1823 at Stockertown, Northampton, PA; bur 1823 Forks Cemetery, Stockertown, Northampton, PA. 6 Apr 2002 website <http://www.web-span.com/master/forks.htm>: "Stocker, Julianna; 0-0-1823; age 72; plot OS-R20." Same plot as her husband.
      7. Henry Stocker, b. about 1748.
      8. Eva Christine Stocker, b. 14 Nov 1749 at Moore Twsp., Berks, Pennsylvania; d. after 4 Jun 1777 at same place; bur. at Big Moore Church at same place; m. about 1770 at same place, John Walker, b. about 1745 at Moore Twsp., Berks, Pennsylvania.

      2. A recent Ordinance Index entry notes birth as 1731 at Bayern, Germany or Preussen; needs verification.

      3. All children are shown in LDS extracted Frederick, Frederick, Maryland church records per online Ordinance Index. Every child was christened in the Evangelical Lutheran Church except the youngest daughter Charlotta who was christened in the Evangelical Reformed Church. Last names shown all as Stocker except two as Stoker. Note that all the land deeds in Frederick County were with the surname Stoker. Each of the three wives are listed in the Church records but without any maiden names. John Michael Stoker's name shows as Michael in all cases except two which show as Joh. Michael. I show a 19th possible stillborn child that does not show in the Church records.

      4. I have 19 total children; there should be a total of 18 children according to the John Michael Stoker Association newsletter of 17 Jun 1976 -- I do not know their current position on the matter. The John Michael Stoker Family Association, 631 South 11th East, SLC, Utah. The difference in my database is a possible stillborn child as the fifth child to Michael and his second wife Elizabeth. The same Association notes only 7 survived to marry; however, I show at least 9 -- subject to further verification and research.

      5. FHL Book 929.273EL54h “George Michael Eller and Descendants of His in America,� compiled by James W. Hook, 1957, also on FHL film 896571, item 2, pp. 159-171, in regards to the association of Ellers, Koons, Stoker, and Dick families: "The Koons Family of Randolph and Ashe Counties, North Carolina probably descended from Dewald Kuntz who came to Pennsylvania on the ship 'Phoenix' and took the Oath of Allegiance to the Province and State of Pennslvania 28 Aug 1750. (Penn. Archives, 2nd. series, Vol. 17.) According to an account of the family in the 'History of Henry County, Indiana,' p. 1163, by George Hazzard, 1906, Devault Koons, a native of Pennsylvania, married the widow Susan Dick, a native of Germany, whose husband died at sea while crossing to America. The account continues my naming three of their sons... The above account on the origin of the family is rendered doubtful, in one or two respects, by certain records found in the courthouse of Frederick, (Frederick Co.) Maryland. There we find a deed dated 21 Nov 1755 in which Devall Conce (sic) and his wife Margaret sold 70 acres of land on Grooses branch in Frederick Co. to Jacob Gallman. (Book E, p. 916) Another deed dated 2 Feb 1756 (Book E., p. 990) shows Devault Coons (sic) and Richard Kee leasing from Edward Matthias 100 acres of land on Abraham Creek at the foot of Kittocton Mountain called 'Davis Delight.' Still another deed dated 22 Aug 1770 (Book N, p. 305) shows Devalt Coons (sic) and Margaret his wife selling a lot in Sharpsburg to William Flick. The variation in the spelling of the name was due perhaps to the fact that the signatures were by marks making it necessary for the scriveners to write the name according to the way it sounded when spoken.
      It could be said, of course, that the Dewald (Devault, Devall, Devalt) Kuntz (Koons, Conce, Coonce, Coons, Koontz) of Frederick Co., Md. was not the same as Devault (Davault) Koons of Hazzard's 'History of Henry Co., IN,' but when one notes that the Eller, Dick and Stoker families also lived in Frederick Co., MD contemporaneously with the Koons family and that members of all of these families later removed to the same county in North Carolina and intermarried and considering the uncommon name of Devault that appeared in both places, we can hardly escape believing that they were the same. This writer believes that the History of Hazzard errs in saying that Devault Koons the first, was a native of Pennsylvania, implying that he was born there and suggests that the Susan Dick account by Hazzard probably should have included the statement that she was Devault Koon's second wife or that her full name was Margaret Susan Dick, not just Susan Dick..."

