JOHN STUBBLEFIELD, son of the late lamented Robert Stubblefield, one of the best known men of McLean County, was born in Fayette County, Ohio, June 4, 1820, and came to Illinois with his parents when four and one-half years old. Robert Stubblefield was born in Halifax County, Va., and was the son of Edward Stubblefield, Sr., who was the son of John Stubblefield. The latter, with two brothers, Edward and William, came from England.

Edward Stubblefield, Sr., married Miss Mary (Lightfoot) Munford, daughter of William Green and Ann (Stanhope) Munford [ed., see William Munford]. She was of English birth and ancestry, and acted as a private secretary to her father during the Revolutionary War, in which Mr. Munford served as Colonel. He not only devoted his personal energies, but loaned the Government a large amount of money to assist it in freeing his adopted country from the British yoke.

An extended history of Robert Stubblefield, the father of our subject, will be found in another part of this work. John Stubblefield was reared to manhood in McLean County, and remained under the parental roof until 1842. His father then gave him the use of twenty acres of land, and he rented a log cabin of Isaac Funk, and in it commenced housekeeping with his young wife. He had already entered forty acres on section 5, of what is now Funk's Grove Township, and during the latter part of the time he lived with his father, had made some improvements on his own land. He subsequently erected a frame house 16x18 feet, into which he moved his family in December, 1846. He was prospered in his labors, and from a comparatively modest beginning is now the owner of 2,000 acres of land in McLean County.

The marriage of John Stubblefield and Miss Ellisannah Houser took place in December, 1842. Mrs. S. was born in Harrison County, Ind., and is the daughter of David and Elizabeth (Dillman) Houser. Of her union with our subject there were born the following children: Sarah E., Mrs. Rayburn, lives in Funk's Grove; David R., in Dale Township; George W., in Bloomington; Phineas, in Funk's Grove Township; Mary Frances, Mrs. Crum, lives in Cass County; Henry B., in Dale Township; Simon Peter, at Funk's Grove, and John W., at home.

The family homestead is one of the finest in McLean County, and Mr. Stubblefield, with his household, is widely and favorably known throughout this section of the State. He has held the various offices of trust in his township, and has always taken great interest in educational and religious matters. He was Trustee for several years, and a member of the Board of Supervisors.

Mr. and Mrs. S. are both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, with which our subject has been connected for nearly fifty years. He has been among its most liberal supporters and held its most important offices. He ranks among the best men of an old and honorable race, and will be remembered by the citizens of this locality long years after he shall have been gathered to his fathers.

David R. Stubblefield, the eldest son of our subject, was born in the pioneer log cabin of his parents in Funk's Grove on the 13th of April, 1846. He first attended school a distance of three miles from his home, and pursued his studies in winter until seventeen years of age. His summers were mostly employed in herding his father's cattle on the prairies, which are now occupied by beautiful homesteads and all the indications of prosperity and thrift. In those early days wolves and deer were abundant, but David, imbued with the courage of his forefathers, felt little fear of any living creature, and he pursued the even tenor of his way until called to other duties. In politics Mr. S. is Republican; prior to the formation of the Republican he affiliated with the Whig party.

Among those represented in the portrait department of this volume, none are more worthy than Mr. and Mrs. John Stubblefield.


Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 341. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.




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