-- Estep Tidbits --


Submitted by Jeannie Rathbone, Publisher of The Jericho Wall Genealogy Newsletter:

Vol. 1, Issue 9 (Oct 1999):
EASTEP, Lillie May - born to Thomas Andrew EASTEP & Elizabeth McCLURE in Rogersville, AL on 20 Nov 1890; married Thomas Shannon HUGHES in Cleveland Co., OK on 6 Mar 1909 (marriage certificate says he lived in Tribby, OK and she in Norman, OK); died in Oklahoma City, OK on 25 Aug 1979; Ref:  KLPaints@aol.com.  Karen.

Vol. 1, Issue 2 (Mar 1999):
#25.  EASTEP, Martha A. - married Jack BARTLEY.  He was a fifth generation Irish American and a grandfather.  Ref:  obituary on page 4.
URL:  http://www.obits.com/bartleyj.html.  Arnold Grant.  (http://www.obits.com/listings.html)

NOTE:  Jeannie publishes The Jericho Wall Genealogy Newsletter, which focuses on the missing women in our family trees.  The newsletter is a monthly list of maiden names from a variety of families, areas and eras.  Snail mail newsletter is $19.95 per year and e-mail version is available for $5.00 per year.  Contact Jeannie Rathbone at Jennabee@aol.com for more information.  Thanks Jeannie.


Submitted by Margaret Elizabeth Vidal:

Gainesville Sun (FL), dated 9 Dec 1999:  Misty Sue ESTEP of Branford died Tuesday at Shands at the University of Florida following a brief illness.  She was 32.  Mrs. ESTEP was born in Delaware, Ohio, and moved to Branford eight years ago.  She was employed by Family Dollar in Alachua.  She enjoyed planting flowers and gardening.  Survivors include her husband, Billy ESTEP of Branford; three sons, Brian ESTEP, Justin ESTEP and Billy ESTEP, all of Branford; her father, Randall HULL of Columbus, Ohio; her mother and stepfather, Patty and Tony DINGUS of Fort White; a brother, Shannon HULL of Fort White; and her maternal grandparents, Naomi and Jesse WILLIAMS of Fort White.

Gainesville Sun (FL), 13 Dec 1999:  Edgar Daniel EASTEP of Micanopy died Thursday in Micanopy of heart failure.  He was 73.
Mr. Eastep was born in Altoona, PA.  He moved to Gainesville in 1953 and Micanopy in 1960.  He was a retired sales representative for Providian Life Insurance and International Harvester and also operated a consignment sales business in Gainesville from 1958 to 1962.
Mr. Eastep was a longtime Crisis Center phone volunteer and care team member.  He was in the Peace Corps in Guatamela from 1980 to 1984.  His interests included travel, reading, wildlife, history, archaelogy and flying.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; a daughter, Susan RAMIREZ of Dallas, Texas; a son, Michael EASTEP of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; one sister, Jean COOKSEY of Spartanburg, SC; one brother, Robert EASTEP of Morehead City, NC; and three grandsons.
Expressions of sympathy may be made as donations to the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association.


Submitted by Trudie Davis-Long from a Frederick Co., MD newspaper:

Mr. James McElwain
As originally published on Wednesday, June 28, 2000.
Mr. James Jewell McELWAIN, 78, of Walkersville, died Tuesday, June 27, at his home.  He was the husband of Ruth P. NELSON McELWAIN, his wife of 55 years.  Born May 21, 1922, in Bellwood, Pa., he was a son of the late Charles Lester and Virginia M. ESTEP McELWAIN.

Mr. McELWAIN graduated from Bellwood Antis High School, Bellwood, in 1940.  He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945. He was a B-17 pilot with the 379th Bomb Group, 526th Squadron out of Kimbolton, England, where he flew 34 missions. He was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with three oakleaf clusters. He served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve until he retired at the tank of major in 1970.  He received his master's degree from Penn State University in 1950. He was a vice president with North American Van Lines, where he was instrumental in developing their electronics division. He later joined United Van Lines, retiring in 1987.  Mr. McELWAIN was a member of St. Timothy's Roman Catholic Church, Walkersville. He served on the Walkersville Appeals Board for 10 years.  He was also a member of the 379th Bomb Group World War II Association, a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Club, the Clan Mac Bean Foundation, and American Legion Post 11. He was a former member of the United Methodist Church, Bellwood.  Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, James H. McELWAIN Sr. and wife Margery of Indiana, Pa., Stephen N. McELWAIN of Arvada, Colo., and Peter A. McELWAIN and wife Krista of Walkersville; two daughters, Molly ELLIS and husband Craig of Frederick, and Rachel HESSLER and husband Timothy of Walkersville; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Helen LOVELESS of Bloomfield, N.J.; and one brother-in-law, Howard W. YOHN of Bellwood. Mr. McELWAIN was preceded in death by five siblings, John, Charles, Anna May, Gertie and Edna.  The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 29, at Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, 106 E. Church St., Frederick, where Christian wake services will be held at 8 p.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 30, at St. Timothy's Roman Catholic Church, 8651 Biggs Ford Road, Walkersville, with the Rev. Richard J. MURPHY as the celebrant.  Interment will be in St. John's Cemetery, Frederick.  Those desiring may send memorial donations to Hospice of Frederick County Inc., P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, Md. 21702-1799.

