THE
STUCKEY FAMILY

 
What follows is a combination of family stories, documentation, and extrapolation.  As such, some information contradicts other info.  Should you be a relative, and you can add to what I have here, please email me.  Same goes if you have corrections for what follows.  And if you just want to drop me email to say, "Howdy,  Cousin", you can do that too.  Not only is this is a work in progress, it's a group effort.

 

Above and To The Right we have William and Mable.  The top picture was taken, I'm guessing, around 1920s or 1930s.  The one on the right is from the picture I believe was taken in Tacoma Washington when they married on November 1, 1899.
And just who are these two young men? 

Are they Schaffers . . .  Millers . . . Stuckeys . . .?

I'm inclined to say Stuckeys, as both bear a remarkable resemblance to both Bill and his father Alf Stuckey . . . so who are they?

If you recognize them, drop me some e-mail.

 

My cousin Judy sent me this little tid bit in an email, dated April 3, 1999:

"I have a few relics from Great Grandpa Alf.  Letters he wrote to William's caretakers while he was making a place for his family.  While I can't give you the originals, I could send you photocopies?  Perhaps you could glean some information from them to add to your family tribute."

She was in the process of moving, and added in a later email that she would "get to those" as soon as she was settled.  I am waiting patiently for photocopies.

On January 16th, 2000, I got a letter with new information on Alf and his family; is that cool or what?  (THANK you, Mary Jo Barrentine and Jane Nelson!)

Alf Stuckey

This first comes from "The History of Vashon-Maury Islands", O. O. VanOlinda, 1935, courtesy of Mary Jo and Jane.

Alfred J. Stuckey arrived on the island in 1890.  He built an extensive drydock business on Maury and conducted it for 38 years.  He still lived in Dockton in 1935.  He was born 1 Nov 1852 in Bristol, England and became an apprentice shipbuilder there.  As a journeyman ship carpenter he came to Dockton from San Francisco and was superintendent at the drydock for many years.  In 1909 he built his own marine ways and operated it until 1928.  From 1915 to 1920 he was the Justice of the Peace in Dockton.

This next can be found in the History of King County Washington. V 4, 1929, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago-Seattle, along with a photo of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred J. Stuckey taken in their later years. (I'm working on getting a copy of this picture.)

ALFRED J. STUCKEY written by Alfred C. Stuckey

     A pioneer settler on Maury Island, Alfred J. Stuckey has for more than thirty-nine years been a prominent figure in the development of the Vashon country.  Starting as a ship's carpenter in England he had an adventurous career at sea and ashore and finally came to the Puget Sound country, where he built up at Dockton one of the finest drydocks on the Sound and became interested in other enterprises connected with the development of the island.

     Alfred J. Stuckey was born November 1, 1852, at Bristol England, a son of Edward and Elizabeth (Newton) Stuckey, both natives of Bristol, the former born in 1818 and the latter in 1820.  His father was a farmer and the lad was reared in the picturesque English countryside, attending school until he was eight years old, when he ended his formal education following the death of his mother.  He became apprenticed as a ship's carpenter under the strict English apprenticeship laws, dating from the time of Queen Elizabeth, and after seven years of close application to his work qualified as journeyman carpenter and prepared to follow his trade in the shipyards or at sea.  He was at sea twenty years and during this time had many adventures, one of which was the experience of being shanghaied and forced to serve in the Chilean navy during the bloody war of the Pacific between that country and Peru, which gave rise to the famous Tacna-Arica question, which was settled only in 1929 after provoking ill feeling between the two countries for more than forty years.  He at least was shanghaied on the side that had the stronger navy, and after six months of involuntary service managed to escape on a sailing vessel.

     Mr Stuckey worked hard and studied during his early years at sea and by 1880 had mastered navigation and received a captain's license.  After landing in New York city in 1876 he had followed sailoring and carpentering, but in 1887 had left the east and came to San Francisco, where he did the same work for three years, leaving that city in 1890 to come to Dockton, Washington.  He was superintendent of drydock there for nineteen years and in 1909 built his own drydock and operated it until 1928.  He did a good business and established a reputation for thorough work.  His excellent training in England under veteran shipbuilders and his long career in drydocks and at sea made him a master of his craft, one familiar not only with ship construction but with navigation as well.  In 1928 he retired from the drydock business, having acquired other interests on Maury island, including the water works at Dockton, which he continues to own and operate.  A man of public spirit, Mr. Stuckey has given earnest support to all projects for the development of Maury and Vashon islands and served as justice of the peace at Dockton from 1915 to 1920.