      6. The following is in the section about George Michael Eller, but it definitely has some bearing on Joh. Michael Stocker since it talks of the Lutheran Churches in Frederick, Maryland. Quoted from FHL Book 929.273EL54h “George Michael Eller and Descendants of His in America,� compiled by James W. Hook, 1957, also on FHL film 896571, item 2, pp. 8-16: "The new church along with members of other sects who refused to join one of the three state religions, namely the Catholic, Evangelical Lutheran and German Reformed (Calvinists), that were given exclusive religious liberty by the treaty of Westphalia in 1648 which ended the 30 years’ war, were notoriously persecuted and driven from place to place. In 1719 Peter Becker, one of the founder members of the German Baptist Brethren Church in Schwarzenau brought his church in Krefelt, Germany to Germantown, Pennsylvania. He was followed in 1729 by Alexander Mack who found going congregations at Wissahicton near Germantown, at Coventry in Chester Co. and at Conestoga some fifteen miles south of Lancaster, all in Pennsylvania. From these starting points the church spread to Conowego in York County and thence to Maryland including Pipe Creek in 1758 and Beaver Dam in 1762/3. The Pipe Creek Church, organized about 1758, was located, I believe, at Union Bridge in Carrol Co. about two miles northeast of the Eller farms. Beaver Dam Church, organized about 1762 was located, I believe, on Beaver Dam Creek and was still nearer to the Eller farms. The Annual Meeting of all Brethren Congregations in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia were held at Pipe Creek in 1778, 1783, 1787, 1799, 1804, 1814, 1830 and 1867. (See ‘History of the German Baptist Brethren’ by Martin Grove Brumbaugh, 1890 and ‘History of the Church of the Brethren in Maryland’ by J. Maurice Henry, 1936.) The exceedingly sparse records of the Conestoga Church show the following adult baptisms of new members which are pertinent to this genealogy. First, on 24 Apr 1748, Adam Dick and his wife, Odilga. Second, on 29 Mar 1752, Daniel Seiler. Third, on 26 Aug 1753, George Eder and wife, her name not given. It is possible that George Eder was the same as George Michael Eller. Fourth, on 14 Apr 1754, Henry Eler (sic) and wife, her name not given (Ibid). Very likely he was the Henry Eller who with George Michael Eller later acquired land called Hammond Strife on the waters of Little Pipe Creek in Frederick Co., MD. The records of the Conestoga Church from the Sept. 1755 to the year 1763 have not been found. (Ibid)
      One of the churches that served the Pipe Creek and Beaver Dam Brethren may have been on a 4 acre tract of land described as a part of ‘Browns Delight,’ that, on 8 Oct. 1765, was deeded to the ‘Dutch Congregation of Pipe Creek’ by John Grider, (Garber). This land was located on the Clemson branch of Sam’s Creek in Frederick Co., about two and a half miles southeast of the farms of George Michael and Henry Eller. If these nearby churches had made records that were now extant they, doubtless, would show George Michael Eller and Henry Eller as members. Neither is shown in the records of the Evangelical Lutheran or the German Reformed Churches of Frederick Co., MD except for the marriage of Elizabeth, daughter of George Michael Eller who is recorded in the Evangelical Lutheran Church as having married Henrich Reb, 10 Jun 1777. Very probably Reb was a member of the church.
      Both the Evangelical Lutheran and the German Reformed Churches were organized early in Frederick County. Simon Kern, Michael Hoffner, Philip Kuntz and others, ‘who built the church in the mountains,’ declared their loyalty and faith on 31 Oct 1746 ‘when the Swedish Pastor, Mr. Nasman, was here.’ (Evangelical Lutheran Church Records, page 490 at Md. Hist. Soc., Baltimore.) Apparently this was not the Frederick Town Church because that church was not built until 1761. (Frederick Co. Deed Books B, p. 574 and F, pp. 535-536.) The Reformed German Church was built about 1747-48. Thomas Schley (b. 1712; d. 1789) who brought a party of Germans to Maryland about 1740-45 and served as their teacher, interpreter and friend, was a member of this church and its organist for many years. He was an educated man and translated the wills of deceased Germans for the county records. One of the wills which translated was that of George Michael Eller..."

      7. FHL Book 929.273, film 6005243, "John Jacob Eller and His Descendants with Other Pre-1800 Eller Immigrants to America," by the Eller Family Association, 1998, 817-297-1280, CHAPTER 1, concerning migration patterns in Colonial North Carolina and early pre-1800 immigrants:
