The Stiltner Family Genealogy
Milburn Jackson Stiltner Family
An excerpt from "The Cascade Mountain Clan" by
Woodrow R. Clevinger, 1971 -
Milburn Jackson Stiltner, born December 8, 1848 in Buchanan
County, Virginia was the earliest of the large Stiltner and Clevinger kinship
to emigrate from the Cumberland Mountains to the Cascade Mountains. He and his
large family of children and grandchildren were prominent farming and logging
pioneers in the Glenoma, Rainy Valley district of Lewis County from 1900 to
1940. He was the fourth son of Elijah Stiltner, who was the eldest son of the
original Frederick Charles Stiltner in Tazewell and Buchanan County, Virginia.
In 1867 in Buchanan County, Milburn married Sarah Catherine
Wood. Discontented with the lack of opportunity there, they and their older
sons and a number of youngsters moved out of the Virginia mountains in 1888.
In 1889, they were in the "land rush" into the
Cherokee Strip of Oklahoma. They were unhappy with the climate and land of
Woodward, Oklahoma, and while there, Milburn's son's wife, Vena Hamm (Mrs.
Nelson Stiltner) died from the hardship.
Another migration was made in 1898 - from Oklahoma to the
settlement frontier in the Yakama Valley of Washington. Displeased with the
hot, dry Yakima country, Milburn rode a horse across the Cascade divide and
found the "Big Bottom County" of Lewis County homesteaders, the
Meads and Peters families from the Cumberlands of Kentucky, old Regular
Baptists and akin in speech and customs. Land here was timbered, green and
About 1900, Milburn J. Stiltner began homesteading at the the
head of the Rainy Creek Valley between Randle and Glenoma, Washington. His
place was a friendly stop on the Big Bottom trail and road and Old Regular
Baptist meetings were held there. He didcated a portion of his land as a
cemetary for his family and relatives. Milburn died in 1919 and his wife Sarah
C. Wood died in 1921, and they rest in the cemetary on their homestead.
To the union of Milburn J. Stiltner and Sarah C. Wood was born
a large family of six sons and five daughters in Virginia and Oklahoma. They
each in turn had large families born in Washington and Oregon from 1900 to
1920. Geneological and vital data have been collected from several sources and
especially Ethel Stiltner Looney of Glenoma and Sandra Stiltner of Roseburg,
- Bery Stiltner, b 1869 in Virginia, eldest son of Milburn, separated from
family about 1900, moved to Oregon. (no data.)
- Nelson Stiltner, b 1871 in Virginia, died in Washington in 1950, md Vena
Ham in Virginia and to this union were born Jesse and Roy Stiltner. Nelson
accompanied with his family the emigration of Milburn to Oklahoma and
Washington; wife Vena died in Oklahoma; Nelson md (2) Stella Newsom. One
daughter, Bertha Stiltner, b 1901. After the death of Stella, Nelson md (3)
Melissa A. Baugh, from this union were born Francis Looney, 1930, Jo Ann
Looney, 1932 and Ralph Looney, 1934.
- Victoria Stiltner, b 1871 in Virginia, md T. H. Lee (no data).
- Reedy Stiltner, b 1875 in Grundy, Virginia, md Charles Clevinger, Elk
Lick, West Virginia; raised large family at Glenoma, Washington.
- William Henderson Stiltner, b 1877 in Virginia, md Mary Griffith; (no data
on this family available.)
- Ross Stiltner, b 1879, Grundy, Virginia, died 1962, Roseburg, Oregon, md
Hattie Beuter in Washington; he moved to Milo and Days Creek, Oregon and
retired at Roseburg. His sons, Delmar Clay Stiltner and Chester Milburn
Stiltner operated a logging company at Roseburg. Children and grandchildren of
Ross Stiltner are as follows -
- Chester Milburn Stiltner, b 1905, Bern, Washington, md Lena Laswell, one
son Ernest Stiltner; md (2) Lucy Banning in 1947, one son to this union, Ray
- Delmar Clay Stiltner, b 1907, Chelalis, Washington, died 1970, Roseburg,
Oregon, md Icle Ellis, 1929, born to this union, Sandra Stiltner.
- Hazel Violet Stiltner, b 1910 at Glenoma, Washington, md Daniel Perdue, 1927,
one daughter, Lavina Perdue.
- Myrtle Roberta Stiltner, b 1913 at Onalaska, Washington.
- Woodrow Thomas Stiltner, one daughter, Joyce Stiltner.
- Vicy Stiltner, b 1881 in West Virginia, md Clarence P. Dunaway, raised
large family at Glenoma, Washington. Sons: Arthur Dunaway, Luthor Dunaway.
daughters: Mrs. Violet Temple (Dunaway), Dora Geer (Dunaway). Edna Pittman
(Dunaway), and Hazel Berto (Dunaway).
- Almeda Stiltner, b 1883 in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, md Benjamin
F. Meade at Glenoma, Washington, 1902. They homesteaded Meade Hill at Glenoma
and raised a family of five children.
- Dewey Stiltner, b 1885, Greenbier County, West Virginia, md Edward Dunaway
at Glenoma and raised a fawwmily (no data available).
- Grover Cleveland Stiltner, b 1890 in West Virginia, md Maude Peters,
Randle, Washington, raised family at Glenoma. He moved to Oregon.
- Martha Ann Stiltner, b 1893, md Amos Music, Randle, Washington. Amos died
and was interred in Rainy County Cemetary. (no data on their children.)
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