John Henry Stipe was born 29. April 1802 in Forsyth Co., North Carolina as Son of Johann Christian Steup and his Wife Catherine nee Goodykoontz. He married Susan Thurman in Virginia and after they were married they settled in Grayson County, Virginia.
He and his family with Isaac and Stephen Wright, Exom Bond, Joel Hulse, and others settled in Prebel County, OH. The Wrights, Isaac and Stephen walked from Prebel County, OH, through Indiana to Vincennes, taking the Vincennes and Kaskeskia trail to Kaskaskia, then on to Booneville, Missouri. There they turned back and came to Kaskaskia and entered land for their future homes on the Vincennes and Kaskaskia Trail on Big Nine Mile Creek in 1838.