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Mary married first to William Henry Stair and had two children, one of whom is this writer's direct.
She had a 2nd marriage to Reuben LEBER and progeny of that union.
This page details her 1st  marriage to William Henry Stair

1 žMaryÓ [Maria Elizabeth] BENTZ1,2, 16

Birth:18 May 18341 , 16 [16 years old in 1850 census York, York Penna,2] York, Pennsylvania1, 16
Death: 20 Oct 1916, Gettysburg, Adams Co.,Pa 5(Maybe In Home Of Daughter Anna on Baltimore Street)  York County Death Affadavit: LEBER, MARY E. 10/20/1916  book  18-360
Father: Michael BENTZ (1790-1858)16, 2, 1
Mother: Anna (twin) žAnnieÓ QUICKEL (1802-1882)16
Alias: Mary E Bentz In Her Marriage Record, Mary E In The Christening Record For Her Daughter ,
aaaaaaAnd Mary Eliz In Christening Record For Her Son.
Spouse #1: William Henry Stair 
Children of Mary Eliz Bentz and WIlliam Henry Stair
Spouse # 2 Reuben Leber  and Children with Reuben Leber  
She was raised in York, York County and is found there in the 1850 census living with her family, a girl of 16. lived there her entire adult life,  but died in Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, where dtr Annie lived. Mary married her first husband at 19 years of age, but was tragically widowed when she was 21 and pregnant with her second child. She then went to live with her mother , also a widow, and Mary's brother Peter Bentz, an organist at St John's and future music store owner  and music teacher who no doubt served as surrogate father to Mary's two young children and with whom she must have remained close throughout her life. She had just turned 34 when she married her second husband Reuben.  She bore him two more children, and they lived next to Annie's brother Peter and his own family above mentioned, in York, York, Penna. Peter died in 1884 was again widowed when 76/7 and in 1911.  At the time of her 2nd husband's death, they were residing "Dula" [looks like in census] Street in York. 
Census Entries for Mary BENTZ
  • Spouse #1 : William Henry STAIR and Children of Union.
  • Spouse # 2  : Reuben M. LEBER (1832-1911) and Children of Union
  • Notes from D M Swope indicated her 2nd  husband was "P M Leber" [citing the Keller family bible 1, reading P either as it was given (most likely) or  incorrectly for the R standing for Reuben Leber, and where a daughter Mary of union is incorrectly assigned to Henry Stair and not Reuben Leber which is backed up by the lack of evidence of her in the 1860  and 1870 census where the mother is found. ] 
Spouse #1 [First Spouse] :William Henry STAIR   SEE HIS DEDICATED PAGE
  • Birth: 3 Jan 18304
  • Death: 22 Aug 18554
Marr: 13 Oct 1853, St Johns Episcopal Church, York, York Penna
Children of Mary [Maria Elizabeth] BENTZ STAIR & 1st Husband William Henry STAIR
[Surnamed STAIR]  Spouse # 2 [2nd Husband] : Reuben M. LEBER (1832-1911) SEE HIS DEDICATED PAGE
  • Birth: 26 Jan 1832 Lower Windsor Township, York County, Pa
  • Death: 1911 [York, York County, Penna assumed] 
Married: 26 May 1868 Saint Johns Episcopal Church, York, York, Pennsylvania
Children of Mary [Maria Elizabeth] BENTZ STAIR & 2nd Husband Reuben LEBER [surnamed LEBER]  :
  • David BENTZ (1869-after 1910 when he appears in census)
  • Mary Florence (1873-1944)
Census Entries for Mary [Maria Elizabeth] Bentz Stair Leber:
  • 1850 child residing with father's family pre-marriage To William Henry STAIR
  • 1860 residing with her mother and some siblings including Peter BENTZ [She was widowed by this time  and with two children found in this census surnamed STAIR]
  • 1870 census, with her mother, 2nd husband Reuben LEBER, new child to that union, and two children from 1st marriage. Her brother Peter BENTZ is next door with his family
  • 1910 census, in home of 2nd husband Reuben LEBER. Reuben would die in 1911.

Photo taken at Devil's Den ca 1894
with her dtr Annie [nee Stair] Swope, 
 Annie's husband S M Swope and 
Annie and Sam's children-
closeup below

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CENSUS Data Mary Elizabeth Bentz Stair Leber:

Found in 1850 census with fatherŪs family: There is a Michael Bentz York Borough, South Ward for 1850 in the Federal 1850 census.  Michael (setz?) 3 Oct enumerator
Michael 58
Anna 45
Peter 20
Mary E 16
14 yo female name hard to read, should be Anna, looks like Celia.
William (middle initial illegible, looks like H -supporting the middle name Hanna for this entry) 30 years Painter [appears to show Deaf and some other qualifier illegible]
Michael 28   cabinet maker [appears to show Deaf and some other qualifier illegible]
Erranda? Amanda? right after Michael...wife of William?  illegible female 26
Anna C? Illegible female 2 years old...dtr to Michael????