     On August 27, 1891, at Tacoma Mr. Stuckey was united in marriage to Euphemia Barcley, who was born December 13, 1874, at Ontario, Canada, a daughter of Thomas C. Barcley.  Her father was born at Dundee, Scotland, in 1839 and moved to Canada in 1871.  He was an engineer on various steamboats on the Atlantic and on the Great Lakes and in 1876 left Canada for the United States, taking up his residence in the territory of Washington. Mr and Mrs Stuckey are the parents of one son, Alfred. C., born February 16, 1905.  He is an engineer on a steamboat and resides with his father and mother at Dockton.  By a previous marriage Mr. Stuckey is the father of a son, William, born January 2, 1887, who served on the battleship "Oregon" during the Spanish-American war and draws on a government pension.  He lives retired from active affairs in Seattle.  Mrs Alfred J. Stuckey is prominent in church and club circles on Vashon and Maury islands and is a member of the Eastern Star, the Country Club, the Star Commercial Club, and the Ladies' Aid Society of the Presbyterian church.

     Mr. Stuckey is now enjoying the fruits of a life of close attention to business.  He has several fraternal and club affiliations which occupy a good share of his time, having gone through all the chairs in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and he is a Royal Arch Mason.  He is also a member of the Vashon Island Commercial Club.  In politics he supports the republican party, and he attends the Presbyterian church.  Mr. Stuckey is highly respected by all his friends and neighbors on the island.

Family stories say Alf won Euphemia in a poker game.  In light of her civic involvement, I may never know the truth -- but I'm still going to see what I can find out about it.

A horse thief named Ed . . . ?

Alf's father, Edward Stuckey, is a bit of a puzzle, more so now with the above information.

The great aunts say he was hanged as a horse thief.  What's more, he supposedly was born the same day as Queen Victoria and was hanged on the same day Queen Victoria died ... however, I've been told that horse thieves were not being hanged at that point in history in England.

Was Edward a horse thief or a gentleman farmer?  How many children did he and Elizabeth Newton have, out there in the "picturesque English Countryside"?

And who were Elizabeth Newton's parents?

Inquiring minds want to know.

A Chastity beltA locksmith named Will

Another Stuckey family tidbit is that Edward, Alfred, William, et al, are descended from a fellow named Will Stuckey who lived about 750 years ago (give or take a couple decades), who was a watch maker, metallurgist, and locksmith, knighted for making a superior latchkey (and/or chastity belt key, according to Great Uncle George, which made him a very popular person).

 

In other places on this website, I have said that it is important to record those family stories -- even if you suspect that they have little relationship to reality.  What follows here is a prime example.  It's one of my all time favourite family stories -- even after receiving the Real Story from cousins John and Judy.  In your own genealogy research, be sure to record all versions of your family stories.  You may never know why there are different versions, but it's still family history.

Also please BE AWARE to use discretion, tact, both ears, and your whole brain, when collecting family stories, and add in a healthy dollop of consideration when sharing your discoveries.  I fear that in my own enthusiasm to learn about a side of the family that I had little contact with in my childhood, that I may have very well permanently alienated members of the Stuckey/Schaeffer side of my family.  That what I did was unintentional and completely without malice doesn't make up for the damage done.  I hope in time some of those whom I have hurt will forgive me.  If not, I understand.

 

A bootlegger named Freddie

The Original Story

Bill Stuckey's younger half-brother Freddie owned a Marchetti airplane with a Curtis OX5 90 horse power engine that he used to bring whiskey and Chinese labourers into the States from Canada.  A lucrative enterprise, but as sometimes happens, the wrong people caught wind of what he was doing, and one day he was met at his landing field by some boys from the other Washington -- DC -- G-men, who very much wanted to talk to him about his business.

Well, somebody got a little over zealous, and before Freddie do a whole lot of anything, a shot rang out.  Nobody knows for sure if the single bullet hit Freddie or the airplane in some vital spot, or if Freddie just figured his goose was cooked anyway, but whatever happened the Marchetti gained a little altitude and then dove nose first into the ground.  There were two explosions, one right after the other: one was the fuel, the other the full load of "whiskey" Freddie was supposedly bringing in that day.

To quote Great Uncle George: "Wasn't enough left of Freddie OR his Marchetti to bury in a matchbox."