      "When the Ellers... arrived in Pennsylvania, they found all the productive land occupied, or available only at high prices. In the favored easterly sections, the cost of farms was almost prohibitive. Under these conditions the newly arrived German immigrants began to move southward, some stopping in Maryland, and some in the Shenandoah Valley. When word came of cheap and abundant land in North Carolina, particularly in Rowan County, that became the choice destination for a growing stream of German migrants who traveled south on the Great Wagon Road... [The Ellers presumed path from their homeland was] German Palatinate -- Rhine River -- Rotterdam -- England -- Philadelphia -- Montgomery County, Pennsylvania -- Great Wagon Road -- Crane Creek on the Yadkin River in Rowan County, North Carolina... Their arrival there began about 1745, the number increased markedly prior to 1760, and except for a decline during the French and Indian War, continued until the Revolutionary War. A large number of Scotch-Irish settlers had settled in Rowan County, and taken up the most fertile land prior to the arrival of the Germans. This left the land of less fertile soil to the east and southeast of Salisbury for the Germans."
      "In colonial times two major travel routes entered North Carolina from the north. The Great Wagon Road began in Philadelphia, passed through the Shenandoah Valley, and entered the northern border of North Carolina. After crossing the Yadkin River at the ‘Shallow Ford’ west of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the road continued south to Rowan County and beyond. This was the route taken by most of the Pennsylvania Germans who came to North Carolina.�
      “Another route known as the Trading Path began in tide-water Virginia at Petersburg and joined the Great Wagon Road at the Trading Ford on the Yadkin River only a few miles east of the present town of Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina… Until after the French and Indian War, which ended in 1761, the Indians, principally the Catawba and Cherokee tribes, were not far to the west of Salisbury.�
      “From the Trading Ford, the road continued southward into Cabarrus and Mecklenburg Counties and on into South Carolina. Situated strategically at the confluence of major travel and trading routes, Salisbury, founded in 1755, remained for decades the most western frontier town in North Carolina. Rowan County extended westward beyond the Appalachian Mountains to include the present state of Tennessee. This gave the distinction to Rowan County of being the largest ever in the United States. The trans-mountain region was destined to become the state of Tennessee in 1796, but first it was a part of the Cherokee Indian Nation, as was most of the mountain area of present western North Carolina… [It was] reported that settlers were coming from the north in hundreds of wagons, and in 1755 it was reported that 5,000 had crossed the James river in Virginia bound for Rowan County...�
      “[During the French and Indian War of 1759-1760 which disrupted life in Rowan County, immigrant] Christian Eller [was] listed in a militia company in 1759 that was called up after an Indian attack near Salisbury. (Clark-1983, p. 851. Christian Eller listed on ‘muster roll of Captain Morgan Bryan’s Scouts.�)…Three young Eller men from Rowan County fought in the Revolutionary War (John Melchior Eller, son of immigrant John Jacob Eller; John and Joseph Eller, other probable sons of immigrant John Jacob Eller.)…�
      “North Carolina is unique among coastal states in that settlement did not spread from the coast, but from the north and south… Also, from South Carolina came new settlers who settled in the western part of the state [of North Carolina]… In the last 16 years of the Colonial Era… south bound traffic along the Great Wagon Road was numbered in the tens of thousands. It was the most heavily traveled road in all America… A significant number [of settlers] moved to the head waters of the Yadkin River, then crossed the Appalachians on the Boon Trail, to settle… in an area that was destined to become the northeastern corner of the state of Tennessee… Some descendants of immigrant Eller families of Rowan County were drawn toward the western frontier. Peter Eller, eldest son of George Michael Eller, moved to the headwaters of the Yadkin in time to acquire choice land in Wilkes (now Ashe) County, North Carolina. George Eller, eldest son of Christian Eller, moved to the southeastern corner of Virginia; and John Jacob Eller, Jr., eldest son of John Jacob Eller, crossed the mountains, perhaps as early as 1779, into the Holston Valley in the future state of Tennessee…�
      “The Germans… usually left Pennsylvania just after fall harvest and mad the journey down the Valley of Virginia in time to arrive in the fall, build their homes, and plant crops in the spring…�

      BIOGRAPHY:
      1. Mentioned in the book "The Howard Leytham Stoker Von Dollen Family Histories," FHL 929.273 H833a, by Doris Lewis, 2017 So. 80th Ave., Omaha, Nebraska, 68124:
      P. 85: "John Michael Stoker was born about 1732, but here or in Germany is not known. The Stokers did live in German communities here in America. There was a Johan Valentine Stoker and Johan Romer on the ship 'Winter Galley,' which sailed from Rotterdam to Philadelphia in 1737, and may have been part of our family group since the name of Romer appears in family baptisms. Offers of free land in Maryland in 1732 brought many Germans from Pennsylvania, and quite a group settled in Frederick County, Maryland, where we find Michael in 1750. Michael and James Stoker presented a bill to the Fredericktown Council for work they did. Michael was a saddlemaker by trade, but worked at farming as most pioneers. In Frederick County, Michael and his family joined the Evangelical Lutheran Church, where baptisms were recorded, originally in German. Herman Stoker of Burley, Idaho, is president of a group organized to trace records of John Michael Stoker, and much of this material comes from them. The will of John Michael Stoker was found in Perry County, Ohio and was written in 1818, when he was about 86 years old. [See quotation below with death information for will quotation.]" Children:
      Wife (1) Anna Barbara, d. abt. 1769:
      a. Anna Barbara, twins, died as infant.
      b. Marie Barbara, b. 1 Apr 1748, died as infant.
      c. Johanna Magdalene, b. Jan 1760.
      d. Michael, b. 20 May, 1762, godparents were Michael Romer and Charlotte Amelia.
      e. Elizabeth, b. 26 Aug 1764, died as an infant.
      f. Balthasar, b. 24 May 1767, died as an infant.
      g. Marie Barbara, twins, died as an infant.
      h. Christina, b. 1769, died as an infant.
      Wife (2) Elizabeth, b. 1744, d. 10 Oct 1777.
      i. Johannes (John), b. 4 Jan 1772.
      j. Marie Salome, b. 9 May 1773.
      k. Marie Barbara, b. 23 Dec 1774.
      l. Eve Margareth, b. 22 Jul, 1776.
      Wife (3) Marie (Mary) Adams, d. 1822.
      m. Anne Margareth (Mary), b. 15 May 1779.
      n. Marie Catherina, b. 4 Sep 1780.
      o. George, b. 13 Nov 1781.
      p. Jacob, b. 22 May 1785.
      q. Charlotte, b. 19 Feb 1788."
      P. 87: Michael Stoker, the son of (John) Michael Stoker, was a 28 year old bachelor in Wilkes County, NC when the US census was taken in 1790. The farm which Michael Stoker bought from John Dick was on the north fork of New River in Ashe County. (The boundary line had been changed from Wilkes.) In 1792 Michael married Catherine Eller, the oldest daughter of Peter Eller and Elizabeth Dick. The Ellers and Dicks were settlers in this same area and all of Michael and Catherine’s children, except Eller, were born and raised among numerous family members in North Carolina. In 1815, the family joined a migration of relatives moving west into Ohio. This party of Graybills and Stokers, all ages from babies to the elderly crossed the border into Ohio on Christmas Day, 1815. Michael and his son David, who had just turned 21, took part in the first election held in Jackson County on April 1, 1816. John Michael Stoker, Michael’s father, settled in Perry County, Ohio, about 60 miles north. While in Ohio the Stokers became members of the newly organized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In 1837 [error: Feb 1836?], Michael, Jr., who was now a man and a member of the Priesthood, baptized Eller’s future wife and her mother, Margaret and Rhoda Judd. Pauline Stoker of Council Bluffs has Michael Jr.’s old notebook where he kept records of baptisms, birthdays and deaths. On October 27, 1836, Michael and Catherine Stoker sold their land in preparation of the move to Missouri where the Saints were gathering. Michael was then 74 and Catherine 63 years old. Great persecutions took place in Missouri during the next two years and the family had to flee to Illinois for safety. Michael was not among those who reached Illinois, and how or when he died is not known. Catherine was at Nauvoo, IL, when the Saints again had to flee in February of 1846. She settled in Pottawattamie County, living with her eldest daughter, Polly, where she died. She is buried in the Stoker-Graybill Cemetery east of Council Bluffs, Iowa.�

