By mistake Mr. Stinson's name was entered on the War records as John
Stephenson and he was officially known by that name. After his
discharge he went to the Black hills and acted as a cowboy and range
rider. Later he again became a soldier and served under Bill Cody in
the West and Southwest through several Indian uprisings.
Was born in Indiana (not Iowa)
Margaret Smith, his mother, was daughter of Aquilla Smith
Mrs. Debutts offers information of veteran's father's marriage which
she secured from marriage records compiled by a D.A.R. Chapter in
Jackson County, Indiana. John Stinson
Stephenson and Margaret Smith were married 03 May 1845 in Jackson
County, Indiana. Her sister, Amanda Smith married Joseph K. Evans,
1st Treasurer of Jackson County, Indiana on 22 Feb 1844, both of
these buried at Audubon, Iowa.
Transcriber's notes - Although this record lists him as a Captain,
he appears in official records as a 6th Corporal. The family used
the surname "Stephenson" at least through 1895 and became
"Stinson" around the turn of the century.