Who was John Studstill?

This blog has previously posted on a number of the Studstill family connection.

A recently reviewed article in the 3 Dec 1912 Atlanta Constitution recounts the death of one John Studstill.  But who was this man? who were his relatives? Perhaps a reader can tell…


Nashville, Ga., December 2 –(Special.) — John Studstill was shot and killed at Robinson’s mill, 7 miles south of this city, by Bailiff  William Knight. Studstill was charged with jumping a board bill, and when Knight attempted to arrest him he (Studstill) fled. Knight chased him for some distance and, after calling for Studstill to halt, fired.  Knight claims that he shot to frighten the fleeing man, but not to harm him. The dead man was brought here in Sheriff Avera’s auto. Knight is at liberty here.

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  1. Jason Miller said,

    August 21, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    The only John I think it could be would be John F Studstill Sr, but I have him dying later on. I just finished writing a book on the Studstill Family and I have searched my records and have not found a John that died on that date. I will keep looking though!

    • August 22, 2010 at 4:03 am

      Right. A John F. Studstill died in Lanier County, 4 Dec 1950.

      There is a John J. Studstill from Telfair County, born abt 1867, but without a cofirmed date of death. Do you have any information on this individual?

  2. Jason Miller said,

    August 22, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Yes that is John Joseph Studstill and he died before 1900

  3. August 22, 2010 at 11:25 am

    This is where my confusion sets in. There is a John Studstill in the 1900 census for Telfair County, GA that appears to be John Joseph Studstill:

    1900 United States Federal Census
    enumeration of John Studstill
    Name: John Studstill
    Home in 1900: Milan, Telfair, Georgia
    Age: 30
    Birth Date: Jan 1870
    Birthplace: Georgia
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Relationship to Head of House: Head
    Father’s Birthplace: Georgia
    Mother’s Birthplace: Georgia
    Spouse’s name: Mary E
    Marriage Year: 1896
    Marital Status: Married
    Years Married: 4
    Occupation: Farmer
    Household Members: Name Age
    John Studstill 30
    Mary E Studstill 29
    Zack D Studstill 2
    Joe M Studstill 1
    John Studstill 1/12
    Jerry Mcrae 19

    By 1910, his wife, Mary E Studstill, appears as a widow, living in her brother’s household in Dodge County:

    1910 United States Federal Census
    enumeration of Mary E Studstill
    Name: Mary E Studstill
    Age: 48
    Estimated birth year: 1862
    Birthplace: Georgia
    Relation to Head of House: Sister
    Father’s Birth Place: Georgia
    Mother’s Birth Place: Georgia
    Home: Pondtown, Dodge, Georgia
    Marital Status: Widowed
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Household Members: Name Age, relation to HOH
    Josh D Studstill 44, HOH
    Juanita Studstill 61, Sister
    Mary E Studstill 48, Sister
    Zack D Studstill 13, Nephew
    John K Studstill 10, Nephew
    Nancy H Studstill 59, Sister

    But was she really a widow? Sometimes an estranged individual claimed the death of their spouse, perhaps to avoid further questions on the matter. I have not been able to locate a grave site, death certficate or other confirmation of death for John J. Studstill. Do you have a source for his date of death?

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