Appears in 1860 census residing York, York County, Penna

William Henry Stair is absent. His Widow is living with her mother, her brother [Peter Bentz (shown as 28 but he should be 30 based on baptism AND the 1850 census) ] and Mary's  two STAIR children. Mary, stated to be a STAIR in the Keller Family Bible is missing. She was born later to Mary Elizabeth Bentz Stair's second husband, Reuben Leber.
"Annie Bentz    58
Peter   "      28
Mary E Stair   25
Edward P  "     6
Annie Kate "    4 "14

Appears in 1870 census residing with her mother, 2nd husband, new child to that union, and two children from 1st marriage:
In the home of Reuben Leber, In the 1st Ward, York Boro on page 540 of the 1870 Census is found:
Annie Bentz  67 [Mother to Mary E Leber]
Reuben Leber 38 Tanner & Currier [Husband to Mary E Leber]
Mary E Leber 35
David b Leber  1 [first child to Mary E Stair Leber's 2nd husband]
Edward P Stair 16 [son to Mary E Stair Leber's first husband William Henry Stair]
Anna Kate 14 [son to Mary E Stair Leber's first husband William Henry Stair]

Mary's brother is found residing next door [but on page 541].
This is the Peter Bentz with whom she was living along with her mother and other siblings in the 1860 census]
Next to this family but on page 541 is
Peter Bentz  39  Prof  Music [Mary E Bentz Stair Leber's Brother]
Ellen G  29  born MD
William S   7
Harry    4
Mary S   2
Mary Griffith  60 born MD
Elliza Jackson 45 born MD
William Kenny 15 born MD

1910 Census:
Age: 77  State:  PA
Color: W  Enumeration District:  0115 [District 115  York City; Ward 1 (part of) District 2]
Birth Place:Pennsylvania      Visit:  0007
County: York, York
Relation: Head of Household
Other Residents: Wife Mary 75, Pennsylvania

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Children of William Henry Stair and Mary [Maria Elizabeth] BENTZ:

1.1 Edward Philip (E Philip/Edward P) STAIR11

Birth: 4 Jul 185412,8
Death: 25 Jul 1937, according to Jane,states he married Annie Sutton8
Bapt: 30 Aug 1854, Baptized7
Alias: E Philip Stair In The Census Listing Of 1910-Edward P In Handed Down Family Notes reliant on Kellar family bible5and 1920 census

Spouse # 1 [1st Wife] :  Anna  [Anne L.9] LUTTMAN,6,Also seen as Annie Sutton4

In 1910 census she is found as Annie L, substantiating but not proving a Luttman surname
Marr: 28 Oct 18806
2nd Spouse: Elizabeth Electa WURTZ6[found as Elizabeth STAIR in 1920 census]

Marr: Nov 12 1915
[[12/4/1915 [Application Date]   12/11/1915  [ Marriage Date] STAIR, EDWARD P. WURTS, ELIZABETH E.    29074 [Application #] [York County Archives]] ]

Children of Edward Philip STAIR and 1st Wife Anna LUTTMAN:

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Birth: 7 Mar 1856, York, York Co, Penna
Death: 5 Oct 1932, Gettysburg, Penna
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg, Penna
Bapt: 11 Jul 1856, St Johns Episcopal Church, York, York, Pennsylvania
Alias: Annie K Swope In Census Listings/ called Nana by her grandchildren.
Spouse: Hon Samuel McCurdy SWOPE Marr: 1876, Gettysburg Presbyterian Or York St JohnŪs Episcopal [Probably the brideŪs church. Her uncle was organist at St johns, and her mother remarried in St JohnŪs in 1868. The bride was baptized there]


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Sources For This Page
[Mary Elizabeth Bentz Stair Leber died in Gettysburg , Adams County, Penna, at the home of her daughter Anna Kate Stair Swope.
She was known to her first grandchild of the Swope/ Stair union and is documented in passed down family notes. Those notes are included , substantiated, and evaluated  through  the following source list]

