James Israel Standifer (1779 - 1837) MP

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Place of Burial: Marion Co., TN
Birthplace: Henry, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in home of Col. Joseph Byrd, Kingston, Roane Co., Tennessee
Occupation: U. S. Congressman
Managed by: Carol Hooper Childs
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About James Israel Standifer

For many years researchers have thought that James Israel Standifer was the son of  William and Jemima Jones Standefer.  However, it has now been proven that he was the son of  Israel and Susan Heard Standifer.  

He is believed to be the brother of Israel Standefer and Susannah Heard, William's brother and sister-in-law. James and his wife, Patsy, are believed to be first cousins.

He fought in the War of 1812. (McCorren and Burns; Soldiers of the War of 1812)

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According to the assistant archivist for Roane County, TN.:

They have death records as far back as 1804 and they have never come across this man or any record of his death. She said that back then, the government would send out a coroner to investigate an official’s death to make sure he had not been murdered. Since he was a Congressman, there would have been some record of him being in (or even passing thru) Kingston ~ especially if he died somewhere in Roane county. The Historical Society has recorded almost all the cemeteries in the county and has never come across anything for this man. She said "it's a story that just won't die". She also stated that there is no record of a "Baptist Cemetery" in Kingston, TN.



Congressman James Israel Standefer's Timeline

September 10, 1779
Henry, Virginia, United States
February 2, 1801
Age 21
Knox, Tennessee, United States
Age 21
Age 35
- 1837
Age 35
TN; Occupation: Congressman. Died on his way to serve his second term.
- 1821
Age 35
Tennessee, United States
- 1837
Age 49
Washington, D.C., United States
August 20, 1837
Age 57
home of Col. Joseph Byrd, Kingston, Roane Co., Tennessee
Marion Co., TN