      2. FHL Book 929.273EL54h “George Michael Eller and Descendants of His in America,� compiled by James W. Hook, 1957, also on FHL film 896571, item 2, pp. 88-97: "Michael Stoker, doubtless, was the son of Michael Stoker (Stocker) who settled in Frederick Co., Md. about the middle of the 18th century. No other family of the Stoker (Stocker) name was found by this writer in any of the early Frederick Co. records. The 18th century translated records of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frederick, Md. established about 1746, show many Michael Stoker (Stocker) entries beginning with the birth, on 1 Apr 1758, of Anna Barbara, daughter of 'Mich. Stocker' and his wife 'Ana Barb.' On p. 552 of a copy of these church records, now in possession of the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore, Maryland, will be found a recording of eight children of Michael Stocker, the youngest named George, born 13 Nov 1781. The first of these children was named Marie Barbara, born 1 Apr 1758. She doubtless was the same as or the twin of another daughter named Anna Barbara mentioned above as having been born on the same date. Another record shows, again, the birth of Marie Barbara, daughter of Michael Stocker born 1 Apr 1758; baptized 15 May 1758. Thus the church records contain three separate entries of the birth on 1 April 1758, of a daughter to Michael Stoker (Stocker) as follows:
      a. 'On 1 Apr. 1758 to Mich. Stocker et uxori Ana Barbara a daughter Anna Barbara. Witnesses (to baptism) Marie Barbara filia coelebs Michael Roemers.' Filia Coelebs means unmarried daughter of.'
      b. '1758, 1 April to Michael Stoker a daughter Marie Barbara, sponsored by Barbara Romerin, baptized 15 May 1758.'
      c. '1758, 1 April to Michael Stocker a daughter Marie Barbara, sponsored by Barbara Romerin, baptized 15 May 1758.'
      As already stated, page 552 of the church book records, on one single page, the birth of eight children to Michael Stocker the last child of whom, named George, was born 13 Nov 1781 and baptized 7 Jun 1782. The first seven of these recordings obviously were made in 1769, the 8th having been put there in 1782 as will be explained later. Preceding the names of the 1st, 4th, 5th and 6th and 7th child, the symbol ϯ was added to show, doubtless, that the child was deceased when the record was made. The record, on page 552 of the church records, is as follows:
      a. 1 April 1758, to Michael Stocker a child Marie Barbara; ϯ godmother, Barbara Romerin; baptized 15 May 1758.
      b. 1 Jan 1760, to Michael Stocker, a child Johana Magdale, godparents, Heinrich Hanth (and wife) Magdalena. Date of baptism not stated. (Note by JWH -- On page 454 of the church record is shown the marriage on 2 Nov 1784 'by license' of Johanna Magdalena Stockern and Johann Jost Stimmel, Michael Stocker, Peter Stimmel and John and Peter Schnog serving as witnesses.)
      c. 20 May 1762, to Michael Stocker, a child Michael; godparents Michael Romer (and wife) Charlotte Amalia, (Amalis). Date of baptism not stated. (Note by JWH -- This writer believes that this was the Michael Stocker who married Catherine Eller.
      d. 26 Aug 1764, to Michael Stocker, a child, Elizabeth; ϯ godmother, Elizabeth Romerin. Date of baptism not stated.
      e. 24 May 1767, to Michael Stocker, a child Balthasar; ϯ godparents, Balthsar Bock (and wife) Rosina. Date of baptism not stated.
      f and g. 11 gbr 1769 (two children) to Michael Stocker, namely a child Marie Barbara; godparents, Johannes Haas (and wife) Mar. Barbara, and a child Christina; godmother, Christina Romerin, ledig, meaning unmarried. Baptized 19 gbr. 1769. (Note gbr is usually an abbreviation in German for born but in this case probably means November of possibly February.)
      h. 13 Nov 1781, to Michael Stocker, a child, George; sponsor George Bens. Baptized 7 Jun 1782.
      The above record of children of Michael Stocker, together with others shown below are interesting in two ways. First it will be noted that one of the sponsors in every case bore the same given name as the child. It was a custom in early German families to select as godmother or godfather of children being baptized the person for whom the child was named, usually a close relative and in some cases a respected friend. Second, as was shown by the first record quoted above and as will be shown by other records quoted below, Michael Stoker's wife as late as 24 March 1766 (Deed Record) was Barbara and as early as 12 April 1770 (Deed Record) was Elizabeth. That these two wives, Barbara and Elizabeth, were spouses of the same Michael Stocker is definitely established by the land records of Frederick County but, as the two next following church records show, Michael Stocker's full name was Joh. (John) Michael Stoker.
      a. Page 564 of the translated church records at Maryland Hist. Soc. -- Johannes, son of Joh. Michael and Elizabeth Stoker, b. 4 Jan 1772 and baptized 9 Feb 1772. (Note by JWH -- p. 233 of the church records show that Johannes Stocker, aged 19, was confirmed on 22 Apr 1791. A translated record of the German Reformed Church of Frederick Co., Md., p. 196, found at the Gen. Soc. in SLC shows a child Marianna Stocker, was born to Johannes and Catherina Stocker 10 Aug 1809. Susan Kuntz (Frentz) was her godmother. A Catherina Stoker (sic) is mentioned as a dau. in the will of John Coons (sic) of Frederick Co., Md. dated 23 Dec. 1816 and proved 6 Mch. 1817. (Liber H.S, No. 2, p. 55, Frederick Co., Md. Wills.))
      b. Page 591of the translated record of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frederick, Md. at the Gen. Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Salt Lake City -- Marie Salome, dau. of Michael and Elizabeth Stocker b. 9 May 1773; bap. 27 June 1773. Her godparents were John Michel and Salome Alex (sic).
      c. Page 617 of the translated record of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frederick, Md. at Maryland Hist. Society [Baltimore] -- Marie Barbara, dau. of Joh. Michael and Elizabeth Stoker, b. 23 Dec 1774; bapt. 16 Apr 1775. Her godparents were Johannes and Marie Barbara Hass.
