Stephen Dye, Son of Andrew and Sarah Minor Dye

Stephen Dye married at age 18 and moved to Mason Co. Kentucky, probably taking his bride downstream on a flat-boat and they settled near Clinton's Station.In 1793 he enlisted under General Scott and served in an expedition to the Ohio country. According to A HISTORY of OHIO by Roseboom and Weisenberger General Wayne's forces were joined by an army of Kentucky volunteers under Major-General Scott in May 1794. Stephen joined Gen. Scott's expedition against the Ohio Indians in the Auglaize Valley and at the junction of the Maumee River. This was the first time he saw the country where he eventually settled. Sometime after that the family moved north of the Ohio River and in 1799 Stephen purchased land near Lebanon in Warren County, Ohio. This land was sold in 1803 and a move was made to the part of Montgomery County which became Miami County in 1807. They settled at Dutch Station which later was called Staunton, the first platted village in the county. This settlement was started in the spring of 1798 by Henry Gerard and others, who were joined shortly after by John, Nathaniel, Job (?), and Abraham (?) Gerrard.

In 1804 Stephen and Mehetable, who had been members of the Redstone Baptist Church in Pennsylvania, joined Nathaniel Gerrard and others to form the Staunton Baptist Church. When Miami County was organized Stephen Dye became sheriff. After serving four years he was elected to another term as sheriff. Within six months of the death of Mehetable, Stephen married Mary Hufty Knight Dye on 1 Nov 1827. She was the widow of his younger brother, Samuel, and of John Knight. Her 7 or 8 children were taken into his already large household. Sometime after the death of his second wife, Stephen moved to Shelby County, just north of Miami County. In 1843, he married Rachel Moreland.

In Stephen's will, dated 4 Sep 1851, his farm and proceeds from the sale of sixty acres was bequeathed to his two minor children, Samuel Alexander and Margaret. His house and lot in Port Jefferson, all his personal properties, monies and accounts were to be equally divided and paid over to the balance of his heirs after all debts were paid. His son Jacob J., was appointed executor of his father's estate; and said Jacob, according to his father's wishes was to 'raise and school my two youngest children.' His sons, Fielding and Madison, were appointed guardians of the two minor children. Jacob was also to receive one half of Stephen's Bounty land, the balance to be equally divided among his heirs. Included with the will is a list of the goods and chattels sold at the sale of Stephen Dye, deceased, sold by Jacob J. Dye, Executor, 6 Oct 1851. The will is recorded in Shelby County Will Book Volume 1, p. 184.

Source: THE DYE FAMILY, D995C, 1-7-88, Troy Historical Society, DYE FAMILY RECORD, by Elise Lindenberger Callarman, Troy Historical Society