Peter Stover or Stauffer (c.1720 - 1799) MP

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Nicknames: "Stauffer"
Birthplace: Strasburg, , Alsace, Germany
Death: Died in Strasburg, Shenandoah, Virginia, USA
Managed by: Flemming Allan Funch
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About Peter Stover or Stauffer

From Wikipedia page on Strasburg, VA on Apr. 18, 2013:

Strasburg (pron.: /ˈstrɑːzbərɡ/) is a town in Shenandoah County, Virginia, United States, which was founded in 1761 by Peter Stover. It is the largest town by population in the county and is known for its pottery, antiques, and Civil War history.[4] The population was 6,398 at the 2010 census.

History:

Early settlers:

German-speaking Pennsylvanians were among the first non-native settlers to arrive in the northern Shenandoah Valley and Strasburg area. The luscious greenery and fertile land were prime targets for immigrant farmers. On August 21, 1734 speculator Henry Willis was granted 2,030 acres (8.2 km2) total of this land by William Gooch, Virginia's Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief.[5] Gooch wished to settle the valley to create a buffer between Native American tribes and the rest of the Virginia colony. During the summer of 1735, Willis sold his entire property to Jacob Funk. Jacob in return, partitioned his new purchase, reselling a part of it to his brother John.[6][7] Founder

Peter Stover (Petrus Stauffer) is considered the founder of the town of Strasburg. Stover was born in 1715 to a German-Swiss father, Christian Stauffer I., in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.[8] Stauffer took his family to America in 1718, to gain religious freedom, and settled in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania where he would live out his entire life.

His son Peter migrated south to Virginia by 1730 and to the Shenandoah Valley as early as 1739. On May 2, 1749 Stover purchased 483 acres (1.95 km2) of land from Jacob Funk, his future father-in-law.[9] The purchase was divided into smaller plots for sale to other settlers[10] and a village was informally established.

Stover applied for a town charter in November 1761 giving the town the official name of Strasburg.[11] The name was taken from Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace, France. Some called the area Staufferstadt, the German name for Stoverstown. Ten trustees were named; William Miller, Matthew Harrison, Jacob Bowman, Valentine Smith, Charles Buck, Peter Stover, Isaac Hite, Leonard Batice, John Funk, and Philip Huffman (Hoffman).[12]

Peter eventually married Frainey Funk, before he died August 13, 1799 at the age of 84.[13] He was survived by eight children.[9] Being a philanthropist for most of his life, Stover's will left land and $10,000 to the community to establish schools.[14] A monument resides in Strasburg's Riverview Cemetery honoring Peter Stover, but the whereabouts of his grave is unknown.

Recent Growth

Strasburg has experienced rapid growth along its northern corridor due to the fact that Washington D.C. is approximately 50 miles away. Strasburg is expecting an increase in population growth for the next few years to come. Geography

Strasburg is located at 38°59′26″N 78°21′31″W (38.990550, −78.358615)[15] in the northern end of the Shenandoah Valley. The area is surrounded by the natural boundaries of the Massanutten and Allegheny mountains, as well as the Shenandoah River. Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park is located in and around Strasburg.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.2 km2), of which, 3.2 square miles (8.2 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2) of it (0.63%) is water. The elevation of the area is 578 ft (176 m)

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Peter Stover or Stauffer's Timeline

1720
1720
Strasburg, , Alsace, Germany
1740
1740
Age 20
Warwick County, Province of Pennsylvania
1742
1742
Age 22
1746
1746
Age 26
Strasburg,Shenandoah,VA
1750
1750
Age 30
Strasburg,Alsace,Germany
1753
1753
Age 33
Strasburg,Shenandoah,VA
1755
March 4, 1755
Age 35
Strasburg, Shenandoah, VA, USA
1759
1759
Age 39
Strasburg,Shenandoah,VA
1761
1761
Age 41
Strasburg,Shenandoah,VA
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1765
Age 45
Strasburg,Shenandoah,VA