[Trudie Davis-Long  is newsletter editor for FRECOGS, PO Box 234, Monrovia, MD 21770-0234
[Frederick County Genealogical Society].


Submitted by Nova A. Lemons:.

DALLAS TIMES HERALD (TX), Wednesday, 28 Nov 1945, Section 2, page 17 [abstracted version] --
Mrs. Sarah ESTEP died Tuesday at her home on 4607 Ross Ave.  Survived by two sons, Lynn and Ben ESTEP; one grandson, Lynwood ESTEP, Jr.; and one sister, Mrs. Talitha KINNARD of Big Spring.  Burial at Grove Hill Cemetery.


Submitted by Joyce Jenkins from Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Sunday, 6 Aug 2000, p. 4B:

GENEVIEVE ESTEP KIRBY, age 79, of Little Rock died Aug. 5, 2000.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Willis L. Kirby and Aliene ESTEP Kirby.  She was a retired accountant at Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. after 36 years.  She was a member of Markham United Methodist Church, AARP and Telephone Pioneers.  Gen was survived by several cousins in Tennessee.
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Roselawn Cemetery, with the Rev. Linda Singh officiating.  Arrangements by Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth, (501) 661-9111.  Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, 2000.  Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Ave., Little Rock, AR 72207, in lieu of flowers.


Submitted by Paul B. Scott from The Oakdale Leader (CA), Wednesday, 16 Sep 1998:

Gussie Louise Estep.  A Celebration of Life Service was held Saturday, Sept. 12 at Lake Don Pedro Baptist Church for Gussie Louise Estep who died Sept. 7 at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.  She was 72.
A native of McCurtain, Oklahoma, she lived in La Grange for the last 15 years and was a nursery school teacher at Chowchilla Coop Nursery School for 17 years.  She was a member of the Lake Don Pedro Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband Gene Estep of La Grange; sons Dale Estep of Arkansas, Randy Estep of Sacramento, Johnny Estep of Salinas and daughter Judy Lindsay of Modesto; sisters Letrice Neely of Tehachapi, Bertha Burk and Viola Furman of Rio Linda and Agnes Pryor of Dos Palos; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by Oakdale Memorial Chapel.


A copy of an article "Potatoes pronounced perfect; A grandmother's beloved recipe gets a next-generation makeover; Recipe by Martha Condra" was submitted by Karen H. Walker who received it from Sally E. Cureton.  The "Aw Maw's Potatoes" recipe was sent to the magazine COOKING LIGHT by Becky Eastep, 53, administrative assistant, Huntsville, AL.  No date or other information is included with the magazine title, other than the page number which is 150.  This was sent to Nova Lemons in March 2001 and may be from a recent magazine.


Submitted by Trudie Davis-Long from the Dominion Post of WV:

Virginia Furbee, 83, of Fairmont, died Tuesday, May 22, 2001, at Fairmont General Hospital.
    She was born March 17, 1918, in Watson, daughter of the late Samuel and Ethel Estep Curio.
    ...  She is survived by her husband, Jack Furbee; a daughter and spouse, Carol Sue and William Wallace, of Fairmont; four sisters and spouses, Katherine Curio, of Fairmont, Betty and Charles Hall, of Rivesville, Geraldine and George Hall, of Fairmont, and Wanda and Dale Brooks, of Fairmont; four grandchildren, Butch Wallace, Amy Michau, Carla Covert and Macy Jaramillo; three great-grandchildren, Tyler Michau, Duncan Covert and Macy Jaramillo; and a sister-in-law, Nellie Curio.
    She was also preceeded in death by a son, Thomas Nelson Furbee; five brothers and spouse, Samuel, Sam, Gerald and William Curio, and Joseph and Kate Miller; and two sisters and spouses, Susan and Marion Gerkens, and Josephine and Harley Edwards.
    [Domico Funeral Home handled the funeral service and burial was at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Fairmont.]