      d. Pages 638 and 1017 of the translated record of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frederick, Md. at the Gen. Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Salt Lake City -- Eva Margreth, dau. of Michael and Elizabeth Stocker, b. 22 Jul 1776; bap. 10 Nov 1776. Her godparents were Jacob and Margreth Bens. This child died 12 Sept. 1777, aged 1 year.
      One may wonder why these four children were not listed with other children of Michael Stoker on page 552 of the church record (supra). After mentioning seven additional, more or less pertinent, translate church records the reason for this, as this writer sees it will be explained.
      a. Page 407of the translated record of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frederick, Md. at Maryland Hist. Society, Baltimore, it is shown that Michael Stoker and Mary Adams were married, by license, 21 Jun 1778. The witnesses were Abraham Fah and his wife Juliana and Adam and Peter Schnock. Frederick Co. Marriage Records show that Michael Stoker and Mary A___, the spelling not complete, on 1 Jun 1778, were given a license to be married.
      b. Page 209 [of the translated record of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frederick, Md. at Maryland Hist. Society, Baltimore] shows that Michael Stoker born 24 May 1862 and Magdalena Stockern (sic) born 1 Jan 1760 were confirmed. These two were brother and sister, children of Michael and Barbara Stoker (Stocker), their birth dates in their confirmation checking substantially with those recorded on page 552 of the same translated church record.
      c. Page 664 of the translated record of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frederick, Md. at the Gen. Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Salt Lake City shows that Anna Margareth, daughter of Michael and Anna Marie Stocker was born 15 May 1779 and baptized 24 July 1779. Her godparents were Adam and Anna Margareth Schnock.
      d. Page 686 [of the translated record of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frederick, Md. at the Gen. Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Salt Lake City ] shows that Marie Catharina, daughter of Michael and Anna Maria Stocker was born 4 Sept. 1780.
      e. Page 752 [of the translated record of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frederick, Md. at the Gen. Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Salt Lake City] shows that Jacob, son of Michael and Anna Maria Stocker, was born 22 May 1785. His sponsors at baptism were his parents.
      f. Page 113 of the translated record of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frederick, Md. at the Gen. Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Salt Lake City, Utah, shows that Charlotte, daughter of Michael Stocker, was born 19 Feb 1788. Her mother's name was not given. Her godparents were Peter and Julia (Juliana) Schnock (Schnod).
      g. Page 1017 of the translated record of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frederick, Md. at the Gen. Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Salt Lake City shows that Elizabeth, wife of Michael Stoker died 10 Oct 1777 at the age of 33 years.
      It should be kept in mind that the only Stoker (Stocker) family found in the early church, land or court records of Frederick County, Maryland was one headed by Michael. The only suggestion of a Stoker of Stocker of another given name was the same Michael in the recordings of his children by his second wife, Elizabeth. In those recordings he was called Joh. Michael Stoker. Deed Records in Frederick Co., calling him a saddler in every case and showing his wife to have been Barbara in March 1766 and Elizabeth in April 1770 proves the two Michaels to have been the same person. The second wife, Elizabeth, died 10 Oct 1777 at the age of 33. On 21 Jun 1778 he married Mary (Marie) Adams as already shown.
      This writer explains the one page record that is found of Michael Stoker's (Stocker) children in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frederick Co., Md. as follows. When his first two daughters (twins probably) were born he had them baptized or recorded as they were born. When his twins, Marie Barbara and Christina were born in 1769 he had them baptized and recorded and when this was being done he decided to record all of his other children, four of whom had not been recorded, naming their godparents from memory. This would account for all of these children appearing on one page where immediately prior entries were 1769 and immediate subsequent ones 1770.
      When children of his second wife, Elizabeth, came he had them baptized and recorded. Apparently there were four of them, one named Johannes, b. 4 Jan 1772, another named Marie Salome, b. 9 May 1773, the third was Marie Barbara b. 23 Dec 1774 and the fourth Eva Margreth b. 22 Jul 1776 -- d. 12 Sep 1777. Then on 10 Oct 1777 his wife, Elizabeth, aged 33, died and on 21 Jun 1778 he married Mary (Marie) Adams, his third wife.
      The first child of the third marriage was Anna Margareth, b. 15 May 1779. She was baptized and recorded. The second child by this third marriage was Marie Catherina, born 4 Sep 1780 and bapt. 4 March (May) 1781. She probably died young. The fourth child was Georg b. 13 Nov 1781. This child was baptized 7 Jun 1782 and the baptism recorded not on the current page of the record book but squeezed in on the 1769/1770 page where other children of Michael Stoker (Stocker) had been recorded enmasse. Thus we have on the 1769/1770 page of the church book a record of eight children of Michael Stoker (Stocker) born between 1758 and 1782 appearing on that page with other children of his who were born after 1769 appearing on other pages. The fact that his son Georg was so recorded is pretty conclusive proof that all of the eight Stoker (Stocker) children on that one page had the same father. The symbol ϯ apparently was to indicate that the child was deceased and, doubtless, was inserted when the baptism of the son George was recorded.
      Other entries in the church records show Michael Stocker (Stoker) and his wife, Anna Maria, had two other children, one named Jacob, b. 22 May 1785, and the other named Charlotte, b. 19 Feb 1788, making 17 children as follows:
      By first wife Barbara:
      1. Anna Barbara Stocker, b. 1 Apr 1758. She died young.
      2. Marie Barbara Stocker, b. 1 Apr 1758, the same as or twin of [Anna Barbara]. She died young.