On 26 June 1998, I was contacted by an -- until then -- unknown Stuckey relative, and according to Mister Bill Snipes, the bootlegger named Freddie wasn't Alfred Charles Stuckey.  I after speaking with him at length, I thought I would take his advice and give ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms) a call and see just how far back their records went.  But--

The Real Story

In talking with a cousins Judy and John, I found out that the "Bootlegger Named Freddie" was in fact Alfred Charles "Freddie" Stuckey.

Said John, in an email dated May 19, 1999:

"Alfred C. Stuckey (the bootlegger) died of exposure, fell in a ditch and froze to death in 1982 in Dockton.  I don't exactly know where the airplane comes in.

Fred was a pilot, he was in on the origination of the Boeing company, but somehow got left out of the success.  He used to run liquor and Chinese immigrants across the Canadian border.  Mostly in his boat though.

There is an interesting article called "Dockton, the drydock years" that I have a copy of that tells of A. J. Stuckey and his part (albeit small) in the little piece of Seattle history.  The Maury Island historical society has some interesting literature regarding the drydock (The pivotal point in our family history) and the Stuckey landmarks in Dockton.

The Stuckey properties just missed being declared historical landmarks in 1978.  It was voted down by neighbors who feared restrictions to their own properties."

As soon as I get a copy of that article, it'll get posted here.  (Thanks, John.)

To see the name, dates, and places of my Stuckey kin, please click here.

 

George Eldon Stuckey

On April 3, 1999, I received the following from his daughter.

My dad passed away at 2:10 AM on 4/1.  He had been having difficulty walking and been bedridden for a week.  We took him to the hospital where the doctor [gave him] a terminal status.  We moved him to a nursing home to provide his final request (as hand-written on a dimestore living will):

I wish to be notified when I am beyond hope so that I can find a quiet place to rest and leave this body.

Also, in the Stuckey way, he wanted no service, no memorial, no obituary.  Thank you

Well, Uncle George, this is not a service, it's not a memorial, and you'll not see your obituary here.  This is a tribute to you, and all those who made you possible . . . as well as all those YOU made possible.  It's also my way of saying thank you for piquing my interest in family history, and that I will do my best to be sure that the family stories keep getting passed along -- in all their assorted versions.

John Elmer "Jack" Stuckey

It was at great Uncle George's 89th birthday party that I saw my great Uncle Jack and can remember it.  He sat there in a low backed comfy chair, looking quietly amused about the whole thing, almost the quintessence of "Sweet Little Old Man".

Please note the "almost".

When brother George and sister Pink started going at it hammer-and-tongs over the ethnic origins of the Miller/Hildebrand line, a funny little grin worked its way across Jack's gentle face and I immediately thought of a small boy grinning about the tin cans he'd just tied to a puppy's tail.

Turns out I was pretty close.

My great uncle Jack had been Freddie the Bootlegger's partner in crime; Freddie was his uncle, and did his smuggling with a boat.  Jack had a big black 19__ _____ car.  When things got too hot on the water, they'd use Jack's car until things cooled down.

One time, the heat got close enough to Jack's car to shoot it full of large round bullet holes, but not close enough to do more than that.  And rather than buy a new car or patch the bullet holes in the old one, Jack drove it around, bullet holes and all, with that tied-tin-cans-to-the-puppy's-tail smile, I'm sure of it.

At brother George's birthday party, the debate turned to the identity of a boy in an old photograph.  George said it was their brother Bud; Pink said it was a little Indian boy who lived down around the corner.

George replied, "Don't you remember?  The summer place on Vashon?  Grampa Schaffer would take each of us out on his boat.  "That," he stabbed a finger at the old photograph, "is Bud!"  It was about that time I decided to move down range and went to the kitchen for another soda.

At the refrigerator door, I felt a gentle pluck on my shirt sleeve.  I turned and saw Great Uncle Jack standing there, that ornery little grin firmly in place.  He whispered, "It's your great uncle Bud -- Alfred William Stuckey --"

"I HEARD THAT, JACK!" shouted Great Aunt Pink from the living room.

"It is.  That's why she's so p---ed." said Great Uncle Jack even softer, barely breathing the last word.  And then he grinned that grin.

Dear ornery man.

Diabetes is one of the Family Legacies.  Said one of Jack's nephew, John (brother of Ken), "It was because Jack did not come to Ken's funeral that Butch (Turner) went to look for Jack, [and] found him on the bathroom floor of his apartment."  A sadness is that the surviving family doesn't know if Jack's two kids, Molly and "Richie", are aware of their father's passing; no one knows where they are, or even, says Aunt Pink, "if they're still alive."