1. Family Notes from DM Swope-research and interviews [DM was a toddler when grandmother Maria Elizabeth died (probably in the Swope home) , and an adult on  the death of Mary's dtr Lydia Stair Swope and Maria Elizabeth's  son in law, Samuel McCurdy Swope-  "Annie" Stair Swope and Sam Swope were deeply  involved in the lives of their SWOPE grandchildren ]
2. ž1850 federal census,Ó "Mary E 16" living in home of father and mother under HOH Michael Bentz York Borough, South Ward for 1850 in the Federal 1850 census.
3. Laura Morrison, Sources apparant but link doesnŪt work, žQuickel Descendants,Ó http://www.laura.morrison.net/pafg12.htm#1536, date only http://www.laura.morrison.net/pafg12.htm#1536. Laura is a frequent contributor to Quickel forums. Her site is extensive.
4, The John Bentz Descendants as Compiled by John Bentz Hamme  written ca 1944 and recieved in Email correspondance from Jane [oliver1250@hotmail.com ]

5. žOld Family Bible (Keller Family Bible),Ó Info provided to DM Swope by Amy Swope Wing from source cited, belonging to "Mrs Keller of York"
6. Email from Blake M. Stough   recŪd 020202, reads:
I believe I may have corresponded with one or both of you at some point in time, but I am not sure. In any case, I hope we can help each other solve the mystery of William's ancestry.
I began researching the descendants of George Christopher Stoehr several years ago, and traced many lines of descent. In my research, I have come across this mysterious William Stair. While I have not connected William to my research, I live in York, PA and have easy access to records that can help us. Here is what I know.
William Henry Stair married Maria Elizabeth Bentz on 13 Oct 1853, as recorded in church records from St. John's Church in York, PA. The marriage is also recorded in the Democratic Press, 18 Oct. 1853, but this shows the date as 14 Oct 1853. Rev. C. W. Thompson was the man that married them.
William and Mary had a son, Edward Phillip Stair on 4 Jul 1854, and he was baptized on 30 Aug 1854.
Edward first married Anna Luttman on 28 Oct 1880. She died on 20 Mar 1912, but they had 4 children, Jeannie Louise (b. 3 Sep 1881), Edward Philip (b. 18 May 1883), William Stuart (b. 10 Mar 1885), and Hubert Luttman (b. 14 May 1889).
Edward's second wife was Elizabeth Electa Wurtz, marrying her on 12 Dec 1915.
Hubert was possibly married 3 times, but the first wife's name is unknown. The first marriage ended on 13 Dec 1915. His second wife was Margaret Marie Freed, the third was possibly Mary Wolf.
Now, I can narrow down who this William is if I knew a little more about him. Do we know when he was born and died? Do we know where he is buried? Do we know any siblings of him? How about his wife. Where was she from, and who were her parents? I am interested in any and all information that can help us figure this out.
Thanks for your time. Look at my info and see if you can add anything to it. I will probably be able to go to the library this week and do some research, so anything is useful.
Blake M. Stough
Researching Stough-Stauch-Stouch families originating in York County, Penna. Visit the Stough-Stauch-Stouch Genealogy and Family Resource Website at:
7. IGI:
Edward Philip STAIR
Sex:› M Event(s):
Christening:› 30 Aug 1854
Saint Johns Episcopal Church, York, York, Pennsylvania Parents:
Father:› William Henry STAIR
Mother:› Mary Eliz.
Source Information:
Batch number: Dates Source Call No. Type Printout Call No. Type
C506891 1785-1875 Q974.841 Y1 V2YR  Book 1002430  Film

8. Census of 1910 for York Borough, York Co., Penna
Pennsylvania 1910 Census Miracode
E Philip Stair› Age: 55 State: PA
Color: W Enumeration District: 0126
Birth Place: Pennsylvania Visit: 0041
County:  York, York
Relation:  Head of Household
Other Residents: Wife Anne L 54, Pennsylvania
Son E Philip, Jr 26, Pennsylvania
Son Hubert 20, Pennsylvania
9.. Ibid. Anne L. Stair in 1910 census.

10. Void

11. Gilbert Ernest Swope, The Swope Family 1676-1896, T.B. & H.B Cochran, Publishers, 1898;  page 123-124.
12. IGI Hit:
› Anna Kate STAIR
Sex:› F Event(s):
Christening:› 11 Jul 1856
Saint Johns Episcopal Church, York, York, Pennsylvania Parents:
Father:› William H. STAIR
Mother:› Mary E.
Source Information:
Batch number: Dates Source Call No. Type Printout Call No. Type
C506891 1785-1875 Q974.841 Y1 V2YR  Book 1002430
13. Census Entries, see same
14. Email in response to census assist for 1850 Stairs in York County from Ed Morril [Return-Path: <edmorrill@home.com>; "After the 15th I will be edmorrill@comcast.net."]

15. 1920 census, York, York Penna. HOH Edward P Stair. Roll T625_1669 page 2A, ED 133. Ancestry.com image 728.

16. Report of Dtr Anna Kate [STAIR] Swope to her grandchildren. Grandchildren known intimately by author.

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