      3. Johana Magdale Stocker, b. 1 Jan 1760.
      4. Michael Stocker, Jr., b. 20 May 1762 (24 May 1762 or 24 Mar 1762).
      5. Elizabeth Stocker, b. 26 Aug 1764. She died young.
      6. Balthasar Stocker, b. 24 May 1767. He died young.
      7. Marie Barbara Stocker, b. 11 ??? 1769. [Twin of Christina.] She died young.
      8. Christina Stocker, b. 11 ??? 1769. Twin of [Marie Barbara]. She died young.
      By second wife Elizabeth:
      9. Johannes Stocker, b. 4 Jan 1772.
      10. Marie Solome Stocker, b. 9 May 1773.
      11. Marie Barbara Stocker, b. 25 Dec 1774.
      12. Eva Margreth Stocker, b. 22 Jul 1776, d. 12 Sep 1777.
      By third wife Anna Marie Adams:
      13. Anna Margareth Stocker, b. 15 May 1779.
      14. Marie Catherina Stocker, b. 4 Sep 1780.
      15. George Stocker, b. 13 Nov. 1781, bapt. 2 Jun 1782.
      16. Jacob Stocker, b. 22 May 1785.
      17. Charlotte Stocker, b. 19 Feb 1788.
      [Note: James Hook totally missed one child, Eva Catherina, who was born between George and Jacob; see her notes for church record documentation.]
      The church records also show that Michael Stocker witnessed a goodly number of baptisms and marriages. One marriage, 'by license in Virginia,' which he and George Schaeffer witnessed, on 20/21 Apr. 1788, was that of Christopher Schaeffer and Elizabeth Adams, she, perhaps, a sister of his third wife. (Page 309 [of church record].) Michael Stoker attended communion service on 18 Oct 1778, 13 May 1779, 14 May 1780, 19 May 1782, 8 Jun 1783, 30 Jun 1784, 4 Jun 1786, 27 May 1787, 7 Oct 1787, and 24 Apr 1791. On 30 Jun 1784 and 4 Jun 1786 he was accompanied by his 'filia', meaning his daughter. A Michael Stocher (sic) attended services 23 Oct 1803 and 2 Jun 1805. After the latter date he was not found again in the records.
      The spelling of the name in the church records varied frequently between Stoker and Stocker but in deeds mentioned herein, it was spelled Stoker. He obviously was a German but from whence in Germany he or his parents came was not discovered. This writer once thought that he was, very likely, the son of Michael Stoker, aged 31, who came to Pennsylvania on the ship 'Brittania' with Margaret Stoker, aged 24, his wife probably, and took his oath of allegiance 21 Sep 1731 but dismissed the idea when he later learned that Michael and Margaret Stoker's son Michael died in 1771 in Macungie Twsp. of Northampton (now Lehigh Co.) Pennsylvania, his will having been probated there, 25 Jan 1771, naming a wife Margaret and children Mary, Elizabeth, Catherine, Susannah and George.
      Michael Stoker of Frederick Co, MD is first found in the records of that county on 1 Apr 1758 when the birth dates of his daughters Ann Barbara and Marie Barbara (they may have been the same child) were recorded in the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Frederick, MD. On 14 May 1760 he purchased from Ballis Paugh lot no. 118 in Fredericktown, Frederick Co., MD. (Deed Book F, p. 985.) In that deed he is called a sadler. Another Frederick Co. deed dated 24 Mar 1766, 'Michael Stoker, sadler,' his wife Barbara relinquishing her dower, sold this same lot in Frederick Town to John Hoffman. (Deed Book K, p. 432.) On 30 Aug 1768, 'Michael Stoker, sadler' purchased from Henry Brunner lot no. 83 and a half interest in lot No. 80 located in Frederick Town. (Deed Book L, pp. 473-475.) This deed was corrected on 24 Dec 1772 to read lot 82 rather than lot 83. (Deed Book P. p. 530.)
      Sometime near the date of the last purchase his first wife Barbara apparently died because on 12 Apr 1770 'Michael Stoker, sadler,' his wife Elizabeth relinquishing her dower, sold to Henry Brunner, a five foot strip off of the lot purchased from said Brunner 30 Aug 1768. (Deed book N, p. 90.) On 7 Nov 1774 'Michael Stoker,' his wife Elizabeth relinquishing her dower, conveyed to Samuel Miller a part of lot no. 82 that he had acquired from Henry Brunner, 30 Aug 1768, when his wife doubtless was Barbara. (Deed Book L, p. 473-475 and Deed Book w, p. 235.) On 19 Nov 1778 'Michael Stoker farmer,' his wife Mary relinquishing her dower, sold another part on lot No. 82 to Philip Shade, (Deed Book RP1, p. 519.) These deeds relating to Lot No. 82 first when his wife, doubtless was Barbara, second when his wife, certainly was Elizabeth and third when his wife, certainly, was Mary (Marie) are conclusive proof that it was the same Michael Stoker who married these three wives.
      The Archives of Maryland, Vol. XLVIII shows orders in Council on 30 Nov. 1781 to pay certain sums of money to Michael and James Stocker. On 14 Mar 1783 other orders were given to pay Michael Stoker 17 pounds, 17 shillings and 1 pence.
      [The son] Michael Stockerd (Stoker) is shown in the 1790 census of Wilkes County, Morgan District as being over 16 [possible Hook error] years of age but with no other person listed in his family. Morgan District later (1799) became Ashe County and was the same District where Peter Eller, John Koons and Conrad Dick lived. His farm was on the North Fork of New River in Ashe Co. He married Catherine Eller about 1791/92 and on 29 Dec 1792 purchased of John Dick 100 acres of land on Naked Creek in Ashe Co. which creek flows from the west into the south fork of New River. Ames Bunyard was a witness. (Book B-1, p. 249, Wilkes Co., NC Deeds.) On 13 March 1806 he entered 150 acres of land on the North Fork of New River adjoining his existing land. This land was surveyed March 12, 1806 and granted to Michael Stoker, 27 Nov 1806. (Grant #629, Ashe Co., NC, Sec'y of State's Office, Raleigh, NC.) The survey was signed by Jesse and Eli Cleveland and attested by Peter and Jacob Ellar (sic).
      The family removed to Jackson Co., Ohio about 1814/15. It was here, probably, that the parents embraced the Mormon Faith. On 27 Oct 1836 he sold his property in Jackson Co., Ohio and followed the Mormon migration to Missouri. His wife Catherine, apparently was living near Nauvoo, Illinois in 1841 where she had herself baptized for her father Peter Eller, her grandparents on her mother's side, vis. Kinrod (Conrad) and Catherine Dick, her brother John Eller and her dau. Rebecca Stoker. (Nauvoo, Ill. Baptisms for the Dead, Mormon, at Gen. Soc. of Utah, Salt Lake City.)"