Cousin John says last anyone had heard, "Richie", a commercial fisherman, was in Alaska, but that was back in 1997 or '98, and thinks perhaps "Richie" may have died on a fishing boat somewhere between Washington and Alaska.  If you worked with Richard or Rich Stuckey on commercial vessel in Alaska, drop me some e-mail, I'd like to hear about it.

An email correspondent went to the same Vashon Island high school as "Richie" and Molly and says she thinks Mollie's married name is Reeves.  (Thanks, again, Jane.)  Do you know Molly?  Please ask her to contact me.

Hey, Mollie, you out there?

Kenneth James Stuckey

Ken Stuckey, like his father George before him, was a merchant seaman.  On 9 December 1998, as Ken boarded his ship in Tacoma, he collapsed.  Medics were called, and he was rushed to a local hospital but was DOA.  Ken was 38.  Cause of death: total blockage of his right ventricle.  He left behind a wife and two young children.  This is the Ken whose funeral Jack had not attended, prompting Ken's cousin Butch Turner to go looking for their Uncle Jack.

Watch your health, Cousins.

Phil Stuckey

She was a woman who did pretty much as she pleased and to Hell with who ever didn't like it.

She chewed tobacco and drank gin in alarming quantities.

She once beat the tar out of a sheriff who was trying to remove her from her favourite watering hole.  I never really thought about it and just sorta figured she took after the only other Stuckey I knew: Great Uncle George.  I had pictured her as a tall, strongly-built woman, somewhere near at least 5' 8".  Then I finally saw a picture of her in her early teens, with her little pixie face surrounded by soft golden curls -- and commenced to laugh myself sill(ier) thinking that THIS was the person who beat the snot out of a county sheriff. (This photo is at the bottom of this page.)

Unfortunately, health complications from a combination of diabetes and too much booze put her in the hospital.  Her drinking buddies felt sorry for her and brought a jug to the hospital to cheer her up.  It killed her.  An open casket funeral had been planned, but the alcohol in her system and the embalming fluid reacted a little oddly -- she turned olive green -- and the open casket funeral became a closed casket funeral.  She was cremated.

It was this story that helped me quit drinking.  I wasn't gonna get buried green.

I asked cousin Judy if she had any stories I might not have heard, and she shared this:

"The only memories I have of Aunt Phil are from occasional overnight visits when I was about 6 or 7.  She was always alot of fun to talk to, but I had to put my foot down and tell her I wasn't ever going to drink any Port and I didn't believe it would put hair on my chest."

Good old <chuckle> Aunt Phil.  One in a million.  Wished I'd met her.

 

Click here to see the Schaffer tree.

If any of my family stories coincide with any of your family stories, drop me a line at: lisa@fortlangley.ca

If anything here does NOT agree with what you know, drop me a line at: lisa@fortlangley.ca

Stuckey Tree

Generation 1

This is the earliest I can go back with any certainty.  Early in 2002, I came into contact with cousins from Australia and the UK who descend from Edward through Alf's brothers and am waiting for permission to add their info here.

Edward Stuckey
born  24 May 1819 in Bristol, England; parents unknown
married in Bristol, England
died 22 Jan 1901 in . . . ?
Married March 1850. . . Mary Newton
born circa 1820 in Bristol, England
died circa 1860 in Bristol England
Mother of Alfred John Stuckey
Married 2nd Elizabeth Newton
Generation 2: Alfred was, I believe, the middle child of five.  I need to dig through my papers and find that info and put it up. 

My thanks to Alison Kimpton and Gentracers for the new info on Alf and family.

Alfred John Stuckey, aka Alf
Born 1 Nov 1852, in Clevedon, Somerset, England
Arrived Dockton, Washington, USA, 1890
Supervisor, Dockton Drydocks, 1890-1909
Built Stuckey Drydocks, Maury Island in 1909-1928
Died 9 Feb 1939, in Dockton, Vashon Island, WA
Married December 1882, in Bristol . . . Catherine Bartlett
born 1st quarter of 1852, in Cheltenham, Gloustershire, England
Daughter of:

William Bartlett, b 1819 Prestbury, Gloustershire
and
Ann Cummins, b 1821 Prestbury, Gloustershire
died June 1887, in Bedminster, England.
Mother of William John Stuckey, born William John Bartlett
Married 27 August 1891, in Tacoma, Washington, USA . . . Euphemia Barcley,
born 13 December 1874 in Ontario, Canada
Daughter of Thomas C. Barcley, of Ontario, Canada
Died ?
Family stories say Alf won Euphemia in a poker game.
Mother of Alfred Charles Stuckey

Generation 3

Alf's two sons, Bill & Freddy

Spanish American War veteran
son of Catherine Bartlett
William John Stuckey, aka Bill
born  2 Nov 1877, Bristol, England
immigrated to the US in 1890
died 27 Dec 1956 Seattle, WA USA
Married 1 November 1899, Tacoma, WA, USA . . . Mable Louise Schaffer
daughter of George Philip Schaffer and Mary Louise Miller
born 17 May 1883 in/at Fort Randall, Dakota Territory (or maybe just North Dakota)
died 13 June 1953 in Seattle, WA
Mother of 8

Son of Euphemia Barcley Alfred Charles Stuckey, aka Freddie
born 16 Feb 1905 WA
died Feb 1985, in Dockton, Vashon Island WA
MARRIED . . . Vida ?
born ?
died ?
 

Generation 4

Bill Stuckey and Mable Schaffer's children.  The great aunts and great uncles I have referred to on this site are the George, Ethel, John, and Wilma listed below.

i. Catherine Marie Stuckey, aka Kit, aka Marie
born 11 April 1900 in Tacoma WA
died 22 May 1853 in Pierce County, WA
MARRIED circa 1919, Tacoma, Washington, USA . . .

Lawrence Chester  
Married two more times.
born June 8, 1899
died June 1970, Bainbridge Island

Do you know who Lawrence is and/or are you a relative of his?  Drop me a line and tell me about him.

father of Laurel Mae "Pat" Chester; divorced before 1925
MARRIED 3 April 1925, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada as "Catherine Marie Chester" . . . Donald Louis Peppan
aka Peppy
aka Big Peppy

born 13 Feb 1895, San Juan Island, WA
died 8 Aug 1957 in Seattle WA
father of Shirley, Donald, and Jack
son of Simon Pepin and Emma Houston

ii. Alfred William Stuckey, aka Bud
born 28 Jan 1902 WA
died Sept 1962, WA
 
MARRIED Washington state . . . Mildred G. ?
born?
died?
Mother of Bob

iii. George Eldon Stuckey
born 4 April 1908 in Bremerton WA
died 1 April 1999, Marysville WA
MARRIED 1936, Savanna, Georgia . . . Cora Bell "Billy" Snipes born?
died?
divorced before 1953
MARRIED 1953, Japan . . . Tokuko Kobayashi, aka Tosh
born 31 March 1932 in Japan.
Mother of 5

iv. Ethel Muriel Stuckey, aka Merle
born 15 Aug 1910 in WA
died   8 Dec 2004, Coupeville, WA
 
MARRIED 15 Oct 1932 in Washington state, USA . . . Theodore T. Turner
born?
died?
Father of 2

v. John Elmer Stuckey, aka Jack
born 15 June 1916 in Bremerton WA
died 21 Dec 1998 in Shoreline WA
MARRIED and DIVORCED . . . Ruth Lee
born?
died...?
Mother of Molly and Richard
MARRIED and DIVORCED . . . Frieda
born ?
died . . . ?
 
MARRIED circa Jan 1964  DIVORCED in the early 1970s Lucy Bouwkamp Cartwright
born 2 November 1924
died July 1977
one child from previous marriage

vi. Wilma Arline Stuckey, aka Pink
born 12 Nov 1919 WA
MARRIED 1940, Washington state, USA . . . W. Albertson
born ?
died before 1949
 
MARRIED 1949, Washington state, USA . . . Jim Sovereign
born Feb 17 1919(?)
died July 1984, WA
Father of 2

vii. Robert Earl Stuckey
born Oct 1922 WA
died 23 Feb 1923 WA

viii. Phyllis "Phil" Stuckey, aka Phil
born 21 Oct 1924 Washington state
died 17 Nov 1978 in Washington state
 
PARTNERED FOR LIFE . . . Nanny
born?
died?
Took care of Phil's final arrangements & was left their home on Vashon Island & most of Phil's belongings.
From left to right: Phil Stuckey, Donald William Peppan, Jack Lewis Peppan, and Shirley Rose Peppan.  Donald, Jack, and Shirley are the children of Phil's eldest sister, Catherine.  Jack is my father.

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