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Rev. Thomas Fleming Stauffer, born in Dry Ridge, Westmoreland Co, PA, Dec 25, 1838, son of John and Eleanor "Nellie" Sowash Stauffer.
He paid the US Government $300 gold to escape the Civil War Draft and remain in seminary in Mercersburg, PA. He nursed wounded and dying soldiers after the battle of Gettysburg, and later served churches in Wilkensburg, Butler, Pittsburgh before volunteering for mission work in the west. He was a prominent member of the Dutch Reformed Churches.
Rev. Thomas Fleming Stauffer was the oldest brother of John Herman Stauffer and an uncle of Alice Maude Stauffer.