      MARRIAGE:
      1. Marriage info. taken from the website Ancestry.com and is unproven by me thus far. Also per Ancestral File v4.19. First wife Anna Barbara died between 19 Nov 1769 and 12 Apr 1770 when second wife Elizabeth shows up in a land transaction as Michael's second wife. All three marriages doubtless were in Frederick, Frederick, Maryland. Each of the various children's christenings does show the proper three wives, but never with their maiden names.

      2. James Hook in his excellent book as quoted above documents the fact that Michael had three wives; however, it is only the third marriage that he can provide an actual date: "Page 407of the translated record of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frederick, Md. at Maryland Hist. Society, Baltimore, it is shown that Michael Stoker and Mary Adams were married, by license, 21 Jun 1778. The witnesses were Abraham Fah and his wife Juliana and Adam and Peter Schnock. Frederick Co. Marriage Records show that Michael Stoker and Mary A___, the spelling not complete, on 1 Jun 1778, were given a license to be married."

      DEATH:
      1. Information for this individual's death taken from the internet site Ancestry.com and is unproven by me thus far. Location of some children later in the 1800's in area of Somerset, Perry, Ohio seem to confirm his reported death in the same area.

      2. Will from Doris Lewis' book cited above, pp. 85-86; will dated 10 May 1818: "The Will of Michael Stoker. 'In the name of God, Amen. I, Michael Stoker of Somerset, in the county of Perry and state of Ohio, being far advanced in years and being weak in body, but of a sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be God, therefor, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say,
      first, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Mary, if she survive me, one cow, one bed, bedstead and bedding with other necessary furniture to keep a house and the sole use of my house and lot in Somerset, from the time of my decease as long as she shall live.
      2nd. I give and bequeath unto my son, Jacob, four hundred dollars, one bed and bedstead, one rifle gun, his horse, saddle and bridle.
      3rd. I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Mary, one bureau, a table, a good bed and bedstead, one cow and one heifer, one loom and all the apparatus thereunto belonging, one pot and kettle together with necessary household furniture.
      4th. I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Charlotte, one bureau, a table, a good bed and bedstead, a cow and heifer, a kettle and pot together with necessary household furniture.
      5th. I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Catherine, one chest.
      6th. I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Barbara, one cow.
      7th. I do ordain and it is my will that all the grain of every description, all the flax, hemp, wool, yarn, linen and cloth that may be on hand at the time of me decease, shall be for the use of my family who are living at home at that time.
      8th. I do ordain and will and declare that the tract of land which I purchased of Fred Mains, Jr. shall be the property in fee simple of my first two named daughters, Mary and Charlotte, and do hereby will and bequeath the same to them equally, but my beloved wife Mary, shall have the use of it during her life.
      9th. I do ordain and it is my will that the balance of my estate, both real and personal, shall be disposed of by my executors as the law provides and the net proceeds thereof, after all my just debts, funeral expenses, costs of probate and all the above legacies are fully satisfied, (my sheep and their increase excepted which I do will shall remain for the use of my family) shall be divided equally among my sons, Jacob, Michael and John and my daughters, Mary, Catherine, Charlotte, Margaret, Barbara, Salome and Magdalene, deducting the sum of sixty dollars out of my son Michael's share and also forty dollars out of my son John's share which several sums have heretofore been advanced by me to them, and also deducting out of the shares of my daughters Mary and Charlotte the sum of which the above bequeathed tract of land shall be appraised at the time the other property is sold. I do hereby declare it to be my will and with it distinctly understood that if said tract shall be appraised to a less amount than their equal shares, the deficiency shall be made up to them, but if the same be appraised at more than their equal shares, they shall not repay the excess or any part thereof.
      10th. I do ordain and it is my wish that the share which shall be coming to my daughter Salome, shall be placed in the hands of my son Jacob, for the use of the children of said Salome, with power to give unto the said Salome in case of her coming to absolute want such part thereof as he shall think proper and the share of my daughter Catherine shall likewise be placed in the hands of my son Jacob to be by him said out in land in the name of her child or children, but to be occupied by her, during her life, and by her husband, if he shall survive her as long as he continues a widower, and share of my daughrter Magdalene, shall be equally divided among her children.
      And lastly, I do hereby appoint my beloved wife Mary sole executrix and my son Jacob sole executor of this my last will and testament and do hereby revoke and annul all former will and codicils by me heretofore made and hereby ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my only last will and testament. In testimony of which I have hereunto set my hand and seal this tenth day of May, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen. Signed, Michael Stoker (John Michael Stoker) Roswell Mills and Leonard Ream as witnesses."

      BURIAL:
      1. Per ancestral file v.4.19 unverified by me thus far.

      ORDINANCES: Verified 8 Oct 2003.
      BAPTISM: Per Archibald Bennett, "Family Exaltation," BYU M234.6, B431f, 1957, Copy 3, p 132 states "Michael Stoker, son of Michael Stoker and Catherine Eller, and born 10 feb. 1805, was baptized as proxy in Nauvoo in 1841, for his grandfather, Michael Stoker". References NAUVOO BAPTISMS, Book A, p 156.
      BAPTISM: Per online Ordiance Index.
      ENDOWMENT: Per online Ordinance Index.
      SEALING TO PARENTS: Per online Ordinance Index after 1991 to Michael and Anna Margaret Stocker.
      SEALING TO SPOUSE:
      Anna Barbara: Online Ordinance Index FHL film 458343: John Michael Stocker/Stoker and Mrs. Anna Barbara Stocker or Stoker.
      Elizabeth: Online Ordinance Index FHL film 458343: John Michael Stocker/Stoker and Mrs. Elizabeth Stocker or Stoker.
      Anna Marie Adams: Online Ordinance Index FHL film 537361: John Michael Stocker/Stoker and Anna Maria Adams, 21 Jun 1778, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland.

      SOURCES_MISC:
      1. Per multiple family group sheet archive records submitted by Chloe Louisa Welker Evans, 4644 Boundary, San Diego, Calif. (1) References for Adams marriage family: "F Md F la pp 407,552,664,686,752; F Md F 1 pp 85,113; F md D 1b p 225 Vol. a: Mar. Rec. Frederick Co. Md." (2) References for Elizabeth marriage family: " F Md F 1a pp 407, 564,591,617,638,1017; F Md Fa pp 196: Will of John Coons, Liber H.S. No. 2, p 55, Frederick, Md.; Marr. Rec. Frederick Md." Stamp on group sheets indicate all previous blessings ratified 8 May 1969 for husband.

      2. Archibald F. Bennett, "Family Exaltation," pub. 1957; BYU Library; M234.6, B431f, copy 3, pp130-133; States that previous researchers followed the wrong Michael Stoker line from Massachusetts. Now corrected and the book offers up proofs of why it was corrected. Very interesting.

      3. FHL book 929.273 P684pn: "Graybill/Stoker/Eller/Smith/Koons/Pitt Connections," by Norman E. 'Gene' Pitt, 1996, pp. 82-83.

      ACTION:
      1. Find Michael in the 1790, 1800, and 1810 censuses. Also his wife Anna Maria in the 1820 census. Also look for burial records in Perry Co., Ohio. He does appear in the Frederick Church record attending services as late as 2 Jun 1805 per James Hook as quoted above. Probably went directly to Ohio from Maryland and not thru North Carolina with his son Michael who also eventually ends up also in Ohio.