Stamper Family Project


Son of Ardivan Stamper and Mary Kirk Dickey, died aged three years.


The Angel of Death in one short winter day,
Has taken our dear little Edgar away,
In the morning his face sparkled joyous and bright
But ere morn came again it was clammy and white.

His eyes were so earnest, his cheeks were so fair,
His brow shone so bright 'neath his light golden hair,
His heart was so gentle, so kind and so mild,
That he seemed less of earth than of Heaven a child.

As we gazed on his form now as lifeless as clay,
Though death had not taken its beauty away,
As our hearts throbbed with grief and with bitter distress,
For our grief was increased that our number was less.

we were cheered by the thought, that in Heaven above,
Where felicity dwells and perpetual love,
Where the moontide of glory eternally reigns,
What are losses to us are their infinite gains.

Sadly we laid him beneath the cold sod,
While his glorified spirit was resting with God,
But we thought of the promise the Savior had given,
And resolved so to live as to meet him in Heaven.

Rev J J Dickey 


I am looking at Thoughts in Rhyme by Rev J J Dickey, M A. Since Rev Dickey was from Flemingsburg, Kentucky; I don't know if 'Edgar' was born there; or perhaps in another county. I would also like to know the connection to Rev Dickey.

Does anyone have any information regarding the above mentioned Edgar or his parents?

Thank you, Golden .....
It was not long before I heard from Laura!! Read more about this poem and the connection to a Stamper family.

Laura Brenner <>
Thursday, April 06, 2006 5:38 AM

Dear Golden:

Here is what I was able to find out about the people associated with the "Edgar" poem posted on

Dickey Family:

Father: William Dickey b. February 10 1805 d. May 6 1849, Fleming, Ky.
Mother: Melinda Quinn Dickey b. June 27, 1809 Ky d. Jackson, Nicholas, Ky.
They were married February 24, 1831, Fleming, Ky.
William's parents were supposedly James and Mary Dickey cousins who married. When hitting the links for this parentage though it does one of those odd shifts where the info goes to different spouses. I'm sorry, but I honestly don't know who his parents were.

Melinda's parents were: John James Quinn (probably who her son was "named for") b. 1730, Ireland d. March 29, 1824, Fleming, Ky and Ann Vanschaiack b. 1771, NJ. They were married September 1, 1806 in Fleming, Ky. This couple also has a daughter Matilda who is resided with Malinda Dickey Quinn's household after Malinda was widowed.

I see nothing in the Quinn line that points to a Stamper heritage or why their first son would have that middle name unless it is coming from the Dickey side. Since William Dickey's parentage is up for grabs, Stamper may well be a maiden name of a Dickey ancestor.

Melinda is widowed and HH in the August 27, 1850 Census of District 1, Fleming, Ky. Ardivan and Jno J.B Dickey are both living at home. Ardivan is enumerated as Anderson S. Dickey. In the family trees for him he is listed as Ardivan Stamper Dickey with one such tree noting the alternative Anderson S. Dickey name. I think the poem being written by a brother gives credence to the fact that his name was probably, indeed, Ardivan.

Melindy Quinn Dickey b. abt 1809 Ky. Was a widowed and HH in the July 16, 1860 Census of District 1, Fleming, Ky (Post Office: Elizaville). Son, Jno J. Dickey b. abt 1842 Ky is residing in her household.

William and Melinda Quinn Dickey also had a child named Ardivan Stamper Dickey b. December 22 1831, Fleming, Ky. Died: January 17, 1915, Spencer, KY. He married Mary Annie Kirk on October 16 1860. She was b. June 13, 1834 and d. November 10 1886. After he was widowed, Ardivan Stamper Dickey later married Mary Wilson on February 26 1895.

Jno J. Dickey is single and listed in his mother's HH in the July 9, 1870 Census of Elizaville District, Fleming, Ky (Post Office: Elizaville). His occupation is listed as: Teaching School.

The Dickey family descendants may not know about Edgar as there is not one listed on the family tree. The second possibility is that Ardivan and Mary's child James E. Dickey, b. 1868 Ky is James Edgar Dickey.

Mary Kirk Dickey's parents were:

Moses Kirk b. abt. 1816, Ky and Jane A. (Maiden Name Unknown) Kirk b. 1828, Ky. Moses Kirk's occupation was listed as: Farmer. There is a Nelson Kirk, also a farmer, living next door in the 1850 census who is old enough to be Moses' father. Nelson Kirk was b. abt 1790, MD. There is no wife present in the home, but there are three children, Todd H., Mary and Sarah H.

Both Kirk's seem to be well-to-do by the "standards of the day". Moses Kirk's farm is valued at $3,300 and Moses Kirk's is valued at $7,000

After I had that information I went on a search for family trees for Moses Kirk and found only one and it did not list his parents. I then did a search for Nelson Kirk of Md who died in Ky. It came up with:

Nelson Read Kirk b. May 15 1790, Montgomery, MD d. June 25 1860, Fleming, Ky

m. Sarah Applegate on December 12, 1814 in Mason, Ky. Sarah was b. January 27, 1790 and this family tree lists her as dying January 6, 1854 (yet she was not in the household of Nelson Kirk during the 1850 census).

Bottom line of all this rambling:

It appears that:

Rev. J.J. Dickey and Ardivan Stamper were brothers. The poem seems to be written in memory of a beloved nephew.

The Stamper connection to the Dickeys is still unknown, but there we can say that there are no direct Stamper ties in that generation. Ardivan was a first son and traditionally their middle names were the maiden name of their mother, yet there appears to be absolutely no Stamper ties in the Quinn line. William Dickey's parentage is unconfirmed at this time and that would probably be the avenue of research to be pursued.

Sometimes people name children for reasons that are lost to history or for reasons that defy all but personal knowledge. My ex-husband has the middle name Duard because a man with that last name saved my ex-father-in-laws life in WW2. Sometimes the reasons have no connection to the family whatsoever.

I also am not allergic to the fact that some of my research might be "off". If it is, I apologize in advance.

Well, I hope this was helpful in some small way. I really appreciate all the wonderful information on your website and I thought I'd give this a try as a way of saying thank you for all your hard work.

 Your Stamper cousin, Laura Brenner (great-great-granddaughter of Alfred and Charity Stamper Osborne).

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