Submitted by Trudie Davis-Long from a Hagerstown newspaper:

MARTINSBURG, W. Va. -- Charles Bowen Estep, 60, of Martinsburg, died Saturday, June 23, 2001, at Hampshire County Memorial Hospital.
    Born Oct. 7, 1940, in Berkeley County, W. Va., he was the son of the late Myers Gatewood and Carrie Corrine Byers Estep. ... He was a veterna of the U. S. Army. ....
    ... He is survived by his wife, Judy Jenkins Estep; a daughter, Michele Lynn Wilson of Martinsburg; two sons, Richard Wayne Estep of Bunker Hill, W. Va., and William Myers Estep Sr. of Kearneysville, W. Va.; two brothers, Philip Myers of Washington State, and Jan Allen Estep of Iowa; and seven grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by a granddaughter.
    Services will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg. ... Burial will be at Pleasant View Memory Gardens with military graveside services conducted by the Veteran Combined Honor Guard.  ...


Submitted by Trudie Davis-Long from Holston Pastfinder, Issue #76 (Sep 2001), extracted from microfilm at VSL by Jack Hockett [no film # given]:

Both Russell Co., VA:
* Bertie Astrop - b 5 Sep 1890; d 28 Sep 1918; d/o Noah K. Kessee & ?; David [Cleveland] reported by G. Astrop [Aistrop].
* Charles W. Powers - b 3 Apr 1839; d 10 Jun 1917; 78 yrs. 2 months and 8 days; brick mason; maiden name of mother only
given as Narcissa Aistrop.


An interesting piece of information on Ephraim ESTEP (1787-1864)
found and submitted by Bedford Pickup:

From the Harris' Pittsburg Business Directory for the year 1837 --
Manufacturer - Lawrenceville,
Employs about 30 hands, and makes about 10 dozen of cast steel Axes per day,
broad axes, hatchets, &c., Annual amount about $60,000.


From Shirlee Smith who found this interesting tidbit while researching her mother's line:
Elinor YESTOPP dob 28 Feb 1575/76 Brundish, Suffolf, England.  D of Richard JYSSOPE.  She married 26 Jan 1588/89 in Condover,
Shropshire, England to Richard PHILLIPS and died about 1592 in Shropshire, England.  [A little background:  Most of the Phillips
came over with WINTHROP.  There is a signer on the Virginia Charter, (2) Gov. to GA appointed by the Crown.  They fought on both
sides of the Rev. War.  One of her sons is listed as a Royalist, his line may be part of the family that went to Canada after the Rev.
War.  Her father-in-law was a Roanoke Longhunter, (lots of Sir's and Knight's and a castle to boot (Picton Castle)).  She married well.
There might be more information on her on Ancestry.com.  The title of the page is "The Roads Taken."]


From Shirlee Staires-Smith:
Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Sunday, 6 Feb 2005
MELVIN EASTEP SR., 88 of Brookland died Thursday and was buried on Monday in Pine Log Cemetery.  He was survived by: his wife Adell, one son Melvin Jr.; two daughters, Evelyn Roberson and Georgia Cooper; one brother; two sisters; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.


From Ann Carr:
I found in the Tennessee Convicts: Early Records of the State Penitentiary by Charles A. and Tomye M. Sherrill some information on Daniel, Squire, Enoch, and William Estep.  These men were brothers in Carter Co. and Blount Co., TN and were born in Ashe Co., NC.  Page 35 has information on Enoch and Squire while page 37 has information on Daniel.  A brief genealogical summary is included here.  Check the book for more which also includes some physical descriptions.  Enoch Estep of Blount Co., age 32, was arrested for horse stealing and sentenced for 5 years.  He was received 15 Oct 1837.  He has 7 brothers and 3 sisters.  His mother lives in Blount Co.  Has a wife and four children living in Carter Co.  Squire Estep of Blount Co., age 35, was also arrested for horse stealing and sentenced to 5 years.  He was received 15 Oct 1837.  Daniel Estep of Carter Co., age 40, was arrested for grand larceny and sentenced to 3 years from 23 Jul 1841.  He was born and brought up in Nash Co., NC.  Has been married and has one child.  His son is about 14 or 15 years old and is at his grandfather's, Jesse Triplett's, in Wilk[e]s Co.  He has 3 brothers who were convicted, two of them still in prison.  Their names are Squire, Enoch and William.


From Karen Walker (8 Jul 2009):
I was working on some old pictures and found a picture of one of my husband's family that worked at the Washington Iron Works making Estep Diesels.  I did a search on the Internet and found several interesting articles -- one says:
"Washington Iron Works was a Seattle-based manufacturing company that built machinery for the Northwest's logging industry.  In the 1920s, WIW partnered with mechanical engineer Adrian Estep to begin producing a line of diesel engines that powered logging equipment and a variety of local workboats.  From 1921 to 1951 ..."
Mrs. Walker noted that she thought a historical society purchased the building and an Estep diesel and has the engine running.


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